The initial hillfort of the Teutonic Knights in Panemunė (erected 1343) was replaced by a present castle built in 1604-1610. It was built by Hungarian nobleman Eperjesh who bought the surrounding lands from Lithuanian local inhabitants. It is a typical 17th century feudal castle with a defensive tackle, living quarters and farm buildings. The castle stands in a park on a high hill and is girdled by five cascading ponds. It was reconstructed around 1759 by Giełgud family.

The Panemunė castle was left to decay in the 19th century. Its valuable library was brought out, the former marvelous park of classicism style became feral. In 1925 Lithuanian government acquired the castle into a national possession. In 1935 the Panemunė castle and its surroundings where taken under responsibility of Lithuanian Culture department.

Nowadays Panemunė castle has 2 corpuses remained – the western including 2 towers and the southern. Panemunė castle belongs to Vilnius Art Academy which takes care about restoration of the castle and fitting it to science, education and tourism purposes. During the summer season the Vilnius Art Academy arranges there expositions of art works.

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Founded: 1604-1610
Category: Castles and fortifications in Lithuania

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Vytenis Penkauskas (3 years ago)
A beautiful historic castle in a wonderful setting. Wonderful park nearby.
Jurate Jurginyte (3 years ago)
Great palace with wonderful atmosphere and service.
Rasa Aleksaite (3 years ago)
XVI century castle + restaurant + hotel with local ghost + modern art exposition. Looks great and worth to visit. Very tasty food!!!
Vita Gailiunaite (3 years ago)
They need to have some music on the patio and change the whole terrace. Our server was not so great. Lithuanian wine was amazing but service sucked. The castle itself is beautiful.
Domas Varanauskas (3 years ago)
Ancient Castle on the bank of the river Nemunas with it's own local history. Working ancient market with an authentic looking people and kiosks. Beautiful place for a dinner or a night stay with additional leisure activities such as horse riding.
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