Published: 2018. Welcome to Kaunas – UNESCO City of Design! The city earned this title during the period of the First Republic; contemporary Kaunas would not exist without the time when the city served as the temporary capital and “stood in” for Vilnius from 1919 till 1940. Overnight, Kaunas had to transform itself from a little town of Russian Governorate to the capital that meets the European standard. Kaunas is diverse! It is essential to get to know all of its faces to walk further, right? Happy wandering!