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Trakai Island Castle in Trakai, Lithuania

During summer, visitors to this 14th-century castle may be able to catch a play or musical performance on the castle grounds. Once home to dukes and other royals, Trakai Island Castle fell into ruin during the 17th century. Restoration efforts were undertaken in fits and starts beginning in the 19th century, but were never fully implemented until after World War II, when work to restore the historic site began in earnest. Today the castle is reconstructed to showcase the Gothic grandeur it had attained by the height of its development during the 15th century. And like any reasonable castle, it’s purportedly haunted. That doesn’t scare us off. What about you?

Trakai Island Castle Trakai Island Castle is an island castle located in Trakai, Lithuania on an island in Lake Galvė. The construction of the stone castle was begun in the 14th century by Kęstutis, and around 1409 major works were completed by his son Vytautas the Great, who died in this castle in 1430. Trakai was one of the main centres of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the castle held great strategic