Things to do in Rundale municipality

Our most recommended things to do in Rundale municipality

From Riga: Road Trip to Vilnius with Sightseeing Stops

1. From Riga: Road Trip to Vilnius with Sightseeing Stops

Discover the highlights between Riga to Vilnius with this ticket. Travel from the heart of Riga through south Latvia and north Lithuania on your way to Vilnius. Make some stops at well-known landmarks on the route.  Be picked by your guide from the meeting point in Riga and sit back and relax as the Latvian countryside passes by on the way to the Bauska Castle complex. Snap pictures of this romantic castle that is situated on a narrow green peninsula and surrounded by two rivers. Continue to the Baroque Rundale Palace. View this classic 18th-century palace before heading to one of the most sacred and spiritual places in Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses. Admire this site of pilgrimage where thousands of crosses have been left over the past 200 years.  Finish your tour at Katedros aikštė (Cathedral square) in Vilnius. Use your complimentary guidebook to help you get around the city. 

From Riga: Rundale Palace & Bauska Castle Tour to Vilnius

2. From Riga: Rundale Palace & Bauska Castle Tour to Vilnius

This full-day day tour is the best choice for those who want to save time, money, and see the most important sights along the trip from Riga to Vilnius. Visit Bauska Castle, which is surrounded by a picturesque scenery and represents an example of military architecture (XV - XVII century). The castle consists of two parts: the fortress built especially for the use of firearms and the residential castle fortified with bastions, protective walls and earthen ramparts. About two hours is reserved to explore Rundale Palace, one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Latvia, which sometimes is called as ‘The Versailles of Latvia’. Rundale Palace is built in the mid-18th-Century by the Russian court architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, it was the summer residence of the Duke of Courland. The two-story castle contains 138 elaborate rooms, a lovely French garden and a museum dedicated to the history of Latvia. Last but not least is a unique ensemble of Lithuanian folk art - The Hill of Crosses. The monument with more than 200.000 crosses in various sizes and materials stands on Jurgaiciai - Domantai mound. During your visit at The Hill of Crosses, you will learn more about the legendary stories why the Hill appeared. In the evening finish your drive and arrive in Vilnius city.

Latvian Palaces and Medieval Castles Private Trip

3. Latvian Palaces and Medieval Castles Private Trip

Be collected at your accommodation in Riga and be driven straight to the region of Bauska city. Visit several palaces from the 18th century and one crusader's castle from the 16th century. Rundāle Palace, formerly Ruhenthal then Ruhendahl, is one of two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland in what is now Latvia. The other is Jelgava Palace. Rundāle Palace was built in two periods, from 1736 until 1740 and from 1764 until 1768. It is situated at Pilsrundāle, 12 km west of Bauska.  Bauska Castle is a complex consisting of the ruins of an earlier castle and a later palace on the outskirts of the Latvian city of Bauska. Either choose a restaurant for dinner or your driver can arrange a picnic if you prefer. 

From Riga: Rundale Palace & Hill of Crosses Private Day Trip

4. From Riga: Rundale Palace & Hill of Crosses Private Day Trip

The driver will pick you up from your address in Riga and firstly will take you to Bauska, where Rundale Palace is located (around 1 hour drive). There you will meet the local guide, who will lead you through the Palace and tell you a lot of interesting stories of the place. After the tour you will have some time to marvel the beautiful French Gardens of Rundale Palace. After you will have another hour drive, which will take you to Lithuania and to one of countries main highlights - the Hill of crosses. The Hill of crosses is a place near Šiauliai city, with hundreds of thousands of crosses, brought by people from all over the world. There you will have time to walk, explore and hear the unforgettable sound of crosses, which are making the music if there is a little wind. Hill of crosses is one of the few highlights in Lithuania, included into the Unesco World heritage list. Back to Riga in the afternoon.

Rundale Palace Private Tour from Riga

5. Rundale Palace Private Tour from Riga

Start the tour from your hotel in Riga with a private transfer by car or minivan. Take in the scenery as you drive through the Zemgale region of Latvia where you will pass Bauska and see the ruins of Bauska Castle built in the 15th – 18th century. Visit the Rundale Palace, built in the 18th century and considered to be the most beautiful baroque palace in the Baltics.  Admire this outstanding example of the early work of Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Explore the French gardens and enjoy looking at the tulips and roses which bloom in the Summer before your driver returns you to your accomodation in Riga.

Vilnius to Riga Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace Bauska castl

6. Vilnius to Riga Hill of Crosses, Rundale Palace Bauska castl

Enjoy a complimentary hotel pick-up and transfer from your centrally located Vilnius hotel or accommodation to Riga through the Hill of Crosses in Siauliai and Rundale palace in Latvia, with a possible stop at Bauska castle in Latvia. The drive to the Hill of Crosses will be about 2.5 hours from Vilnius. The Hill of Crosses has about 100,000 crosses and is an historical architectural monument and a unique composition of folk art. It is said that first crosses were erected here by the next-of-kin of the rebels that fell in the 1831 rebellion. The Hill of crosses attracts people with its spirituality, authenticity, and sacred nature and was visited by Pope John Paul II. After exploring this site, you will head to Rundale Palace, which is an approximately 40-minute drive. Rundale Palace is one of the two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland in what is now Latvia. In 1735 Duke of Courland Ernst Johann von Biron bought land in Rundale with an old medieval castle in the territory of a planned summer residence. The old castle was demolished and construction after the design of Bartolomeo Rastrelli started in 1736. Your drive to Riga after your visit to the palace is approximately 1 hour.

Vilnius: Road Trip to Riga

7. Vilnius: Road Trip to Riga

Start your trip from Vilnius Town Hall Square. Sit back and enjoy a comfortable ride to your first sightseeing stop: the Hill of Crosses. Continue your trip in Latvia with a visit to Rundale Palace, one of the most stunning Baroque treasures in Latvia. Explore this brightly-colored building surrounded by an extensive and splendid garden. Enjoy a break at Bauska Castle, an impressive example of military architecture. End your trip at Riga Town Hall in Latvia.

From Vilnius: Hill of Crosses & Rundale Palace to Riga

8. From Vilnius: Hill of Crosses & Rundale Palace to Riga

The driver will pick you up from Vilnius hotel for your private transfer to Riga with the visit of two highlights. Firstly, you'll have a stop at the Hill of Crosses, a 2 hours drive from Vilnius, and is a unique place, included in the Unesco World Heritage list. Explore the hill by yourself, having around 45 minutes to walk around. Continue to Rundale Palace, which takes around 1 more hour. Once there, you will be greeted by a local guide, who'll show you around the Palace, which used to be the summer residence of the Duke of Courland. After the Rundale tour, your driver will take you to Riga and drop you off at your hotel.

From Vilnius: Rundale Palace & Bauska Castle Tour to Riga

9. From Vilnius: Rundale Palace & Bauska Castle Tour to Riga

This full-day day tour is the best choice for those who want to save time, money, and see the most important sights along the trip from Vilnius to Riga. The trip visits of a unique ensemble of Lithuanian folk art - The Hill of Crosses; one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Latvia - The Rundale palace and Bauska Castle, which is surrounded by picturesque scenery.  Start from Vilnius at 8:00 AM in the morning with more than two hours of drive to the Siauliai area. There, take an excursion to a unique ensemble of folk art known as the ‘The Hill of Crosses’ with more than 200,000 standing crosses of various sizes and materials. Learn more about the legendary stories of why the Hill appeared.  On the way to Rundale palace, stop at a regional restaurant for lunch. At about 01:00 PM arrive Rundale palace, one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo architecture in Latvia, which sometimes is called as 'The Versailles of Latvia'.  Last but not least go sightseeing at Bauska Castle, which is surrounded by picturesque scenery and represents an example of military architecture (XV - XVII century). The castle consists of two parts: the fortress built especially for the use of firearms and residential castle fortified with bastions, protective walls, and earthen ramparts. Finally, at about 04:00 PM, depart to Riga with an approximate arrival time between 05:00 PM and 06:00 PM.

From Siauliai: Hill of Crosses & Rundale Palace Private Tour

10. From Siauliai: Hill of Crosses & Rundale Palace Private Tour

Start with pickup from any location within Siauliai. Enjoy a small-group experience and the knowledge of your local, English-speaking guide. First you will visit the Hill of Crosses pilgrimage site. Marvel at over 200,000 crosses, effigies and statues brought by Catholic pilgrims over many centuries. See statues of the Virgin Mary, tiny effigies, rosaries, and carvings of Lithuanian patriots that have been brought to the hill.  Next, cross over into Latvia to visit the Rundale Palace, the most beautiful baroque palace in Latvia. The palace was built in 18th century is an outstanding example of the early work of Italian-Russian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who also designed the famous Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. The professionally renovated palace interiors are decorated with authentic 18th century furniture, paintings. The most impressive features include the Golden Hall, the White Hall, and the bedroom of the Duke of Courtland, Johan Ernst Biron.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 37 reviews

Really beautiful Palace with very well planned stops.

We really enjoyed this tour with lots of cultural stops and breathtaking views. The day before the tour we realised we made a mistake and booked a one-way trip when we had thought we booked a round-trip (our mistake!). We called up the company and got it sorted very easily for a small charge. Very well served! We really enjoyed the trip and had a wonderful guide. Would recommend!

A perfect day

Even though the weather wasn't that good we went on an interesting tour. The car was great, the driver on time, polite and a very good driver. We had enough time to visit all three attractions.

We booked a private tour. Our guide/driver Gildutis is friendly and knowledgeable. We were transported in an Audi and thoroughly enjoyed our trip from Vilnius to Riga.

Very nice and knowledgeable guide. Especially liked the suggestion for lunch with local foods.

The tour is great. Is the best way to skip the flight.