Alytus Tourism Information Center S. Dariaus ir S. Girėno St 1 (1st floor of a 5 storey building, next to the bank in the centre), ☎ +370 315 52010, mobile +370 687 07703 ([email protected], fax: +370 315 51982). Jun-Aug M-F 09:00-18.00, Sa 09:00-15:00; Sep-May M-Th 08:00-17:00, F 08:00-16:00. Provides all regular tourist services, sells maps, souvenirs and various publications. (54.39828,24.04881)
The city lies on the banks of the Nemunas River. First mentioned in the Chronicles of Wigand of Marburg in 1377, it was then a wooden fortress guarding the Lithuanian frontier with the Teutonic Order. 15 Jun 1581 Alytus was granted Magdeburg rights. After the WWII Alytus gradually developed as industrial city and now produces around 4.6% of the total industrial production in Lithuania.
Industry now is concentrated in the northern districts, while the small centre is rather pleasant and full of greenery; the further away the southern scenery soon becomes rustic and slightly deceptive. Outdoor recreation area stretches along the loops of Nemunas river south and south-east of the city.