Ventspils Castle of the Livonian Order

Ventspils Castle is the only castle of the Order built in Kurzeme which has survived to the present. It was built in 1290 and is a convent-type castle with four residential blocks and a tower in the southeast corner of the castle. The walls are up to 2 metres thick. It has been rebuilt several times throughout history.

  • Ventspils Livonian Order Castle
  • Museum exhibition in the Castle
  • The Castle Yard
  • Crusaders’ Fight

In the 18th century a church was set up in the Castle and at the beginning of the 19th century – a prison, a school and an observation tower for port pilots, which has not survived to the present.

The Chapel of the Castle is the oldest preserved church in Kurzeme. For almost two centuries, the prison was located in the Castle. A. Austriņš (1884-1934), a poet and a participant of the Revolution of 1905, was imprisoned here, and after World War II – poet K. Jēkabsons (1879-1946), who also died here.

At present, the restored Castle houses a museum with a permanent exhibition on the history of the Ventspils Castle and the prison. Following the reconstruction carried out during the last decade, the Ventspils Museum is located in the Castle, its digital exhibition on the history of the Castle, the city and the port is considered the most modern in the Baltics.

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  • Languages spoken: 
    • English
    • German
    • Latvian
    • Russian
  • Admission fee: 
  • Payment methods: 
    • Bank transfer
    • Cash
    • Credit/debit card
  • Creative workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Guide service available
  • Souvenirs
  • Themed events
Amenities and Features: 
  • Access for disabled people
  • Free parking
  • Information point
  • Smoker-friendly
  • WC
  • WiFi Internet
Working Hours: 

Monday, Tuesday – closed

(May- October) 9:00 – 18:00, (November -–April) 10:00 – 17:00

Last updated: 03.09.2014