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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 $65
Argo Trakai

Argo Trakai

Vytauto gatve 89, Trakai
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 14 reviews
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    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 $37
    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 within 2 mi (3 km) of St. Mary Church, Trakai History Museum, and Trakai Peninsula Castle. Karaim Ethnographic Exhibition and Trakai Island Castle are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      TonyResort $79
      TonyResort

      TonyResort

      Anupriškiu kaimas 2, Trakai
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 14 reviews
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        Located on the beach, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Trakai Island Castle, Trakai History Museum, and Trakai Peninsula Castle. Karaim Ethnographic Exhibition is 7.1 mi (11.4 km) away.

        Esperanza Resort $150
        Esperanza Resort

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        Paunguriai, Trakai
           
          4.8
          of 5, from 20 reviews
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          Located in the historical district, this family-friendly hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of St. Mary Church, Trakai History Museum, and Trakai Peninsula Castle. Trakai Island Castle is 9.8 mi (15.8 km) away.

          Arturas Quest House $57
          Arturas Quest House

          Arturas Quest House

          Smelio g. 7, 14168 Geležiu k.,, Vilnius
             
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Vilnius, this guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of Vilnius TV Tower, Vilnius Cathedral, and Vilnius University. Vilnius Town Hall and Town Hall Square are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva $90
            Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva

            Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva

            Konstitucijos av. 20, Vilnius
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 481 reviews
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              Located in Business District, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Europa Tower and Vilnius Cathedral. Vilnius University and Town Hall Square are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Green Vilnius Hotel $36
              Green Vilnius Hotel

              Green Vilnius Hotel

              Pilaites pr. 20, Vilnius
                 
                3.8
                of 5, from 27 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 Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Karolina Park Hotel & Conference Center $45
                Karolina Park Hotel & Conference Center

                Karolina Park Hotel & Conference Center

                Sausio 13-osios St. 2, Vilnius
                   
                  3.9
                  of 5, from 134 reviews
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                  Situated in Vilnius, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Vilnius TV Tower and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lithuanian Exhibition Centre and Lithuanian Parliament Building. National Art Gallery and Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania are also within 3 mi (5 km).