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“Uzutrakis Palace - the White Palace - worthy rival to the Castle” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Trakai Historical National Park
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Small-Group Sightseeing Tour to Paneriai Memorial Park and Trakai Castle
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Trakai
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Owner description: This historic area features medieval buildings and castles.
Tartu, Estonia
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“Uzutrakis Palace - the White Palace - worthy rival to the Castle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2014

Trakai Historical Park, the only 'national historic park' in the EU, has two attractions beyond the Castle and the town - the astonishingly visual CXIXth Uzutrakis Palace (and the quirky CXXIst Hill of Angels).
We were visiting Trakai Castle when we first saw this large white building standing on the rising eastern shore of Lake Galve.
Uzutrakis Palace has undergone an extensive restoration programme (completed in September 2013), which has restored the ground floor using period furniture from the best Polish collections and turned the first floor residential spaces into exhibition galleries.
Count Joseph Tyszkiewicz, a Polish magnate, had the White Palace built at the turn of the C19th. The Tyszkiewicz family owned the estate until the Soviet invasion of 1940.
Our visit (May 2013) occurred before the completion of the restoration programme, which meant we could not see inside. There was NOT a fee for the park and gardens.
Getting there: Instructions for car-drivers from Trakai Castle. Take Karaimu Road out of Trakai town. At the large roundabout take the KAUNAS/VIEVIS exit - 4.7km from Uzutrakis. Take the first turning on the right signposted towards RYKANTAI and also for Uzutrakis. This road the 4722 initially skirts round the north end of Lake Galve. Then take the second turning on the right (4750 route). This will eventually lead to the carpark of the White Palace, so long as you are not tempted by the first turning to the right that lead to the SLENIS camping site.
If the restoration programme has been carried out as diligently as the remodelling of the gardens and park (and like the Latvians did at Rundale Palace), the interior of the White Palace must be well worth seeing.
The location of palace's kitchens is interesting - some 50 metres from the palace. According to the National Historic Park's website the restoration programme is examining the feasibility of remodelling the kitchen block to meet CXXIst standards!
I'm uploading the photographs of the parts of the park and formal gardens we saw, they are considerably more extensive.

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful Place in Nice Weather”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit, at least in nice weather. The lake and castle are both quite beautiful. It is easy to get back to nature here. There are also lots of shops and restaurants for those so inclined. The old Tartar houses are worth seeing as well.

Visited May 2014
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Portishead, United Kingdom
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“good in fine weather”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

Lovely place to visit for the tourist and locals alike. Plenty to see, with the historic castle, and the lakes with it's water taxi's is well worth a trip. to view the sites from the numerous lakes. Old Tartar houses and little restaurants, a good day out all round.

Visited November 2013
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“Lovely place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

Great place not far away from Vilnius where you can enjoy rather slow and peaceful atmosphere when Vilnius starts to feel crowded. Apart from the nature all around you there's the castle and cute little village around it which is also worth walking through. Overall nice, slow, peaceful, quiet and understated, it's a great find in Lithuania!

Visited October 2013
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“Fantastic day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

Easy to get to from Vilnius just go to the ticket desk at the bus station. Buses take about 45 minutes and it was the first stop on the bus we took. Trakai was a lot bigger than I expected. It takes about 15 minutes or so to walk to the castle from the bus station. We visited when it was -8 outside and the lakes were frozen. There were people walking on the lakes and I even saw one person lying on it. The castle was beautiful and the museum inside was really interesting. We were looking at the wrong timetable so missed our bus back but shared a little minibus back to Vilnius with a load of local people and it took a lot less time than the bus that brought us there.

Visited March 2013
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