Kaunas district municipality

  Administrative centre – Kaunas
  Area – 1496 km² (18.5 % of the county’s area)
  Population – 86 701 (12.9 % of the county’s population)
  Wards – Akademija, Alšėnai, Babtai, Batniava, Čekiškė, Domeikava,   Ežerėlis, Garliava, Garlia parish, Kačerginė, Karmėlava, Kulautuva, Lapės,   Linksmakalnis, Neveronys, Raudondvaris, Ringaudai, Rokai, Samylai,   Taurakiemis, Užliedžiai, Vandžiogala, Vilkija, Vilkija parish, Zapyškis

Kaunas district municipality surrounds Kaunas city, which does not belong to it, but is the home of the district administration. A larger part of the municipality is covered with lowlands, where Suvalkija, Aukštaitija and Žemaitija regions come together. Considerable area is occupied by the forests of Karalgiris, Varluva, Paryžinė, Dubrava. There are many reserves (Paštuva botanical, Ringovė and Nerėpa entomological, Dubysa ichthyological, Nevėžis and Jiesia landscape and others). The territory of the municipality is crossed by the rivers of Nemunas, Neris, Nevėžis and Jiesia; Kaunas Lagoon (Reservoir) spreads out within the territory. More than half of the territory is covered with agricultural land – 52.4 %, forests – 32.7 %, roads – 1.9 %, built-up area – 4.4 %, water bodies – 4.9 %, other land – 3.7 % of the municipality.

Currently Kaunas district municipality is one of the largest in the country. There are three towns – Ežerėlis, Garliava, Vilkija, and three townships – Akademija, Babtai, Čekiškė, Kačerginė, Karmėlava, Kulautuva, Lapės, Vandžiogala, Zapyškis. The district is crossed by the highways Via Baltika, Vilnius–Kaunas–Klaipėda, international railways; there is an international airport in Karmėlava.

The beautiful meanders and valleys of the three largest Lithuanian rivers – the Nemunas, the Neris and the Nevėžis, the Kaunas Lagoon (Reservoir) Regional Park and nature of reserves untouched by commercial development delight the eye. There are many natural, historical, cultural monuments. There are Babtai-Varluva and Padauguva forest biosphere polygons, Girionys Obelynė, Raudondvaris parks. Prof. Tadas Ivanauskas’ homestead in Obelynė, January the 13th monument in Sitkūnai, V. Mykolaitis-Putinas’ house in Kačerginė are worth visiting as well. One may enjoy the beautiful scenery from Šančiai, Guogai, Karmėlava and other castle mounds. Architectural and art monuments of the 17th–20th centuries may be familiarised with in Čekiškė and Vandžiogala where there are the churches of the Holy Trinity, in Panevėžiukas – the church of the Crucifixion, in Zapyškis – the Gothic church of St. John the Baptist, in Margininkai – the church of Our lady of the Rosary, in Žemaitkiemis and Raudondvaris – manors, as well as other places. Kaunas district is the land of book smugglers (so-called knygnešiai). The memory of them is immortalised in Zapyškis, Babtai, Garliava, Karmėlava, Rokai wards.

There are the Lithuanian University of Agriculture (in Noreikiškės), Lithuanian Forest Research Institute, Lithuanian Institute of Horticulture (the only university of such kind in the Baltic States). The lovers of active recreation can make use of a racing circuit for cars and motorbikes Nemuno žiedas, located near Kačerginė and well-known not only in Lithuania but also abroad; lovers of extreme recreation are attracted by a 13 m high imitation rock for climbing (the only one in Lithuania and the Baltic States), located in Jadagoniai village, Zapyškis ward. The region is famed for events taking place therein. In 2007, the 54th traditional World Ploughing Championship took place in the Lithuanian University of Agriculture. Considerable attention is attracted by a biennial Kaunas district song and dance festival, as well as an annual sung poetry festival The Alley of Acacias (Akacijų alėja), both taking place in Kulautuva.

Useful links

Kaunas district municipality
Kaunas region tourism information centre