Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils)

Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils)

Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils)
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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sally j
Chelmsford, UK1,862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Rundale Palace is really beautiful, you really do see a lot inside the house, there are some lovely objects to admire. The gardens are amazing too, we visited in September, but there was still plenty of colour in the grounds. Definitely worth visiting
Written 26 September 2022
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gregeog
Tynemouth, UK139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Stunning palace on the outskirts of Riga with a fascinating history. Going at this time of year was fantastic, as albeit much of the garden was hidden away, we were the only tourists there! Grand designs, fantastic architecture, informative and interactive information screens. Was almost as impressive as Versailles.
Written 28 February 2023
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Middle_Aged_Guy
Fremont, CA353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a top caliber European palace. As a comparison, It is not at the same level as Versailles in France but it is certainly just as nice, if not nicer, than Wilanow Palace in Poland. The rooms were impressively restored to reflect the Palaces' former glory. I think being shown sections of walls that were not restored and rooms that were not touched was part of what made the visit worth it. You get to understand why restoration took decades. Definitely worth a visit, especially if you are in the area.
Written 1 February 2020
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Elena B
Athens, Greece476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
If u ever visit Latvia 🇱🇻 don’t be lazy to visit this palace. It really beautiful place with green huge parks , where u can walk a lot and spend some quality time with your friends
Written 27 January 2019
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malholme
Lewes, UK523 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
While Versailles is huge and crowded Rundale Palace is much smaller but with a similar elegance, and really beautiful gardens, immaculately maintained. The Palace was built by Baron Ernst Johann Biron between 1736 and 1740. The house is heated by 80 porcelain stoves ( six genuine).The rooms have different colour schemes, lovely ceilings, and beautiful stucco work and marquetry work and floors.
Designed by Italian architect Rastrelli (architect of the Winter Palace in St.Petersburg)
We were fortunate to see a lovely wedding , with staff dressed in period costume.
Written 7 October 2014
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Weedman_CL4
Bentonville, AR76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011
We visited the Rundale Palace in May 2011. There are four things to keep in mind on a visit to this incredible piece of history.

1 – Style. If you are not interested in the architectural styles and presentation methods of St Petersburg it may not be as interesting to you.
2 – Grounds. The grounds are essentially a huge flower garden. We loved it as the tulips were absolutely perfect, but the greenery was just starting to fill in. Would have been amazing in the middle of June I imagine.
3 – Palace. The palace itself is in pretty good shape. You only get access to certain portions of it, as it appears they are opening more as they restore it. The paintings are not remarkable as a collection, but there are some great pieces individually.
4 – Food. We decided to have lunch on the property. There are two locations, a full restaurant and a cafe. We ate at the cafe and found it to be good quality of food and actually a good value as well. We were pleasantly surprised.

We enjoyed the sort of work in process experience there and would tell you it was certainly worth the effort to get there. As a point of clarity, we had our own car and we visited this location on our way to Vilnius from Riga. It was a convenient stop for us and was right on the way.
Written 30 May 2011
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THY_90
Taipei, Taiwan478 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
I was happy to find out about this place on TripAdvisor and on Lonely Planet. But it was definitely overrated.
People who described this place as Little Versailles or the best hidden gem or the highlight of the entire Baltics or better than Hermitage must have not been to many places themselves.

First of all, the place is really not that cheap for its size. It is small. Much smaller than Peterhof and Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. And smaller than many gardens actually. Peterhof can take you a good 3 hours walk to rush through everything in lower garden, this one takes less than one hour and has very little to offer.

Secondly, the details of the art cannot compare to Hermitage or other museum quality work.

Thirdly, they have recently increased their price if you check their website now. It is 4 euro for the garden or 7.5 euros with short route to the palace.

What made this place from average to poor is they charge summer price now (the garden used to be free in winter but now it is 1 euro, I forgot how much the ticket was for the garden, but it is now increased to 4 euros) but the garden is not ready. You see mostly just trees. There are some flowers but not as good as even an average city park in European countries. Not impressive at all. They heavily advertise their beautiful baroque garden, but they had no flowers and many sections were closed for budding or construction or I don't know what other reasons.
The worst part is the attitude from the staff. I didn't feel respected when I brought my complaint. They made me feel that I lied about their garden had almost no flowers, sections being closed and the recently increased price.

So yes, don't plant a day for this place. Spend it in Riga or other places in the Baltics, or even Saint Petersburg if you get a chance to go. You will be far more impressed and well treated there.
Written 13 June 2015
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Andrey
Dublin, Ireland52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
A very beautiful palace with an interesting interior and fine, diverse gardens. It is an hour and a half away from Riga and the way goes through a beautiful but empty countryside until you see the palace. Would recommend to everyone visiting Latvia.
Written 12 May 2019
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Douglas F
Stroud, UK579 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
You can either take an organised tour from Riga or use the local transport. There are frequent buses from Bauska which take about an hour and cost €3.50 or so. Those on to the Palace are rather less frequent but if there is not one available just take a taxi from the bus station. It was built by the Italian architect Rastrelli who also did the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. The buildings have all been beautifully restored and because you are left free to wander round at your leisure it is far easier to get a real idea of the lives of the grand nobility who inhabited it. If you have a bite to eat at the basement cafe you can also see where all those who looked after such nobility survived! Ensure that you have plenty of time to walk around the beautiful, formal gardens and particularly admire the copious rose bushes and the different views back to the Palace from the various avenues within the gardens.
Written 20 July 2019
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YourTravelingFriend
Iowa City, IA184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Both Rundale and Peterhof were designed by the Italian architect, Rastrelli. At Rundale, however, you can take your time to really see and appreciate all the place has to offer. The restoration here is superb. You are free to explore the glamorous palace at your leisure instead of being rushed through it in herds as you are at Peterhof. See both, of course, but after viewing Rundale it was much easier to appreciate what the rooms might have been like at the time it was actually occupied by royalty. The grounds are undergoing extensive work, but there is still plenty to see. It is VERY far off the beaten path, and you may be tempted to skip this side trip in your hurry to get to St. Petersburg, but don’t. This is a visit well worth your time and effort. Go in May when the weather is perfect and the tulips are in full bloom. Look for the stork’s nest on the palace roof and then see it depicted in one of the plaster ceilings. I hope you love Rundale as much as I did.
Written 8 July 2019
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