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Trakai and the Island Fortress on Lake Galve

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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.

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

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