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!

Views from Gediminas Tower in Vilnius, Lithuania

If you’re looking for some wonderful views in Vilnius, Lithuania, head to Gediminas Tower!

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We arrived just as they were opening at 10:00am and began climbing to the top…

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Paul and Jing — bringing up the rear…

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Living like a local in Vilnius, Lithuania

The Lux Express bus ride equipped with wifi and restroom from Riga, Latvia to Vilnius takes four hours.  Upon arrival in Vilnius, we walked 15 minutes to our spacious and bright Airbnb, with three bedrooms, and two bathrooms.

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We followed our established routine, going out to a local Supermarket to stock up for the three night stay, and then hit the pavement!

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Our four mile walk included a stroll through beautiful Bernardine Park.

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I love capturing emotion…a mother’s love for her infant…and color!

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We also briefly explored the area called Uzupis, similar to Christiana in Denmark…The self-proclaimed “Republic” of Užupis is Vilnius’ Bohemian and artistic district. It has its own anthem, constitution, president, bishop, two churches, and the Bernadine Cemetery.

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