Raudonė Castle construction works started in late 16th century, during the reign of King Sigismund II August. A new renaissance castle was built on the ruins of the old one by a German knight, Hieronymus Krispin-Kirschenstein. The castle has since been rebuilt many times. The 18th century Polish owners of the Raudone estate, the family Olędzki (Olendzki) h. Rawicz commissioned Wawrzyniec Gucewicz with a renovation of the castle. The next owner, the Russian Prince Platon Zubov, acquired the estate in the first half of the 19th century and his family transformed the castle yet again. Their architect was Cesare Anichini.

Today the building is an example of 19th century neo-Gothic architecture. Its last private owners were Sophia Waxell (a Zubov) and her Portuguese husband from Madeira, José Carlos de Faria e Castro. The original castle is the setting of an East Prussian legend known as 'The White Maiden of the Bayersburg'.



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Founded: 16th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Lithuania


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Lady N (2 years ago)
Neo classicism castle with nice charm. There is located secondary school. Not aviable for tourists visits within winter.
Tomas Gudas (2 years ago)
Beatiful castle. 16th century.
James P (2 years ago)
Just spent two weeks in Lithuania from USA. This was my second time visiting Lithuania . We have family in Kaunas We had a great time. We stopped here on the way to other areas and was amazed at the beautiful scenery . You can climb to the top for 1 euro. Its worth the climb. The views are great and theres a park nearby to walk with a huge chair , wwII statues and a pond in the shape of some mans face. Good times! Will be back soon!
Domantas Juodikis (2 years ago)
It was a really swell time that me and my friends spent there. It has a historical value and the nature view is amazing as well. It works really well for picnics and walks. Truly recomend it to anyone!
Giedre Liutikaite (2 years ago)
Beautiful red castle. There are a huge old forest to walk around the castle. You will see a small lake formed and titled as a “Napoleons hat”. A small walk around this lake called “The way of romance”. Locals are selling homemade sweets and other snacks such as meat, apples, mushrooms and etc. You may capture the picture on a huge chairs double sized as you. The parking lot is quite big to park a tourist bus. To visit Raudones tower the entrance will cost you 1 eur./ adult and 0.5 eur. / kid. Interesting fact: there were a school inside the castle for a local kids. Now it is closed. You need around 30 minutes to walk around. The best time to visit is spring time when all the nature is awakening and blooming!
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