Trakai is a historic city built on water about 30km west from the capital city of Lithuania – Vilnius. The area is a popular tourist destination. There are 20 lakes in the region. The deepest one is Lake Galvė (46.7m deep) with its 21 islands. One of the islands houses Trakai Island Castle, which is one of the largest Lithuanian medieval castles – occupies the area of 1,8 ha and it is also the most valuable monument in the park (together with the remnants of the peninsula castle and the ancient site of the Senieji (Old) Trakai castle with a church and village).
There are two parks in the region:
Trakai Historical National Park was established in 1991 to preserve Trakai as a centre of Lithuanian statehood and its authentic nature as well. It is the only historical national park in Europe.
Aukštadvaris Regional Park was established in 1992 to preserve the landscapes of Verknė and Strėva upper reaches.
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