10 Things to Do in Bauska That You Shouldn't Miss

August 28, 2017 Leonardo Torrence

Bauska ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a town in Bauska Municipality, in the Zemgale region of southern Latvia. Bauska is located 66 km from the Latvian capital Riga and 20 km from the Lithuanian border on the busy European route E67
Restaurants in Bauska

1. Rundale Palace

Bauska, Latvia
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Rundale Palace

Reviewed By Jin6x - UK

This palace has a long history and several owners, including occupation forces in the 20th century. From being a grain store to a extremely well renovated palace appearing in the BBC's recent film of War and Peace. Such attention to detail makes this palace a worthwhile visit.

2. Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils)

Latvian university of agriculture, Pilsrundale 3921, Latvia +371 63 962 197
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4.5 based on 436 reviews

Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils)

Reviewed By SafirAlbastru - Iasi, Romania

This palace it is one with a long and dramatic history. The palace is the opera of the Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, so famous for his works in Russia. The palace suffered serious damages among the 20th century and finally it was restored until 1992. The palace is surrounded by beautiful Gardens. His destination belong now to the visitors and if you come in Latvia you must see it!

3. Palazzo di Rundale

Rundale, Latvia +371 63 962 274
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4.5 based on 102 reviews

Palazzo di Rundale

Reviewed By nixdiner - Belfast, United Kingdom

We went in early May, when the Gardens were just about awakening from their winter slumber. So can't really comment on them. Well worth looking at later in the year. The house is a grand affair, steeped in history and all the old furniture still in situ. A guide can be had but we never bothered. its really all explained in the leaflets to be found in each of the beautiful rooms. There is a lovely little cafe in the basement, and although the ground floor was not open for our visit, the first floor made up for it.

4. Mezotne Palace

Mezotnes pils | Mežotnes pagasts, Bauskas novads, Mezotne 3918, Latvia +371 63 960 711
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4.5 based on 24 reviews

Mezotne Palace

Reviewed By Derettens - Tartu, Estonia

Partially destroyed by Soviet artillery in World War II and renovated, extensively, in the C21st and re-opened as a hotel.
The interiors are bright (polished) but have an almost insubstantial film-set quality.
The Gardens are laid out to the design of an English Park - long views of woods, trees, glades and water.
We did not use the hotel's facilities other than to have lunch in the restaurant - rather good and reasonably priced!
Main claim to international fame is that the Palace was the birth-place of (Anna Charlotte) Dorothea von Medem. She married Peter von Biron, the last Duke of Courland.

5. Bauska Castle

Pilskalns | Pilskalns, Bauska 3901, Latvia +371 63 923 793
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4 based on 112 reviews

Bauska Castle

Reviewed By Eili1972 - Parnu, Estonia

Very clean and nice athmosphere. Picturesque view from tower. Good for walk around in two different eras. Old castle from 15th century, is in ruins and gives intresting accent to "new" castle from 16th century. A more recent part of the ensemble is the residence of the Kettlers, the Dukes of Courland.Visited also intresting exhibition of “Clothes and Jewelry in the Duchy of Courland, 1562—1620” and “Bauska Castle: A Military Fortress”.

6. Trusu Pilsetina

Pilsmui kungi Oj rs Narvils | Codes pagasts, Bauska 3901, Latvia +371 29 548 071
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Trusu Pilsetina

Reviewed By Emre D - Riga, Latvia

Here is very funny place. Interesting architecture available for small scale. Buildings, churches and several building architecture exhibits here for Latvian architecture tradition. Also this buildings contains small owner like rabbits. Many kind of rabbits, goats, ducks, cows, sheeps and dog. There is car park in front of this small zoo. Price is very low. Very funny place for kids especially and animal lover.

7. Bauska Tourist Information Center

Ratslaukums 1, Bauska 3901, Latvia +371 63 923 797
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Bauska Tourist Information Center

Bauska Tourism Information Centre is located in the heart of the old town of Bauska in restored Bauska Town Hall. It is easy to reach centre - it is located near the A7 road, next to it is the bus stop "Rātslaukums", and a spacious parking lot. Tourist information centre staff will provide free information about attractions, activities, accommodations, catering and main events in Bauska, Iecava, Rundāle and Vecumnieki municipalities in several languages (Latvian, Russian, English and Swedish). At the centre it is possible to buy Lux Express bus tickets, maps, brochures, postcards and souvenirs. There is also free exposition "Weight and measure in Bauska", where one can learn about the history of the Bauska Town Hall, the ancient weights and measures used in Kurzeme Zemgale Duchy, as well as to be measured in ancient units - feet, pods and get a certificate afterwards. The exposition is available as for individuals, as for groups. Groups have to book visit in advance! Tourist information centre offers free tourism brochures about Bauska and surrounding, main tourism destinations in Latvia. Computer with an Internet connection as well as Wi-Fi is available here. Before visiting Bauska it is possible to download tourism brochures and maps or use route planner. Tourist Information Centre is open every day. It is closed on 1st of January, Easter, 1st of May, 23- 24th of June, 18 th of November, 25th, 26th and 31st of December!

Reviewed By AlaskaMomofTwo - Eagle River, Alaska

Many maps, pamphlets and general area tourist information is available. The information woman was very helpful in our search of the manor house in the area. She even called and made a reservation for us for that evening and gave us proper directions.

8. Bauska Town Hall

Ratslaukums 1 Bauskas nov., Bauska 3901, Latvia +371 27 746 484
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4 based on 20 reviews

Bauska Town Hall

In 1609 to Bauska there was granted its seal and it is considered also as the year of granting of the rights of town. In 1615 the Duke Friedrich of Kurzeme granted to Bauska the privilege to construct the Town Hall Building. In the centre of market square there was already a small one-storied Town Hall Building constructed in the end of the 16th century that was now made bigger and higher. After a year the new building was ready for the Town Hall. It was a two-storied concrete building with an archway in the lengthened Eastern end and the tower with dome and steeple constructed in the timber frame and infill construction. Facades were temperately decorated only by volutes in the lowest part of the pediments of triangle type and by corner rustification. In the 17th century Bauska Town Hall Building was the biggest one in Kurzeme. In the basement of the Town Hall Building there was stored wine, on the first floor there was a flat of the servant of the Town Hall and the pair of scales of the Town but on the second floor - the room of sittings of the Town Hall and the work premises of the Municipality. Bell from the tower announced to the Town the important events. In the second half of the 19th century Bauska Town Hall did not have funds for the repairs of the Town Hall Building therefore in 1852 there was dismantled the damaged tower, in 1871 there was dismantled also the second floor of the building. The remaining part was reconstructed and rented out for shops. The eastern wing of the Bauska Town Hall was torn down in the 1970s, withno thought given to the historical and architectural importance of the building. The "Mūsa" cafe was built in its place. Despite the sad fate of the ancient building, the Restoration Institute had enough hope in 1988 to conduct an archaeological, historical and architectural examination of the building, and the architect Irēna Bākulede signed a reconstruction project for the Town Hall. The "Mūsa" cafe was torn down in 2002, and archaeological work was done along the eastern end of the Town Hall. In February 2010, the Bauska Administrative District Council began the implementation of the project aimed at the restoration of Bauska's historical town centre so as to develop a new tourism product. The project received support from the European Regional Development Fund, and one part of it was the reconstruction of the Town Hall which has regained its appearance as in the 17th century, after restoration of the turret and facades. The first phase of the reconstruction was completed in November 2011. In 2016 Bauska Town Hall reconstruction was finished with 17.-18th century interior. At the present at Town Hall there are Bauska Tourism Information centre and exhibition about Bauska Town Hall and "Weights and Measures", Bauska County Weeding office and Interior expositin.

Reviewed By tomdibling - Maumee, Ohio

There's not much to see and do in the main square of Bauska. They do have English signs. A nice story about the renovation of the hall. Bauska has nothing to offer but Rundale Palace.Hello, thank you for review. Next time when You will come to Bauska, we reccomend you visit Bauska Castle, Bauska Motormuseum and Bauska Museum.

9. The Bauska Branch of the Riga Motor Museum

Sarkanmuiza 6, Bauska 3901, Latvia +371 67 025 887
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

The Bauska Branch of the Riga Motor Museum

The Riga Motor Museum’s branch exhibition in Bauska is situated alongside many other Zemgale region tourist attractions like the monumental ruins of the 15th century Livonia Order Castle and the distinguished treasury of Baroque and Rococo art and architecture in Latvia – the Rundale Palace. The car museum in Bauska, reconstructed in 2011, introduces visitors with the development of farm machinery in Latvia, car and motorcycle history of the 20th century, soviet all-wheel drive vehicles, widely used in the countryside, and combat vehicles from the 2nd World War.

Reviewed By Emre D - Riga, Latvia

I suprised about museum when I get inside because Latvia is not car manufacturer. Museum very well designed and informative. Stars from on 1800s and ends on 1990s. Very good samples available inside. Staff of museum are very kind and helpful. You can take photo and video inside. I strongly recommend for family who have kids and car lovers. Entrance €10 for adults

10. Bauskas Muzejs

Kalna iela 6, Bauska 3901, Latvia +371 63 960 511
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Bauskas Muzejs

Reviewed By hjmisizeki

市舎の建物の西に大通りの向かい側にあります。大きな建物でかつては豊かな人の館です。展示物からは少し前の人々の生活や暮らしなどを見せてくれます。

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