Trakai Things to Do

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    The Castle

    by iaint Written Jun 13, 2015

    The castle is one of the main attractions at Trakai. You approach it through the town, and then by crossing 2 footbridges with a small island in between them.

    The castle’s construction began in the 14th century, and it was of major strategic importance to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

    Skipping a few centuries, it started to fall into disrepair in the 17th century.

    In 1905 (when it was part of Imperial Russia) some partial restoration started to be carried out. Germany did some more when it occupied the country during WWI.

    More restoration was done by Lithuanian & Polish specialists in the period to 1941. The main restoration was undertaken during the Soviet occupation between 1951 and 1961.

    Check out the website for current entry prices and opening times.

    It is one of the foremost historical sites in the country, so well worth a visit at any time of year. Winter is as good as summer. It looks great in the snow. The lake is often frozen so that you can walk out to the castle from the shore.

    from the village courtyard different view shows access bridge
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    Lakeside walks

    by iaint Written Jun 13, 2015

    You'll find paths all around the shore of the lake.

    I believe you can walk all the way around (10km, I think) but I haven't done it. I was thinking of it the last time I was there, but I was tired already and it was quite warm.

    Maybe next time.

    Even just walking the paths relatively close to the castle is a real pleasure. Mind you, I was there on a monday afternoon and I suspect it will be busy at weekends.

    beautiful marina chiiled vantage point near railway station
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    What is that over there?-Uzutrkis Manor

    by Toshioohsako Written Aug 5, 2014

    Uzutrakis manor is a beautiful white house being renovated but the building and front garden renovations see to have already been done. It was created by by Warsaw-Juzef during 1896-1902.
    Its a French style of Manor. This is a must place when you are in Trakai.

    side view with Lake Trakai statue, garden and the lake blue sky and the manor A view of Castle

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    White manor on the lake

    by Toshioohsako Written Aug 5, 2014

    Užutrakis manor and park are situated in Trakai historical national park.
    Užutrakis manor was created upon the initiative of Juozapas Tiškevièius. Joseph Hus was the architect of the manor house. The park was laid out by a famous French landscape architect Edoard Francois Andre.
    The neo-Renaissance palace was built in 1896-1901.

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    Valve lake boat trip

    by mvtouring Written Jul 11, 2013

    Highly recommended is the boat trip on the lake. Cost was 25lt for 45 minutes and it was worth every Lt. You get to see the island castle from all sides plus all the other things that the lake has to offer.

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    Uzutrakis manor estate

    by mvtouring Written Jul 11, 2013

    The estate ensemble was created in 1897 - 1902 on the initiative of Count Jozef Tyszkiewicz and his wife Duchess Jadwiga Swietopolk-Czertwertynska. There are ponds, a comfortable net of pathways, groups of artificial cliffs and much more to explore here.

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    Peninsular Castle

    by mvtouring Written Jul 11, 2013

    Belief has it that the castle was built around 1350 - 1377 by the Duke Kestutis. It was part of the defensive ensemble of Trakei and Vilnius. After 1655 the buildings that were seriously damaged during the war with Muscovy were left derelict and unused

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    St. John of Nepomuk Roadsite Pole

    by mvtouring Written Jul 11, 2013

    This Roadsite pole is an important focus of Trakei, it is assumed that it was built in the 17th century. It was only later named after St John the patron saint of fishing towns and villages surrounded by water

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    Trakei church of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin

    by mvtouring Written Jul 11, 2013

    In 1409 the Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautus funded the parish church of Trakei. It is one of the oldest churches in Lithuania famous for the image of the Mother of God, the Protectress of Lithuania. The church is visibly dominating among residential buildings. It is the spiritual centre of town and I was amazed at how full the church was during the Sunday morning mass. Not enough sitting place for everyone, also lots of youngsters attended the church. Delightful to see

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    Trakei history museum and Island Castle

    by mvtouring Written Jul 11, 2013

    In 1962 the island castle was given to the Trakei History museum. Today the castle hosts various exhibitions and many concerts and medieval festivals take place here.
    Opening times:-
    May to Sep. 10 am - 7 pm
    Oct. 10 am - 6 pm closed on Mondays

    Entrance fee:- 14 lt
    School children 6 lt
    Seniors. 8 lt

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    Trakai Island Castle

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Jul 7, 2013

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    Trakai Island Castle is the only castle in Eastern Europe located on an island in Lake Galvë. The construction of the stone castle was begun in the 14th century by Kæstutis, and around 1409 major works were completed by his son Vytautas the Great. After the Battle of Grunwald (1410) the castle lost its defense significance and gained the function of princely residence. Grand Duke Vytautas died in the castle in 1430 while still waiting for a royal crown and after his death the castle began to fall into decay.

    TRAKAI TOURISM INFORMATION CENTRE
    Vytauto str.69 LT-21001 Trakai, Lithuania

    Working hours:
    May – September: I - VII: 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
    October II - VII: 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. (on Mondays - closed)
    Nowember - February II - VII: 10.00 a.m.-5.00 p.m. (on Mondays - closed)
    March - April II - VII: 10.00 a.m. -6.00 p.m. (on Mondays - closed).

    Entry fee from 01.04.2013 : 15 Lt – for adults, 7 Lt – for childrens, students, 10Lt - for seniors.
    Guide price: a giuded tour in a foreign language - 50 Lt.

    BY BUS FROM VILNIUS
    From Vilnius Bus Station at Sodø St. 22, Tel.: 1661 (to call from Vilnius or from a mobile phone).
    Buses from Vilnius to Trakai leave around 50 times per day (40 times per day on the weekends).
    Departure platforms: 6,7,8 (suburban buses), 28 and 29 (intercity bus, via Alytus).
    Timetable of buses VILNIUS - TRAKAI: http://www.autobusustotis.lt/en

    BY TRAIN FROM VILNIUS
    From Vilnius Railway Station at Geleþinkelio St. 16, Tel.: + 370 5 233 0088
    Timetable of trains VILNIUS - TRAKAI www.litrail.lt

    BY CAR FROM VILNIUS - A 16 highway.
    BY CAR FROM KAUNAS - A1 highway, continue Route nr. 107.

    We got there by car on the way from Vilnius to Kaunas.

    Trakai Island Castle in 1968
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    Trakai Island Castle

    by EasyMalc Updated Oct 18, 2012

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    There are two castles in Trakai - the remains of the Peninsula Castle, and the one everyone comes to see - The Island Castle.
    If you arrive by public transport you'll need to walk down through the village from the train station or bus station until you come to Lake Galve. It'll take around 20 minutes or so to walk directly to the castle but there'll be things to stop off and look at as you walk through.
    The Island Castle is situated, as its name suggests, on an island in the lake, but don't worry because there are a couple of short causeways that join the island to the mainland.
    It costs 14Lt for adults to enter the castle (£3.50 - Seniors 8Lt - Sept 2012) and is open from 10.00 (closing times vary depending on the season).
    The castle includes a history museum but the castle itself has had much renovation work carried out over the years. What is here today is mainly a re-construction of the castle as it would have looked in the 15th century.
    The best views of the castle are from across the lake before you join the causeways. If you turn left at the lakeside instead of heading across to the castle you'll be rewarded with a much better view than from within the castle itself - and it costs nothing. Not only that it's a lot more peaceful here.
    I would suggest coming here as early as you can or leave it until later in the afternoon.

    Inside Trakai Island Castle
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    Trakai castle

    by Nikolay_Ivanov Written Aug 17, 2011

    Its a picturesque site when you are looking at it from distance. There is a bridge leading to the castle, which is located on a small island. The wall and the towers are harsh red. While entering through the gates, you feel the medieval atmosphere of the place. There are some attractions in the yard- for example, a cage for prisoners, and another thing for execution. Inside the castle you'll find a ceremony hall, small rooms representing the everyday life of the so called Karaimi and the Tatars; there are furniture collections representing the life of the rich people. Its a useful place for everyone exploring different cultures.

    Trakai castle from distance
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    Castle

    by bonio Updated Apr 4, 2011

    It's on an island, reached by a wooden bridge or two, and is unforgettable. Beautiful place to spend a couple of hours wandering around. It's home to an interesting museum about Trakai too.
    It should be on all itinaries if you're visiting Lithuania.

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    On first island

    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I walked to the Trakai castle through the wooden bridges. First I went to the island called Karvine s. (Karaimka) - look at the map here.

    There was nothing interested on this green, forested island except this high, wooden statue, on my picture. Well, there were a few colorful boats parked by the island's bank.

    STATUE STATUE
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