Magnificent Trakai Island Castle in Lithuania

Situated only 45 minutes bus ride from Vilnius, Lithuania, Trakai Island Castle is a perfect day trip.  The morning of June 29th, I escorted my tour participants to the Central bus stop in Vilnius, a 15 minute walk from our Airbnb for the short ride to Trakai.  The buses run every 10-20 minutes per day to Trakai and cost about 2 Euro each way.

The bus lets you off about 2 km away from Trakai Castle, so I was glad we arrived early enough to walk to the Castle before it opened at 10:00am.  Having seen photos of the Castle, I was so excited when it finally came into view.  It’s like a fairy book castle!

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The first phase of the Castle was built-in the 14th Century and had great military strategic importance.

Beyond the gate is a spacious courtyard.  Once inside, we agreed to meet back in an hour and went off exploring on our own.

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The drawbridge is massive!  Those are people standing beyond the door…

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It’s set up like a museum now, with lots of artifacts and exhibits from the Castle’s history.

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As you can see, the weather gods were shining on us yet again!

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I just had to pose in the guillotine type structure.  It was heavy!  That’s my purse hanging down on the right.

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Uzutrakis Palace is off to the left of Trakai Palace…

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Here are my tour participants, Paul and Jing…

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After our explorations, we had lunch at one of the outdoor cafes bordering the lake with a view of the castle!