We enjoyed walking round Kaunas Castle. Parts of the castle date back to the 13th century, but it was reconstructed in recent years. It has a good defensive position, at the confluence of the Nemunas and Neris rivers, and was built to resist the Teutonic Knights (Crusaders), Lithuania being the last pagan country in Europe.
Napoleon passed through Kaunas twice. When he entered Vilnius (100 km south east of Kaunas) on June 27, 1812, he was greeted by the Lithuanians as a liberating hero. Many Lithuanians fought in Napoleon’s army.
Inside the tower was an art exhibition featuring cartoons about basketball.