Palaces, manors and town halls in Latvia

Laidi Palace

The neoclassical Laidi Palace was completed in 1810 by a nobleman von Manteifel, who aqcuired the estate to his daughter Johanna von Lambsdorff. The history of estate began however from the 16th century, when it was owned by the bishop of Courland. The palace has housed the Laidi primary school since 1921.
Founded: 1808-1810 | Location: Laidi, Latvia

Cere Manor

Cēre Manor (Cēres muižas pils) was established in 1352. The current manor house was converted into its present form in the 1860s according to a design by architect Teodors Zeilers. Since 1921 the building has housed the Cēre primary school.
Founded: 1860s | Location: Cēres, Latvia

Ivande Manor

Īvande Manor, also called Lielīvande Manor (Schloß Groß-Iwanden) was built in the second half of the 19th century according to a design by architect Teodors Zeilers. It was severely damaged by fire in 1905, but later repaired in 1912-1913. Unusual to estates in Latvia, an earlier 18th century manor house still stands nearby.
Founded: 19th century | Location: Īvande, Latvia

Stameriena Palace

Stāmeriena Palace is a palace built between 1835 to 1843 by Johann Gottlieb von Wolff and subsequently his descendents. In 1905, during the Russian Revolution, the manor was burned down, but was later renewed by Baron Boris von Wolff in 1908. Although it was rebuilt in different style it is considered one of the brightest architectural achievements of his time in French Neo-Renaissance style in Latvia. Stāmerien ...
Founded: 1835-1843 | Location: Stāmeriena, Latvia

Burtnieki Manor

The Burtnieki Manor ensemble was built in the 18th-19th century when, after several changes of owners, the estate became the property of the Schroeder family. Around 1860, the Schroeders set about laying out a park. The park is remarkable for its grand staircase each step of which has been hewn from a solid block of granite brought to Latvia from Finland. Another attraction is a vase named "Seasons", decorated with sculpt ...
Founded: 1860s | Location: Burtnieki, Latvia

Jaunauce Manor

Jaunauce Manor was built in the early 19th century for Count Karl Johann Friedrich von Medem, who bequeathed the estate to his daughter Caroline and her husband Ferdinand von der Ropp in 1827. It belonged to the von der Ropp family until the agrarian reform in 1920. The building has housed the Jaunauce primary school since 1931.
Founded: 19th century | Location: Jaunauce, Latvia

Varaklani Palace

Varakļāni palace was designed by the Italian architect Vincenzo Macotti at the request of the estate's owner, Count Michael Johann von der Borch. Construction was begun in 1783 and completed in 1789. The palace was one of the first buildings in the classicism style in Latvia. It is an architectural monument of national importance consisting of 3 parts, which are connected by galleries. In the central part of it, ...
Founded: 1783-1789 | Location: Varakļāni, Latvia

Apriki Manor

Apriķi Manor (Apriķu muižas pils) was originally completed in 1742 and a three-story octagonal Neo-Gothic tower was added at the east end during the second half of the 19th century. The building currently houses the Apriķi primary school and the Apriķi regional museum, which includes an exhibit on Finnish soldier and politician Carl Gustaf Mannerheim who lived at the manor for a time in the early 20t ...
Founded: 1742 | Location: Apriķi, Latvia

Boja Manor

Boja Manor (Boju muižas pils) was built in 1860 for the estate owner Baron von Behr. The building currently houses a museum.
Founded: 1860 | Location: Bojas, Latvia

Dzerve Manor

Dzērve Manor (Dzērves muižas pils) was originally built in the early 19th century. Nearly destroyed by fire in 1905, it was rebuilt between 1906 and 1912. The building currently houses the Dzērve primary school.
Founded: 1906-1912 | Location: Dzērvenieki, Latvia

Jaunmuiza Manor

Jaunmuiža manor house was built in the beginning of the 19th century. A park with foreign tree species was planted around the manor house during the time of prince Liven. Jaunlutriņi compatriot, commander of Latvian Riflemen, Jukums Vācietis was born in the servants’ house. Today, the local youth centre is located in this building.
Founded: 19th century | Location: Jaunlutriņi, Latvia

Kalna Manor

Kalma manor was built as a hunting lodge for Baron Fedor von Medem after he acquired the estate in 1855. It was quickly repaired after being damaged by fire in 1905. Between 1906 and 1912, it was restored according to the project of architect G. Berchi. The most recent restoration was completed in 2004, the building then being made available for public event rentals. A museum with exhibits on milk production is located in ...
Founded: 1855 | Location: Sieksāte, Latvia

Cirava Palace

Cīrava Palace is a national architecture monument included in the list of the culture monuments under state protection. The oldest county administrative documents relating to the subsequent estate are no longer found in publications or extracts from the Baltic German historians archives. The palace has its roots in a time when the Aizpute and Sakaslejas county belonged to the bishopric of Courland. It was built in 1 ...
Founded: 1868 | Location: Cirava, Latvia

Preili Palace

Preiļi Palace was originally built in the early 19th century and the structure was converted between 1860 and 1865 into its present English Neo-Gothic form, also called Tudor style. The interior was destroyed in a February 1978 fire and has not been restored. The estate was owned by Count Borhs family from 1382 to 1864. It initially contained a castle of the Livonian order, which was devastated by Russian tsar Ivan ...
Founded: 1860-1865 | Location: Preiļi, Latvia

Snepele Palace

Snēpele Palace was originally built at the beginning of the 19th century as a baronial hunting lodge with two room apartments for guests on the second floor. The building has housed the Snēpele primary school since 1924. The building has decorated columns on both sides of the portico, and the wrought iron railing dates from the first half of the 19th century. The exterior doors are from the second half of the 1 ...
Founded: 19th century | Location: Snēpele, Latvia

Blankenfelde Manor

The first written record of the Blankenfelde manor dates from 1689 when the owner was Ernst von Medem. The estate changed owners several times and was part of the von Hahnide family from 1840 until 1920. Between 1804 and 1805 the manor belonged to the Russian imperial house of Andreas von Königfelsile. Louis XVIII, King of France, lived in Blankenfelde manor for a while when he was in exile. The complex structure of ...
Founded: 1743 | Location: Blankenfelde, Latvia

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Regensburg Sausage Kitchen

The Historic Sausage Kitchen of Regensburg (Wurstküche) is notable as perhaps the oldest continuously open public restaurant in the world. In 1135 a building was erected as the construction office for the Regensburg stone bridge. When the bridge was finished in 1146 AD, the building became a restaurant named Garkueche auf dem Kranchen ("cookshop near the crane") as it was situated near the then river port. Dockers, sailors and the staff of the nearby St. Peter cathedral workshop were the regulars for the centuries to come. The present building at this location dates from the 17th century, but archaeological evidence has confirmed the existence of a previous building from the 12th century with about the same dimensions.

Until ca. AD 1800, the specialty was boiled meat, but when the family who currently own the restaurant took over in 1806, charcoal grilled sausages were introduced as the main dish offered. The kitchen still operates today and serves 6,000 sausages to guests daily.