‘The world will never be the same‘, - said too many people after July 6th, 2016, when the Pokemon Go app was released. The most successful mobile app in the history of App Store quickly took over cities, countries and continents; Lithuania, including Kaunas is no exception.
The best thing about the game is that it makes people go outside, move and discover. By foot is the best way to find and catch Pokemons, so the app is also eco-friendly.
The app is a great way to discover a new city and learn about its history, almost as geocatching. Why? As the basis of Pokemon Go was Ingress, an augmented-reality massively multiplayer online location-based game also developer by Niantic. Portals in Ingress were created by users themselves, choosing significant historic landmarks and implementing them into the map of the game. Most of those were transferred to Pokemon Go!
Here are just a few of very interesting PokeStops (places where you can get some eggs to hatch or balls to throw at Pokemons) and Gyms (places to fight against other teams) that located in Kaunas and are most absolutely worth a detour. We've liked the coordinates in the names. Remember – never Pokemon Go and drive and always, always be aware of your surroundings! By the way, you can already insure yourself and your family from the traumas received when catching Pokemons. Oh well.
Old Jewish Cemetery
Located in Žaliakalnis, the cemetery has been quiet and empty for many years now – places like that often attract adventure-seekers, so of course it had to become an Ingress and now Pokemon Go hub. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the grave of Danielius Dolskis, the legendary Kaunas singer, while catching the pocket monsters.
An impressive football-themed mural decorates the façade wall of the National Football Academy Football Field, one of the three top class covered football fields in Lithuania. You can spot an interesting footballer statue there, too.
Anbo 41 Mural
Lt. Col. Antanas Gustaitis contributed greatly to Lithuanian Aviation by designing ANBO (‘Antanas Nori Būti Ore’, or ‘Antanas Wants To Be In The Air’) military aircraft. In 2015, an airshow was held to commemorate 100 years of Aleksotas Aerodrome, and ANBO-41 (an improved version of ANBO-IV, itself designed in 1932) was drawn on a metal container by street artists representing ‘Nykoka’ festival.
The hill of crosses near the 6th fort of Kaunas Fortress. A Soviet tank was posted in this very place until 1989, most probably to glorify the power of occupants. Very soon after it was gone, a few crosses were built to celebrate our independence. The number of crosses has significantly grown so, if you like the Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai, be sure to visit this one as well.
This is one of the best panoramic spots that present you the view of Kaunas Center and Old Town. The owls decorating the fence of Kaunas Art School are worth a story, too. Vincas Grybas, one of the most prolific Lithuanian sculptors, created them back in 1924 and they are now in the list of cultural heritage.
1. The Grave of Danielius Dolskis. Wikimedia Commons.
2. Football mural and field. Wikimedia Commons.
3. Anbo41 mural. Picture from the archives of centennial airshow.
4. Owls hill. Author unknown.