Gediminas probably made Trakai, 28km west of Vilnius, his capital in the 1320s and Kęstutis certainly based his 14th-century court here. Protected by the Trakai Historical National Park (www.seniejitrakai.lt), spanning 80 sq km since 1991, Trakai today is a quiet town blessed with pretty lakes and filled with song each July during the Trakai Festival.
Most of Trakai stands on a 2km-long, north-pointing tongue of land between Lake Luka (east) and Lake Totoriškių (west). Lake Galvė opens out from the northern end of the peninsula and boasts 21 islands.
Trakai destination guides
Trakai Castle and Museum Tour
Let the Lithuania landscape slide past your window as you travel 40 minutes to Trakai, located 18 miles (28 kilometers) west of Vilnius. Learn more about the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Battle of Grunwald, and Vytautas the Great (1392-1430). There are many beautiful lakes in the region. Visit Trakai Castle and Museum of the 15th century (in the middle of Lake Galve).
Private Tour to Trakai
Surrounded by many lakes, Trakai is located 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of Vilnius. Trakai is a 15th century Castle and museum (in the middle of lake Galve), and is the only island castle throughout Eastern Europe. It is one of the most often visited historical-architectural monuments in Lithuania.