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. 

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K G
2024-03-11
I joined Valdis for Gauja national park tour and experience breathtaking views, beautiful cave, Plus the experience to see the inside of luge and skeleton track. It’s an unforgettable experience to see something outside the Riga! Highly recommended!!!
Carmen Daams
Carmen Daams
2023-09-22
I took the Kuldiga trip with Valdis. The experience was amazing. The entire day was great. He is a great guide, and knows a lot of interesting information. He would definitely make your whole experience even better. Kuldiga is such a captivating city, very unique with a very special style and soul. If you are visiting Latvia, don't hesitate to take this trip, it is a "must".
Stanley Wallerstein
Stanley Wallerstein
2023-08-29
Great Tour and great guide. Baltic Nature Travel is excellent.
Maria M Andrade
Maria M Andrade
2023-08-28
Valdis organized an absolutely wonderful 10 day trip to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania trip for my sister, a friend, and myself. He arranged all details including our private chofer and tour guide up the last detail. He went far and beyond when he knew I had an accident in Estonia. We met him Latvia and he make us feel welcome. He recommended the most amazing restaurants for us and he took care of my doctor needs where he was the interpreter. In every country we had the best guys one can possibly ask for. All hotels were walking distance from city centre. Thank you Valdis we will always remembered this trip!!!!
Sarah Daniels
Sarah Daniels
2023-08-21
Thank you, Valdis, for helping my family have a wonderful two week trip to the Baltics! Your advice and recommendations were very helpful, and our tour guides in 4 different cities were each outstanding! I highly recommend a vacation in the beautiful and fascinating Baltics, and I highly recommend using Valdis to help you plan it.
Rita Derencius
Rita Derencius
2023-08-09
Tours and tour guides, Tomas and Mindaugas, exceeded my expectations. We were able to curate our tour of Lithuania. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and adapted the tour based on our input. Valdis was responsive and easy to work with. Extremely happy we chose to have private tour guides. Best trip ever!
Deniz Demirors
Deniz Demirors
2023-08-08
Valdis did amazing job to organize us a 15 day, 14 night self drive adventure trip to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Thanks to his valuable advise before and immaculate documentation with names of the locations, guides etc we had a magical experience. We hiked, biked, walked, beached and off course drive all over in all 3 beautiful countries. We felt very safe. Everyone we met were very friendly. The car was delivered to our first hotel in Tallinn and picked up from last hotel in Vilnius. They were professional and kind people. We encountered few minor issues but Valdis resolved very promptly so our program was not impacted. We met him in Riga as he was our guide. Thanks to Valdis & his team of guides we had an unforgettable time and experience. Valdis is very gently, kind, hears his clients wishes and makes adjustments in his existing programs. Job well done Valdis. Thank you very much.
Catherine Herway
Catherine Herway
2023-06-24
These are the only places on earth where eastern and western architecture can now meet in harmony. The architecture tells a social history translated into excellent English on this tour! The hotels were clean, comfortable, and safe. The food was outstanding as well, I only wish I had more time!
Artur Iwański
Artur Iwański
2023-05-03
A very good and interesting guide. Customized trips - which is very useful. If you want to get to know Latvia (which is worth it!) there is no one better. Highly recommended.

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