Must-see attractions in Southern Latvia

  • Institute of Horticulture

    Southern Latvia

    These massive gardens draw throngs of visitors each spring when the scores of fruit trees are in bloom. There are apricot, cherry and plum orchards, as…

  • Rundale Palace is one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia.

Beautiful roses and Baroque - Rococo style palace in background - stock photo

    Rundāle Palace

    Southern Latvia

    Built as a grand residence for the Duke of Courland, this magnificent palace is a monument to 18th-century aristocratic ostentatiousness, and is rural…

  • Bauska Castle

    Southern Latvia

    Bauska Castle sits on a picturesque hillock squeezed between two rivers – the Mūsa and Mēmele – that flow parallel to each other. It is actually two…

  • Kokenhausen

    Southern Latvia

    Stop at Koknese to admire the ruins of Kokenhausen, a medieval castle. It has a stunning location overlooking the confluence of the Daugava and Perse…

  • Jaunpils Castle


    The small but perfectly medieval Jaunpils Castle is unique in the fact that it has largely retained its original look since 1301, when it was founded by…

  • Garden of Destiny

    Southern Latvia

    Grandly named the Garden of Destiny, this sprawling project on an island in the river celebrates Latvia as a nation and opened for the centennial in 2018…

  • Castle Ruins

    Southern Latvia

    These impressive Livonian Order castle ruins, which date back to the 1300s, are well worth a stop. This brick bastion was built over the original site of…

  • Teiči Nature Reserve Watchtower

    Southern Latvia

    Stop at this roadside watchtower for sweeping views of the 20,000-hectare Teiči Nature Reserve, which boasts the largest moss marsh in the Baltics. The…

  • Pokaiņi Forest

    Pokaiņi Forest

    It's one of Latvia’s biggest unsolved mysteries: in the mid-‘90s a local historian discovered stone cairns throughout the park and realised that the rocks…

  • Tērvete Nature Park

    Southern Latvia

    Tērvete Nature Park protects three ancient mounds, including the impressive Tērvete Castle Mound, which was abandoned by the Semigallians after several…

  • Andrejs Pumpurs Museum

    Southern Latvia

    The museum is dedicated to the man who wrote down (or composed) the story of Lāčplēsis - half-man, half-bear and Latvia's main national hero.