The #kaunastic project started almost two years ago – in May 2016, the first illustrated map called “It’s Kaunastic” was published. A few months later, we started working on specific routes that present different perspectives of Kaunas. The collection of illustrated maps includes Sugihara Route, a Christmas special, Litvak Landscape, Gastro Guide, Panoramic Kaunas and Kaunastic Libraries (the last two are in Lithuanian only). The newest addition to the family is the Ethnic Trail.
The main goal of this route is to help you discover what Lithuania was all about before declaring its independence in 1918. In fact, way before becoming a Christian country in 1387 and even before 1009, when it was first mentioned in the outside world. There are still many symbols out there reminding us about the ancient religious practices of the Baltic tribes. Many young locals are sporting traditional Baltic names, the Christian holidays in our country are packed with pre-Christian details, and so on. There’s a lot to explore, really!
The stops of the route include the Devils’ museum, the hill forts in and around Kaunas, the Confluence of Nemunas and Neris rivers, the Oak Grove and even some examples of modernist architecture of the interwar period, as it was quite popular to include ethnic ornaments in the exterior and interior of buildings.
Illustrated by the kaunastic talent Asta Didžiokaitė, the map is, as usual, free of charge and can be picked up in the Kaunas IN Tourism information centre at the Kaunas town hall and tourism information friendly places around town. You can also download the PDF version here.