Welcome to Dobele
Provincial Dobele, in the far western corner of Zemgale, is the gateway to a vast acreage of mythical forests and meandering rivers. The town is centred around the impressive Livonian Order castle ruins, which date back to the mid-1330s. This brick bastion was built over the original site of an earlier Semigallian stronghold. In 1289 the Semigallians incinerated their own castle and fled to Lithuania rather than surrendering the structure to the invading crusaders. A monument in town commemorates their departure.