Rundale Palace (located 80 km south of Riga and only 15 km from the border with Lithuania) is one of the most outstanding monuments of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. It was constructed in the 1730s to a design by Bartolommeo Rastrelli as a summer residence of Ernst Johann von Biron, the Duke of Courland. The major part of the interior work was done in the period between 1765 and 1768. The Italian masters from St. Petersburg, Francesco Martini and Carlo Zucchi, created paintings on the ceilings and walls while sculptor Johann Michael Graff from Berlin made stucco decorations on a background of artificial marble. The palace is also very popular for its reconstructed French formal garden.
- Experience the opposite side of Riga. On the way to Rundale we will cross the longest bridge in Latvia and drive through parts of Riga which usually tourists do not see. Of course with the commentaries of our professional guides.
- Pass through Bauska. A city with more than 400 years of history. You will see buildings from the 18th century and a beer brewery which was founded more than 140 years ago.
- Best introduction to the Rundale Palace – see not only more than 40 rooms of the palace but also go down to the Palace cellar and the Exhibition of sarcophagi.
- After the palace our guide will show you the French formal garden, which is even more beautiful during the peak rose-blooming season.
- On the way back, see the newly-renovated Bauska medieval castle, which was built in the 16th century to protect the region from our neighbours the Lithuanians. The castle is now a museum of history.