Biržai Castle is an earth bastion-type castle. The construction started in 1586 by the order of Krzysztof Mikołaj Radziwiłł. In 1575, preparing for this construction, a dam was built on the Agluona and Apaščia rivers at their confluence, and the artificial Lake Širvėna, covering about 40 km², was created. Major castle building works were finished in 1589.

Since the second half of the 17th century, the castle has been the main seat of the Biržai-Dubingiai Radziwiłł family line, which was transferred here from the Dubingiai Castle. Biržai Castle served as a major defensive structure during the wars with Sweden.

The castle was reconstructed from ruins in the 1980s, in the Renaissance-Baroque style. The residential manor of the castle houses a library and a regional history museum 'Sėla' (literally Selonia), founded in 1928.



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Founded: 1586-1589
Category: Castles and fortifications in Lithuania


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Antanas Prušinskas (9 months ago)
The museum is really nice. Paintings, stuffed animals, military weapons, old woodworks, etc. Spent some time to play the video game. Recommend.
darius savolskis (9 months ago)
Key bastion fortress in the northern Lithuania that belonged to the famous Radvilos family. It is a reason to visit Biržai.
Vaidas Gelezele (10 months ago)
Amazing place, and even more amazing story behind ❤️
Emilija Č. (10 months ago)
The museum Definetly is not impressive. One thing that was impressive to me was the balcony, the view from it. The things like clothes, books, kitchen gadgets, paintings it looked like they did it them selfs.But after all the staff is Definetly friendly but they also get as much money as they could possibly get.
Alexas Makedonietis (12 months ago)
Great place to walk around and shoot some pics!
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