Wine and art Kurzeme style


About an hour’s drive from Riga is the historical town of Tukums – once home to ancient Latvian chiefs and later, the knights of the Livonian Order. The town has a small historical centre where you’ll find the St. Trinity Lutheran Church – take a look at the 19th century altarpieces and stained glass, and climb the church tower to view the city from above. At the nearby Tukums History Museum, friendly guides in medieval costume will tell you about local history, from the legends of the Dark Ages to tales of Soviet life.

About 7 km towards Ventspils stands Jaunmoku Castle. At this elegant hunting castle you can visit the Forest Museum or have a picnic in the surrounding gardens.

Continuing along the highway and turning off toward Kuldiga, Sabile lies 15 km ahead. The pride of this small town is Wine Hill, which for a long time was the world’s most northern vineyard.

The Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum is a few kilometres away along an unpaved road. The spacious territory of this unique museum hosts an outdoor exhibition of art: paintings, sculptures and installations. The added value of seeing the works in this space is their interaction with the striking local landscape, birdsong and the rustle of trees.

You will need a car to travel the full route, but Tukums can also be reached by train (www.ldz.lv) or bus (www.autoosta.lv).

Included sights

  • The castle was built in 1910 as the hunting lodge of the Mayor of Riga, G.Armitstead. The castle houses a 3 star hotel, premises for holding...
    Tukums district, Tume parish, Junmoku pils, LV-3139
  • Pedvāle Open-Air Art Museum covers 200 ha on the scenic banks of the Abava River valley. In 1992, sculptor Ojārs Arvīds Feldbergs established a...
    Talsi district, Abava parish, Sabile, Pedvāle, LV-3294
  • Sabile is located in the most beautiful and deepest part of the ancient valley of the River Abava. In 1253, Sabile was first mentioned in written...
    Talsi district, Abava parish, Sabile
  • Sabile Wine Hill can most certainly be considered the symbol of Sabile. Even the coat of arms of Sabile bears a cluster of grapes. Sabile Wine...
    Talsi district, Sabile, LV-3294
Last updated: 16.11.2011