Trakai Island Castle Museum, Trakai

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The erstwhile political epicenter of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Trakai Island Castle Museum today provides a striking example of an island fortress in Europe and remains one of the country's most famous symbols. Built in several stages beginning in the 14th century, the castle fell into ruin during the 1600s; however, a major push after World War II led to its complete restoration. Cross the wooden bridge to access the castle and its massive defensive towers and gate, situated on a tiny islet just offshore from its namesake town. Within the walls lies yet another fortified bastion. Wander its multiple floors and view exhibitions displaying medieval artifacts, armor, and weapons. The site documents both the history of the castle and its role in the nation's past. Be sure to stop by the grand hall, where rulers such as national hero Vytautas held feasts and state meetings. Put Trakai Island Castle Museum and other Trakai attractions into our Trakai holiday planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This place is mentioned in every guide, and it is really charming. Less than an hour from hotel, a wooden village on the lake and on a small island this beautiful castle. Fantastic  more »
  • A easy day trip from Vilnius to Trakai, the old capital of Lithuania. Spectacular setting of the castle of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania by the lakeside. I even got to try out the stocks for...  more »
  • Love this cute little village ♥️ I have been when it was completely frozen and again in spring when it had beautiful nature and nice temperature. Enjoyed it both times and recommend to anyone visiting Vilnius as a day trip. There are also many good restaurants in the vicinity
  • Great site that has been well restored. It's a good 25 minute walk from the bus station. Half of exhibition in the main tower about the castle is very good, the rest is instantly forgettable, unless you're into ceramics, glass, pipes, and bad paintings.
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