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Riga: Nearby Manors and Castles Tour

1. Riga: Nearby Manors and Castles Tour

Tukums, located only 70 kilometers from Riga, is full of interesting tourist attractions. It was only announced as a town in 1795, but still had people living there well before. Strolling down the historical streets of old town you will feel like you are in the 19th century. On every house is information ergarding who lived there at that time, and the modern sculpture of Katrina of Tukums will impress anyone that encounters it.  You will visit Hunting Palace, built in the beginning of the 20th century for the Mayor of Riga of that time, before visiting Jaunpils Castle, built in the year 1301 still one of the few medieval castles with its original appearance preserved. Jaunpils Castle is a typical construction of the Livonian Order fortress and was built by master Gottfried von Horn. Up to the present day came many legends about the fearless, Matthias von der Recke, who was the owner of the castle in the 16th century. Jaunpils Castle and its surroundings have many legends and mysteries. Today you can visit the church built at the end of the 16th century next to a water mill with an age of 200 years, it is here that you can truly feel the aroma of the romantic era. On the way back, you will make a pit stop at the local winery “ Abavas vini”, which is worthy to both see and taste the produce of.

Talsi, Tukums: Full-Day Tour with Pickup & Drop-off

2. Talsi, Tukums: Full-Day Tour with Pickup & Drop-off

Talsi town with a population of 11 thousand is a town in Kurzeme/Courland (Western part of Latvia) famous for its location on nine hills that surround two lakes. The lakes reflect old homes and are adorned by a fountain in summer, while the hills provide great vantage points (although most are covered by trees). The Old Town has many old buildings. The crude-looking Lutheran church (1567) stands on a nearby hill. It once served as the heart of the town. Further, from the center, Firck's Palace, built in 20th century. Kamparkalns (hill) is the highest place in North Kurzeme (174 m above sea level), the tower built on it is 28 m high. From the tower, in all seasons, you can observe the hilly forests, hilly landscapes and lakes of Talsi. Tukums is a picturesque small town with a well-preserved historic center, ancient wooden architecture, beautiful gardens and blooming flower beds. As you walk through the narrow, cobbled streets, pay special attention to the old doors carefully crafted by carpenters and blacksmiths. The road leads along the seacoast and fishermen villages, then a walk through the historical center of Talsi and Kamparkalns (observation tower) the best place to see the landscape of nature park, the grave of the close friend of composer Ludwig van Beethoven and also the music teacher of V. A. Mozart's children, pastor, violinist K. F. Amenda. Jaunmoku Castle built as a hunting castle 1901 and Tukums town, where we will say hello to "Tukum's Katrīna", Durbe Palace the former residence of fon der Recke family and the road to Riga.

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Absolutely great trip. A private guide who was able to present local mansions and castles fluently in English. He also flexed well to our liking. We warmly recommend.