Urbanista #18 The Abandoned Hotels of Kaunas, Lithuania

We met these unfinished concrete giants while visiting the city of Kaunas last summer in 2017 during our Baltic tour in parts of Latvia.

Soviet period has drastically changed the urban face of Kaunas and we can still find two unfinished objects from this period, referred by locals as „ghosts “and „monsters“.

These concrete buildings were supposed to become hotels, but the lack of funding halted the construction, and to this day both remain abandoned.

We found the first unfinished hotel at Kestucio Gatve 26. It is 11 floors high and with small surround field from west side of the structure. There is not so high fence you need to climb. The best place to enter is from South.

Hotel at Kestucio Gatve 26

Address: Kauno m. sav., Kauno m., Kestucio g. 26

Architecture type: Professional
Architects: Alfredas Paulauskas
Styles: Velyvasis modernizmas
Years: 1977 – 1988
Epochs: Soviet
Materials: Concrete


Respublika Hotel

Address: Kauno m. sav., Kauno m., Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 38
Architecture type: Professional
Architects: Henrikas Balciunas
Styles: Postmodernizmas
Years: 1985 – 1988
Epochs: Soviet
Materials: Ferroconcrete



You will find easy access only to the ground floor, the stairways routes are closed and will need extra time to find way to bypass them. We didn’t have it this time so we made strike some photos and moved to the next location.


Hotel Respublika


The second unfinished hotel of Kaunas has been at least named. The standard name of “Respublika” didn’t help it to the day to accept its first visitors and tourists. It has been abandoned few months before the date planed for grand opening. From rumors we understand that few companies tried to re-build it, but all went wrong during the world crises.


Hotel Respublika


At the day of our visit we saw that work for demolition of this giant started and in one or few years there will be something else rising at its place.


This article uses photos from: http://marsrutai.autc.lt/en


Urban Exploring rating:

Trespassing Status – Fence/Construction workers zone

Accessibility – ∕⑩

Dangers Level/Risk – ∕⑩ Holes in the floors, Risk of falling objects

Spooky Level – /⑩

Urbex Level – /⑩

Fun – /⑩

Total: 4.8 / 10

Hotel Respublika Location:


Location of Hotel at Kestucio Gatve 26


Other episodes of Urbanista:

Urbanista #15 Exploring abandoned Thuy Tien sculpture creation camp, Hue, Vietnam


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