Kuldiga


KULDIGA

A small, medieval city surrounded by untouched nature that hosts unique and unheard of cultural events. This city is a hidden gem and certainly one of the most charming cities of Latvia, hailed by painters as a “painting to covet”. Kuldīga is not only a beautifully alluring city, it’s also home to Europe’s widest waterfall at 249 meters. For two weeks in April and October you can observe the salmon jumping up the wide, yet low falls. Over the Venta river you’ll also find one of the longest brick bridges in existence at 500 feet long, built in 1874. Stroll through one of the rarely-conserved medieval neighbourhoods (and the only remaining one in the Baltics) that was built during the 17-18th century around the small river. The same river goes on to flow through the city and ends up flowing right between buildings, which is what caused Kuldīga to be nicknamed the Venice of Latvia. Walk through the picturesque and quaint city, and enjoy the cozy taverns and hearty meals of the city. Nature lovers will not be disappointed, as there’s much to see and do around the city. Go on an adventure hike along the old narrow gauge train tracks, or take a boat down the Abava or Venta rivers or fish in the plentiful lakes.
In the summer, taste locally made wines in the wine cellars – one of the few elements that’ve been preserved from the original fortifications, which were built in 1242, along with a few portions of the fortress walls. Enjoy the charming collision of history, the countryside, and city all in one.
For more information, please visit the website www.visit.kuldiga.lv.

Source Latvian Tourism Development Agency

Here’s a sampling of major yearly recurring events in Kuldiga:

Cycling Festival

The largest non-commercial event in Latvia will commence in Kuldīga for the eighth time. Various routes at several distances are available. The traditional late-night ride will also be held.
Period: May
For more info visit the official website www.velokuldiga.lv

Dzīres Kuldīgā Festival

Held in one of the most beautiful towns in Latvia, this event offers a chance to experience wonderful and architecturally well-preserved sights of Kuldīga. Lasting several days, the bill includes a wide range of shows and performances day and night.
Period: July
For more info visit the official website www.kuldiga.lv

Duke Jacob’s fair

Assess works of local craftsmen and taste the homegrown goodies in the garden of the castle. The yard of ancient games will be open. Local chefs will demonstrate their skills in the kitchen.
Period: October
For more info visit the official website www.visit.kuldiga.lv

Winter festival “Believe in Wonder!”

Purchase Christmas gifts for yourself and others without any haste on Liepaja Street and renovated Town Hall Square. It will be hard to resist the heart-shaped gingerbread cookies, heaps of cotton candy, glittery glitters and other such marvelous things. Santa Claus will be working in the Elves’ guest house, an Elves’ Orchestra will perform, as will singers and dancers large and small.
Period: December
For more info visit the official website www.visit.kuldiga.lv