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Pagrabiņš

Pagrabiņš inhabits a cellar which was once used as the town’s prison. Today a combination of Latvian and Asian dishes are served under low-slung alcoves lined with honey-coloured bricks. In warmer weather, enjoy you…
Waterfall in Kuldīga

Ventas Rumba (Kuldīga Waterfall)

In a country that is acutely short of verticals but rich on horizontals, landscape features appear to be blatantly two-dimensional – even waterfalls. Spanning 240m, Ventas Rumba is branded Europe's widest, but as it…
Ruins in Kuldīga

Livonian Order Castle

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 i…
Ruins in Kuldīga

Old Castle Hill

The large old castle hill (pilskalns), 2.5km north of town on the western bank of the Venta, was the fortress of Lamekins, the Cour who ruled much of Kurzeme before the 13th-century German invasion. Legend has it th…
Church in Kuldīga

St Katrīna’s Church

This Lutheran church isn’t particularly beautiful, but it’s the most important house of worship in town, since Katrina (St Catherine) is Kuldīga’s patron saint and protector (she’s even featured on the town’s coat o…
Cave in Kuldīga

Riežupe Sand Caves

Located 5km outside of town along the unpaved Krasta iela, Riežupe Sand Caves feature 460m of labyrinthine tunnels that can be visited by candlelight. They’re a chilly 8°C, so bring a warm sweater. The cave is acces…
Museum in Kuldīga

Kuldīga Historic Museum

Founded by a local German school director, the newly restored museum is housed in what a local legend claims to be Russian pavilion at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris. Its 2nd floor has been redesigned as an apar…
Cafe in Kuldīga

Makkabi

At least in the name, this smallish, tastefully designed cafe celebrates the times when the area around the synagogue was a thriving Jewish quarter. The main reason to come here are superb cakes and strawberry Pavlo…
Latvian in Kuldīga

Stenders

Looking like the dwelling of a forest witch, this popular bar cum cafe, housed on the 2nd storey of an 18th-century warehouse, specialises in warm potato pancakes and cool pints of Užavas. Its wooden terrace is defi…
European in Kuldīga

Bangert's

Perched on a dramatic clifftop above the Kuldīga waterfall, this upmarket restaurant has a populist penchant for exoticism, with items like deer burger and ostrich steak present on the menu. But if you opt for a sim…