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Long ago bypassed by a busy world, Kuldiga (Kuldīga) is an architectural gem preserved amidst magnificent natural landscapes.
Architecture and waterfalls
Nicknamed "the Venice of the North," Kuldiga is an endearing blend of flowing water and historic buildings on the candidate list for UNESCO world heritage listing.
Having enjoyed its heyday in the 17th century as part of the Duchy of Kurzeme, the centre of Kuldiga hosts magnificent Baroque structures like the Town Hall.
Just a little way away, bask in atmospheric cobblestone streets lined with restored timber houses, babbling streams and green parks.
A weekend in Kuldiga
Whether you need a relaxing family holiday or a romantic weekend, you will have a wonderful time in Kuldiga.
Admire the town’s centuries-old houses, and spend the night in one that has been converted into a cosy modern hotel or apartment.
Tempt your taste buds with fine dining on local seasonal local delicacies, or snack on sklandrauši, traditional carrot-and-potato pastries.
Kuldiga also offers unique cultural attractions.
The town is richly sprinkled with public art, particularly by gifted local artist Līvija Rezevska, possibly the only woman in the world to create an entire sculpture park.
Kuldiga’s synagogue has been sensitively renovated to serve as a library and concert hall, together with displays commemorating the local Jewish community.
Top things to do
Kuldiga is a small town packed with big surprises.
Enjoy music, cinema, street theatre and parties galore at the weekend-long Kuldiga Feast held every July.
Marvel at the athleticism of fish jumping up the Ventas rumba waterfall during spawning season every spring.
Traditional nude run
Join the crazy fun of the traditional nude run over the Venta Bridge every Midsummer Eve.
Riežupe Sand Caves
Just outside Kuldiga, explore 2 km of underground labyrinths at the Riežupe Sand Caves, the largest cave system in Latvia.