Bauska Castle

Bauska, Latvia

Bauska Castle is a complex consisting of the ruins of an earlier castle and a later palace. The impressive castle stands on the narrow peninsula at the confluence of the rivers Mūsa and Mēmele where they form the Lielupe river. In ancient times, the hill was the site of an ancient Semigallian fortress. The first stone buildings were established between 1443 and 1456 by the Livonian branch of the Teutonic Knights and construction continued till the end of the 16th century. The old section of the castle featured a great watch tower, 3.5 meter thick walls, a prison under the tower, a garrison, and a drawbridge at the gates.

After the collapse of the Teutonic Order in this area in 1562, Bauska Castle became the residence of the Dukes of Courland, for whom the adjacent palace was built in the 17th century. In 1702, during the Great Northern War, both castle and palace were blown up and left abandoned.

Only ruins remain from the seat of the Livonian order. The palace, however, is fully restored and can be visited daily during the summer months. Visitors can explore the castle, visit the museum, eat in the café, and climb the castle keep lookout tower, which has an extensive panoramic view of the surrounding city and countryside. And in every July an international festival of medieval music is held here.

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Founded: 1443-1456
Category: Castles and fortifications in Latvia
Historical period: State of the Teutonic Order (Latvia)

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Andris Petris (10 months ago)
Lovely place to take a walk, to see the place where Lielupe starts.
Alexey Mitrofanov (10 months ago)
Beautiful place especially in New Year's Eve
Lena Max (11 months ago)
Beautiful castle in picturesque place. Interesting museum with old lifestyle items - beds, tables etc. Very clean premises, like it is cleaned after each visitor. Recommend for visiting.
Max Iljin (13 months ago)
It is definitely worth to visit this place. Lots of reconstruction works made during past years and castle is "fresh" but be aware that reconstruction works are still going on. Exhibition is ok but could be much more. Dont forget to take a walk along the parks around and dont miss the river side! Family ticket costs 7eur.
Reda Radykė (14 months ago)
Not worth to pay 4 euros. Expositions are almost empty, nothing interesting to see.
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