Trakai – Užutrakis – Hill of Angels
We start our journey from the old Lithuanian capital Trakai, surrounded by lakes. After traversing the Old Town of Trakai, we will visit the castle on one of the islands of the majestic Lake Galvė. It is probably impossible to imagine not only Trakai, but also the whole of Lithuania without this castle on the island. It is protected not only by high masonry walls, but also by the clear water of the lake. In addition, Trakai Castle is the only Gothic castle on the island in all of Europe!
Behind the walls of stone and red brick masonry hides a huge courtyard and the palace of the Grand Dukes, whose main tower rises up to 35 meters high. Walking through the palace of the dukes, we will visit the great hall where the rulers received foreign envoys, see what ancient treasures and jewels look like, what nations live in Trakai and how their customs fit, we will get acquainted with the history of Trakai castle and town.
Those who have lost their sightings in the castle will be invited to the Karaites. The Karaites are the smallest nation of Turkic origin living in Lithuania. The first Karaites were the guards of Duke Vytautas. Not only were they vigilant in guarding the princes, but they also deliciously prepared their traditional dishes. We will taste the delicious kibinas made by real Karaites, we will hear many interesting things about the customs and traditions of the Karaites. By the way, did you know that our Duke Vytautas the Great, called Katat Bij by the Karaites, which means “King who crushes enemies”.
For sweets lovers we can offer to visit the chocolate “AJ chocolate” in Trakai and participate in chocolate making education. You will see not only how real chocolate masters make treats, but you will also try to make them yourself. And let’s not forget to make fun while cooking.
After getting stronger, we go to the manor of Counts Tiškevičius, which is whitening on the other shore of Lake Galvė, in Užutrakis. This mansion is surrounded by the park of French landscape architect Eduardo Andre. It is a masterfully exploited landscape of the peninsula with compositions of artificial rocks and a system of 20 ponds repeating the shining lakes of the Trakai region. In it we will also see sculptures of ancient deities. Among other things, we will take an interactive look at historic parks and try to swipe our own fingers through the harp strings of the park.
The decoration of the park is the manor house standing on the shore of the lake with a terrace, from which open fabulous views of Trakai Castle. Standing on it and looking at the lake, you can feel like a count for even a short time. Now concerts take place in the Užutrakis manor house, you can see various art exhibitions.
Truth, Peace, Health, Joy, Gratitude, Hope, Sacrifice, Love are not only one of the truths of life, the fundamental values of humanity, but also one of the more than 40 names of angels on the Hill of Angels. These angels are a gift to Lithuania for the anniversary of the millennium of its name. Angels carved from wood not only create a feeling of coziness, protect the inhabitants and those coming from adversity, but also fulfill their desires. All you have to do is bring your angel, attach him to one of the great angels and come up with a wish that will surely come true with the help of angels. While here you will hear the legend of the origin of these angels, and from the hill you will have wonderful views of the stretching landscapes of forests and lakes.