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is the biggest city in the south of Lithuania. The river Nemunas divides the city in two parts. On the right side is the "first Alytus" and on the left side the "second Alytus". Alytus is a town in the park with lots of green space. Many rivers, lakes rich in fish, green forests, where you can relax and go for beautiful walks are in the national park Dzukija near Alytus. Also the famous health resort Druskininkai is not far away from Alytus. With 56.300 inhabitants and 27.300 more around Alytus it can be compared to a medium-sized city in Germany. Though Alytus is a industrial city, the education is hiegher then the average of Lithuania. Besides some high schools there is a university of applied sciences, where many PC-specialist, secretaries and merchants are trained. If you look on the average age, Alytus is the youngest city of Lithuania. The birthrate is with 2 children in one family also higher than the average.  97% of the inhabitants of Alytus are Lithuanians. (That means we are really something special here.) Most of working population works in the industry sector. The production of machines and the textile industry make the biggest parts of the industry in Alytus.  The unemployment rate is 18,6%. Very sad is the current divorce rate: It´s about 75%.

Sights in Alytus

The most ímportant sights in Alytus are:
The museum of local history, where you can find more than 65.000 pieces of archaeological and historical worth from all over south Lithuania, the Anzelmas Mauti museum (Anzelmas Mauti was a very famous poet); and one museum about military history.
There are also some beautiful old churches in Alytus, the oldest is the St. Ludwigs church from the year 1524, the "Church of the holy guardian angels" with many sacred treasures of high artistic value.
Also there is the sculpture "Der Freiheitsengel" (the angel of freedom) in the beautiful city park, built to celebrate the first decade of independance in 1928.

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