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Trakai Island Castle

Make your way across a wooden boardwalk to reach this fairytale-like castle on a lake in Trakai, where you can find a fascinating museum and archery range.

Trakai Island Castle appears to float on the mirror-like surface of Lake Galvė. First established in the second half of the 1300s, this picturesque stone castle is sometimes referred to as Little Marienburg. Visit the history museum within the reconstructed castle walls to learn about this strategic stronghold in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. See fascinating historic exhibits tracing the castle’s heritage through displays of religious and cultural artifacts.

Approach Trakai Island Castle via the long and picturesque boardwalk connecting the island to Trakai mainland. You can distinctly see the original foundations of the steadfast brick castle beneath the reconstructed upper floors and corner towers. Enter through the forecastle gateway and find yourself in the historic inner yard. Here the magnificent Ducal Palace is topped by a five-story donjon or inner tower.

Explore the rooms and halls that have been restored as museum exhibits. See some of the original décor in the Ducal Hall in the palace’s southern wing. Get a detailed understanding of the castle’s history and significance with a guided tour.

Learn about the lifestyle and ethnography of the people who lived in Trakai and its castle. See a timeline of the dukes who ruled from the picturesque castle and find out about the Tartar and Karaim people who inhabited this area. Look for examples of medieval ceramics and folk dress, as well as a collection of taxidermy animals. Try shooting a longbow and crossbow at the castle’s archery range.

The castle museum also has a gift shop with souvenirs and historical books. Stop at the neighborhood bakeries and sample fresh local pastries.

Trakai Island Castle is located on Lake Galvė, 19 miles (31 kilometers) west of Vilnius. Reach Trakai easily by car, local public transportation and organized tour. Pay a small admission fee to access the castle and its museum. Book a tour in English in advance for an additional fee. Many of the exhibits have accompanying English text. The castle is open daily between May and September and every day but Mondays during other months.


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Argo Trakai
Argo Trakai

Argo Trakai

Vytauto gatve 89, Trakai
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 14 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in the historical district, this spa guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of St. Mary Church and Trakai History Museum. Trakai Peninsula Castle and Karaim Ethnographic Exhibition are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Trakaitis $45
    Trakaitis

    Trakaitis

    Naujosios Sodybos 3B, Trakai
       
      3.7
      of 5, from 3 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in the historical district, this guesthouse is close to St. Mary Church, Trakai History Museum, and Karaim Ethnographic Exhibition. Also nearby are Trakai Peninsula Castle and Trakai Island Castle.

      TonyResort $85
      TonyResort

      TonyResort

      Anupriškiu kaimas 2, Trakai
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 15 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Set on the beach in Trakai, this hotel is within the vicinity of Uzutrakis Manor Estate, Trakai Island Castle, and Karaim Ethnographic Exhibition. Area attractions also include Trakai Peninsula Castle and Trakai History Museum.

        Esperanza Resort $196
        Esperanza Resort

        Esperanza Resort

        Paunguriai, Trakai
           
          4.8
          of 5, from 20 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          This beachfront luxury hotel is located in Trakai, where regional attractions include St. Mary Church, Trakai History Museum, and Trakai Peninsula Castle. Regional attractions also include Trakai Island Castle and Uzutrakis Manor Estate.

          Arturas Quest House
          Arturas Quest House

          Arturas Quest House

          Smelio g. 7, 14168 Geležiu k., Vilnius
             
            3.0 out of 5.0
            AirInn Vilnius Hotel $74
            AirInn Vilnius Hotel

            AirInn Vilnius Hotel

            Rodunios kelias 8, Vilnius
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 377 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated near the airport, in Vilnius, this hotel is close to Gates of Dawn, Vilnius Town Hall, and Presidential Palace. Local attractions also include Town Hall Square and Vilnius University.

              Green Vilnius Hotel
              Green Vilnius Hotel

              Green Vilnius Hotel

              Pilaites pr. 20, Vilnius
                 
                3.8
                of 5, from 28 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Vilnius, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Vilnius TV Tower, Lithuanian Exhibition Centre, and Lithuanian Parliament Building. National Art Gallery and Gediminas Avenue are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Karolina Park Hotel & Conference Center
                Karolina Park Hotel & Conference Center

                Karolina Park Hotel & Conference Center

                Sausio 13-osios St. 2, Vilnius
                   
                  3.9
                  of 5, from 134 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly Vilnius hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Vilnius TV Tower and Lithuanian Exhibition Centre. Vilnius Cathedral is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.