Vilnius district municipality

  Administrative centre – Vilnius
  Area – 2129 km² (21.9 % of the county’s area)
  Population – 95 078 (11.2 % of the county’s population)
  Wards – Avižieniai, Bezdonys, Buivydžiai, Dūkštos, Juodšiliai, Kalveliai,   Lavoriškės, Maišiagala, Marijampolis, Medininkai, Mickūnai, Nemenčinė   town, Nemenčinė, Nemėžis, Paberžė, Pagiriai, Riešė, Rudamina, Rukainiai,   Sudervė, Sužionys, Šatrininkai, Zujūnai


Vilnius district municipality is located in the southeast of Lithuania, at the border with Belarus. It is one of the largest and most beautiful districts of Lithuania. A larger part of its territory is covered by Aukštaičiai and Medininkai uplands. On the Medininkai Upland, there is the highest point of the Lithuanian terrain – Aukštoja (293.84 m). The south-eastern part is on the Dainava, the eastern – on the Vilnia plain. There are the Dūkštai and Baravykinė landscape, Pravalas, Medininkai and Raudonoji bala (cranberry) botanical reserves. The district is crossed by the Neris with tributaries the Vilnia and Vokė rivers. There are 113 small lakes (Gilužis, Vilnoja, Riešė, Karvys, Taučiliškės and other) and 9 ponds and marshes (Margiai, etc.). Soils are mainly brown soils. The forests are mainly pine and spruce; there are also birch and mixed forests. The largest forests – those of Nemenčinė, Sudervė and Lavoriškės. Agricultural land makes up 46 %, forests – 39.6 %, roads – 2.3 %, built-up area – 3.2 %, water bodies – 2,4 %, other land – 6.5 % of the municipality.

There is one town – Nemenčinė, and four townships – Bezdonys, Maišiagala, Mickūnai, Šumskas.

The centre of the district, as well as of the entire county, in Vilnius (Vilnius has a status of a separate municipality, therefore does not fall within the territory of Vilnius district).

Alongside agriculture, wood processing and manufacture of furniture, building structures, light and food industry, service sector are developed. An increasing number of new enterprises, logistics centres settle near Vilnius, which is conditioned by the favourable strategic location of the district.

Vilnius district is the most ethnically multicoloured region of Lithuania. The locals are characterised by hospitality and warmth; they cherish specific multicultural traditions.

The abundance of cultural monuments (about 445), rich water and forest resources, picturesque landscapes attract many tourists and day-tippers; therefore, new recreational centres, rural tourism farmsteads are established, tourist routes are arranged, various tourism services are offered in the region.

Lithuanians and foreign guests are attracted by the geographic centre of Europe, located 25 km away from Vilnius, not far from the Vilnius–Molėtai road, nearby the Bernotai castle mound and Girija Lake, as well as the Park of Europe (Europos parkas) exhibiting works of artists from different countries, Sužionys, Buivydai, Bradeliškės, Maišiagala, Avižonys and other castle mounds, ethnographic estates of Keturiasdešimt Totorių village, the homeland of the geologist J. Lukoševičius in Bikiškė, the house where the poet V. Sirokomlė lived (in Bareikiškės), etc. Important architectural monuments include the church of St Anne in Dūkštos, the church of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Rudamina, the church of the Assumption in Maišiagala, the church of the Holy Trinity in Sudervė, mansions of Trakų Vokė, Glitiškės, Nemėžis and Šumskas, a watermill in Bradeliškės, mosques in the villages of Keturiasdešimt Totorių and Nemėžys, a former pub in Rudamina.