Welcome to Kaunas – a vibrant, green and open minded city in the heart of Lithuania!
In December 2014, the International Children’s Games granted the right to Kaunas City to host the ICG in 2017. Kaunas City is proud of its long experience in participating at International Children’s Games and we are proud to host these internationally important Games in 2017.
Kaunas is the second-largest city in Lithuania with about 350 thousand people and has historically been a leading center of Lithuanian economic, academic, and cultural life. Kaunas, the most student-centered city in Lithuania, located in the central part of the country it is surrounded by the two largest rivers of Lithuania, the Nemunas and the Neris. Kaunas is located 100 kilometers from the capital Vilnius and 212 kilometers from the Country’s major seaport Klaipeda.
Kaunas is the provisional capital of Lithuania, famous for its colorful history, cozy parks, remarkable and wonderful Old Town and interwar spirit.
Kaunas is proud to be a hometown of Rūta Meilutytė, the London 2012 Gold Medal Winner in 100 m women’s breaststroke, who started her winning story in the 2010 International Children’s Games in Manama, Bahrain. Rūta’s Olympic triumph provides an excellent evidence for the importance of International Children’s Games on the way to the Olympics.
Despite Kaunas is 200 kilometres away from the Baltic Sea, the city enjoys the strongest traditions of sailing in Lithuania since the 1960’s, when the Kaunas Lagoon was formed by constructing the Hydroelectric Plant and damming the river Nemunas. Kaunas successfully competes with other European maritime states and due to the achievements of its sailors, like Gintarė Volungevičiūtė-Scheidt or Raimondas Šiugždinis, it is often rated to the top 3 of European Laser Yacht Clubs.
Kaunas is also a host city of many international sports events, the beginning of which dates back to 1939, when Kaunas hosted the European Basketball Championship. And we are proud to invite young basketball players from all over the world to the same historic Sports Hall to have their competitions during International Children‘s Games in 2017.