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Jelgava

Everyone is invited to come, get to know, and fall in love with Jelgava – one of the largest cities in Latvia with ancient history. Guests of the city will have the opportunity to relax, gain new impressions, and enrich their cultural life.

 

Jelgava Holy Trinity Church Tower

Jelgavas Sv. Trīsvienības baznīcas tornis

Discover the secrets that the more than 400-year-old walls of the Jelgava Holy Trinity Church Tower are hiding, where modern and interactive historical expositions today are located. Observe the city from the sightseeing platform at the height of 37 metres! 

 

Jelgava Palace and The Vault of the Dukes of Kurzeme

Idejas Jelgavas apmeklējumamVisit the former residence of the Dukes of Kurzeme and Zemgale and the largest baroque palace in the Baltic States - today known as Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies.

Visit the museum of Jelgava Palace and discover the story about Jelgava Palace. See one of the world’s few burial sites for a ruling dynasty - the Vaults of the Dukes of Kurzeme

 

Museums in Jelgava

Jelgavas muzeji

Jelgava History and Art Museum of Gedert Elias, with the historical name Academia Petrina. Learn about important historical events; use the opportunity and put on virtual 3D glasses to experience wars and see soldiers and Jelgava through time. Get acquainted with the collection of works made by the old master of Latvian painting, Gedert Elias, and enjoy the panoramic view of the surroundings from the open balcony of the museum’s tower!

Memorial Museum of Ādolfs Alunāns - visit the residence of the Father of Latvian Theatre, Ādolfs Alnunāns. The place heralds the romance and creative heritage of the early 20th century.

 

Lielupe floodland meadows, observation tower, and wild horses

Lielupes palienes pļavas un savvaļas zirgi Jelgavā

Hide from the city rush right there on the Palace Island in Lielupe floodland meadows, where approximately 70 wild horses have found their home! Enjoy the calm flow of rivers, watch wonderful sunsets and sunrises from the 19,5-meter-high observation tower, and learn about the lives of wild horses under the guidance of an environmental guide by taking a walk or by SUV!

 

Jelgava – the city of festivals and events

Jelgava - festivālu un pasākumu pilsēta

Attend the largest winter event in the Baltics – the International Ice Sculpture Festival! The event has been taking place for more than 20 years, and artists from all over the world take part in it! Don't miss the International Sand Sculpture Festival, which has been taking place for more than 10 years and delights visitors all summer long with the largest sand sculpture park in Baltics. In turn, start your summer with Jelgava residents by having fun for three days at the glorious Jelgava City Festival.

But if you plan to visit Jelgava at the end of a summer, you should not forget about the General Latvian Milk, Bread, and Honey Festival and Milk Carton Boat Regatta. Get acquainted with information about events in Jelgava - www.jelgava.lv

 

Candy Workshop

Karameļu darbnīca

Get into the candy paradise Candy Workshop - taste caramels and other sweets, watch caramel-making demonstrations, and create your own delicious caramel!

 

Manors in Jelgava County

Jelgavas novada muižas

Walk the restored paths and bridges of Eleja Manor Park, and take part in a tea drinking ceremony at Eleja Tea House. Explore the fashion history of the 19th century at Lielvircava Manor, listen to the legends of Lielplatone Manor, and find out the ancient laundry traditions at the renovated 18th/19th century laundry house “Vešūzis”! Enjoy the special atmosphere of Abgunste Manor and relax at the SPA complex of Berķene Manor!

 

Enjoying the flavours of Zemgale

Maršruts “Ieaud Zemgales garšu simtgades jostā”

Taste the cheeses made on the Mālkalni family farm “Blūdži”, find out about mint products made from more than 20 varieties of mint at Lolita Duge’s "House of Mint", taste shiitake mushroom soup, bread, and butter on the farm “Trubenieki”, and learn more about the importance of sea buckthorn to our health at the ZELT sea buckthorn garden! You can get acquainted with the full route by visiting the Jelgava Regional Tourism Center website.

 

Active recreation park for children and adults: “5 masti”

Aktīvā atpūta Jelgavā

Find unforgettable feelings at the largest wake park in Baltics! Feel the adrenaline on the 800m long track - the only full circle cable track in Latvia - or go on a ride with SUP boards and experience positive emotions in the inflatable amusement park.

 

Boat trip with Ozolaivas.lv

Laivu brauciens Jelgavas novadā

Go on boat trips around Zemgale - watch the sunrise on the Great Ķemeri moorland, await the sunset on the water, or take a night trip on the rivers of Jelgava city. Ozolaivas.lv offers boat trips for couples, families with children, and larger groups. 

 

This is only a small part of Jelgava and its surroundings’ offerings. If you want to plan your holiday trip around Latvia, we recommend you use a route planner!

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Tourism centre nearby: 
Jelgava regional tourism centre is located on the 1st floor of Jelgava Holy Trinity Church Tower.
Akadēmijas iela 1, Jelgava, LV-3001
Phone: +371 63005447
Last updated: 
02.07.2020