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Trakai Castle sightseeing tour

Trakai Castle sightseeing tour
Trakai Castle sightseeing tour
Trakai Castle sightseeing tour
The old town of Trakai – which is extremely popular among the residents of Lithuania and foreign guests – is situated west of Vilnius between hills, forests and lakes. The shores of the peninsula on which it is located are washed by the waters of the Galvės, Totoriškių and Bernardinų (Lukos) lakes. The Trakai historical national park, which covers over 8,000 ha, preserves the regions uniqueness and its nature. It is the only one of this type in Europe.
The pride of Trakai is the Island Castle, the only castle in Eastern Europe built on an island, museum on the Galvė Lake. The peninsular castle, barrows and cemeteries are unique sites and the church exhibiting the picture of the Holy Mother of God built in the 15th century in the Baroque and Gothic style is considered by historians to be one of the most valuable Lithuanian heritage objects.
Today, Trakai attracts visitors to a wonderful place offering refuge from the intensive city life, with walks around the beautiful area or yacht trips on one of the numerous lakes. Trakai is also known for the Karaimes (a people speaking the Turkic language), who have lived here since the 14th century and have preserved their traditions. A kenesa – a Karaime temple – and houses of Karaimes have survived in Trakai, and the national dishes (the most popular is kybyn – a small pasty stuffed with minced meat) of this ethnic group can be tasted in Trakai.
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Events in Trakai:
  • June, Trakai City Festival The traditional opening of the tourism season. Sports competitions are held and music and songs fill the streets of the town. A fireworks display crowns the festival.
  • June, Trakai Medieval Festival Medieval spirits transfuses Trakai Castle with the bustle of the market and impressive craftsmen’s workshops, noblemen and commoners, the clamour of happy children, music, theatre, and duelling knights.
  • August, Days of Old Crafts in the Trakai Island Castle Crafts, military displays, and arts dating back to the 14th–16th centuries are presented during the event. Concerts, performances, educational activities and games are organised. There is a tavern, and culinary heritage enthusiasts of the Trakai History Museum prepare dishes according to medieval recipes.
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To book a guided Trakai Castle sightseeing tour please contact us info@baltictour.com.
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