Visit the pearl of Latvia
One of Latvia’s hidden gems, due to its difficult to reach location, is the Baroque palace of Rundale. Designed by the Italian architect, Bartolomeo Rastrelli, famous for the Hermitage and Peterhof in Russia, this is quite simply one of the most stunning buildings in the Baltic region, and makes a fantastic day trip from Riga.
What is included
- Transfer to and from Rundale Palace
- A break for coffee or lunch along the way
- English speaking driver and guide
- Organisation of guided tour within Rundale Palace
- Pick-up from your accommodation (Riga old town and central district)
Rundāle Palace was built as the summer residence for the Duke of Courland, Ernst Johann von Biron, by Rastrelli in the 1730’s. It served as a palace for various nobility up until the first world war, when it became a garrison for the German army. From then Rundale suffered, as it was used as a hospital, school and even for grain storage before becoming a museum in the 1970’s.
On this day tour to Rundale Palace, we’ll provide a guide and driver for the trip to the palace. Once there, you have the choice between making a self-guided tour, or we can organise and official Rundale guide to lead you through the exhibitions. There will be plenty of time to explore the palace and it’s beautiful gardens.
On the way back, there will be an opportunity to stop in one of the nearby towns for a coffee, and a bite to eat, as well as a chance to see a little bit of regional Latvia. The tour will take around 6 hours in total, so an early start is recommended.
Contact us for more information, or to book a tour to Rundale Palace with us. See one of the most impressive palaces in the Baltic region on a lovely day trip from Riga.
February 17, 2015
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