Enjoy Venta River valley
Take your time to enjoy the scenery, watching Venta river from the bridge - the wide (not high!) waterfall is a famous site within Latvia, but the part of the river downstream is also worth a look. And from the many visitors around, also well worth having a swim, or trying your luck at fishing...
Kuldiga's old mill's waterfall
Old mill is known from 13th century, it served needs of Livonian castle. It is hard to say if mills construction could be the same now, 700 - 800 years old. Anyway, mill is more popular for its waterfall, 4,2 meters high.
The waterfall belongs to much smaller river than Venta – it is Aleksupite (as I heard waterfall is the highest natural waterfall in Latvia).
Longest brick bridge in Latvia
Brick bridge across Venta river was built in 1874. It is as famous as waterfall, again, because of European record. Actually it is said it could be one of the longest such type bridges in Europe.
The width of bridge was made as for standards of 19th century – two carriages had to pass next to each other on the bridge.
Bridge is a famous place for wedding ceremonies (photo making, caring the bride) as well as a chance to see whole Venta waterfall from it.
Long waterfall of Venta
Waterfall of Venta seems to be the longest waterfall in Europe (different width in different sources of information – it is about 240 – 250 meters). Actually I think you could be a bit disappointed, as waterfall is just long, but not high one – probably about 0,5 meters high, maybe a bit more.
Duke Jacob time’ (1642 - 1682) story tells that it is possible to catch salmons with hands thanks to waterfall. I wonder if it could be the same nowadays :)
Ventas rumba (Venta's Waterfall)
And here are the famous waterfalls af the river Venta, probably not the widest in Europe, but surely the widest in Latvia! ;-)
They are very nice, so wide and not deep at all, you can easily walk all along the waterfall, or even dive or swim in the river.
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)
Liepājas Iela is a pedestrian street with several 17th – 20th century buildings showing the development of different architectural styles. An original feature of every house is its entrance door and skylight windows above it which are the characteristics exclusive to Kuldīga.
(info taken from Kuldiga official site)
Waterfall in Kuldiga
There is a waterfall in Latvia!!! Who would have guested that? Well, in Kuldiga there is the river Venta and there is a beautiful waterfall, not specially high, but quite wide. Beautiful view of it from the bridge. In the summer you can go and have a swim and join the kids that play around the waterfall.
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The old bridge over river Venta
And here is the famous Venta's bridge, built in 1874 and 163 metres long (one of the longest brick bridges in Europe). In 1915, the bridge was destroyed, but rebuilt again in 1926.
You can go on it on foot or by car (I think you have to pay to do it by car), and it's the best way to enjoy the view of the Ventas Rumba.
Kuldīga district court
Kuldīgas Tiesa is the district court of Kuldīga, built in the 19th century in the historical centre of the town - in the territory of the Livonian order castle built in 1242.
In this building since the time it was built, seven political governments ( the government of Tsarist Russia, imperial Germany, Stucka bolshevik government, the government of the first Latvia State, Hitler's Germany, the USSR and the Republic of Latvia) of three states (Russia, Germany, Latvia) without intermission have been estimating the conformity of people's deeds with the existing legislation.
(info taken at Kuldīgas Tiesa official site)
History and Art Museum
Here is the Kuldīga History and Art Museum, with its excellent collection of ancient jewellery and Latvian war time and Soviet memorablia. The building itself was brought to Kuldīga piece by piece from Paris in 1900 by a wealthy merchant, as a present to his fiancé.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11-17. Entrance fee 0.15-0.20 Ls.
Surrounding the museum is a park with sculptures by Livija Rezevska.
Visit the mighty waterfalls of Kuldiga
Kuldiga has the impressive-sounding distinction of being home to both Latvia’s highest and widest waterfalls. However, to put in into context, it has to be said that Latvia is a very flat country indeed, so these terms are relative!
The towering Aleksupite waterfall turns out to all of 4.2m high and the Venta Falls - the widest falls in Latvia - are really more of a horseshoe-shaped rapid! Despite their diminutive stature, the falls are picturesque and - like the rest of this lovely town - are well worth seeing.
I was enchanted to discover that the Latvian word for 'waterfall' (well, really more a 'rapid' given their lack of height) is 'rumba'! This is such a descriptive term: maybe I'm just being fanciful, but it seems to me that 'waterfall' is an onomatopoeic word (ie. the word sounds like its meaning) in several languages. In Slovenian, for example, the word for waterfall is 'slap' - absolutely wonderful!
Relax in the beautiful woodland sculpture park
A lovely but unpretentious sculpture park has been established in woodland just by the Venta River. It is a treat to have the opportunity to enjoy the pleasure of imaginative sculpture appealingly presented, and on a hot summer day, the dappled shade would be a welcome relief. This would be the perfect place in Kuldiga to have a picnic (and maybe even a siesta afterwards?).
The tourist office proudly say's this is the widest waterfall in Europe. I will not argue. Though certainly not the highest it's an impressive sight, and must not be missed if you visit Kuldiga.
In summer also serves as a swimming and diving area, looks great fun.
Rumbla is the broadest waterfall in Europe (250 metres) but maximum only 2,2 metres deep! This waterfall is quit unique. Also watch the nice bridges from 1880, close to the waterfall. When you follow the river there's also a nice watchtower where you have a wonderful view on the surroundings and river.
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