Lielstraupe Castle

Straupe, Latvia

Lielstraupe Castle was built at the end of the 13th century by Fabian von Rosen, vassal of the Riga Archbishop. The village of Straupe began to develop around the castle in the 14th century. A large tower was added around 1600. Severely damaged by fire in 1905, the castle was restored between 1906 and 1909 by architect Vilhelms Bokslafs. Since 1963 it has housed a drug addiction rehabilitation hospital.

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E264, Straupe, Latvia
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Founded: 13th century
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)

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D. M.S. (7 months ago)
What a delightful castle to visit, completely unlike any other tour and any other castle I've experienced. Our guide, a charming young lady, spent a full hour showing us around. If you're expecting a cute, fully renovated castle, think again...this place was a rehab center for alcoholics and is pretty rough. Super interesting though and even more interesting that an American claims to own this place. I recommend it!
Oliver Veske (10 months ago)
This place is a fun maze. For 4 euros, you can explore almost all parts of the castle and the whole complex. You can go up to the tower and get nice views of the surroundings. The staff is friendly and love to talk about the history of this place. Be aware, this place might provoke uneasy or sad feelings- especially the basement. This place was a clinc for alcoholics and narcotics adicts until 2017. You can also buy suveniers and get some turism leaflets here. Would visit again!
Narenzo Kershaw (11 months ago)
Lielstraupe Castle, with its 800 years of history, is an extraordinary testament to Latvia's rich heritage. Built in 1263 AD, this majestic castle has stood the test of time and witnessed countless historic events. It is an honor to have had the opportunity to stay at the castle alongside the 27th Lord Jakob von Rosen, as we prepare for a major event aimed at the promotion and restoration of this historic family stronghold of 8 centuries! Every corner of Lielstraupe Castle echoes with the whispers of the past. The castle's grand architecture, characterized by its medieval stone walls and intricate details, offers a captivating glimpse into the bygone era. The passionate and knowledgeable staff ensures a memorable visit, providing valuable insights into the castle's history and restoration efforts. It is heartening to witness the support that the castle receives, both from its dedicated staff, tourists, locals and the government, reflecting a shared love for preserving and celebrating history. This collaborative effort paves the way for a promising future, where the castle can continue to enchant visitors for generations to come. Staying at Lielstraupe Castle is a truly unique experience, immersing you in centuries-old history and contributing to the noble cause of restoration. It is an absolute must-visit for history enthusiasts, cultural explorers, and those seeking a remarkable journey through time.
Echo T (13 months ago)
The castle is transferred to the local government 1 week ago. So just visit the castle building only. Very surprised it has been existed 700 more years by the same German family -- how excellent the family are.
Sandis Ve (2 years ago)
Good place to visit if you are into spooky and somewhat abandoned places. Walking through it you can imagine the atmosphere when the clinic for addicts was located here. Don't miss the basement and the tower for views.
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