Trakai and the Island Fortress on Lake Galve


image

With Vilnius having little to offer me after a couple of days of exploring, I was looking into going somewhere for a day trip. The country is not very big and public transport is extremely cheap,  so if I started early anywhere in the country would be within reach.
Most cities would probably just have some Christmas markets and churches to see, which I was a bit tired of already, so I figured that a smaller town would be perfect. The natural choice came down to Trakai, a small town less than an hour bus ride away, famous for a fortress that hosted the Tartar and the Karaim people who had arrived there from Turkey and Mongolia many centuries ago.
The town is in between four lakes and when I walked past the Lake Galvè I could see the fortress floating on a small island. A narrow bridge connected it to the mainland, letting people walk into it for just a couple of euros. Inside there were over ten small individual museums, each with a specific topic like weapons, tools, furniture etc from the time when people had been living in the fortress. As a quite unique place it was well worth a day trip and if I would have had more time I would have walked the nine kilometers from the entrance to a giant mansion on the other side of the river where you would get the beat views of the fortress.

image

Each of these doors were small individual museums inside the fortress walls


Leave a comment