From Wikitravel
Jump to: navigation, search

Kėdainiai is one of the oldest cities in Lithuania. Founded in 1372, it is in geographical centre of Lithuania, by Nevėžis river. It has about 30,000 inhabitants and is the 10th largest city of Lithuania.

Currently Kėdainiai is one of seven cities of Lithuania that have old-towns. It is about 3 square kilometres in size and is one of the biggest old-towns in the country. Some of its buildings and squares dates XVII century or earlier.

It is widely accepted in Lithuania, that Kėdainiai is one of the tidiest and pleasant cities in the country and local people are really happy about that. Recently there has been some effort to make the place more attractive to the tourists.

  • Kėdainiai Tourism and Business Information Centre (Kėdainių turizmo ir verslo informacijos centras), Didžiosios Rinkos Sq 6-3 (old town, close to Nevėžis river), +370 347 56900 (, fax: +370 347 56900). This is a governmental public institution which provides various services, some for free, some paid. Tourism related services: tourist information, participation in tourist events, arrangement of tourist routes, guided tours, updates of tourism database. Business related services: business information, consulting, training, public information services. Also offer all office services for a small fee: copy, print and scan services, internet access, translator service. Arrangement of a private tour route - from €36.50; 1 hour guide service in English or Russian language for a group up to 10 persons - ~€11, for a group from 10 to 30 persons - ~€1.50 per person. Business information and consultations for free, preparation of business plan - roughly 1% of the project investment amount. (55.285866,23.981195)

Get in[edit]

Kėdainiai old town, shot taken from the left river bank

By plane[edit]

Closest airport is Kaunas international airport, (IATA: KUN, ICAO: EYKA) which is about 53km south of Kėdainiai. After landing one have either to go to Jonava and get a bus or train to Kėdainiai from there, or go to Kaunas bus station and get an intercity bus from "Kėdainių kryptis" ("Kėdainiai direction") platform, buy a ticket up to Kėdainiai, and have in mind that the bus after stopping at Kėdainiai will proceed further on.

By car[edit]

As Kėdainiai is in the centre of the country it is not difficult to reach the city by car from anywhere. Several main roads of the country pass through the city or bypass it nearby, like Via Baltica and the road No 144. The distance (measuring along the roads) from the capital Vilnius is 135km, from Kaunas 60km, from Klaipėda 207km, from Panevėžys 62km.

Kėdainiai is reachable from both Kaunas (south) and Panevėžys (north) by Via Baltica road, one have to reach the viaduct near Aristavėlė village (coordinates 55.29076, 24.06785), turn west and drive for 7km via the road No 229.

From both Klaipėda (west) and Vilnius (east) one have to take the motorway A1 and drive towards its section north of Kaunas where several secondary roads branch off to Kėdainiai; choose the one which is convenient for you.

By bus[edit]

Bus timetables at the Kėdainiai Bus Station.

Kėdainiai can be reached by intercity bus rather easily from anywhere in Lithuania. From some distant places of the country (like capital Vilnius or seaport Klaipėda) it may be more convenient to take a direct bus to, say, Kaunas bus station and change there to any closest bus that departs from "Kėdainių kryptis" ("Kėdainiai direction") platform.

By train[edit]

Kėdainiai is on the main Lithuanian railway line Vilnius-Šiauliai-Klaipėda, roughly in the middle between Vilnius and Šiauliai. If going from Vilnius, Kėdainiai is the next station after Jonava. Trip can be planned using Lithuanian railway website.

Get around[edit]

"Vaivorykštės tiltas" (English: "Rainbow Bridge"), a bridge for pedestrians over Nevėžis river, coordinates 55°16'47.48"N, 23°58'18.97"E .

By bus[edit]

Kėdainiai has a local bus company "Kėdbusas" which serves in the city ad local district. You can get to all city parts by city bus. Almost all buses a new and comfortable. You must enter through the fist bus doors and buy a ticket from the bus driver. Also you can buy the ticket from kiosk before but you must it give to mark for bus driver. The ticket costs 1.5 litas, it a little cheaper at the kiosk. Also, there are discounts for students and invalids. Buses is not th best way to get in any place in the district even if your destiny is not a far from the city because district bus service is poor and buses go not frequently to rural places.

There is private bus service at the city also.

By taxi[edit]

There are some taxi companies in Kėdainiai. You can found their telephone numbers in bus stations, phone-boxes other public places.

See[edit][add listing]

Kėdainiai centre: Great Market Square, Town Hall, Monument to Radziwills.
Nevėžis river that devides Kėdainiai into two parts. The street on a riverside is named after Czesław Miłosz who was born in a village 13km north of Kėdainiai.
Kėdainiai minaret in the city park, between the Kėdainiai train station and the Dotnuvėlė river.
Phosphogypsum stack in the territory of "Lifosa" factory south-east of Kėdainiai, coordinates 55°14'41.77"N, 24°1'40.21"E .

Kėdainiai city is a rich for its history. The main place you could be interested visit is old town. Kėdainiai was a one of the main cities in Lithuanian history and this reflects in its architecture. Also, Kėdainiai was a multinational and multi culture city here was big Jews, German, Polish, Scottish, Russian communities. Kėdainiai even has 7 churches of various confessions and it is very unique that so little city has so many churches.

Old town streets, especially the main one Didžioji is nice, cosy and tidy. You may start your travel from the city center where are located Orthodox church and gym which one was established by local nobleman Kristupas Radvila at 1647. Passing Didžioji street you'll see old Kėdainiai architecture. You should visit Kėdainiai evangelical church. It was one of the main centers of Reformation in Lithuania. The guide you'll tell about reformation in Lithuania, the great Lithuanian-Polish noblemen Radvilos (Radzwill) and will take you to the tomb of some members of Radvilos. Other places you may be interested to visit are two Synagogues at the cobbly square Senoji Rinka square ("Old Market" because of being marketplace at the past). The Jew philosopher Vilnius Gaon was teaching in one of these synagogues. Nowadays it serves as museum and gallery and a guide you will tell about Jews history in Kėdainiai. At the Naujoji Rinka (New Market) square you could see monument for Radvilos and one of few Lithuanian city halls, also you can walk through coast of Nevėžis river. At the other coast of Nevėžis Gothic church of St. George stands. You may be also interested to visit the main Catholic church St.Joseph which is made from wood and stands at Radvilų street. At the Didžioji street you can also visit city museum which have rich collection of exhibits. At the main Kėdainiai street Basanavičiaus about 1 km from old town Janina Monkutė-Marks art museum is located.

Outside the old town the main tourist feature is one of two minarets in Lithuania. Despite there was no Muslim community in Kėdainiai the minaret was built by Eduard Totlban as a monument for Crimean wars. It is located about 5 km from city center just near Kėdainiai train station at the main city park.

Just some kilometers from Kėdainiai are he geographic center of Lithuania at the Ruoščiai village. One of the main points of interest for Polish people is Polish writer Czeslaw Milosz home place at the little Šateniai (Szatejny) village about 10 km from Kėdainiai. There is a nice park and museum.

Do[edit][add listing]

Apart several national holidays that are celebrated locally everywhere across the country (like Shrovetide and Midsummer Day), some local tradicional festivals take place during the year.

  • The most prominent of them is Agurkų šventė (Cucumbers' Festival) which takes place at the middle of July: the Cucumber King is elected during the festival, various sports competitions are organized (such like "Cucumber-ball", "Cucumber-strike", "Cucumbermen Regatta", Weightlifting Championship), and various other new and unexpected tongue-in-cheek events, performances and competitions are organized by both municipality and private organizers. Event and program is announced by Kėdainiai Culture Centre at its website.
  • City Day Festival is organized in the beginning of August.
  • Not annual but popular and very welcomed is Ledų šventė (Ice Cream Festival) which is organized by some of local industry representatives when they decide to entertain beloved citizens and promote their business a bit at the same time.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There is no big supermarkets in Kėdainiai. But there is a lot of shops at the center and other city parts. The main are Maxima, Iki, Norfa.

  • Batų namai (House Of Shoes), Didžioji St 39 (old town area), +370 652 53451 (). Exclusive hand-made shoe designer Žanas Maslauskas studio. High quality hand made shoes and boots for both men and women. Footwear made of ostrich, pony, snake, cowhide, sheep, rays and other natural leather, canvas, denim, linen, satin, upholstery fabrics and other textile materials - from €205. Also offers regular shoe repair service for the regular price, and sophisticated shoe design modification service for the negotiable price.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There is some restaurants at the old town. They generally are cheap but there is no a big assortment. You can eat typical Lithuanian meals.

Restaurant "Smilga" [1]

  • Novus Rex Didžioji St 52 (old town area), +370 656 23807 (, fax: +370 347 55555). Has a guest house in the same building.
  • Nu, blyn (Pancake-Crepe Place with tongue-in-cheek name), Didžioji St 22 (old town area), +370 347 57515 (). M-Th 11:30-20:00, F 11:30-22:00, Sa 12:00-22:00, Su 12:00-20:00. Rich selection of Lithuanian pancakes, pizzas, salads and desserts. Coffee takeaway, sorts of coffee: "Costador" black coffee, coffee with milk, cappuccino, latte. Payments with Visa cards or cash.
  • Yin Yang Pavasario St 29 (south-west of old town area, in a sleepy low-rise and private housing residential district), Information and orders: +370 623 90030 (). T-Th 11:00-22:00, F-Sa 11:00-23:00. Asian cuisine with some Lithuanian inserts. Payments with cards (Visa, Mastercard) or cash.

Drink[edit][add listing]

You can drink tea, coffee, beer, vodka, liker which could be found at cafe or restaurant.

  • Activity Zone Tilto St 2 (near the park north of the old town area, within premises of the building with a small hardware store and a supermarket), +370 655 66969. F-Sa 21:00-05:00. Live music on Saturdays. Cash only.
  • Eglė, Didžioji St 4 (old town area), +370 681 26039 (). M-Th 11:00-19:00, F 11:00-23:00, Su 11:00-19:00. Cafe-bar, also suitable for banquets, presentations, weddings, funeral dinner. Food: Lithuanian dumplings, chebureki, coffee, tea.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are two hotels in Kėdainiai, which are located at the old town:

  • Grėjaus namas [2]
  • Smilga*** [3]


The Kėdainiai (both town and the district) land line phone code is 347 and the five digit local subscriber number.

  • Kėdainiai Post Office (Kėdainių paštas), J. Basanavičiaus St 59, LT-57001 Kėdainiai (centre), +370 347 53444. Workdays 08:00-18:00, Sa 08:00-14:00. Courier, parcel services, postal services; Western Union transfers; insurance; Ecolines bus tickets; publications subscription. Cash only.  edit

Get out[edit]

This article is an outline and needs more content. It has a template, but there is not enough information present. Please plunge forward and help it grow!