Курземе. Венспилский-замокKurzeme – one of four historical areas, located in the western part of Latvia. This is the edge of Latvia, where there are two large port cities of Ventspils and Liepaja. Kurzeme is one of the four cultural and historical regions of Latvia occupying the entire western part of the country, from the Irbensky Strait in the north, to the Lithuanian border in the south. First of all, Kurzeme is of course the Baltic Sea coast. In the town of Sabile grows the northernmost grapes in Europe. The city of Kuldiga with its unique tiled roofs and many other beautiful places, here is one of the widest waterfalls in Europe – Ventas rumba, the most beautiful river Venta. The city on nine hills – Talsi and the historical castle Jaunmoku in the vicinity of Tukums.

Venspils Castle

Windau Castle

Venspils CastleThe castle is considered the oldest in Ventspils Vindau fortress from the late Middle Ages in Latvia (the year 1290), preserved in a full volume. The mouth of the river Venta was first mentioned in historical sources in 1263, in connection with the conclusion of the agreement on the Division of the port of Courland and the Curonian lands among the master of the Livonian order and the Bishop of Kurzeme. This area became the property of the Livonian order. The Crusaders at the end of the 13th century (the period 1263 to 1290 BC) erected here in 1 km from the mouth of the Venta River, the stone castle Vindau (Windau). There are suggestions that this could happen in the middle of the century. The oldest part of the Livonian Order’s Castle, built on the site of the former settlement of Curonians, a donjon Tower, standing for the protection of fine seafood Harbour and navigation on the river Venta in the 13th century, the castle was originally surrounded by a moat, but its traces not survived to the present day.

In 1290, the master of the Hal′t approved the border of Kuldiga city and Ventspils komturij and then Castle Vindau was first mentioned in historical sources as a ready-made structure, in which lived in Ryn Livonian order. According to historians, the castle was built in three phases Vindau called three construction period. Initially up to 1290 g. 10h16h30 Square Tower were built, with a total area of approximately 1133 square metres and surrounding the fortress wall with a length of 32.5 x 33.5 m around the courtyard of about 160 m². m. the thickness of the walls was about two meters. For the inhabitants of the Castle Tower served as a last refuge in time of danger, so the entrance to the tower was at a safe height from the ground, where access was quickly dilemma referred to wooden stairs. On the second floor was a room where you can sit out in the event of a siege. To keep warm, the Knights stoked fire.

Over time, the Castle was the Centre of a Vindau Trestles. It is known about the komtur of 1291 21 or 1309 on 1560 ‘s, lived in the Ventspils Castle throughout the existence of the State of the Livonian order. The first komtur was brother Detlev or Detfler, mentioned in 1291, the audit Protocol, dated 1442 year, mentions that in the Castle lived five Knights, two priests, and they had weapons for 32 and 34 horses; the Castle also had 6 cannons and 20 samostrelov with 30 cops shoot (30 x 60 PCs.) and polubočka powder. In 1451, the castle had seven brothers Knight award certificates and operating staff.

In the 14th century were constructed all buildings of the Castle, forming a complex of buildings with a courtyard of the convent type. During the Polish-Swedish war (1655-1660), the castle was destroyed, and in the second half of the 17 century newly restored.

In 1832, the completed reconstruction of the Castle, and began a period of its use as the county jail, which lasted until 1959 year. After that, the castle was used as a military base of the border forces of the USSR. In 1997 year was updated facade of the Castle and its territory is arranged well. Externally, the castle was returned to its historic appearance-now it looks like in the 19 century.

Now the castle is the Museum of Ventspils, exposition of which the history of the Castle, town and port, developed with the use of computer technology, is considered the most modern in the Baltics. For example, in the cellar of ghosts of the castle can be seen as the past runs through the Black piglet Castle and “held in a prison, you can hear the voices of prisoners. In the courtyard, where various events are held frequently, you can shoot this bow.

Jaunmoku Castle

Jaunmoku Castle

Jaunmoku CastleJaunmoku Castle is a masterpiece of architecture in Latvia is designed in a combination of neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau style. The Palace was built in 1901 as a hunting lodge and summer residence for the Mayor of Riga — George Armitsted (1847-1912). Sculpture by j. Armisteda with a dog can be seen in Riga, opposite the Opera and Ballet Theatre. Jaunmoku Castle is one of the most famous and most beautiful brick buildings in Latvia. The Interior of the Castle hunting Castle of newly created at the end of the 20th century, however, among the original Interior special attention deserve the tiled stoves the lock, one of which was established at the turn of 19-20 centuries in honour of the 700-year anniversary of Riga, and on which you can see the painting with images of Riga and the surrounding area a century ago.

There are two variants of the name of the Castle. The first is near from this place is Karatavskaâ Hill, which in ancient times, Baron chastised his subjects. Brook originates from the martyrs. The second option-the word “jaunmokas” at the Prussian dialect means “new field”, which in this place once purchased a landowner.

George Armitstead was the owner of the Palace and Manor Jaunmokas until 1904 Goda. After the death of his father, George inherited the estate and sold the castle of Rindzele Combining Brinkens family, who owned the Castle until 1910 year. After that, the owners of the Palace changed very often. In 1920, the castle was nationalized by Latvia, and until 1940 it was used as a sanatorium for children. During the 2nd world war, Russians and the German army used the Castle as a military school, a radio station and a hospital. After the war, the Palace was used as a base of machine and tractor land (soil improvement and drainage) and the stock of agricultural machinery. The 20 families lived in the Castle, which still housed the store, movie theater and dance halls.

In 1974 the building was taken over by the Ministry of forestry, and after 20 years of intensive reconstruction Jaunmoku Castle was completely restored. In the castle there is the exposition about forestry and hunting in Latvia. Also offers theatrical excursions, holidays, there are cafes, playgrounds. Very nice view from the observation tower. Jaunmoku castle there are its own legend and his cast, dialogue which documented the scientists from Germany.

Jaunmoku Castle legend

The legend of Jaunmokas Palace is based on real events that took place at the beginning of the 20th century, and the legend tells us the story of a young girl named Dorothy.

At the end of 20-th century the relatives of the former owner of the Palace of von Ungern-Sternberg, visited the Palace and after this visit, we received a letter in which the tragic incident was described what happened at the beginning of the 20th century.

German army resided in the Palace during World War II. At this time a young girl Dorothy worked as a nanny in the Palace. Dorothy fell in love with the officer, but the army did not stay long in one place. After a while the officer had left the Palace, together with the army, leaving the girl who was waiting for the child. Dorothy could not withstand the breaking up and she didn’t want to feel shame when everyone finds out her secret, so the night Dorothy went to a pond near the Palace, and completed her life by jumping into the water.

After this tragic event, the inhabitants of the Palace is sometimes seen a mysterious ghost, white dress that wandered around the Palace. The spirit of Dorothy did not find peace.

People who worked and lived in the Palace, saying that they often heard and seen a white lady who walked through the Palace or slammed the door.

Not every visitor can see a White Lady, but who knows … Maybe if you visit the Palace Jaunmokas, or stay here for the night, you will witness its presence.

Castle Jaunpils

Jaunpils Castle

Castle JaunpilsJaunpils Castle, built in the year 1301 on Lake Dzirnavu (Mill), is one of the few medieval castles, has preserved its original appearance.

Jaunpils Castle is a typical construction of the Livonian Order fortress, it was built by master Gottfried von Horn. More than 350 years the Castle owned by the barons of von der River. Up to the present day came many legends about the fearless, Matthias von der Recke, owner of the castle in the 16 century. During the Swedish war he fought in a duel with Swedish King Charles IX and after the fight in the hands of Recke was the sword of King and his cap with expensive decorated with ribbons. These valuable items were stored in the castle of Jaunpils before World War I, but then were lost.

Jaunpils Castle and its surroundings have many legends and mysteries. Today you can visit the church built at the end of the 16th century water mill, the age of 200 years, and in the Castle enjoyed a medieval meal and hot red wine. It is here that you can feel the aroma of the romantic era.

The castle is now a museum where you can see the layout of locks, copies of the arms and armour of the Livonian order, learn interesting facts about the life of the Castle and the fate of the inhabitants of Jaunpils.

The Castle also offers theatrical excursions accompanied by monks or medieval singers, medieval meal in a restaurant Castle, Medieval feasts are arranged in summer.


Town of Kuldiga

KuldigaTown of Kuldiga, one of the most beautiful cities of Latvia. Tiled roofs, the medieval layout of streets and winding among the old houses by the river Alekšupīte… Miracles here at every step — flying through the air fish, the widest waterfall in Europe, built on Roman designs brick bridge, a unique collection of playing cards. And in Kuldiga district not less interesting is this oil well, the purest from Lake Zvirgzdu, Shitake mushrooms and plantation of medicinal herbs, the mystical cave maze, old palaces and manor houses, the suiti people tradition, unique wooden toys …

Ventas Rumba-the widest waterfall in Europe. The fact is well known. Threshold stretches almost the entire width of the river. 149 metres-it looks serious. Come see the natural sight, of course, is worth it. But consider: the gloomy and overcast December days are still not that spring and summer.

Meanwhile, in ancient times the city of Kuldiga was a place where fish … flies through the air. When the fish were here to spawn, she had to overcome the threshold, jumping out of the water. During the reign of Duke Jacob here came up with a special gear is in Wicker baskets were in the right places and salmon, and catfish. Fishing baskets in Kuldiga continued until the second world war, local fishermen have taken several meters waterfall for rent. But watch for the flying fish can be in our days. Want to see a miracle, come to Kuldiga in late April and early may! By the way, the tourist season the city opens a great holiday, which is called “fish-fly!”.

But in summer, the stunning local attraction — bathing under a waterfall. In imperial times, among other things, for the pleasure of bathers took a coin. Now, completely free of charge. It is only necessary to know the place, on the right bank of the river Venta in the Rocky bottom of the waterfall gouged entire baths! Artificial cascades in swimming pools and spa-centers after Ventas Rumba just rest.

Consider the Ventas Rumba in all its glory — at any time of the year! as you can from the window of the Kuldiga Museum, located next to the shore. This elegant lodge residents have long been referred to as Villa Bangerta.

The legend says that the name of the captain of Liepāja, bought as a gift to the bride’s House to your liking. After all, the Villa was once the Russian Pavilion at the world exhibition in Paris. Captain Bangert it dismantled, moved and miles away and put on the steep banks of the Venta River. A view of the waterfall and the old brick bridge became the best decoration of the Villa. Telling me this story, Director of the Museum, Dace Bumbiere showed and the layout of the Kuldiga castle that once stood on the site of the present Museum. (This is from his stone was once built half of the old city centre.) There are the Museum and the medieval knight’s armor. In especially solemn occasions “Knight” goes on tour in Latvia, is staying in friendly museums. After all, this rare exhibit for those who are versed in the middle ages, is also something of a miracle.

But tourists are most interested in the famous collection of the Museum of playing cards, the only one in the Baltic States. The Kings, šestërkah and ACEs — characters of Duke Jacob to President Putin.

The old bridge across the Venta River is the longest continuing act brick bridges of Europe. It was built after the old bridge across the Moselle, erected there by the ancient Romans!..

It is very likely that in a couple of years old Kuldīga along with the Valley of venta and waterfall ventas Rumba will be included in the lists of protected monuments of UNESCO, is now the city already is in the waiting list.

And yet the town Kuldīga throughout time been a favorite kind of filmmakers. Starred in 25 films, such as “Beach” by Alexander and Alova Vladimir Naumov. The show is expected to soon all «kuldigskie» paintings by staging a small Film Festival.

Duke Jacob is the most legendary and awesome character throughout Latvian history-originally from Kuldīga. In the Church of St. Catherine, which still stands today, it once was. In the reign of Duke Jacob was prospering and his hometown. The ships were built, in Kuldiga acted Manufactory, trade. Say, Duke is always in a special way gently to Kuldiga, and because of his beloved woman, a kind of Lisi.

In Kuldīga in 1838, the family doctor was born and Karl Davydov was a cellist, teacher and composer, who has been working for many years Director of the Petersburg Conservatory. Pyotr Tchaikovsky, for example, called Tzar Davydova cellists of our century “. In memory of the outstanding fellow countryman in Kuldīga are international competitions of young cellists, involving musicians from Latvia, Russia, the United States and Israel. In March of next year, the competition will be dedicated to the 170 anniversary of the musician.

Legenda Kuldiga

Kuldiga connoisseurs will tell you many entertaining historical anecdotes. But is it possible to treat seriously to this, for example, history …

Once visited the Bourgmestres Štafenhagena Swedish King Charles XII. Winter, Blizzard, boredom is. … Wanted to play King of the chess game, but the game did not go, suck-courtiers King shamelessly exposed. Then he commanded the enemy seek local — does anybody in this town do not know how to play chess? “. And found a commoner, defeated King! Oh so beautiful beat that King immediately granted the winner a chest full of luxurious Royal outfits. Yes just from them for joy, because by law could not then a man of low rank wearing Royal dress. There’s burgomaster Stavenhagen used this opportunity. And by the citizen of the Royal treasure chest and its contents. That was then lucky-chess player, history is silent. But the enterprising Mayor and Royal poŝegolâl outfits, and the chest has embedded into the wall under the stairs of the Kuldiga home.

Miracle, actually, that you will tales of the trunk show. Through the courtyards and the backyard, along the river Alekšupīte. On the façade of the House is a sign of “a monument of architecture. House Štafenhagena, and Royal chest is under the stairs.

Barefoot Trail

Barefoot Trail

Barefoot Trail

Barefoot Trail is an original invention, the experience of which will be taken from Austria, Switzerland and Germany, and adapted to the Latvian landscape and climate, and also to those unique qualities characteristic only of the territory of the Kemeri National Park Valgums Lake and the Slocene River.

Walking and wellness rituals on the barefoot path in Latvia and the whole Baltics will bring you a lot of pleasures.

The length of the trail is more than 2 km. Pebbles, moss, cones, sand, boulders, wood, reeds, chips, rough tree trunks, clay, river water, rain-soaked soft grass, pleasant to the touch of peat – all this and more will become a huge adventure for your feet and the effect will not make yourself for a long time to wait.

Walking barefoot on the natural, natural surfaces of the barefoot path:

  • You temper your body and increase its protective reaction;
  • Improves blood circulation, which is useful for the heart;
  • Muscles of the legs, ligaments, joints are strengthened;
  • Reduced cramps in the calves;
  • Tired feet rest;

The body relaxes and calms down;

Walk on the barefoot path can only walk with bare feet. Kids will have to go along with their parents, because it is impossible to drive along the paths.

If you have an appointment, you can enjoy a pleasant wellness procedure – a flower foot bath, as well as a treat in the form of herbal tea.

On the territory of the complex for recreation there is a cozy hotel, including panoramic rooms with a beautiful view of the lake.

Services provided on the territory of the recreation complex:

  • hotel
  • restaurant (opening hours 12: 00-22: 00)
  • bath complex
  • massage and SPA procedures
  • rent of conference halls for 40-50 people
  • service of corporate events and holidays
  • sports grounds
  • rent of sports equipment, boats, bicycles inventory for sports walking
  • conditions for the organization of corporate events
    a place on the lake for fishing

This place will not leave anyone indifferent – neither children nor adults. Come here to enjoy the beautiful nature and recharge your energy.

Opening hours: The barefoot path is open to everyone who wants to eat every day from 9: 00-20: 00.

Film City Cinevilla. Cinevilla Cinematograph

Film City Cinevilla

Film City Cinevilla. Cinevilla CinematographFilm City CINEVILLA is a unique tourist sights of Latvia with an extensive organization of events, filming and entertainment options.

Film City Cinevilla Studio is the only open air cinema in the Baltic States and the largest in Northern Europe.

Film City “Cinevilla” located in Tukums Cinevilla studios in the suburb of Slampe and represents an open-air scenery. Its construction was initiated in May 2004 year. specially for shooting historical film “sargi, which premiered November 11, 2007 year.

In Balaji’s built two cities-they are called “major” and “Provincial”. Big city is Riga, the beginning of the 20th century, with its characteristic of that time and details. Cobblestone, fragment of the promenade of the river Daugava, several streets with facades of historic buildings, Windows, lace curtains and the walls-signs on old-Latvian, Russian and German, “Pharmacy”, “cigar”, “fashion and lingerie Shop”, “Beer”, “colonial goods”. In a provincial town or Pārdaugava (Pardaugava) are the facades of wooden houses, fire station, a church, a small market square, the gate of the factory, warehouse, an Inn. For tourists in town offers a variety of guided tours on the history of the town and shooting, Sightseeing in costumes-in the form of soldiers of the Latvian army and German army uniforms of British seamen, nurses or in historical costumes of the townspeople. These costumes can be photographed.

In the Movie the town has its own arsenal-Museum of military history, where you can see the military equipment, uniforms and weapons during World War II. In a fake parliamentary post office building opened Postal Museum and the post office. In the premises of the market works photo gallery where everyone can get his portrait in a historical costume or uniform, decorated in the style of old photos. But not without reason this equipment is a movie town. You can withdraw your own movie. To do this, you will be provided with scenery, costumes, props, kinotehniku and professionals Services-Director, cameraman, costume designer.

Briefly about Film City CINEVILLA:

150 hectares in total, large-scale scenery covers about 15 hectares, which consists of 3 main parts:
City – Riga; Suburb / Town – Pārdaugava; Rudolph Territory Complex;

  • Filmtown is the 4th Latvian city which has its own tram line
  • Located close to the capital Riga, as well as other historical Latvian cities – Tukums, Talsi, Kuldiga, Liepaja
  • Specializing in the early 20th century scenery (World War I and World War II)
  • Two filming pavilions
  • Vintage steam locomotive and passenger railcars
  • 60 m long railway platform
  • River Daugava and three historic bridges
  • Church
  • Hotel “Hotel Cinevilla”