Jaunpils Castle

Jaunpils, Latvia

Jaunpils Castle was erected in 1301 by the Master of the German branch of the Livonian Order, Gottfried von Roga. The tower was added in the 15th century. The castle was heavily damaged in war by Swedes in 1625. Later a third floor was added and the old fortress became a manor with all conveniences in the end of the 17th century. The building was partly reconstructed in 18th century. The castle was burned down during the Russian Revolution of 1905. A year later it was rebuilt by architect Wilhelm Bockslaff.

From the 16th century until 1920 the castle belonged to the family of the Baltic German baron von der Recke. One of the family members who lived there in the 18th century was the poet Elisa von der Recke. After the Latvian agrarian reforms of 1920s, the castle complex housed a cattle-breeding experimental station. During the Soviet occupation of Latvia, the interior of the castle was heavily reconstructed and today Jaunpils castle has typical Soviet interiors from the 1960s. More of a manor house than properly a fortified castle, it has now been converted into a hotel.

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P104, Jaunpils, Latvia
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Founded: 1301
Category: Castles and fortifications in Latvia
Historical period: State of the Teutonic Order (Latvia)

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4.6/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Thomas Meurer (2 years ago)
Delicious Meal and Drinks Inside the Tavern. Looks like the past and the feeling is great. We will come again.
Katya Mu (2 years ago)
Amazing castle! And it’s totally worth to stay here overnight. What you can do here: * You can rent an awesome medieval style room with fireplace * You can dress in a medieval costume and makr photosession * You can have a private guide who will tell you everything about the castle and touch reaaaly old armor * You can walk around and enjoy nature * Food in local restaurant is amazing. And portions are huge!
Veronika Varep (2 years ago)
Nice place with great local guides! :)
Jon Comeaux (2 years ago)
Not much to see unless your on a guided tour. Better options to sightsee unless your in the area for a long time.
feenikss (2 years ago)
Nice medieval style rooms and pub, great food. Also great adventure quest available
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