Trakai Castle, Lithuania

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Trakai Island Castle, Trakai, Lithuania

Resting on the shores of Lake Galvė, a mere 300 km from the Baltic Sea, is Trakai Island Castle. Dating back to the 14th century, it was built to withstand attacks from the Teutonic Knights, who played a large role in the region. At the time, Trakai was one of the main centres of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania before it fell into obscurity after merging with the Kingdom of Poland. Today, the town of Trakai is a collection of colourful, wooden houses with a population of only 5,000. Until recently, the castle had been little more than ruins on an island, inspiration for writers and artists. Finally rebuilt in all its glory, Trakai Castle is an impressive monument standing in the middle of a careworn village, reminding us of bygone times when castles and knights and kings still ruled the lands.

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5 thoughts on “Trakai Castle, Lithuania

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  2. Trakai is beautiful. I was there a couple of years ago in October and it was freezing cold! But it was a sunny morning when we visited and I absolutely loved it. In fact, Lithuania is the kind of country that gives me such different vibes that I get from no other.. I loved my visit there (Vilnius, Trakai) and would like to see more of the country. Their language sounds very good to my ears too.

    • Yes, Trakai IS quite amazing. I was less in love with Vilnius, to be honest. But perhaps that is because I adored Riga, and Tallinn blew me away! (Tallinn, along with St. Petersburg, Prague, Lyon, Vienna, Warsaw, and London are my favourite Euro cities 🙂

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