"Rundale Palace" Rundale by Dabs

Rundale Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 46 photos

I might have missed visiting this palace had it not been for a tip on Fodor's travel board. It's a little harder to get to via public transportation from Riga than Sigulda, the other day trip we took, but well worth the effort.

Rundale Palace is still undergoing restoration work but may someday rival the baroque palaces in St. Petersburg. Indeed, the palace was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the Italian who designed the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.

So what is a beautiful baroque palace doing out here in the middle of a cow pasture? It was built as a summer residence for the Duke of Courland Ernst Johann Biron, a favorite of Russian Empress Anna Joanovna who ruled Russia from 1730-1740

  • Last visit to Rundale: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Jun 13, 2004
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Wonderful page. Hope you don't mind I browse your smaller pages. They are lovely!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Rundale really seems to be well worth a little daytrip from Riga. I will keep it in mind. Great little page here.... :-)

  • Shetlandshake's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2006 at 1:59 PM

    Just wanted to say thanks for such a great tip. I grew up in Riga but never been to Rundale. Now I'm planning a trip to Latvia and Rundale is one the top of my list. I came accross your page and found it extremely helpful. Thank you very much.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2004 at 2:24 PM

    Golly, that is a beautiful place.

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2004 at 8:44 PM

    Kristi, excellent photographs in your travelogue! This palace is mighty fine, indeed.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2004 at 10:45 AM

    Thanks for sharing, interesting destination. I will be back for pics :-)


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