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Kaunas is the most studentcentered city in Lithuania. Located in the central part of the country, it is surrounded by the two largest Lithuanian rivers, the Nemunas and the Neris. Kaunas City is wellknown for its unique museums. One of them hosts more than 3,000 devils, another one is a sanctuary of Lithuanian folk instruments and yet another invites visitors to enjoy the spellbinding melodies and paintings of M. K. Čiurlionis. Architectural masterpieces, serene and original sightseeing trips—life in Kaunas will keep you on your toes.

The village which grew into the City of Kaunas was mentioned for the first time in chronicles in 1361. A stone castle was built in the 14th century to repel the forces of the Teutonic Order. Later, this castle became an important element of the city’s defences. In 1408, the City of Kaunas was granted the Magdeburg Rights by Vytautas the Great. Ever since then Kaunas has grown rapidly and its significance as a harbour and trading centre with Western Europe increased. The Poles occupied Vilnius in 1920 and, as a result, Kaunas became the temporary capital and the most significant city of Lithuania. During the years of independence, Kaunas expanded, its population increased and the industry flourished. The city became the center of science, culture and education.

An abundant Kaunas interwar architecture accumulated over 20 years, its dense concentration in the city is a unique phenomenon in Europe; in the context of international modernism it reflects both the then Bauhaus style trends and unique style of Lithuanian nationalism which distinguishes a modern, highquality Kaunas interwar architecture from the European mainstream. Kaunas is the only city in the world where so much of the style of the buildings has survived to the present day.

Kaunas is a city surrounded by an exclusive aura becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2022. Art and creativity are accompanying Kaunas on several levels: music, theatre, dance, design, and many others. The city constantly encourages the development of both public and private spaces. Explore the wide range of cultural facilities and projects, from works of art turned into buildings, to galleries, interior design, ohemian cafes, etc. A variety of events will also surprise you. If you just plan your visit you will have a good time! Full of new sensations and discoveries, life in Kaunas is a modern and youthful generator of culture; so everyone who loves art in Kaunas will find his own corner.