Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Lithuania  /  Vilnius County  /  Trakai  /  Sightseeing  /  Trakai Castle

Trakai Castle, Trakai

4.7
#1 of 7 in Things to do in Trakai
Architectural Building Tourist Spot
The erstwhile political epicenter of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Trakai Castle today provides a striking example of an island fortress in Europe and remains one of the country's most famous symbols. Built in several stages beginning in the 14th century, the castle fell into ruin during the 1600s; however, a major push after World War II led to its complete restoration. Cross the wooden bridge to access the castle and its massive defensive towers and gate, situated on a tiny islet just offshore from its namesake town. Within the walls lies yet another fortified bastion. Wander its multiple floors and view exhibitions displaying medieval artifacts, armor, and weapons. The site documents both the history of the castle and its role in the nation's past. Be sure to stop by the grand hall, where rulers such as national hero Vytautas held feasts and state meetings. Our Trakai tourist route planner makes visiting Trakai Castle and other Trakai attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
Create an itinerary including Trakai Castle
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
1,881 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • Trakai Castle, some fifty km. from Vilnius, was the 15th century estate of the ruling Dukes of the Duchy of Lithuania. Dramatically located on a tiny island surrounded by the peaceful waters of Lake G...  more »
  • Even from the outside, the Red Castle before the blue summer sky is great to see. The entrance is very affordable with €7 (€3.50) and the exhibition interesting. Particularly impressive, we found the documentation of reconstruction.
    View original
  • In the middle of the holiday of Ivana Kupala, I was in Trakai town and knowing that Castle, who is without doubt the main attraction of the city. Is on an island and your approach by itself for a catwalk of iron and wood is enough to get in the mood. In the Castle, in addition to photos, you can enter several rooms (floors) that tell his story and your landlord in the middle ages.
    View original
Google
  • A giant castle that blends in really well with the amazing view in Trakai. Lithuanians are really proud to have a place like this. The service inside the castle is pretty poor though. In my eyes, the entrance is a rip-off, since there are so many tourists willing to pay the price. But you can't blame the castle for that!
  • Trakai castle is a must see spot in Lithuania. The tour starts from the St. Mary's Catholic Church and walk to the chocolate house and go on the lakeside to walk up to the castle, very picturesque landscape.
  • Trakai castle is one of the must-sees in Lithuania. We visited it in the darkest time of winter, but it was still as beautiful place. The local dishes (kibinai) are also delicious!
  • A peace of heaven in summer. If you go their by bus follow the lake until the castle the trail is awesome.
  • Beautiful place, idyllic castle over the lake. Fantastic lake area with plenty to see.

Plan your trip to Trakai

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Trakai

Opulent hotels compete with homey guesthousees in Trakai. The luxurious logdings here feel more like resorts than hotels, where the amenities include in some cases their own lakes. If you're coming to see the city's main attraction, the island castle, consider a more budget-friendly bed and breakfast or homestay. While amenities are fewer, many compensate with great locations, some even with castle views, and will make you feel as if you are staying at a friend's cozy cottage.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Trakai by other users

15 days in Vilnius, Trakai & Latvia BY A USER FROM GREECE November, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in Lithuania BY A USER FROM GREECE November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 59 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Lithuania BY A USER FROM ESTONIA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Trakai BY A USER FROM INDONESIA October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Lithuania BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA August, teens, culture, outdoors, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, culture, outdoors, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Lithuania BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA October, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Nida, Trakai & Vilnius BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA August, teens, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, teens, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 2 days in Trakai BY A USER FROM LITHUANIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Lithuania BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Trakai & Vilnius BY A USER FROM ISRAEL August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans