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Major Lithuanian Airport Closes for Renovation, Providing an Opportunity to Explore One Additional City

June 26, 2017 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

You might have already noticed that you cannot find a flight to Vilnius this summer. That’s because Vilnius airport will be reconstructing its takeoff and landing strips from July 14 to August 18. No planes are allowed to land in Vilnius during the renovation period.

Majority of the flights are redirected to Kaunas (100 km or 60 miles away from Vilnius), providing an opportunity to visit two cities instead of one (another redirect airport is located in Palanga, on the Baltic seashore, 350 km or 210 miles away from Vilnius).

Discover Kaunas, off-the-beaten-track European city!

Kaunas, the second-largest Lithuanian city with a beautiful Old Town was declared as Europe’s cultural capital of 2022.

Kaunas Old Town is situated at the confluence of Lithuania’s two largest rivers, Nemunas and Neris. This is where Kaunas castle still stands, having survived multiple attacks by German Teutonic Knights.

Due to political uncertainty after World War I, Kaunas became Lithuania’s temporary capital from 1920 to 1940. For two decades, city lived its most intense period, experiencing boom of modernist buildings of unique local character. The city’s interwar architecture belongs to UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List.

Today, Kaunas charms visitors with cobblestone streets, gothic facades, modernist architecture, outdoor restaurants and bars, as well as strong cultural life, full of festivals, outdoor concerts, museums and theaters.

The secrets of Vilnius, the jewel of Baroque architecture

Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, is the city of breathtaking Baroque architecture, cozy allies, cobblestone streets, and outdoor cafes. It’s also one of the greenest capital cities in Europe.

Walk through the charming Old Town, which is the largest Old Town in central Europe, protected by UNESCO, and follow the 15-16th-century labyrinth of streets and boulevards.  During the tour, you will visit the 17th-century Gates of Dawn, the remnant of the city’s defensive wall that also has a famous Chapel welcoming religious pilgrims, the Classical Town Hall, the gorgeous Baroque St. Casimir’s Church, Vilnius University, established in 1579, the brick-clad Gothic spires of St. Anne’s Church, Cathedral Square, and much more.

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