The history of the Radvila family

Duration: 3 h.
Distance: 44 km
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The most influential noblemen in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania were from Radvila family. They were the only ones in Lithuania who were titled as dukes of the Holy Roman Empire. Remains of Radvila palace and educational trail are situated at Dubingiai castle site. Restored Alanta manor with adjacent tower, ponds and landscape park stand on other lands that belonged to Radvila family from the old days.

Route plan

1) The Palace of Alanta Country Estate

in 1828 Alanta was bought by the nobleman Pac-Pomarnackis, whose family was in the 19th century. in the second half, he built the Alanta mansion from masonry and stones. Here the owners had accumulated a valuable art collection: paintings, furniture and oriental porcelain. In the 20th century, between the wars, the manor was bought by the Minister of National Defense of Lithuania, Balys Sližys. During the Soviet era, there was a collective farm office, a cinema and gymnasium, a school, and a library. During the time of the new freedom, the manor spaces were used for public education.
At the moment, visitors are waiting for the arranged Alanta manor: in the seven halls of the first floor in 2015. Vaidotos Žukas art gallery www.zukasalanta.lt was opened, mobile exhibitions are held in three more halls, and on the second floor of the manor in 2019 February 16 the museum of the blessed Teofilius Matulionis, who came from the Alanta region, was founded.
 
The manor gallery is open every day (except Mondays) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Working hours are shortened by 1 hour before public holidays.

The last Wednesday of the month is sanitary day.

Ticket price – 5.00 eur. With a discount - 3.00 eur. Family - 10 eur (family ticket   – 2 adults and school-age children). For larger excursions, consult with the previously specified contacts.

 

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Duration: 40 min. Distance: 44 km

2) Dubingiai castle site, called Castle Hill

After visiting the Asveja regional park, make sure to get to Dubingiai Castle Hill. Walking through the cognitive trail from the former island, now a peninsula, you will be able to admire the panorama of the longest, and one of the deepest and largest lakes in Lithuania.

Dubingiai castle – is an important 14th - 18th century Lithuanian culture, industry and defense center, it commemorates war with the Order of the Teutonic Knights, reformation - significant eras in our history. The castle is associated with the life and activities of prominent individuals of that age (Vytautas The Great, Mikalojus Radvila Rudas, Barbora Radvilaitė and others). Dubingiai are inseparable from the history of the rise and prosperity of the Radvilos family.

From 2012 Visitors of the castle hill are awaited by the ready for exposition fragments of the Radvila Palace, covered with a hood, along with the place of the former Evangelical Reformed Church with the Radvilos funeral pantheon. The castle hill has a cognitive trail with 6 observation stops near archaeological and natural sites. The length of the natural tract is about 1.5 km. It has wooden stairs, information stands, benches.

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