The castle is famous for its gothic architecture and its special location – it stands on an island on Lake Galve, one of the deepest lakes in Lithuania. The view of the historic structure is straight out of a fairy tale. You can reach the castle by crossing the long wooden bridge. In the winter the lake freezes over and becomes a natural skating rink. You can also take in a special view of the castle from a yacht.
Visit the museum inside the castle to explore the exhibitions of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, various archaeological findings and artefacts, as well as a collection of art. In the summer there are medieval festivals as well as various events and concerts in the castle’s courtyard.
The castle was built in the 14th century and served as a residence for the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. However, the structure fell into disarray in the 17th century and was only rebuilt in 1951. In 1962, the castle became a part of the Trakai History Museum.
By car: from Vilnius to Trakai - 27 km, from Old Trakai to Trakai only 4 km. Leaving Vilnius, follow Savanorių Avenue and continue following the signs. Highway - A16. By bus: from the Vilnius Bus Station (Sodų g. 22, tel. 1661), platforms: No. 6, 7, 8 (suburban), 28 and 29 (interurban, via Alytus). Buses to Trakai go about 50 times a day (about 40 times on weekends), at intervals of about 10 to 20 minutes, www.autobusustotis.lt
By train: from the train station (Geležinkelio g. 16), tel. +370 5 233 0088, www.litrail.lt
March, April, October:
Closed during national holidays
€4 pupils, students, pensioners