Top 10 Things to do in Jelgava, Latvia

December 8, 2017 Roseanne Arnett

Jelgava (pronounced [jælɡava] ( listen); German: Mitau; see also other names) is a city in central Latvia about 41 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of Riga with about 63,000 inhabitants. It is the largest town in the region of Zemgale (Semigalia). Jelgava was the capital of the united Duchy of Courland and Semigallia (1578-1795) and the administrative center of the Courland Governorate (1795-1918).
Restaurants in Jelgava

1. Holy Trinity Church

Akademijas iela 1, Jelgava 3001, Latvia
Excellent
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Holy Trinity Church

Reviewed By Armands B

That was really interesting overview of the whole city... the top floor has an glass roof so you are able to see the whole Jelgava 360 degrees... while going to the top 9th floor you have an interesting exibitions and the pretty expensive restaurant at floro 8th... but there is a available a ticket for the 9th floor only so you can see this beautifull city! Try this for sure!!!

2. Pedestrian Bridge Mitava

Jana Cakstes bulvaris 7, Jelgava 3001, Latvia +371 22 369 875
Excellent
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5 based on 20 reviews

Pedestrian Bridge Mitava

Reviewed By Anchina

This architectural creation makes Jelgava beautiful and gives it special character. It is pedestrian bridge, you won't have trouble crossing it on feet, by bicycle or buggy. There is a nice view overlooking the river. You will see nice Fountain and boats parked in the water. Nearby you will find a cafe and you can go for a walk on the island afterwards. Nothing significant, but nice piece of architecture.

3. Jelgava Palace

Jelgava, Latvia +371 63 005 617
Excellent
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4 based on 64 reviews

Jelgava Palace

Reviewed By vaztaba - Budapest, Hungary

It is a huge palace, the biggest barogue palace in the Baltic states as I remember. Somewhere in a bad condition, needs some renovation, but some party are newly renovated. Inside, there is a university, you can walk around. There is also a small museum inside, the lady there can tell you more, the museum itself is not the best ;)

4. St. Simeon’s and St. Anna’s Orthodox Cathedral

Raina iela 5, Jelgava 3001, Latvia +371 63 020 207
Excellent
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

St. Simeon’s and St. Anna’s Orthodox Cathedral

Reviewed By CianGuckian - Dublin, Ireland

St Simeon’s and St. Anna’s Orthodox Cathedral which was designed by the charismatic architect N. Chagin is located on Raina iela, Jelgava. Built between 1890 and 1892, with substantial financial support from Alexander III, the then Russian Tsar. This historic Cathedral is a superb Jelgava attraction.
The cathedral’s altar and its fundaments have remained from the previous church which was located here, built in 1774 and designed by F. B. Rastrelli of Jelgava Palace fame.
St. Simeon’s and St. Anna’s Orthodox five –domed Cathedral was totally destroyed during the Second World War but after a total reconstruction it looks better than ever. If you have never been in an Orthodox Church before this is a time to see inside one.

5. Virgin Anna Roman Catholic Cathedral

Katolu iela 11, Jelgava 3001, Latvia +371 22 369 875
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Virgin Anna Roman Catholic Cathedral

Reviewed By Otto B - Waterloo, Belgium

On the way back to the train station from the Town Center and the Palace you will find this Catholic Church easily. It's nothing real special, but worth spending a couple minutes there and read about it's history.

6. Jelgava History and Art Museum

Akademijas iela 10, Jelgava 3001, Latvia +371 63 023 383
Excellent
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4 based on 14 reviews

Jelgava History and Art Museum

Reviewed By oa2 - Riga, Latvia

We visited the museum last moth when there was an art exhibition. The museum staff talked us into visiting also a free exhibition of figurines carved from mammoth ivory - that was impressive

7. Monument to Janis Cakste

Liela iela 1 A, Jelgava 3001, Latvia +371 22 369 875
Excellent
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Monument to Janis Cakste

Reviewed By Linucz - Latvia

I think it's only special to latvians... I don't really see why you should visit this if you're not a latvian. It's a nice monument, but I think it's only for those who live in Latvia and that this means something to them..

8. Вилла Медем

55 Uzvaras St, Jelgava 3007, Latvia +371 25 970 219
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5 based on 2 reviews

Вилла Медем

Reviewed By Ольга Я - Jelgava, Latvia

Bиллa Медем -резиденция Жанно Медема в Елгаве. Так же как и многие другие шедевры курляндского классицизма, Виллу Медем в 1818 году, создал архитектор Иоганн Берлиц. В своём творчестве он ориентировался на творения итальянского архитектора Джакомо Кваренги.
До не давнего времени Вилла стояла в запустении. Пока не попала в заботливые руки инвестора из Германии, благодаря которому есть возможность оценить красоту архитектурного шедевра.
И в дополнении, насладится тихой красотой уютного городского парка расположенного вокруг Виллы Медем.

9. Krievu Pirts

Atmodas iela 21a, Jelgava 3007, Latvia +371 29 159 580
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5 based on 2 reviews

Krievu Pirts

Russian Banya(Sauna) "Русская Баня" Nice, cozy atmosphere with Russian, Caucasian and national cuisine. Banquets with special menus for 20 -25 people. Free parking, free Wi-Fi.

Reviewed By Santa S

Excellent bath-house, a lot of steam. Friendly hosts. After the bath, in the same building visited a restaurant - a delicious draft beer and shashlik.

10. Zemgales Olympic Centre

Kronvalda street 24, Jelgava 3004, Latvia +371 27 050 045
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Zemgales Olympic Centre

Reviewed By SigneZZZ

Zemgales Olympic Centre (ZOC) is a modern multifunctional sport centre. It was open on 02.09.2010. and its main aim is to popularize the Olympic movement, hold sport and cultural events in Jelgava and in region of Zemgale. If you are interested in sports, you definitely have to attend this place, there is hall of sport games, track and field athletic stadium, football pitch with grass cover, football pitch with synthetic coverage, outside field for sport games, beach volleyball court, BMX track and gym. Also you will be able to find there modern conference hall, offices, rooms for rest and relaxation (sauna and Jacuzzi) and café.

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