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Historical city centre walking tour
Trakai Map

The old town of Trakai – which is extremely popular with the residents of Lithuania and foreign guests – is situated west of Vilnius between the hills, forests and lakes.

The shores of the peninsula on which it is located are washed by the waters of Lakes Galvė, Totoriškių and Bernardinų (Lukos). This town, famous for its picturesque landscape and the legendary Trakai Castle, was a cradle of the Lithuanian statehood, an important military and political centre, headquarters of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the capital of Lithuania. Today, Trakai attracts visitors to a wonderful place offering refuge from a hectic city life, with walks around the beautiful area or yacht trips on one of the numerous lakes.

Trakai is also known for the Karaimes (a people speaking the Turkic language), who have lived there since the 14th century and have preserved their traditions. The kenesa – a Karaime sanctuary – and houses of Karaimes have survived in Trakai, and the national dishes (the most popular is kybyn – a small pasty stuffed with minced meat) of this ethnic group can be tasted at the Karaime Restaurant.

Those who want to admire the scenery of the environs are recommended to take a walking tour along the cognitive paths of Aukštadvaris and Varnikai Botanical Zoological Reserve (the length of the route is 10.1 km) (GPS N 54° 38.866’ E 24° 57.927’) (N 54.647766º E 24.965454º).

Occupying one of more than 20 small islands in the middle of Lake Galve, it rests regally while sailboats and swans glide over the glassy water. On a warm summer day, there is no better way to experience that storybook setting than on a romantic sail on the lake.

Trakai is a well-preserved historical village with more than 5,000 residents, and one of the biggest tourist attractions in the country with a 0,5 million visitors each year..

This is what Trakai is unique for and well-known for like a resort area.


Last update:2017-01-03