Kolonna Hotel Kuldiga
Pils 6, laukums, Kuldiga, LV-3301, Latvia
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Why "Latvian Venice"?
Despite of Kuldiga’s main river is Venta, it has some channels around, like in Venice or Amsterdam. Of course, these are different ones, much more narrow. One of these smaller streams of water is Aleksupite.
So, if you ever hear of Latvian Venice town, think about Kuldiga.
Edole pils - a hidden gem
Latvia has several old houses and castles, a very old but quite original one is Edole pils, in Edole village, Kuldigas rajons.
It was in the process of being restored in the summer of 2002, with the inside of most rooms quite barren. But you can get a good impression of a 13th century bishop's castle, built by the "Livonian Order"
The Baltic sea is always at hand...
From Kuldiga it's only a short distance to the coastline, offering great beaches, often quite empty even in season!
One of them we found in Jurkalne, just outside Kuldiga district (rajons), some 30 km south of Ventspils and less than an hour's drive from Kuldiga.
Kuldīga old Town-square
Kuldīga old Town-square was mentioned in the 17th century as a marketplace. Earlier in the 20th century, wagon-based trade was still be transacted. The court pharmacy in Baznica street 10 is the only building in Kuldīga built according to the German patchwork technique. The wooden house has a garret roof with a covered chimney.
The Old Town Hall was built in 17th century. The cellar of the building was the first prison in Kuldīga. The town square was an old assembly place for people. In the south-east corner of the Town Square there used to be a pillory.
(info taken from Kuldiga official site)
Linger longer in lovely Kuldiga
(work in progress)
Kuldiga is a beautiful and historic town, and yet another spot where I wish that we'd had more time to linger. Because of this winning combination, it is one of Latvia's most popular tourist attractions, but despite the fact that there were quite a few tourists around when we visited, it didn't feel overly 'touristy'.
Kuldiga is the sort of place that you should really explore on foot: it has a number of tourist attractions that are well worth visiting, but perhaps its greatest charm is its ambience, and just wandering along streets that have changed little over hundreds of years is delightful. In hindsight, I would loved to have stayed overnight and taken advantage of the longer summer evening to stroll around town, but perhaps next time!
Kuldiga was particularly lovely when we visited in early summer, but I suspect that it is somewhat that would be gorgeous in almost any season. Whilst the Venta falls and the sculpture park are outdoors and obviously best in good weather, there is enough to keep you happily occupied indoors if the elements turn against you.
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