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Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils)

Pilsrundale, Bauska 3921, Latvia
371 639 62274
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Bauska
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Dining
Traveler Description:  The Rundāle Palace is one of the most outstanding and beautiful monuments of Baroque and Rococo art in Latvia. It is built in two periods 1736-1740... more »
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Port Perry, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is an amazing palace and well worth the visit. Take the long tour option to see the private rooms. Spectacular grand rooms. Nice gardens. Don't miss the basement display area. Had lunch at Trogs near the entrance...great food and vegetarian options. Reasonable prices throughout and only about a 70 minute drive from Riga

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Tartu, Estonia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

In the 1970s both sites consisted of nothing more than the foundations of the original buildings. YES. Both Rundale and Trakai are 95% rebuilds faithfully following the original plans (Rundale) or the known plans (Trakai). The really outstanding aspect of Rundale that earns the site a potential <Double Excellent> was the buying policy of the folk who furnished the Palace.... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

A beauty of a palace. Wonderful structure and just the right size. A gem of rococo decoration. The gardens are very pleasant to walk around in Summer. There is a nice little cafe in the gardens where you can buy food and they serve draft beer and drinks. A lot of the palace has been restored as it has previously... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Rundales Palace is a work of architect Rastrelli, and is compared to little version of Versailles in France. This very impressive Palace not only boost impressive historical exhibition and several very impressive halls ( most impressive, the white hall) and palace rooms, which have been renovated after the original settlement of the place. The second thing is beautiful gardens, must... More

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Vilnius, Lithuania
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

People say, that it is similar to Versailles in France. Only here - gold is less. Is very difficult to describe - it must be seen with your own eyes. A few words about a service - that is well organized. Rundale palace open from 10 am. Near the palace - two free parking for cars and buses. WC near... More

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Klaipeda, Klaipedos Apskritis, Lithuania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Magnificent place! The palace it self is well rebuilt, lots of furniture and small utensils in exposition. All information provided in Latvian, Russian and English. And the garden... Oh the garden... We visited in June so all peony's were in bloom. (I even rhymed :D ) Lots of wild rose bushes. It is just wonderful... Hard to believe that such... More

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Portland, Oregon
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Rundāles Palace was designed by Francesco Bartolomeo, who also designed The Winter Palace, The Catherine Palace, Stroganoff Palace and Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg (I add this because one rarely reads about this architect's pedigree, in conjunction with the Rundāles Palace and its Versailles-inspired gardens "out back" . . . ). It is about an hour outside of Riga, and... More

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32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Leaving Riga and driving through the countryside for an hour or so this 18th century Palace was a wonderful surprise. We had a 1 1/2 hour tour of the rooms and then lunch in the beautiful dining room. I walked through the gardens with pools and fountains, a rose garden and pergolas which are beautifully kept and being worked on... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

After a couple of days enjoying the coast and Riga, this was something very different. We admired it not only for its architecture and gardens, but also for the loving way it has been restored after a remarkable history of use, neglect, misuse and abandonment over 250 years. The enthusiasm of the guides was catching. Go and see for yourself.

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Oslo, Norway
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Rundale, one hour's drive from Riga, is an impressive baroque palace. We were genuinely surprised by the quality of the design and layout of this estate. Newly restored and fully furnished, it's a pleasure to wander through the rooms. We hired a car with driver from www.rigarentcar.lv and Dennis made the travel very comfortable and efficient.

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