A stunning medieval town nestled among a maze of sparkling lakes, Trakai is a must-visit for those traveling to Lithuania. It’s well-known for the picturesque Trakai Island Castle, an immaculately preserved 14th-century fortress surrounded by tranquil waters and lush woodlands. Apart from the captivating history woven into its walls, Trakai offers an array of exciting activities. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the lake, or venture into the surrounding forests to uncover nature trails – perfect for hiking, cycling, or horseback riding.

One insider tip is to explore the culture of the local Karaim community – a small Turkic ethnic group residing in Trakai since the Middle Ages. A must-try on their menu is ‘Kibinai’, a traditional Karaim meal of stuffed pastries usually filled with mutton and onion. These are best enjoyed with a steaming cup of local herbal tea. Visitors are encouraged to visit Trakai on weekdays if possible, to avoid the crowds and truly experience the town’s laidback, peaceful ambiance. Furthermore, the winter season sees the picturesque castle shrouded in snow – a truly mesmerizing sight that very few tourists get the chance to witness.

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