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'''[http://www.trakai.lt/ Trakai]''' is a town in [[Lithuania]], located approximately 28 km south-west of its capital [[Vilnius]] and a former (the second known) capital city of Grand Duchy of Lithuania.  
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'''[http://www.trakai.lt/ Trakai]''' is a town in [[Lithuania]], located approximately 28 km south-west of its capital [[Vilnius]], and is a former (the second known) capital city of Grand Duchy of Lithuania.  
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
Trakai is a very small town squeezed between the two lakes in the middle of scenic [http://www.seniejitrakai.lt/ Trakai Historical National Park]. It has earned enormous popularity among Lithuanians as a holiday destination, the image of Trakai Island Castle has almost become a trademark of Lithuania abroad.
 
Trakai is a very small town squeezed between the two lakes in the middle of scenic [http://www.seniejitrakai.lt/ Trakai Historical National Park]. It has earned enormous popularity among Lithuanians as a holiday destination, the image of Trakai Island Castle has almost become a trademark of Lithuania abroad.
*'''[http://www.trakai-visit.lt/ Trakai Tourism Information Centre]''' is conveniently located near the bus and train stations <listing name="" alt="" directions="" lat="" long="" address="Vytauto St 69" phone="+370 528 51934, mobile +370 672 09476" tollfree="" email="trakaiTIC@is.lt" fax="+370 528 51934" url="" hours="May-Aug Mo 09:00-17:00, Tu-F 9:00-18:00, Sa-Su 09:00-15:00; Sep M-Th 08:00-17:00, F 08:00-15:45, Sa-Su 09:00-15:00; Oct-Apr M-Th 08:00-17:00, F 08:00-15:45" price=""></listing>
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*'''[http://www.trakai-visit.lt/ Trakai Tourism Information Centre]''' is conveniently located near the bus and train stations <listing name="" alt="" directions="" lat="" long="" address="Vytauto St 69" phone="+370 528 51934, mobile +370 672 09476" tollfree="" email="trakaiTIC@is.lt" fax="+370 528 51934" url="" hours="May-Aug Mo&nbsp;09:00-17:00, Tu-F&nbsp;9:00-18:00, Sa-Su&nbsp;09:00-15:00; Sep M-Th&nbsp;08:00-17:00, F&nbsp;08:00-15:45, Sa-Su&nbsp;09:00-15:00; Oct-Apr M-Th&nbsp;08:00-17:00, F&nbsp;08:00-15:45" price=""></listing>
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
By train or by bus from Vilnius. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes. Tickets for the bus can be purchased at the bus station in Vilnius or directly from the driver and cost about 6 Litas (one way).
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By train or by bus from Vilnius. It takes 30-45&nbsp;min. Tickets for the bus can be purchased at the bus station in Vilnius or directly from the driver and cost about 6&nbsp;LTL (one way).
  
 
Trakai is located along Lithuanian road A16 (part of European Route E28) and therefore easily accessible by car.
 
Trakai is located along Lithuanian road A16 (part of European Route E28) and therefore easily accessible by car.
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==See==
 
==See==
*'''[http://www.trakaimuziejus.lt/ Trakai Island Castle]''' <see name="" alt="" address="Kęstučio St 4" directions="" phone="+370 528 53941" url="" hours="10:00-19:00" price="15 LTL" lat="" long="" email="info@trakaimuziejus.lt" fax="">A 14th century Gothic residence of Lithuanian dukes, reconstructed in a 15th century style,  Gothic with some Renaissance features. Most famous castle in Lithuania, probably symbol of medieval Lithuania itself. Many concerts and plays during summer season.</see>
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*'''[http://www.trakaimuziejus.lt/ Trakai Island Castle]''' <see name="" alt="" address="Kęstučio St 4" directions="" phone="+370 528 53941" url="" hours="10:00-19:00" price="15&nbsp;LTL" lat="" long="" email="info@trakaimuziejus.lt" fax="">A 14th century Gothic residence of Lithuanian dukes, reconstructed in a 15th century style,  Gothic with some Renaissance features. Most famous castle in Lithuania, probably symbol of medieval Lithuania itself. Many concerts and plays during summer season.</see>
  
 
* <see name="Trakai Peninsula Castle">The older of the two castles of Trakai.</see>
 
* <see name="Trakai Peninsula Castle">The older of the two castles of Trakai.</see>
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* <see name="St. Mary Church">An important church, originally gothic, but strongly altered during the Baroque period.</see>
 
* <see name="St. Mary Church">An important church, originally gothic, but strongly altered during the Baroque period.</see>
  
*'''[http://www.trakai-visit.lt/en/convention/catalog/3507-uzutrakis-manor-estate Užutrakis Manor Estate]''' <see name="" alt="" address="Užutrakio st." directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="tinp@seniejitrakai.lt" fax=""></see>
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*'''[http://www.trakai-visit.lt/en/convention/catalog/3507-uzutrakis-manor-estate Užutrakis Manor Estate]''' <see name="" alt="" address="Užutrakio St" directions="Northern estate, on the other side of the lake" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="tinp@seniejitrakai.lt" fax=""></see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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==Eat==
 
==Eat==
*<eat name="Kybynlar" alt="" address="Karaimų str. 29" directions="" phone="+370 528 55179" url="http://www.kybynlar.lt/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Newly opened Karaitian cousine restaurant.</eat>
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*'''[http://www.asklubas.lt/ Apvalaus Stalo Klubas]''' <eat name="" alt="Restaurant" address="Karaimai St 53A" directions="" phone="Info +370 528 55595, reservation +370 699 13769" tollfree="" email="vadyba@asklubas.lt" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat>
  
* <eat name="Senoji kibininė" alt="" address="Karaimų str. 65" directions="" phone="+370 528 55865" url="http://www.kibinas.lt/" hours="11.00 - 23.00" price="~30 LTL" lat="54.650709" long="24.9242063" email="info@kibinas.lt" fax="">Oldest working restaurant dedicated to famous Karaitian dish, ''the kybyn''. Opened in 1979.</eat>
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*'''[http://www.kybynlar.lt/ Kybynlar]''' <eat name="" alt="" address="Karaimai St 29" directions="" phone="+370 528 55179, mobile +370 698 06320" tollfree="" email="kybynlar@kybynlar.lt" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Karaitian cousine restaurant. Reservation by e-mail info@kybynlar.lt</eat>
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*'''[http://www.kiubete.lt/ Kiubėtė]''' <eat name="" alt="" address="Vytautas St 3A" directions="Entrance from Trakai St" lat="" long="" phone="+370 528 59160, +370 528 59160, mobile +370 686 39740" tollfree="" email="kiubete@gmail.com" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Karaitian cuisine, authentic and adapted to European culinary traditions. Also offers premises for celebrations, events and tasting. Two rooms (on the ground floor and on the first floor) may be combined and take up to 80 guests.</eat>
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*'''[http://www.kibinas.lt/en/Senoji-Kibinine/ Senoji kibininė]''' <eat name="" alt="" address="Karaimai St 65" directions="" phone="+370 528 55865" url="" hours="11:00-23:00" price="~30&nbsp;LTL" lat="54.650709" long="24.9242063" email="info@kibinas.lt" fax="">Oldest working restaurant dedicated to famous Karaitian dish, ''the kybyn''. Opened in 1979. Karaite and Lithuanian cuisine.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
*<sleep name="Apvalaus stalo klubas" alt="" address="Karaimu st. 53A" directions="" phone="+370 528 55595" url="http://www.asklubas.lt/" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></sleep>
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*'''Aleksandra''' (B & B) <sleep name="" alt="" address="Šaudyklos St 6" directions="" phone="+370 528  52811, mobile +370 672 77 656" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="grmor2000@yahoo.de" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
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*'''[http://www.asklubas.lt/ Apvalaus Stalo Klubas]''' <sleep name="" alt="Hotel" address="Karaimai St 53A" directions="" phone="Info +370 528 55595, reservation +370 699 13769" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="vadyba@asklubas.lt" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
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*'''Ekologiška pirtis (Eco Sauna)''' (B & B) <sleep name="" alt="" address="Birutės St 16A" directions="" phone="+370 528 51121, mobile +370 652 63287" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="dalia_namas@yahoo.com" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Price season-depending">Cabin for 2-4 persons. TV, WC, shower, fireplace, ecological sauna.</sleep>
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*'''[http://www.poilsistrakuose.lt/ Poilsis Trakuose]''' (B & B) <sleep name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="Mobile +370 698 07204" lat="54.629472" long="24.922681" tollfree="center.three" email="info@poilsistrakuose.lt" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">By the Lake Babrukas, a family-run complex. Offers apartments with a TV set, free Wi-Fi, and free tea and coffee. Free private parking site.</sleep>
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*'''[http://www.pailsekite.lt/en/ Villa "On the Lake Shore"]''' (B & B) <sleep name="" alt="(Vila Ant ežero kranto)" address="Vytauto St 99" directions="" phone="+370 659 13009" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="pailsekite@takas.lt" fax="+370 528 55100" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==

Revision as of 16:20, 14 May 2013

Trakai is a town in Lithuania, located approximately 28 km south-west of its capital Vilnius, and is a former (the second known) capital city of Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

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Understand

Trakai is a very small town squeezed between the two lakes in the middle of scenic Trakai Historical National Park. It has earned enormous popularity among Lithuanians as a holiday destination, the image of Trakai Island Castle has almost become a trademark of Lithuania abroad.

  • Trakai Tourism Information Centre is conveniently located near the bus and train stations Vytauto St 69, +370 528 51934, mobile +370 672 09476 (, fax: +370 528 51934). May-Aug Mo 09:00-17:00, Tu-F 9:00-18:00, Sa-Su 09:00-15:00; Sep M-Th 08:00-17:00, F 08:00-15:45, Sa-Su 09:00-15:00; Oct-Apr M-Th 08:00-17:00, F 08:00-15:45.

Get in

By train or by bus from Vilnius. It takes 30-45 min. Tickets for the bus can be purchased at the bus station in Vilnius or directly from the driver and cost about 6 LTL (one way).

Trakai is located along Lithuanian road A16 (part of European Route E28) and therefore easily accessible by car.

Get around

The town is small enough for everything to be reached on foot, but there are also buses running from the bus station (where the buses from Vilnius also arrive/depart) to the castle.

See

  • Trakai Island Castle Kęstučio St 4, +370 528 53941 (). 10:00-19:00. A 14th century Gothic residence of Lithuanian dukes, reconstructed in a 15th century style, Gothic with some Renaissance features. Most famous castle in Lithuania, probably symbol of medieval Lithuania itself. Many concerts and plays during summer season. 15 LTL.
  • Trakai Peninsula Castle. The older of the two castles of Trakai.
  • St. Mary Church. An important church, originally gothic, but strongly altered during the Baroque period.

Do

  • Cycling around Galvė lake.
  • Sailing on the Galvė lake.

Buy

Two main retail chains are represented in Trakai. Grocery stores:

Maxima x, Vytauto St 68 (Centre), +370 528 51036. 08:00-22:00.
  • Iki, 1 store:
Iki Trakai, Vytauto St 60 (Centre), +370 528 54628 (fax: +370 528 54631). 08:00-22:00.

Souvenir shop:

  • Suvenyrų parduotuvė Karaimai St 43-1.

Construction, interior and exterior decoration products:

  • Senukai Vytauto St 56, +370 528 55477.

Eat

  • Kybynlar Karaimai St 29, +370 528 55179, mobile +370 698 06320 (). Karaitian cousine restaurant. Reservation by e-mail info@kybynlar.lt
  • Kiubėtė Vytautas St 3A (Entrance from Trakai St), +370 528 59160, +370 528 59160, mobile +370 686 39740 (). Karaitian cuisine, authentic and adapted to European culinary traditions. Also offers premises for celebrations, events and tasting. Two rooms (on the ground floor and on the first floor) may be combined and take up to 80 guests.
  • Senoji kibininė Karaimai St 65, +370 528 55865 (). 11:00-23:00. Oldest working restaurant dedicated to famous Karaitian dish, the kybyn. Opened in 1979. Karaite and Lithuanian cuisine. ~30 LTL. (54.650709,24.9242063)

Drink

Sleep

  • Aleksandra (B & B) Šaudyklos St 6, +370 528 52811, mobile +370 672 77 656 ().
  • Apvalaus Stalo Klubas Hotel, Karaimai St 53A, Info +370 528 55595, reservation +370 699 13769 ().
  • Ekologiška pirtis (Eco Sauna) (B & B) Birutės St 16A, +370 528 51121, mobile +370 652 63287 (). Cabin for 2-4 persons. TV, WC, shower, fireplace, ecological sauna. Price season-depending.
  • Poilsis Trakuose (B & B) Mobile +370 698 07204 (toll free: center.three, ). By the Lake Babrukas, a family-run complex. Offers apartments with a TV set, free Wi-Fi, and free tea and coffee. Free private parking site. (54.629472,24.922681)
  • Villa "On the Lake Shore" (B & B) (Vila Ant ežero kranto), Vytauto St 99, +370 659 13009 (, fax: +370 528 55100).

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