Jelgava is a beautiful city, which is situated on the picturesque banks of the river Lielupe. It is the fourth biggest city in Latvia according to the population. Jelgava is called the city-aristocrat. It is the former Mitau - the capital of the Duchy of Courland. In the premises of the famous Jelgava Palace prominent guests were accepted, including royalties.
Nowadays Jelgava is a comfortable and well-organized city surrounded by beautiful sceneries, which are attractive both for tourists and for residents of Latvia. There are a lot of wonderful places and sightseeing destinations in the city.
Undoubtedly, one of the most famous sightseeing places of Jelgava is the Jelgava Palace, which can be certainly called the “visiting card” of the city. It is also known as Mitau Palace. It is the biggest palace in the Baltic States, built in Baroque style by the famous architect Rastrelli. At that time, the palace was the ceremonious residence for the Dukes of Duchy of Courland and Semigallia, but nowadays it is the home of the Latvia’s University of Agriculture.
Since 1968, the museum is open in the Jelgava Palace. Observing the historical exposition of the palace you can get to know the history of the old Castle of the Livonian Order and the history of the construction of the present building of the palace, find out the facts about the accomplished work in the historical examination and maintenance of the palace.
Address: 2 Liela Street, Jelgava, LV-3001
Seeing this unusual and extraordinary beautiful place has to be included in the visiting plan to Jelgava. Until the year 1944, the Lutheran church parish was located in this building. In fact, it is considered to be one of the first Lutheran churches in Europe which was made of stone. Today, three upper floors of the church are occupied by a museum, where historical thematic expositions are exhibited. In the museum, you can learn a lot about the culture, social life and history of Latvia, especially the Zemgale region. While exploring the museum, all the visitors are fascinated by the admirable views which can be seen from this historic place.
Within the framework of the project “Establishment of the Tourism and Cultural Educational Centre of Regional Significance in Jelgava” in 2009-2010, reconstruction of the tower and formation of the museum and public premises were carried out.
Jelgava Tourism Information Centre is located on the 1st floor of the Tower of Jelgava Holy Trinity Church. Here you can get all the necessary information about tourism options in Jelgava, Jelgava district and Ozolnieki district.
Address: 1 Akademijas Street, Jelgava, LV-3001
Tel. 63005445, 63005447
The monument in honour of the first President of Latvia Janis Cakste was erected in Jelgava in 1931. The bronze monument by the sculptor Karlis Jansons was placed in front of the Peter's Academy. The monument was destroyed during the Soviet occupation, but on November 14, 2003, the renovated monument was ceremoniously opened next to the Tower of Jelgava Holy Trinity Church. The author of it is the sculptor Arta Dumpe. There is an inscription on the monument with the words which the first President Janis Cakste said: “The Latvian state has grown from the unanimity of the Latvian people, it has stayed strong through the unanimity of the Latvian people and will prosper!”
The museum building, which is known by its historic name Academia Petrina, was built in the year 1775 on the site of the former ducal city palace, following the initiative of the last Duke of Courland and Zemgale Peter Biron. The first University in Latvia was located there. The author of the reconstruction project was the architect S. Jensen.
The museum exhibitions inform of the socio-political, economic and cultural processes in Jelgava and its district from ancient times to the present day. Special attention has been devoted to Jelgava, which was destroyed during the Second World War, but was earlier very well known in Europe as the capital city of the Duchy of Courland and Zemgale, which later became Kurzeme province and Zemgale region.
Address: 10 Akademijas Street, Jelgava, LV-3001
Tel. +371 63023383
Tel. +371 63025830
Adults: 3.00 EUR
Schoolchildren: 0,50 EUR
Adults: 2.00 EUR
Adults: 1.50 EUR
Family ticket (2 adults and 1 or more children under the age of 1): 6.00 EUR
Tu., W., Th., Fr., Sat., Sun. 10-17
Adolfs Alunans is called “the father of Latvian theatre”. He was not only the first professional actor, director, organizer of the theatre, playwright, but also a poet, couplets singer and publicist. And now, the memorial museum is opened in the house where this talented man lived. The grandson of the father of Latvian theatre, Adolfs Shvanbergs, has saved and aggregated more than a thousand of original objects in the museum, which create special aura and romance.
Permanent exposition and exhibition:
Monday - closed
Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00
Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 14:00
Prices and entrance fees:
Permanent exposition and exhibition of the Memorial Museum (house) of A. Alunans:
Exhibition in the museum:
Guided excursion in Latvian: for a group up to 20 people - 10.00 EUR
Guided excursion in English or Russian: for a group up to 20 people - 15.00 EUR
Choice of languages:
In a former railwayman’s house there is the Jelgava Railway museum, where the visitors can find out a range of facts about the history and operation of Jelgava railway junction, as well as to experience to what extent the railway development influences our lives. You can also learn about a number of things, without which the work on railways is impossible.
There are several exhibitions in the museum, for example, one of them is called “The Railway and the Railwaymen in Jelgava in the 20s-30s of the 20th century”, where you can get acquainted with the history of Jelgava railway junction. Whereas the exhibition “From the Semaphore to the Central Dispatcher Service” shows how supervision of the train traffic is carried out. Outside the museum, you can see the 2 trolleys, wheel pairs of locomotives, a hydro column, traffic lights and semaphores – all of them are renovated and have acquired their original shape. The museum offers excursions to Jelgava depot. The visitors can enjoy 40 minutes long informative walking tour.
Open: W., Fr., Sat. 10:00 - 17:00; Th. 11:00 - 19:00
Closed: Sun., Mon., Tu.
Adults: 1.50 ЕUR
Students, pensioners: 0.80 EUR
For pupils, disabled people and their attendants, the museum employees and LDZ personnel, members of ICOM – free of charge.
Excursions in Latvian (< 10 people) 5.00 EUR
Excursions in foreign language (< 10 persons) 15.00 EUR
Address: 3 Stacijas Street, Jelgava, LV-3001
Tel. +371 63096494
This is the longest pedestrian and cycling bridge in Latvia. Mitava Bridge connects the centre of Jelgava to Pasta Island. Its length is 152 meters. Moreover, this bridge is considered to be unique in all the Baltic States, because it is shaped in the form of the letter “S” of Latin alphabet and is suspended on 28 cables, hold by 2 pylons. You can go for a walk along the promenade of Janis Chakste Boulevard, which is constructed on two levels - along the river and parallel to the street. On the upper level, you can enjoy two observation platforms, which form 3-meter high waterfalls.
The sculpture-fountain “Student of Jelgava” is located on Janis Chakste Boulevard next to the Mitava Bridge. It has become a symbol of good luck for the residents of Jelgava. If you touch the stick of the student’s umbrella, be sure - luck is already next to you!
The oldest and biggest sand sculptures festival in the Baltic States takes place in Jelgava city. During the festival, various artists, who are well-known in Latvia and in the Baltic States, make their performances. The sand sculptures workshops are organized for children as well. When it becomes dark, the sculptures are specially illuminated, thus creating a light and shadow performance. The event takes place on the Pasta Island.
Every year in February the Ice Sculpture Festival is held in Jelgava city. During the festival, the visitors can admire several unique creations of the participants of the International Ice Sculpture Competition, made of crystal clear ice blocks. During the recent years, the festival has put Jelgava on the map of the world’s biggest ice sculptures festivals, and it is the largest such kind event in the Baltic States. Every year more than 50 professional sculptors from around the world apply for participation in the festival. The event takes place on the Pasta Island.
The biggest river in Zemgale – the calm and quiet Lielupe - flows through Jelgava. In the autumn of the year 2010, a new relaxation and walking place was built on its bank – the Lielupe bank promenade. On the 5 metres high right bank protective dam, an approximately one kilometre long promenade was constructed for pedestrians and cyclists, with descending stairs to the river and well-planned and comfortable relaxation places.
The promenade offers an unusual view to the panorama of Jelgava. This is a wonderful relaxation place for the residents of Jelgava and for the city guests as well. An official place for swimming is formed here.
Jelgava, the same as other European cities, has its own Old City - that is, the oldest part of wooden buildings in the city, which was not destroyed during the Second World War. As if travelling by time machine, you arrive in the time period of the 18th -19th centuries. You can go for a walk along the narrow streets here and enjoy the special olden times atmosphere.
Motto of the ZOC: READY, STEADY, GO!
The multifunctional sports complex was built in Jelgava in 2010, where you can not only watch the game and cheer for your favourite team or athlete, but also play sport yourself in order to maintain your physical health. The centre takes up an area of 6 hectares. Sports grounds which meet the modern requirements are built here for various kinds of sports, a stadium for football and track-and-field athletics, an European level BMX track, a multifunctional sport hall with all necessary equipment and service.
24 Kronvalda Street, Jelgava, LV-3004
Phone: 63020792 Fax: 63024225
Working hours – every day from 8.00 till 22.00
Rent of water bikes and boats, yacht trips
The origins of Jelgava Yacht Club go back to the year 1930. The yacht club acquired its current architectonic shape in 1970, when the club buildings were constructed. It carried on this way up to the 80s, but then the large enterprises started to show other interests and the club existed only due to the enthusiasm and paying possibilities of yachtsmen themselves.
The team of the Jelgava Yacht Club participates in competitions of various scale; thus, proudly representing the name of the city not only outside the city itself, but also outside the country.
Phone: 20205215, 29242520
Address: Jelgava, 6 Pilssalas Street
Working hours – every day from 8.00 till 22.00
Enquiry number: +371 27050045
We offer relaxation tours along the river Lielupe and the river Driksa by the pleasure boat “Mitava” in the warm season from May to September.
Monday - Sunday
10:00 - 11:00,
11:30 - 12:30,
13:00 - 14:00,
14:30 - 15:30,
16:00 - 17:00,
17:30 - 18:30,
19:00 - 20:00,
20:30 - 21:30.