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'''Trakai''' is a town in [[Lithuania]], located approximately 20 km west of Vilnius.  
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[[Image:Inside the Trakai Castle, Lithuania.jpg|300px|right|thumb|Inside the Island Castle]]
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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.  
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==Understand==
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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. Gained an official status of a resort area since 4 Oct 2008.
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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 and cost about 5,60 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).
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[[Image:Trakai town.jpeg|thumb|Trakai Island Castle in a distance]]
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[[Image:Trakai 2011-02-15.jpeg|thumb|right|Trakai Island Castle in winter]]
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Trakai is located along Lithuanian road A16 (part of European Route E28) and therefore easily accessible by car.
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[[Image:Trakai Peninsula Castle and balloon.jpeg|thumb|Trakai Peninsula Castle.]]
  
 
==Get around==
 
==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.
 
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==
 
==See==
* <see name="Trakai Castle Museum" alt="" address="Kęstučio str. 4" directions="" phone="+370 528 53 941" url="http://trakaimuziejus.lt/#/lan=en" hours="10:00-19:00" price="14 LTL" lat="" long="" email="info@trakaimuziejus.lt" fax="">Reconstructed residence of Lithuanian dukes in 14th century. Most famous castle in Lithuania, probably symbol of medieval Lithuania itself. Many concerts and plays during summer season.</see>
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[[Image:Uzutrakis manor autumn.jpeg|thumb|Užutrakis Manor in autumn.]]
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[[Image:Uzutrakis manor.jpeg|thumb|View to the castle from Užutrakis manor terrace.]]
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[[Image:Trakai Kenesa.jpeg|thumb|Karaite Kenesa]]
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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, excursion in foreign language 50&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="Užutrakio estate" alt="" address="Užutrakio st." directions="" phone="" url="http://seniejitrakai.lt/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="tinp@seniejitrakai.lt" fax=""></see>
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* <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>
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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>
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* <see name="Karaite ethnographic exposition" alt="" address="Karaimai St 22" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+370 528 55286" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="W-Su 10:00-18:00" price="Adult 4&nbsp;LTL, schoolkid 2&nbsp;LTL"></see>
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
 
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Two main retail chains are represented in Trakai. Grocery stores:
Alongside the lake with the castle, there is a small boulevard with many kiosks. You can buy a wide range of souvenirs here, ranging from booklets to authentic Soviet military headware.
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:*'''[http://www.maxima.lt/apie-imone/parduotuviu-tinklas/ Maxima]''', 1 store:
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:: <buy name="Maxima x" alt="" address="Vytauto St 68" directions="Centre" lat="" long="" phone="+370 528 51036" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="08:00-22:00" price=""></buy>
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:*'''[http://www.iki.lt/lt.php/tinklas Iki]''', 1 store:
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:: <buy name="Iki Trakai" alt="" address="Vytauto St 60" directions="Centre" lat="" long="" phone="+370 528 54628" tollfree="" email="" fax="+370  528 54631" url="" hours="08:00-22:00" price=""></buy>
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Souvenir shop:
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:* '''Suvenyrų parduotuvė''' <buy name="" alt="" address="Karaimai St 43-1" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></buy>
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Construction, interior and exterior decoration products:
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:* '''Senukai''' <buy name="" alt="" address="Vytauto St 56" directions="" lat="" long="" phone="+370 528 55477" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></buy>
  
 
==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>
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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>
  
* <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="" long="" 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.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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*'''[http://www.academia.lt/ Academia Remigum]''' <sleep name="" alt="" address="Karaimai St 93A" directions="NW of town, W of the island castle" phone="+370 698 13777" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="info@academia.lt" fax="+370 528 22298" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Has a four-star hotel, rowing club, restaurant Remus, and a Rowing museum.</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://sodybatrakai.lt/ Homestead Trakai]''' <sleep name="" alt="(Sodyba Trakai)" address="Akmena St 7, Jovariškės village, LT-21101 Trakai municipality" directions="West of Trakai town" phone="+370 528 74467, mobile +370 688 29396, +370 698 22889" lat="54.65546" long="24.880827" tollfree="" email="info@sodybatrakai.lt" fax="+370 528 74467" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="70&nbsp;beds total, 30-40&nbsp;LTL per bed"></sleep>
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*'''[http://www.trakaihostel.lt/ Panorama Hostel]''' <sleep name="" alt="" address="Žalioji St 7" directions="NW of town, arrival and departure coordinated in advance by phone or email" phone="+370 528 51420, mobile +370 699 61330" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="info@trakaihostel.lt" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Sauna 25&nbsp;LTL per person (but not less than 500&nbsp;LTL/evening), 2 conference halls for rent, for up to 40&nbsp;people (inclusive of dishes, tablecloths) 1000&nbsp;LTL/evening, accommodation per person 50-60&nbsp;LTL (one night, without breakfast), the whole house rental for 24&nbsp;hr 700-000&nbsp;LTL."></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="Skype 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>
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*'''[http://www.camptrakai.lt Camp Site "Slėnis" ("Valley")]''' <sleep name="" alt="(Kempingas slėnyje)" address="Slėnis St 1" directions="North of town, on the other side of Galvė lake, on the way to Užutrakis estate" phone="+370 528 53880" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="info@camptrakai.lt" fax="+370 528 53880" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Prices are season-depending">Fully equipped camp site, cabins, manor-style rooms, hotel-type accommodation. Has a conference hall in a manor building.</sleep>
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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* [http://aukstadvarioseniunija.lt/ '''Aukštadvaris'''] and [http://www.arp.lt/ '''Aukštadvaris Regional Park'''] - a protected territory of picturesque landscape with hilly forests and lakes. Detailed information is available at the Visitor Centre, address <listing name="" alt="" directions="N side of the main road, a grey building slightly further W from the bus stop" lat="" long="" address="Dariaus ir Girėno St 2, Aukštadvaris, Trakai district LT-21253" phone="+370 528 65-363" tollfree="" email="aukstadvaris@arp.lt" fax="+370 528 65-363" url="" hours="M-Th 08:00-17:00, F 08:00-15:45; lunch break daily 12:00-12:45" price="Foreign language guided tour by agreement"></listing>
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* '''[[Kernavė]]''' - a first known capital of Lithuania, easily reachable by car or taxi, no public transport.
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* <listing name="Lentvaris manor estate" alt="" directions="Northern shore of Lentvaris Lake, northern end of Klevų Alley" lat="54°39'29.76"N" long="25°2'22.1"E" address="Klevų Al, Lentvaris, Trakai district" phone="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></listing>A Neo-Gothic style manor house built by Count Tyszkiewicz in 1855–1865, surrounded with a park designed by Édouard André. Manor house currently is a private property and abandoned; there are plans to nationalize it and convert to a recreation object open for public.
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*[https://www.facebook.com/trakuvokesdvaras '''Trakų Vokė manor estate'''] <listing name="" alt="" directions="About in the middle between Trakai and Vilnius, north of a viaduct with a road branch to Druskininkai" lat="54°37'50.37"N" long="25°6'30.84"E" address="Žalioji Sq 2a, Trakų Vokė, Vilnius municipality" phone="" tollfree="" email="vokesdvaras@gmail.com" fax="" url="" hours="M-Sa 10:30-12:00, Su 11:00-12:00" price="">A Neo-Classicistic manor house with elements of Neo-Gothic architecture, built by Count Tyszkiewicz in 1876–1880 to the design of Polish architect of italian origin Leonard Marconi. The manor is set in the  23&nbsp;ha park designed by Édouard André.</listing>
  
 
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Inside the Island Castle

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[edit]

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. Gained an official status of a resort area since 4 Oct 2008.

  • 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[edit]

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 Island Castle in a distance
Trakai Island Castle in winter

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

Trakai Peninsula Castle.

Get around[edit]

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[edit][add listing]

Užutrakis Manor in autumn.
View to the castle from Užutrakis manor terrace.
Karaite Kenesa
  • 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, excursion in foreign language 50 LTL.
  • Trakai Peninsula Castle. The older of the two castles of Trakai.  edit
  • St. Mary Church. An important church, originally gothic, but strongly altered during the Baroque period.  edit
  • Karaite ethnographic exposition, Karaimai St 22, +370 528 55286. W-Su 10:00-18:00. Adult 4 LTL, schoolkid 2 LTL.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

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

Buy[edit][add listing]

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

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

Souvenir shop:

  • Suvenyrų parduotuvė Karaimai St 43-1.

Construction, interior and exterior decoration products:

  • Senukai Vytauto St 56, +370 528 55477.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • 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[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Academia Remigum Karaimai St 93A (NW of town, W of the island castle), +370 698 13777 (, fax: +370 528 22298). Has a four-star hotel, rowing club, restaurant Remus, and a Rowing museum.
  • 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.
  • Homestead Trakai (Sodyba Trakai), Akmena St 7, Jovariškės village, LT-21101 Trakai municipality (West of Trakai town), +370 528 74467, mobile +370 688 29396, +370 698 22889 (, fax: +370 528 74467). 70 beds total, 30-40 LTL per bed. (54.65546,24.880827)
  • Panorama Hostel Žalioji St 7 (NW of town, arrival and departure coordinated in advance by phone or email), +370 528 51420, mobile +370 699 61330 (). Sauna 25 LTL per person (but not less than 500 LTL/evening), 2 conference halls for rent, for up to 40 people (inclusive of dishes, tablecloths) 1000 LTL/evening, accommodation per person 50-60 LTL (one night, without breakfast), the whole house rental for 24 hr 700-000 LTL..
  • Poilsis Trakuose (B & B) Mobile +370 698 07204 (toll free: Skype 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).
  • Camp Site "Slėnis" ("Valley") (Kempingas slėnyje), Slėnis St 1 (North of town, on the other side of Galvė lake, on the way to Užutrakis estate), +370 528 53880 (, fax: +370 528 53880). Fully equipped camp site, cabins, manor-style rooms, hotel-type accommodation. Has a conference hall in a manor building. Prices are season-depending.

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • Aukštadvaris and Aukštadvaris Regional Park - a protected territory of picturesque landscape with hilly forests and lakes. Detailed information is available at the Visitor Centre, address Dariaus ir Girėno St 2, Aukštadvaris, Trakai district LT-21253 (N side of the main road, a grey building slightly further W from the bus stop), +370 528 65-363 (, fax: +370 528 65-363). M-Th 08:00-17:00, F 08:00-15:45; lunch break daily 12:00-12:45. Foreign language guided tour by agreement.
  • Kernavė - a first known capital of Lithuania, easily reachable by car or taxi, no public transport.
  • Lentvaris manor estate, Klevų Al, Lentvaris, Trakai district (Northern shore of Lentvaris Lake, northern end of Klevų Alley).  editA Neo-Gothic style manor house built by Count Tyszkiewicz in 1855–1865, surrounded with a park designed by Édouard André. Manor house currently is a private property and abandoned; there are plans to nationalize it and convert to a recreation object open for public.
  • Trakų Vokė manor estate Žalioji Sq 2a, Trakų Vokė, Vilnius municipality (About in the middle between Trakai and Vilnius, north of a viaduct with a road branch to Druskininkai), (). M-Sa 10:30-12:00, Su 11:00-12:00. A Neo-Classicistic manor house with elements of Neo-Gothic architecture, built by Count Tyszkiewicz in 1876–1880 to the design of Polish architect of italian origin Leonard Marconi. The manor is set in the 23 ha park designed by Édouard André.



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