20 imagesTrakai is a historic city and lake resort in Lithuania. It lies 28 kilometres (17 miles) west of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Because of its proximity to Vilnius, Trakai is a popular tourist destination. Trakai Island Castle is an island castle located in Trakai, Lithuania on an island in Lake Galvė. The castle is sometimes referred to as "Little Marienburg". The construction of the stone castle was begun in the 14th century by Kęstutis, and around 1409 major works were completed by his son Vytautas the Great, who died in this castle in 1430. Trakai was one of the main centres of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the castle held great strategic importance.
64 imagesVilnius is the capital of Lithuania and it's largest city, it is located in the southeast part of Lithuania and is the second largest city of the Baltic states. The first known written record of Vilnius as the Lithuanian capital is known from Gediminas' letters in 1323. Vilnius is known for its Old Town of beautiful architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. It's Jewish influence until the 20th century has led to it being described as the "Jerusalem of Lithuania" and Napoleon named it "the Jerusalem of the North" as he was passing through in 1812.