Welcome to Trakai


With practically the entire town gazetted as a national park, it's fitting that Trakai's very name derives from the Lithuanian word for a forest glade. Its castle roosts on one of 21 islands in Lake Galvė, which opens out from the northern end of the peninsula. The 82-sq-km protected area also encompasses the ruins of an earlier fortification among its woodlands and reed-fringed lakes.

Grand Duke Gediminas is thought to have made Trakai his capital in the 1320s and Kęstutis based his 14th-century court here. Beyond the castle, there's outstanding natural beauty and Karaite culture and cuisine, belonging to a Judaic minority group who have lived in Trakai since medieval times.


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$42.24 Day Trips & Excursions

Trakai Castle and Museum Tour

There are many beautiful lakes in the region. Visit Trakai Castle and Museum of the 15th century (in the middle of Lake Galve). It is the only insular castle throughout Eastern Europe - Island Castle is one of the most visited historical-architectural monuments in Lithuania. The visit is approximately 1 hour and you will have free time for shopping and relax.Trakai is also home to Karaites, a Turkish ethnic group practicing a religion akin to Judaism, who came to Lithuania from the Crimea in the 14th century as warriors for Grand Duke Vytautas. Today the country's smallest ethnic minority counts under 300 members.

$45.67 Cultural & Theme Tours

Vilnius to Paneriai Memorial Park, Trakai Castle 4-Hour Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Discover Lithuania, Vilnius, Vilnius CountyPick up from the hotelStop At: Monument to Zemach Shabad, Vilnius, Vilnius CountyShort introduction Vilnia GhettoDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Paneriai (Ponar), Vilnius, Vilnius CountyVisiting Paneriai Memorial ParkDuration: 1 hourStop At: Trakai Island Castle Museum, Trakai, Vilnius CountyArrival in Trakai. Guided excursion in Trakai Island CastleDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Town HallFree time to taste traditional dishes or buy souvenirs Duration: 1 hourStop At: VšĮ Vilniaus rotušėDrive back to Vilnius. Duration: 45 minutes

$54.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour to Trakai From Vilnius

Depart from your centrally located Vilnius hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle destined for Trakai. Relax during the 18-mile (29-km) journey to the island and admire stunning Lithuanian scenery as your guide shares intimate knowledge of the area. On arrival, head straight to the 15th-century Trakai Castle to explore Eastern Europe’s only island castle. Delight in the ancient majesty of one of Lithuania’s most popular attractions and hear of the fortress’s rich historical heritage as you enjoy a guided tour of the castle. Enrich your knowledge of Trakai’s cosmopolitan culture by learning of Karaites, a small Turkish ethnic group whose influence is evident in distinctive structures. Spend some leisurely time strolling the picturesque island resort and bid your guide farewell after drop-off at your Vilnius hotel.

$135.87 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Trakai from Vilnius

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Hot Air Lines, Vilnius, Vilnius CountyWe will pick you up at Your Hotel and take you to the planned take-off place. After listening to the flight instruction and preparation of a hot air balloon, you will ascend into the skies and get a chance to know Lithuania from above.After 45-60 min. of a flight pilot chooses a safe place to land. The whole team gathers at the place and helps to pack the hot air balloon. Then the first flight ceremony starts with the baptism and champagne. Eventually, all the customers are brought back to the hotel.Duration: 1 hour

$39.96 Day Trips & Excursions

Half-Day Scenic Kayak Tour in Trakai

Trakai used to be a medieval residence of Lithuanian Grand Dukes. Once a significant and powerful town, nowadays Trakai is enjoying tranquillity. The town is located next to Vilnius (about 25 km) and surrounded by several beautiful lakes. The main attraction is the Island castle which was initiated by Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis in 14th century, finished and mostly used as a residence by his son Grand Duke Vytautas in the first half of 15th century. The picturesque Užutrakis manor house and park by French landscape architect Édouard François André is another must visit point on the shore of Lake Galvė. Trakai is also famous for its traditional Karaites community which was brought here from Crimea by Vytautas and settled here in the 15th century. All that and also ruins of the Peninsular castle, small islands and tranquillity of Lake Skaistis you will be able to see and experience while taking a kayak tour on the lakes around Trakai. The kayaking route takes you on 3 interconnected lakes. The distance is about 11/8/6 km which makes 3/2/1,5 hours of active paddling. The tour is safe and suitable for beginners. Swimming skills are essential and some paddling experience would be useful too (but not necessary). The lakes around Trakai are usually very calm. However the route can change depending on weather conditions.

$51.38 Day Trips & Excursions

Half-Day Scenic Kayak Tour in Trakai from Vilnius

Trakai used to be a medieval residence of Lithuanian Grand Dukes. Once a significant and powerful town, nowadays Trakai is enjoying tranquillity. The town is located next to Vilnius  which is 15-miles  (about 25-km) surrounded by several beautiful lakes. The main attraction is the Island castle which was initiated by Lithuanian Grand Duke Kęstutis in 14th century, finished and mostly used as a residence by his son Grand Duke Vytautas in the first half of 15th century. The picturesque Užutrakis manor house and park by French landscape architect Édouard François André is another must visit point on the shore of Lake Galvė. Trakai is also famous for its traditional Karaites community which was brought here from Crimea by Vytautas and settled here in the 15th century. All that and also ruins of the Peninsular castle, small islands and tranquillity of Lake Skaistis you will be able to see and experience while taking a kayak tour on the lakes around Trakai. The kayaking route takes you on 3 interconnected lakes. The distance is about 11/8 km which makes 3/2-hours of active paddling. The tour is safe and suitable for beginners. Swimming skills are essential and some paddling experience would be useful too (but not necessary). The lakes around Trakai are usually very calm. However we can change our route depending on weather conditions.