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Kaunas in Lithuania: Baltics Berlin is written by Jacob Gowland Jørgensen

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What experiences in Kaunas should you try?

There are only a few Danes who have visited Lithuania, and even fewer have heard of the city of Kaunas, which is located just across the Baltic Sea. It is part of the more unknown Baltics - that which lies outside Tallinn and Riga, and there is really a lot to experience. Kaunas will become a European city of culture in 2022, and there are several good reasons for this.

Kaunas can actually best be described as the Berlin of the Baltics. It has on several occasions been a divided border town, it has been the capital for a period, and the city, like Berlin, was also heavily affected by the Cold War. Kaunas is filled with beautiful buildings located next to dilapidated houses, and there are cozy pedestrian streets with cafe life next to concrete avenues. It is in many ways a city where the beautiful and dilapidated go together.

This charming mix allows for a great deal of creativity, and although the city with its 300.000 inhabitants is only the second largest in the bette land Lithuania, it is a large event city with many artists who add color to it all.

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Street art at new heights - street-level experiences in Kaunas

Kaunas is also the region's largest concert city, attracting big stars from abroad. We went inside and saw “Rock On Ice”, which was a rather festive mix of ice skating from some of the world's best runners served to music delivered live by a large orchestra. We were probably 10.000 spectators in the new arena, and it was going properly and cheerfully. Recommendable.

If you are fresh on more creative expression, you can conveniently take the train or bus for another hour Vilnius, which has a Christiania-like district with its own declaration of independence and lots of attitudes, art and fun and among other things a Tibet square.

You can find uncontrolled creativity in, for example, Yard Gallery, where street art reaches new heights, and walls that have been given a hefty spice, for example with a pink elephant. There are new giant murals that residents have voted on where locals spread their colors to the city. One of my favorites was created by a 7-year-old girl with princess, colored candy canes and rainbow. So it is a spacious city that provides space for so much life and colors in its center.

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About the travel writer

Jacob Jørgensen, editor

Jacob is a cheerful travel nerd who has traveled in almost 100 countries from Rwanda and Romania to Samoa and Samsø. Jacob is a member of De Berejstes Klub, where he has been a board member for five years, and he has extensive experience with the travel world as a lecturer, magazine editor, consultant, author and photographer. And of course most important of all: As a traveler. Jacob enjoys traveling traditionally such as car holidays to Norway, cruises in the Caribbean and city breaks in Vilnius, and more out-of-the-box trips such as solo trips to the highlands of Ethiopia, road trips to unknown national parks in Argentina and friends trips to Iran.

Jacob is a country expert in Argentina, where he has been 10 times so far. He has spent almost a year in total traveling through the many diverse provinces, from the penguin land in the south to deserts, mountains and waterfalls in the north, and has also lived in Buenos Aires for a few months. In addition, he has special travel knowledge of such diverse places as East Africa, Malta and the countries around Argentina.

In addition to traveling, Jacob is an honorable badminton player, Malbec fan and always fresh on a board game. Jacob has also had a career in the communications industry for a number of years, most recently with the title of Communication Lead in one of Denmark's largest companies, and has for a number of years also worked with the Danish and international meeting industry as a consultant, among others. for VisitDenmark and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Jacob is currently also an external lecturer at CBS.

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