Lithuania's Second-largest City
Kauna stands at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris, the country's biggest rivers.A series of disasters hindered the city's development, inluding invasions by the Russians, swedes and Napoleon's Grand Army. Rapid growth in the 19th century culminated in Kaunas becoming the temporary capital of the newly independent Lithuania in 1919. Later this city suffered under Soviet and Nazi occupatoins.
Today, Kaunas is a modern city with a boulevard and a host of museums. The main historic sights are located in its well preserved Old Town.