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Alytus is the largest city in the southern part of Lithuania . It is located on the bank of the Nemunas River, app. 70 km south of the city Kaunas . The river divides the city into two parts. Today, Alytus has about 70 000 inhabitants.

A little bit of history

The city was founded in 1377. In the 14th century, a wooden castle was built on the promontory above the confluence of the rivers Nemunas and Alytupis. In 1581, Alytus was granted the town privileges. In the 17th century, it was annexed to Poland. The town was repeatedly damaged as a result of wars. In the 19th century, Alytus became a part of Russia. In 1931, Alytus was one of the biggest Lithuanian cities- a fortification and artillery barracks were built at that time. Only the church Garrison and park Kareiviniu with the barracks have survived up to these days.

Monuments

An obelisk built upon the place of a mass grave commemorates the victims of the Second World War. More than 60 000 murdered Jews were buried in these places during the war. In the part of the city- so-called the Old Garden- you can find the Angel of Freedom, which is the memorial dedicated to the partisans. There are other interesting memorials and sculptures as well.

Nature beauties

The landscape around Alytus is extremely beautiful. There are several nature parks in the region. Not far from the city, you will find lakes Obelija and Didzilius, popular destinations among fishermen and canoeing lovers. In this area, you will also find the Zuvintas Biosphere Reserve, the National Park Dzukija, the Regional Park Meteliai and the forest Vidzgiris. There are several nice parks with playgrounds for children just in the city.

Museums and culture

There are five galleries and nine museums in Alytus. The most interesting are, for example, the Law and Order Museum, the Museum of the Veterans of the Afghanistan War, the Museum of Ethnography, the Fights for Freedom Museum, the Museum of Punia Forestry and the museums dedicated to several famous people. The city Alytus also has its own theatre and cinema.

Entertainment and attractions

The city offers a wide choice of entertainment and recreation. For example, there is the rope fun-park Tarzania or a small ski slope at the edge of the city with a 190 metres long ski lift for ski fans. It is possible to rent canoes and boats or buy a flight in a hot-air balloon. There are saunas and swimming -pools, tennis courts, a paintball field, night clubs and culture centres. There is an information centre that provides information about current events taking place in the city at: Rotuses Sq. 14A, LT-62141, Alytus Tel:. + 370 315 52 010 Fax + 370 315 51 982 info@Alytus-tourism.lt


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GPS: 54.3885, 24.0427
Altitude: 93 m
Distance from the capital city: Vilnius, 86 km
Last update: 2012-10-22 07:58:35

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The information has not been confirmed by the owner yet Pros: peaceful locality, flat surrounding area, important birthplace, sauna, forests
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