Panemune Castle

Vytėnai, Lithuania

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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Pilis I, Vytėnai, Lithuania
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Founded: 1604-1610
Category: Castles and fortifications in Lithuania


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Ana Lu Novoa (15 months ago)
Excellent service. The director himself explained to us about the history of the castle and its future.
Vlad I (16 months ago)
Such a lovely small castle. Not busy at all so you can enjoy your experience without crowds. Staff is so friendly. This place is definitely recommended to visit
Memellander (16 months ago)
Panemunė Castle is a Renaissance-style residence built in 1604-1610. Beautiful old architecture in a beautiful location. You can buy handmade souvenirs, there is a place to eat. I am fascinated by such old towns with preserved or restored architecture.
Vi Di (17 months ago)
This was my first time exploring the castle insidw since it has opened. And I was so impressed! The jester costumes where amazing! The art show! The old style kitchen. You can climb all the way to the top of the tower as well. Even children enjoyed it. It was impecably clean as well. Thank you to very kind staff as well.
Tomas Grinevičius (18 months ago)
Small, but interesting content. You need to order guide to get most of it. Plan to visit all castles in this priti route!
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