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While in Vilnius, a visit to Trakai is a must. A 300-metre wooden bridge leads to the castle, where galleries, stained glass, frescoes, and secret passageways await.
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Trakai—The Old Capital of Lithuania 

Trakai, is the old capital of Lithuania and the site of the only Eastern European castle built on an island. Visitors come to this beautiful setting and learn about Lithuanian lore and experience its dense culture.

The Salos Castle, in Trakai, is the only Eastern European castle built on an island. It is believed that its construction started at the end of the 14th century by the Grand Duke Kęstutis, and was finished by his son Vytautas in the beginning of the 15th century. By the early 16th century, the castle's use and significance were greatly reduced.

Traditional wooden Karaim houses are seen on the main street in Trakai. - © www.trakai-visit.lt
Traditional wooden Karaim houses are seen on the main street in Trakai. - © www.trakai-visit.lt

The area is also famous for the still-present Karaim community (with a language that derives from the family of Turkic languages). Grand Duke Vytautas brought Karaims to Lithuania as warriors and honest servants. He placed them between the peninsula and the island castle and trusted them with the castle's protection. Today, the main street that leads to the Galvė Lake—Karaimų Street—is full of colourful wooden houses, typical of this group.

Visit

Trakai—The Old Capital of Lithuania 

Hours

Trakai Island Castle Museum:
(Karaimų Str. 43 C, Trakai)
March, April, October:
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
May -September:
Monday - Sunday: 10:00 - 19:00
November - February:
Tuesday - Sunday: 9:00 - 17:00 pm
Last visitors admitted one half an hour before museum closing.
Before national holidays expositions closing one hour earlier.
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S. Shapshal Karaim Ethnographic Museum:
(Karaimų Str. 22, Trakai)
April - October:
Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
November - March:
Wednesday - Sunday: 9:00 - 17:00
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Exhibition of Liturgical Art:
(Kęstučio Str. 4, Trakai)
April - October:
Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00
November - March:
Wednesday - Sunday: 9:00 - 17:00

Pricing

Trakai Castle: **
Adults - € 8
Children, students, seniors - 4 Eur.
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**S. Shapshal Karaim Ethnographic Museum:

Adults - € 2
Children, students, seniors - 1 Eur.
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Exhibition of Liturgical Art:
Adults - € 3
Children, students, seniors - € 1,50