CASTLES AND FORTRESSES 29
Romantically situated on an
island in the middle of a lake,
Trakai Island Castle (see pp56–7)
was the one-time residence of
Grand Duke Vytautas the Great,
who extended Lithuanian power
as far as the Black Sea.
A fortress that also served as Bulgaria’s
capital city, Tsarevets (see pp626–7) was
home to the Bulgarian tsars from 1185 to
- It now plays host to a spectacular
son-et-lumiere show on summer evenings.
hilltop strong hold of
Bran (see pp580–81)
was built in the 14th
century to defend
Europe from the Turks.
It was subse quently
used as a holi day
home by the Romanian
Affording access to the Danube river,
this medieval fortress (see pp550–51)
was used by Serbian, Ottoman and
Austrian rulers. It now serves as
Belgrade’s most popular park, offering
sweeping views from its battlements.