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MEDININKAI AND DUBINGIAI – IMAGE OF LITHUANIAN CASTLES

Date: Tuesday 30 August; Sunday 04 September 2016
Duration: 8 h
Transport: Coach, walking
Departure: 9:30 AM, Daukantas (Presidential) square in front of Vilnius University
Cost per person: 70 Eur
Minimal number of people: This tour operates with a minimum of 12

Important information: please note that the tour involves a reasonable amount of walking around the hillforts. Most of the route is relatively flat or has a slight incline.

During the tour we will visit Medininkai Castle, the largest enclosure type castle in Lithuania, which is located in Medininkai village, 30 kilometres from Vilnius. According to archaeologists, it was built in the period between the late 13th century to the first quarter of the 14th century. The Medininkai Castle Museum exhibits the development of masonry during the first centuries of the Lithuanian Grand Duchy castles, medieval weaponry and other archaeological findings. The tour will include the presentation on medieval weaponry (archery).

The tour will continue to Dubingiai town – the most picturesque Lithuanian town, located on the shore of the longest lake in Lithuania – Asveja. Lunch is planned in the modern stable “Dubingių Žirgynas”. After lunch the excursion will continue to Dubingiai 19th century wooden inn that presents the exhibition of the archaeological heritage of Asveja Lake. The tour will include visiting the Dubingiai Castle site with the excavated castle ruins. The Dubingiai Castle site is the area of scholarly investigations, including one of the most significant archaeological finds in the recent years in Lithuania – the discovery of the Radvila (Radziwill) family burial.

Itinerary:

  • Medininkai Castle
  • Lunch in the modern stable “Dubingių Žirgynas”
  • Dubingiai Hillfort and ruins of the castle