Kuldīga: a Perfect Place for Romantics

Text by Valdis Čeičs and Solveiga Kaļva

Photos by Solveiga Kaļva, www.solveigakalvaphotography.com

Kuldīga is one of the most romantic towns in Latvia with wonderful cobblestone streets, lovely houses and red-tile roofs. As the Alekšupīte River circles around the old town, many travelers compare Kuldīga to Venice. Kuldīga is a perfect place for going for an inspiring walk, jumping on a “Vespa” scooter to enjoy the wind and the road, or simply having a romantic picnic in a park or on a riverbank. 

The town is famous not only for the magnificent architecture and atmosphere, but also for the widest waterfall in Europe – Ventas Rumba. The most beautiful view of it you can find standing on the red-brick bridge which stretches across the Venta River. The bridge and the whole old town with 18th century architecture are candidates for inclusion in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage. 

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You should enjoy Kuldīga slowly, only then the town reveals its true spirit! Numerous restaurants and coffee shops are waiting for you just around the corner. Coffee was introduced in the region already in the 17th century by Jacob, Duke of Courland. The local coffee roastery “Curonia” follows the old traditions and offers a really good cup of coffee, roasted right in Kuldīga. Restaurant ”Goldingen Room” is known for high quality European cuisine, artisan pizza and wonderful interior. If you want to enjoy your meal sitting on the outdoor terrace with a stunning view of the waterfall, you may choose the cafe ”Rezidence Kafe Venta”. Many modern art lovers seek inspiration at Kuldīga Artists’ Residence. A wide range of local and foreign art exhibitions are exhibited at Kuldīga’s Art House. If you are interested in sculptures, you should visit the Castle Park. During summer, every Friday and Saturday evening visitors can enjoy an open air cinema “Goldingen Knight Cinema” located in the park, just bring your own blanket or find a free seat. 

What travelers say about us

Giovanni Paolo Palamara
Giovanni Paolo Palamara
2023-01-07
Very interesting trip. Definitely worth it!
Eddie Mantle
Eddie Mantle
2022-12-05
Very professional. Valdis, guided a group of 8 around Mangasala, Riga, giving us a fascinating insight into the military history there. Looking forward to the next tour.
Zijian Hua
Zijian Hua
2022-11-02
Valdis is an experienced guide, a local from Riga. He has a wealth of knowledge and is always able to tell you interesting history along the way. The route plan of the hiking is also reasonable. In autumn, the fallen leaves near Sigulda are also very beautiful. If you are planning to do an outdoor hike in Latvia too, then don't hesitate to join a walking group organized by Valdis.
bllhmn
bllhmn
2022-10-31
I took the tour in Lilaste. The train ride was very relaxing. The lakes and coast were amazing. It is great exercise and a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
John B
John B
2022-10-30
Great hike at Lilaste. Friendly tour guide. Definitely looking forward to the next hike. Highly recommended for those who want a short break from the daily routine.
Rachel Pamplin
Rachel Pamplin
2022-10-18
I enjoyed I enjoyed my tour of Cesis: Medieval Heritage and Natural Treasures! I loved being able to do a little of many things. Exploring the old city, touring a medieval castle, and a walk through a national park. The scenery was amazing and my guide was knowledgeable and helpful! As a single female, I felt safe the entire time and and would recommend to others!
Colleen Bramanis
Colleen Bramanis
2022-10-11
We have enjoyed 2 days with Valdis who has shown us around Riga Old Town and a tour out to Sigulda. A very friendly tour guide who tailored the days to our needs with no fuss. Valdis is easy to get along , has a good sense of humour and is extremely knowledgeable. Fortunately for us Valdis is also very fluent in English. I can highly recommend him as a tour guide.
Barry Toward
Barry Toward
2022-09-18
We have just spent 9 days travelling through the Baltic countries with Valdis as our guide. Although the itinerary and accommodation had been pre-arranged Valdis supported our trip brilliantly, bringing to life the individual countries with city walking tours, nature trails and visits to other sites. He is great fun, extremely knowledgable and became an integral part of our small group. His contribution to our holiday played a key part in making it a great and enjoyable experience (and he recommends good places to eat!)

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