Baltic States

Kaunas and Trakai

The Lithuanian countryside

If you’re planning a trip to Lithuania, especially to Vilnius, try to plan one more day for get an insight into a different image of the country. It’s always a grateful experience spending a bit more time in the countryside, and getting to know better the culture, the citizens.
You can easily jump out for a day trip from Vilnius to Kaunas and / or Trakai. Both destinations can be reached by train.

Kaunas

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Kaunas is the second largest city of Lithuania. The city is the capital of Kaunas County, and the seat of the Kaunas city municipality and the Kaunas District Municipality. It is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kaunas. Kaunas is located at the confluence of the two largest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris, and is near the Kaunas Reservoir, the largest body of water in the whole of Lithuania.

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The city is rich in museums, and churches, which are worth to visit. Everything can be reach by walk.

The most unique sight of the town is The Ninth Fort. It is a part of the Kaunas Fortress, which was constructed in the late 19th century. After the occupation of Lithuania by Nazi Germany, the fort was used as a place of execution for Jews, captured Soviets, and others.

The memorial to the victims of Nazism at the Ninth Fort in Kaunas, Lithuania, was designed by sculptor A. Ambraziunas. Erected in 1984, the monument is 105 feet (32 m) high.

The only problem is, that reaching the memorial is definitely not easy. The memorial’s neighborhood is a suburban area, which can be reached by public transport, but after getting off, you have to walk for a while. It’s a bit disappointing, because the whole memorial and museum is worth to visit, not just for the sake of remembering, but also a beautiful meadow and park is situated near the monument.

Trakai

A small town lies 28 kilometers from Vilnius, called Trakai. It’s a famous and popular tourist destination ’cause there are 200 lakes and 21 islands in the area.

The whole city has a unique, calm, quiet atmosphere. Worth to have a nice walk, and boating. Renting costs 5 euro for an hour, but boating in the lakes gave us some invaluable moments.

The main sight of the region is the Island Castle. The stone castle is constructed on an island in the lake Galve, in the 14th century.
On the lakeside there are a lot of opportunity to have lunch, beverage or souvenirs.

In summary, during our time in Lithuania, this place was where we felt ourselves the best. Boating on the lake was uniquely calm, gave us a short time to summarize our exceptional journey in the baltic states.

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