TRAKAI CITY AND CASTLE
TRAKAI - THE ISLAND CASTLE
Trakai once was the capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
The castle and museum Trakai is unique throughout Eastern
Europe. It is of great architectural and historical
value. Trakai castle was built at the end of the 14th
century in the midst of lake Galve. In 1430 the Grand Duke
Vytautas died here.
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Due to its location on an island, the castle was never
demolished so as to serve as a supply of building material for
other projects. The museum depicts the landmark's various developments
The National Opera's and Ballet's summer season has been
staged in front of the castle for years. Over 200,000 visitors
come to enjoy the shows.
NATIONAL PARK TRAKAI
The national park is located 28 km to the west of Vilnius. It
is famous for its 200 lakes and pristine forests.
Lake Galve has a depth of up to 47 meters, and a total
of 21 islands. There is an old legend that the lake will
not freeze up until it has taken its toll by way of a drowning man.
In order to prevent such miseries from happening, the people
threw stone heads into the water to 'appease' the lake.
Three of those heads were found under water, and can be viewed during
The ornithologic reserve Plomenai stretches across 314
hectares near the city of Trakai. It is the home of 88
bird species of which 66 breed in the park. The nearby Varnikai
nature reserve accomodates 600 plant and animal species.
House of the Karaites in Trakai.
Trakai is the home of the Karaites. The people of this
Turkish tribe came from the Crimea to Lithuania in the 14th century as members
of Grand Duke Vytautas' entourage. Today
there are only a few members of this ethnic group left in