Trakai the Lithuanian jewel

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Today I’ve visited a superb lithuanian castle. Located in Trakai city, not far from Vilnius and accessible by train and by bus, the castle is totally surround by a large lake. In the time it used to be the place of Lithuanian’s kings when Trakai was the capital of their kingdom.

The trip

Nowadays the castle is the home of the Trakai History Museum. The building have been renovated some years ago to transform the medival castle in a famous touristic step.The castle standing on its island is not directly deserved by common transport, it’s means you have to walk a little. The road from the train station is nice because along the lake. If you come by bus, you will necessary cross the old village with its older .. soviet building. Not really older, but the soviets weren’t particulary generous with this little city.

I came for my first time here thank to the ESN office of Vilnius University. Almost two hundred students were invited to see this important historic place. We arrived by train and had this long walk arround the lake, I took a lot of photos because the sun was incredibly shiny and the lake clear. Fishers on their boat were meeting tourists.

I managed to be one of the first to enter in the castle and to see its museum. The building first: my impression was that everything is in a good statement, workers have made a good job, it doesn’t seems too new. The differents room teach some part of Lithuanian history, from the foundation, the expensation of the kingdom untill the south of Ukraine and the aggrement with Poland when the Polish-Lithuanian Commonweatlt were among the biggest country in Europe. I learn it before but I am still surprised when I hear it!

After the visite we left the island to have a lunch in a restaurant on the land-side and we were free. I came back by bus with a small group of people.

Guillaume Speurt

Guillaume Speurt

French settled in Estonia, I have spent my last years in the Baltic States. I love photography and travelling in Eastern and Central Europe, I write this blog to relate my experiences.
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