Trakai Castle, Lithuania | Travel

Monday, 12 February 2018

This time last year, my friend and I visited Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania and whilst we were there we visited this beautiful castle, Trakai Castle which is just outside the city. Trakai was originally built in 1409 and is miraculously still in wonderful condition due to several phases of building and reconstruction so it now is a large tourist attraction for visitors to Lithuania. 

It was originally built to help protect the city of Vilnius from crusading knights of the Baltic regions and later, when it was no longer needed for military purposes it was remade into a Ducal palace which was its main use until the 17th century. 

Several different cultures played a role in the design of this beautiful castle as the reconstruction in the 20th century was started by Soviet Russia and continued by the Germans and the Polish up until the end of the Second World War. This has resulted in a beautiful castle that could easily have been taken out of a picture book. It has beautiful towers and so many nooks and crannies to explore.

There is the museum inside the castle which is really informative and tells you all about the castle's history and then the surrounding area is lovely just to walk around and take in the views. The castle is actually on an island in the middle of Lake Galve and when we visited, last February, it was very cold and snowing so the lake was actually frozen solid and people were playing games on it! 

Trakai is really easy to get to from Vilnius, we just took a bus straight from the city centre bus station! From the bus stop there is then a nice walk through the town to find the castle which, for us, was lovely at the beginning of the day but after we had been in the snow for about 4 hours, we were quite cold and wet on the walk back!

We would definitely recommend Trakai as a day trip if you visit Vilnius. We especially loved the it was snowing when we visited as it added to the fairytale feel!

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