A Žalgiris basketball match
Whether you're an avid basketball fan or you're completely new to the sport, a trip to the Žalgiris Arena, a seething cauldron of noise and drama on game days, is a must. Watching the iconic Žalgiris team face off against Europe's finest in the EuroLeague is a sporting experience you won't forget. When buying your tickets, look out for the special package for new basketball fans. Along with your tickets, you get an account of the fascinating history of basketball in Lithuania plus a Žalgiris team scarf and other gifts.
A guided tour of an interwar period apartment
Step into the past and experience life in Lithuania in the 1920s and 1930s in this perfectly preserved interwar period apartment. Located in one of the most striking Art Deco buildings on Gediminas st., this is a popular site for both tourists and locals. Guided tours of the apartment show you how the elites of Kaunas lived, and what the furniture and interior details were like. Each article in the apartment has been carefully renovated, and even the colours of the walls have been restored to match exactly the colours used in that period.
A sightseeing flight in an ultralight aircraft
A flight over Kaunas in a two-seater ultralight plane is as romantic and spectacular as it sounds. Soar over the red roofs of the Old Town, get a bird's eye view of the picturesque Pažaislis monastery, take in the gorgeous summer sunsets and, of course, enjoy the colours of the Kaunas Lagoon as they change with the seasons.
The Smetoniškas Interwar period tasting menu
The spirit of Interwar Kaunas lives on in Lithuanian Pub Entry, a bar located in the heart of the city. It's not just the cosy interior, with its Art Deco stylings, that will take you back to the 1920s and 30s. The bar also offers a Smetoniškas Menu - named after the Lithuanian President Antanas Smetona - which takes you on a spectacular culinary journey through Interwar Kaunas: from zander soup with crayfish tails, herring forshmak, and Pozharsky cutlet, through to fried apples with sugar and authentic carrot tzimmes, desiccated prunes and orange juice. For the faint-hearted, the bar also serves more standard - but equally delicious - European and Lithuanian dishes.
The tasting menu at Monte Pacis
Monte Pacis is a unique restaurant. Located within the Pažaislis Monastery, it offers guests modern interpretations of traditional Lithuanian cuisine. Most of the ingredients for the restaurant's meals come from the Monte Pacis garden, including freshly picked vegetables and greens. It also uses products grown by local farmers, but there are a few high-quality ingredients, such as kangaroo meat or Angus beef, that have travelled thousands of miles to reach the plates of the lucky diners at Monte Pacis.
A "wallographer's" tour of Kaunas street art
What do you call someone fascinated by graffiti, street art, and frescoes? In Kaunas, they call them "wallographers," and there's even a dedicated "wallographer's guide" available for those who want to find the most inspiring and intriguing street art in Kaunas. After the restoration of Lithuania's independence in 1990, street art transformed from an underground expression of rebellion into a universally recognized language of expression. In Kaunas, the bold, bright works are a feast for the eyes and complement Kaunas' architectural and design aesthetic.
A walk down the Linen Path
Flax has been grown in Europe from time immemorial, and linen, the textile produced from this plant, has become an inseparable element of Lithuanian culture and folklore. The linen path tour will introduce you to the history of linen and showcase some archaic work tools. You can even have a go at using the tools yourself, plus you'll get the chance to sample dishes that contain flaxseed.
A scented candle workshop
Want to know how handmade candles are made, or why soy wax outperforms paraffin? These workshops will teach you how to mix and pour naturally scented soy wax candles. You can even learn the best proportions of wax to essential oils so the candle fills your home with freshness without being overbearing. And at the end of the workshop, you'll have a unique souvenir to remember your trip by.
Salt therapy at Druskų Namai
We've all experienced the rejuvenating effects of breathing the sea air. And for a dose of soothing saline refreshment, head to the Druskų Namai (salt house) in Kaunas. Here you can have a one-hour halotherapy (salt therapy) session in a salt cave. And you'll really feel the results. This is a great way to relax after a long trip or flight, and halotherapy is even shown to boost your immune system.
Water sports on Kaunas Lagoon
Lithuania's picturesque and pristine lakes are perfect for adrenaline-fueled water sports and peaceful paddles alike. And the Kaunas Lagoon is one of the country's best spots for these activities. If you fancy giving wakeboarding, paddleboarding or sailboarding a go, book yourself a day on the water on Kaunas Lagoon. Professional trainers can help you get started, and you'll be skimming, paddling or sailing across the water in no time.MORE →