Trakai day trip from Vilnius
I had read about a castle surrounded by a lake in Lithuania. A little research revealed Trakai was only a 30 minute bus ride away from Vilnius where we were staying for a few nights.
For a couple of Euros we took the bus from Vilnius bus station. You can also take the train, however we heard the bus’s are more reliable and the bus station is closer to the castle. Being out of season we had no choice but to walk through the town to the castle. There are some pretty buildings, churches and a museum to explore on the way. The walk was pretty much a straight run following the single road through the town. Taking us about 20 minutes.
We arrived quite early and were almost the only people there. This was great for photo opportunities. I guess the area would look prettier in the spring and summer but there would also be a lot more tourists to contend with.
The castle itself is mostly rebuilt and restored. With little of the original design left to see. The history and exhibits however are interesting. It shows just how diverse this countries past really is.
Entrance inside the castle grounds and to the exhibits cost 6 euros for adults. It’s 3 euros for seniors and children. Its worth knowing that it is closed on Mondays during off-peak seasons so its worth checking before setting off!
For more about the museum and castle see the visit Trakai website.
We spent around an hour exploring the castle exhibits and grounds. The information cards and plaques were available in English, making it much easier for us to understand what it was all about.
The surrounding area was quiet and a nice place to walk around. We found a coffee shop to stop and have a break on the way back to the bus station. However there were not many places to eat around, and even less that were open when we visited.
When you are in Lithuania it’s definitely worth a visit. Especially as its only 30 mins from Vilnius. Depending on the season (and the weather) spend half a day or a whole day here – it’s up to you! During the summer there are boats that can be taken out onto the lake and it looks like it would be a lovely place to relax.
Have you been to Trakai? What do you think?