Beautiful palace of Rundale (Pilsrundale in Latvian) is located in rather unattractive place of Latvia.. Almost on border of Lithuania, close to small border town Bauska.
Pilsrundale was built in 18th century as a summer residence for rich duke of Latvia. World famous Italian architect at that time was invited to create the palace with French rose gardens around.
Palace of Rundale is clearly one of the most beautiful spots in the Baltic region and for us it also reminds Austrian barocco palaces seen on postcards :)
We paid 2.5 LAT for adult ticket, 2 LAT for student ticket, 1 LAT per person for roses garden ticket, 1 LAT camera fee. (the latvians, have really learned how to strip a tourist). 1 Latvian LAT is 1.42 Euro.
Rundale Palace seems so out of place, a canary yellow confection stuck in the middle of a rural area, across the street from the palace you could hear cows mooing.
The entrance fee to get into the palace is practically nothing for a palace this grand, not sure exactly how many rooms have been restored and opened for viewing but it was at least 25 or 30 including the magnificent Gold Room.
Please see the attached travelogue for more pictures of some of the rooms in the palace.
The gardens are still under renovation, the fountains are not in place and there are no flowers, just trees and shrubs. But since it is being renovated perhaps soon the gardens will be worth a look.
There were a couple of separate exhibits, one for palace treasures that we visited for a small extra charge and one on the Lutheran church that we did not.
Maybe there were so few tourist because it is still a bit off season, besides a couple of busloads of tourists, we were the only ones there which made for an enjoyable visit.
There is the exhibition about the history of Rundales Palace in the first floor. It is very interesting to see how the palace looked 50 or 100 years ago.
Impressive view from the Palace to the park. You can enjoy green grass and trees by yourself during walking in the park.
The Rundales Palace after Duke's death had another honor - Duke Zubov. The interior of his living rooms can see in the first floor.
Walls of rooms are decorated with paintings. The main theme are portrait of Duke and Russian empress.
Rundale’s Palace is large and has many rooms. It means not every room is renovated. Some rooms are closed, but you can see some not renovated but in a good condition rooms
There is a great collection of ancient furniture in rooms of Rundale’s Palace. You can see tables, chairs and mirrors from 18th century.
The Blazon of Duke sounds “For trust and for jealousy”.
The Duke was the favourite of Russian empress Anna Ioanovna and she presented this Palace to him.
There are state halls: Golden (Throne) Hall, White (Balls) Hall, Large Gallery (state dining room) and cabinets with collections of Japan and China porcelains.
In the first floor are personal Duke’s rooms. In the western part of first floor, you can see exhibition about the history of the Palace and Duke’s wife personal apartments.
You can see 48 rooms inside the palace on ground and first floors. The main part of interior made in 1765 – 1768 when Italian painters F.Martini and K.Cucci were working in the palace.