Vilnius Trakai Village: A Blast Into the Past

August 31, 2016

The Vilnius Trakai Village is one of the most charming and beautiful places I have been to this year. Situated outside of Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, Trakai Village is a blast into the past.

Medieval castle. A moat. It looks like something you’d see in Legoland. And the dumplings. Mhmm. Don’t get me started about the dumplings.

To get to Trakai, you’ll need to simply take a bus or a train from Vilnius itself. The ride should be about an hour, and not more than a few euros.

Once you’re dropped off at the bus or train station, you’ll have a couple kilometers walk to the castle itself. But in the meantime, you can enjoy sights like this.

The walk to Trakai Village.

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The lake in Trakai.

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Getting closer to the castle itself, while some paddle boaters enjoy their time on the Trakai lake.

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Probably the best shot of the lake I took on the trip.

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And the castle itself.

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A dog, watching his castle.

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The wildlife.

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Looks like a nice place to have a drink, doesn’t it?

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Going inside the castle itself.

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IS THE TRIP TO TRAKAI WORTH IT?

A resounding yes.

As I wrote in my Vilnius city guide, Vilnius is…well, small. There is not a lot to do. You’ll run out of tourist stuff within a day–maybe less. Therefore, an excursion out to Trakai is something that’s great to supplement.

The castle truly looks like a Lego design. It’s fascinating. The lake is beautiful. And those dumplings…

Don’t miss it.