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Around Aizpute:

Aizpute local history museum – Tourist information point

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The museum is found in a historic building – jaunās Pilsmuižas kungu māja. The house is built in 18-19th century as the new kungu māja. The castles owner’s family came to live, leaving the servants in the old castle. In the museum, there are 7 permanent exhibitions, which give you the insight in Aizpute town’s and the closest surrounding history, as well as in the economic and cultural life. Every month, a new art exhibition is put in the museum’s exhibition hall.

With the EU ELFLA funding in 2015 insalled exhibition “Ancient rural craft skills” in the basement of museum presents the textile craft skill, woodworking and household tasks and tools. The exhibition offer’s a variety programmes for different events: newlyweds, silver and gold wedding celebration, children’s birthday parties, etc.

Phone: (+371) 29623284
Address: Skolas iela 1, Aizpute
Business hours: Summer season (from 1st May to 1st October) – Monday – Friday 9.00 – 17.00; Saturday 10.00 – 14.00
Winter season (from 1st October to 1st May) – Monday  – Friday 9.00 – 17.00; every 3rd Saturday 10.00 – 14.00

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Museum’s head: Jolanta Berga



Livonian Order castle ruins

In the 13th century Livonian Order built a fortification with two watch towers on opposite corners of the square. In 15th century on the outside of the wall on its east side a residential area was built with a cellar and a gallery and the fortification became a castle. It served as a border fortification in the place where Livonian order’s and Kurland bishop’s territories met (the river Tebra served as the borderline: on the right side – bishopric, on the left – Livonian Order).

Address: Liepājas iela 9, Aizpute


Aizpute old town

aizpute_kuldigas_ielaAizpute is one of the oldest towns in Latvia. It is found in west-Kurland’s heights west side, on the shore of river Tebra, and its old town building complex has been included in the list of European cultural heritage.







The watermill complex (18th – 19th century), stone bridge over Tebra (1907) with Manteifeļi family emblem on the handrails, beer brewery in Liepājas street, Aizputes castle manor house complex and historical wooden architecture buildings in the area between Jāņa, Katoļu and Atmodas streets from the end of the 19th century make up a unique town planning ensemble. The oldest two storey residential house built in the 16th century as the Dom tavern is found on Atmodas street 9, it was rebuilt in later years. It is especially interesting to inspect the building smaller elements – the doors, windows and balcony railings.



After 1795, when the little country of Piltene and all of Kurland was added to Russia, there were few inhabitants in Aizpute, therefore the government ushered in Jews from Lithuania. Their count grew rapidly and, of course, they needed their own synagogue. The construction of the first synagogue started in the 19th century. Tragical events took place in 1941, when all Jews of Aizpute were gathered in the synagogue, with trucks they were transported in Kalvene direction and killed. There are reports that say that around 500 Jews were shot, the youngest one was only 8 months old, the oldest – 94 years. The building served as a synagogue until the end of Second World War. In 1950 the synagogue was joined into one building and nowadays it is the building of Aizputes cultural house.

Address: Atmodas iela 16, Aizpute


Kazdanga castle and manor house complex

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Kazdanga castle and the manor house complex has been owned by the rich and politically influential barons of Kurzeme – Manteifeļi. Kazdanga castle was built in classicism style in the beginning of 19th century by the famous west European architect J. G. Berlic.

Castle parka and the millpond. The making of the park started in 19th century’s beginning as a landscape park with all kinds of walking paths and a bridge system. Currently the Kazdanga park is one of the biggest by size( 173 hectares) and dendrologically richest Latvian manor house parks. Two circle crosses can be found in the park – each on their own side of the millpond. There are a lot of ponds in Kazdangas park, because Kazdanga was the first place in tsarist Russia, where around 1870 fish-breeding was started. The millpond is also flooded on the Alokste river.

Phone: (+371) 29103813; (+371) 63449755
Adress: Jaunatnes gatve 1, Kazdanga,

Around Cīrava:

Cīrava antique repository


The house of the museum is built in the centuries 1920s as the savings and loans association’s (bank’s) quarters, later it was used for different things – for post, for apartments, as a kolkhoz office and the local community’s council. The museum’s exhibitions give you the insight in Cīrava town’s and Latvia’s economic and cultural life. In the museum’s collection, there are a lot of informative materials and photographs, church books, magazines, albums, as well as different kinds of household objects, shoemaker and hatter tools, saddlery, gramophones and other interesting things. The oldest museum’s exhibitions are found in Cīrava region when working on the fields, there were bronze brooches and bracelets (13th -14th century) found and also a 500 years old quern-stone.


Address: Atbalsti, Cīrava, Aizputes novads, www.
Phone:  (+371) 25435898
Head: Sarmīte Braša
Offer: Viewing of the antique storehouse exhibition.
Business hours: Working days 8:00-16:00
It is possible to visit the exhibitions outside of the normal business hours by arranging it via phone or email.

Around Kalvene:

Saulīšu” house’s antique room

The house “Saulītes” in Kalvene region is managed by Valkašu family and this house can be proud with its nice and tidy surroundings – it’s not an accident, that they won a title for the tidiest household many times. A beautiful, tidy environment and a friendly attitude aren’t the only things that you can enjoy  here, the houses owners have gathered and interesting antique collection and made a room in which every visitor can view them. In the collection there are very old blacksmith and joinery tools, wooden dividers, weights (around 1600 year), tsar era fireman helmet and many, many more exciting objects.

Address: „Saulītes”, Kalvenes pagasts
Phone: (+371) 26006855
The visit has to be arranged beforehand!

Around Apriķi:

Apriķi museum

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From the year 1987 in the attic of manor house the Apriķi museum was established, that has an exhibition which tells you about the ancient history of the region, the most noteworthy attractions, persons and their lifestyle. In the museums four chambers, a big family of dwarfs – all together four thousand, have found their home. The museum also offers different programs for different festivities.

Address: Apriķu skola, Lažas pagasts
Phone: (+371)  29184684
Business hours: 1. October – 1. May / Monday – Friday 8:00 – 16:00
1. May – 1. October / Wednesday – Saturday 11:00 – 18:00
Other time – by arranging the visit beforehand
Museum’s head: Aina Cērmane