Livonian Order Castle

Ruins in Kuldīga

Cross the teeny Alekšupīte ravine to reach the site of this castle, built from 1242 to 1245, but ruined during the Great Northern War. The Castle Watchman’s House was built in 1735 to protect the ruins. Legend has it that the house was the site of executions and beheadings, and the stream behind the house ran red with the victims’ blood. Today a lovely sculpture garden has been set up around the subtle ruins.

From the old castle grounds you’ll have a great view of Ventas Rumba (Kuldīga Waterfall). Inside the garden, the Goldingen Knight open-air cinema screens fiction films and documentaries on Friday and Saturday nights in summer. For schedules, check