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Kaunas District Municipality
Kauno rajono savivaldybė
Landscape near Lepšiškiai
Location of Kaunas district municipality within Lithuania
|Ethnographic region||Aukštaitija / Suvalkija|
|• Total||1,496 km2 (578 sq mi)|
|• Density||54/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||13th|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+3 (EEST)|
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.
The rivers Neman (Lithuanian: Nemunas), 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.
There are a total of 20 nationally recognized mounds located in Kaunas District Municipality area. More notable mounds are:
Kaunas District has a large number of nature reserves. Including:
Kaunas District Municipality consists of:
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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