Trakai Peninsula Castle

Trakai, Lithuania

Trakai Peninsula Castle is one of the castles in Trakai. Built around 1350–1377 by Kęstutis, Duke of Trakai, it was an important defensive structure protecting Trakai and Vilnius, capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, against attacks of the Teutonic Knights. Much of the castle was destroyed in the 17th century. Remaining walls and towers are preserved and protected by the Trakai Historical National Park.

The castle had seven towers connected by a 10 m high wall. The three largest towers, measuring 15 m × 15 m, protected the most vulnerable southwestern flank. A 12–14 m wide moat separated the structure from the town. The castle was attacked in 1382 and 1383 (during the civil war of 1381–1384) and in 1390 (during the civil war of 1389–1392). After the 1422 Treaty of Melno, the castle lost its significance as a defensive structure. It is known that Grand Dukes used it as a residence. Sigismund Kęstutaitis was murdered in the castle on 20 March 1440.

In the 16th century the castle was used as a prison. It was destroyed during the Russo-Polish War (1654–1667) and never rebuilt. The territory was granted to a Dominican cloister in 1678 by Marcjan Aleksander Ogiński, Voivode of Trakai. It was not until the 1770s that the monks eventually built their monastery and church; these buildings are also part of the castle ensemble.

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Founded: 1350–1377
Category: Castles and fortifications in Lithuania

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Augustė Giedrytė (10 months ago)
I live here so you can trust me. The peninsula castle is underrated. There’s a museum this one is not that interesting. This castle is basically a ruin but it’s a fun hang out spot. And there’s a hill to have picnics . The island castle is more popular. The museum there is more interesting and this castle ain’t a ruin but there’s always a lot of tourists there so u prob won’t take your pic.
Povilas Kripas (11 months ago)
Nice getaway place it you're short on time.
Andrejus Necvetnas (16 months ago)
One of the Best Historical and Beautiful places in Lithuania. Many lakes for swimming, Trakai Castle and just a nice place for walking. I personally suggest to rent a boat there and go exploring. + Good place for photoshooting
Patrícia V. (2 years ago)
Wonderful place to visit. I went in autumn and the colours of the tree leeves were amazing! It was so good to walk next to the lake.
Kishore Surendra (2 years ago)
Must visit place in Vilnius. Scenic castle, with a nice bridge connecting it to the mainland. Boat services are also available. It takes 45 minutes to reach by bus from Vilnius central bus station. Overall 2 buses : One bus to reach Trakai bus station from Vilnius bus station, and a bus from Trakai bus station to the castle. Most people go there for good pics and a nice time. So very few paid to enter the castle. People can walk around the castle for free, and can sit in front of the beautiful lake to chill.
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