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    Trakai Island Castle

    by EasyMalc Updated Apr 1, 2016

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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 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 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 €6 for adults to enter the castle (€3 for kids, students and seniors - March 2016) and is open from either 9am or 10am 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 how the castle 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.

    Website: http://www.trakaimuziejus.lt/#/lan=en

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    Wooden Houses

    by MalenaN Written Jan 29, 2016

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    If you walk from the bus station/train station to Trakai Castle you will pass many brightly painted wooden houses. They are called traditional Kartite (Karain) houses after the Karaite people who were removed from Crimea by the Grand Duke of Lithuania in 1397 and 1398. The houses are painted in green, yellow, redish and blue colours, and many of them have three windows on the gable. I think they look very nice!

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    Take a walk along the lake

    by MalenaN Written Jan 23, 2016

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    When I arrived in Trakai I walked from the bus station to the castle following the main road through the town, the street Vytauto g. Taking this street you will pass many nice painted wooden houses and a couple of churches. However, when returning to the bus station I decided to follow the lake shore instead. I started with a walk around Trakai Castle on its little island before crossing over to the peninsula, and after eating at the restaurant Kybynlar I took the stairs down to the footpath following the shore of the lake. You can follow the same footpath all the way to the bus station and to the train station. It was really, really cold the day I visited, but the sun shone and it was a beautiful winter walk.

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    Trakai Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Vir

    by MalenaN Updated Jan 18, 2016

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    Trakai Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    There has been a church on this site since 1409, when a church was founded by the Grand Duke Vytautas. After several reconstructions, because of fires and war it has now got a Baroque appearance, and has had so since 1717.

    Over the great altar hangs the 16th century icon of Our Lady of Trakai (the Trakai Madona). It is believed to have magical powers.

    The church is a Roman Catholic church. It is open 9 – 19.

    Address: Birutes str 5

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    Trakai Orthodox Church of Nativity of the Most Ble

    by MalenaN Written Jan 18, 2016

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    Trakai Orthodox Church of Nativity of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, that’s a long name of a church! It is a Russian Orthodox church built in 1863. It is situated halfway between the bus station and Trakai Castle, so I passed it on my way to the castle. It was not open.

    Address: Vytauto str.32

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    The Castle

    by iaint Written Jun 13, 2015

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    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.

    Address: Trakai, Lithuania

    Directions: See above.

    Phone: +370 528 53946

    Website: http://www.trakai-visit.lt/lt/muziejai

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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.

    Address: Trakai, Lithuania

    Directions: Start from the railway station, for example.

    Phone: n-a

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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.

    Directions: You have to drive a half way around from the Trakai town side. You can also catch a boat to come here. A bicycle is an option. Walking is ok if you have much time.

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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.

    Address: Uzutrakio str 17. Trakei

    Website: http://Www.seniejitrakei.lt

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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

    Phone: +370 528 53 946

    Website: http://Www.trakeimuziejus.lt

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