Kaunas District Municipality

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Kaunas District Municipality
Kauno rajono savivaldybė
Municipality
Landscape near Lepšiškiai
Landscape near Lepšiškiai
Coat of arms of Kaunas District Municipality
Coat of arms
Location of Kaunas district municipality within Lithuania
Location of Kaunas district municipality within Lithuania
Country  Lithuania
Ethnographic region Aukštaitija / Suvalkija
County Kaunas County flag.png Kaunas County
Capital Kaunas
Elderships 25
Area
 • Total 1,496 km2 (578 sq mi)
Area rank 14th
Population (2014 census)[1]
 • Total 81,400
 • Rank 7th
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
 • Density rank 13th
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Telephone code 37
Major settlements
Website www.krs.lt

Kaunas District Municipality is one of 60 municipalities in Lithuania. The seat of the municipality is the city of Kaunas. It surrounds the Kaunas City Municipality from the north, west and south, while in the east Kaunas district municipality borders Kaišiadorys District Municipality. Kaunas District Municipality has the second largest international airport in Lithuania (Kaunas International Airport), and is well connected by major roads (A1 highway and Via Baltica), as well as railways with other cities of Lithuania.

Geography[edit]

Nature[edit]

The rivers Neman, Neris, Nevėžis, Jiesia and Dubysa pass through the Kaunas District area. Kaunas Reservoir borders the east side of the district. It also has 7 lakes and 14 ponds in the area.

The largest forests are: Dubrava, Padauguva, Varluva, Zapyškis. Girionys Park is home to some rare and exotic plant life. Žalgiris memorial park is located at Cinkiškė village.

Mounds[edit]

There are a total of 20[2] nationally recognized mounds located in Kaunas District Municipality area. More notable mounds are:

  • Piepaliai mound
  • Lantainiai mound
  • Bernatoniai mound
  • Pyliai mound
  • Samyliai mound
  • Pakalniškiai mound
  • Guogai mound
  • Ringovė mound
  • Jaučakiai mound
  • Altoniškiai mound
  • Jadagoniai mound

Preserves[edit]

Kaunas District has a large number of nature reserves. Some note-worthy are:

  • Arlaviškės botanical preserve
  • Dubrava reserve area
  • Kamša botanical-zoological preserve
  • Kaunas Reservoir Regional Park
  • Nevėžis landscape preserve

Settlements[edit]

Kaunas District Municipality consists of:

Culture[edit]

An ethnic culture and crafts museum can be found in Vilkija, Babtai has a museum of ethnography and in Saliai there is an underground press museum. Among other note-worthy places are a racing circuit in Kačerginė called Nemuno žiedas, also a total of 19 surviving manors (the most famous are Raudondvaris, and "Babtynas" located in Žemaitkiemis), the old church of Zapyškis (Church of St. John the Baptist) and Monastery of Discalced Carmelites in Paštuva.

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Coordinates: 55°00′N 23°50′E / 55.000°N 23.833°E / 55.000; 23.833