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State : Lithuania Lithuania
District : Alytus
Municipality : Alytus
Coordinates : 54 ° 24 '  N , 24 ° 2'  E Coordinates: 54 ° 24 '  N , 24 ° 2'  E
Height : 200 m
Area (place) : 40  km²
Inhabitants (place) : 49,888 (2020)
Population density : 1,247 inhabitants per km²
Time zone : EET (UTC + 2)
Telephone code : (+370) 315
Postal code : 62504
Status: Borough
Structure : 7 microrajons
Mayor : Nerijus Cesiulis
( LSDP )
Website :
Alytus (Lithuania)
Aerial view on Alytus

Listen to Alytus ? / i (German, 18th century: Alitten , Polish Olita ) is a municipality in south-eastern Lithuania with around 50,000 inhabitants. It is the center of the southeastern part of the country ( Dzūkija ) and lies a good 90 km southwest of the state capital Vilnius on the Memel . The city is around 50 km from the borders with Belarus ( EU external border ) and Poland . It is also the administrative center of the surrounding district of Alytus . Audio file / audio sample


The place was mentioned for the first time in 1377 in a chronicle of the Wigand von Marburg as a regional center in the literature. In 1581 Stephan Báthory gave the town its city charter according to Magdeburg law . During the Soviet era, several industrial plants were built, in 1969 the cotton combine ( Alytaus medvilnės Kombatas , later Alytaus tekstilė ) with 6,000 employees (in 1980) and around 1963 the refrigerator manufacturer Alytaus šaldytuvų gamykla (in 1972 the company employed 1,900 people). In 1989 there were 12 middle schools (general education schools with high school diplomas).

Alytus has been a municipality since 1995 (lit. Alytaus miesto savivaldybė ).


The council of the municipality of Alytus has 27 members. They are distributed among the individual parliamentary groups and parties as follows (as of June 2020):

Social democrats 5 seats
Christian Democrats 4 seats
Fraction "Už Alytų" (For Alytus) 3 seats
Fraction "Vieningas Alytus" (United Alytus) 3 seats
Bauernvolksbund | 3 seats
3 seats
6 seats

Nerijus Cesiulis has been the mayor since 2019 .

List of mayors

until 1990 chairman of the executive committee


Logo of the Lithuanian refrigerator manufacturer Snaigė

Alytus is a center of the manufacturing industry. One of the most successful Lithuanian manufacturing companies - the refrigerator manufacturer Snaigė ('snowflake') - is based in Alytus. The chemical industry and the largest sparkling wine and spirits manufacturer Alita can also be found here .

In Alytus there is a technical college (former polytechnic). The nearest airport is Kaunas Airport .

In Alytus there is an HVDC short coupling for coupling the Polish and Lithuanian power grids. The system supplied by ABB was completed in 2015 and has a transmission capacity of 500 MW at an operating voltage of ± 70 kV.

In the style of a park town, Alytus, located in a bend in the river Memel, does not offer any tourist attractions worth mentioning. The Dzūkija National Park and the Druskininkai health resort are worth mentioning in the vicinity .


Vocational training

  • Alytus College (lit. Alytaus kolegija), Alytus University, Merkinės Str. 2b
  • Alytus vocational training center , vocational school
  • Alytus branch of the Kaunass School of Applied Arts ( Kauno taikomosios dailės mokykla Alytaus filialas )

High schools

St. Benedict High School
  • Alytus High School , founded in 1919
  • Jotvingių high school
  • Putinų high school
  • St. Benedict High School

Secondary schools

Dainavos secondary school

Other schools

  • Piliakalnio-Progymnasium Alytus
  • Anzelmas Matutis Primary School Alytus
  • Alytus youth and adult school

Former schools


Craft school
  • Alytus Theater
  • Alytus Art School
  • Alytus Biennal






  • Alytaus Arena
  • Alytus Sports Palace
  • Center for sport and recreation
  • Alytus swimming pool
  • Alytus sports school


Alytus station
  • Alytus station , built in 1899
  • Antanas Juozapavičius Bridge, built in 1967
  • Baltosios-rožės pedestrian and bicycle bridge , built in 2015
  • Kaniūkai Bridge, first built in 1892
  • Lietuvos-tūkstantmečio Bridge, 2009


St. Ludwig Church
Guardian Angel Church
St. Casimir Church
  • St. Casimir Church , built in 1891 as an Orthodox church, completely redesigned in the 1990s after being used by others
  • Marienkirche, built 1991-2001
  • Ludwig Church, built 1818–1820
  • Guardian Angel Church, built in 1830
  • Brunon Chapel
  • Former synagogue , built in 1911

Twin cities

The sister cities of Alytus are

  • PolandPoland Opole in Poland, since 1993
  • PolandPoland Suwałki in Poland, since 1996
  • NorwayNorway Mandal in Norway. since 1996
  • SwedenSweden Botkyrka in Sweden, since 2000
  • DenmarkDenmark Næstved in Denmark, since 2002
  • PolandPoland Ostrołęka in Poland, since 2002
  • FranceFrance Rouen in France, since 2004
  • UkraineUkraine Berdychiv in Ukraine since 2005
  • ArgentinaArgentina San Martín in Argentina, since 2006
  • BelarusBelarus Lida in Belarus, since 2007
  • RussiaRussia Petrozavodsk in Russia, since 2007
  • BelarusBelarus Hrodna in Belarus, since 2009
  • LatviaLatvia Amata in Latvia, since 2010
  • United StatesUnited States Rochester (New York) in the (USA), since 2010
  • BelarusBelarus Smarhon in Belarus, since 2010
  • PolandPoland Giżycko in Poland, since 2011
  • United KingdomUnited Kingdom Crawley in the UK since 2012
  • FranceFrance Vélizy-Villacoublay in France, since 2013
  • PolandPoland Ełk in Poland, since 2014
  • China People's RepublicPeople's Republic of China Ningbo in the People's Republic of China, since 2014
  • PolandPoland Sejny in Poland, since 2016

sons and daughters of the town

Mars crater

The Martian crater Alitus is named after Aki .

Web links

Commons : Alytus  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Frakcijos , parliamentary groups in the city council on, accessed June 12, 2020
  2. Miesto vadovai (leader of the city) on, accessed June 12, 2020
  3. site Alytus - Miestai partneriai , accessed on November 26, 2016