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Top Choice Castle in Trakai

Trakai Castle

The centrepiece of Trakai is its picture-postcard Island Castle atop an island on Lake Galvė. The painstakingly restored red-brick Gothic castle probably dates from around 1400, when Gran Duke Vytautas needed strong…
Archaeological Site in Kernavė

Kernavė Cultural Reserve

Deemed an ‘exceptional testimony to 10 millennia of human settlements in this region’ by Unesco, which made it a World Heritage site in 2004, Kernavė is a must-see. Thought to have been the spot where Mindaugas (res…
Park in Centre of Europe

Europos Parkas Sculpture Park

Some 30 minutes north of Vilnius, off the Utena road, is Europos Parkas. Leading contemporary sculptors, including Sol LeWitt and Dennis Oppenheim, show works in wooded parkland (bring mosquito repellent in summer).…
Museum in Paneriai

Paneriai Museum

This small museum tells some of the shocking story of Paneriai. There are two monuments here: one is Jewish (marked with the Star of David), the other Soviet (an obelisk topped with a Soviet star). From here paths l…
Museum in Trakai

Karaite Ethnographic Museum

The Karaite Ethnographic Museum traces the ancestry of the Karaites, a Judaic sect and Turkic minority originating in Baghdad, which adheres to the Law of Moses. Their descendants – some 380 families – were brought …
Museum in Kernavė

Archaeological & Historical Museum

This absorbing museum traces the history of the area from 9000 BC to the 13th and 14th centuries AD. There is a wealth of artefacts on display – pottery, Iron Age tools, intricate horn seals – but the highlights are…
Ruins in Trakai

Peninsula Castle

The peaceful ruins of Trakai’s Peninsula Castle, built from 1362 to 1382 by Kęstutis and destroyed in the 17th century, are a little south of the Island Castle. The peninsula itself is dotted with old wooden cottage…
Church in Trakai

Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Mary

Founded around the same time as Trakai Castle, and also by Grand Duke Vytautas, this grand, 15th-century parish church has a large collection of ecclesiastical art, including the Trakai Mother of God, a revered imag…
Religious Site in Trakai

Kenessa

This well-maintained wooden prayer house, with its interior dome, is a rare surviving example of Karaite architecture. Arrange a visit at the Karaite Ethnographic Museum.
Museum in Trakai

Sacred Art Exhibition

This small exhibition space, housed in a former Dominican chapel, displays a range of religious and sacral objects, including altarpieces, crosses, monstrances and chalices.