Kaunas New Town
Means of transport as real attractions. Museums with unique and interesting collections. Beautiful avenues and areas for entertainment and activities. And, of course, lots of shopping, which never hurts. Kaunas New Town also offers plenty of activities for its visitors.
THE PLACES NOT TO BE MISSED IN KAUNAS NEW TOWN
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If the historic center is the starting point of the old town, so too must Laisvės alėja for the New Town of Kaunas.
It is the most famous pedestrian street in the Lithuanian city, completely pedestrianized. Almost 2km long, it connects the historic center with the Church of Šv. Arkangelo Mykolo (Garrison Church).
The ideal place to spend a couple of hours relaxing, doing a lot of shopping along this tree-lined avenue, taking a break between a bar and a restaurant, or sitting on one of the many benches present.
You will find many shops, banks, supermarkets, cinemas, casinos, discos. Museums. Stalls to buy souvenirs. If you are craving food, there are excellent street food proposals.
A particularly lively and sparkling area.
ST. MICHAEL ARCHANGEL’S CHURCH
The Church closes the long and famous pedestrian street of Kaunas, the shape of which is clearly visible along the way.
It is a beautiful domed building, with an austere appearance, in the Neo-Byzantine style. It was transformed into a Catholic church at the beginning of the 20th century.
The undergrounds can be visited.
Free admission but an offer of your choice is recommended.
MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES
Between the old town and the new city of Kaunas, there is truly an embarrassment of choice.
Among these, the Devils Museum certainly deserves a visit, which houses over 3000 artifacts collected over the years of his life by the collector and painter Antanas Žmuidzinavičius (1876-1966).
You will have the opportunity to learn about the traditions and folklore of the Lithuanian people, through figures and artifacts. For each, a description of a myth or a popular belief is combined.
Entertainment also for children, with shows and stories inspired by popular traditions.
The Museum is located in V. Putvinskio g. 64, easily reachable on foot.
It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Thursday open until 7pm. Closed on Tuesday.
In the immediate vicinity is the M.K. Čiurlionis, dedicated to Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, one of the forerunners of abstract art in Europe and of symbolism.
Most of his works are exhibited in the museum, as well as a collection of folk art and applied arts.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
The standard ticket costs €5.00. 50% reduction for students and retirees. The family ticket is also available at a cost of € 10, valid for two adults and two students.
The nearby Vytautas Museum of the Great War houses an incredible collection of weapons through the ages, from the Middle Ages to the World War. It is also not to be missed for the presence of the historic Carillon, still fully functional (see below).
The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 17:30. Closed on Mondays.
Photo ©, Pofka
The gardens of the Vytautas Museum of the Great War are home to the historic Carillon, one of the must-see attractions of Kaunas New Town.
Since 1937, its 39 bells have been ringing from the Vytautas Tower. In 2006, after a careful restoration by the Royal Eijsbouts, in the Netherlands in 2006, the Carillon was brought to new life with the current 49 bells and a new keyboard.
On Saturdays and Sundays, at 16:00 sharp, the Lithuanian folk melody of the wartime is played automatically.