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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Chiararachele Renzi (2 years ago)
Nice place, sorrounded by nature and clear water. Nature energy mixed with historical beauty.
Rimas Baltrušis (2 years ago)
Not all spaces are open, a lot of restauration work will be ended up to end of this year.
Tautvydas Gegelis (2 years ago)
Old and nice castle..
Giedrius Kelertas (2 years ago)
I assume it is nice but it is under maintenance, not the beat views from around castle seems hidden behind trees
Giedre Rybakova (2 years ago)
Still works going on on renovation,but....still unique place with spacious parks and beautiful ponds. So peaceful! You can visit the gardens for free.
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