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Rundale Palace Museum (Rundales Pils)
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

This is a small palace and along with its garden makes a good day out. Having seen other grand palaces in Europe and Russia - it was fine - well maintained with a lot of interesting antiques etc. I did like the "central heating"! We had a couple of bus tours and so it did get quite busy in places.
The gardens are formal and well laid out. It specialises in roses ( apparently there are 2230 varieties) but at the end of the season, most of them had gone! Pity.
There are toilets and a restaurant in the palace.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Honisoiquimalypense
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Reviewed 19 September 2018

As part of a tour group of Latvia we were taken here to the Palace for a tour and lunch
and later left to roam the gardens. They have over 2300 varieties of roses. Saw plenty of ones l recognised from England. I am sure in the summer when they are all in bloom it must smell wonderful. But most are over now, but there were still other flowers still in bloom. Plenty of seating if you want to have a good look around as it is a very large area. Would liked to have had longer here. The toilets are in the basement of the Palace which lead out to the gardens.

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank wendy p
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Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

If you visit Riga this is a nice activity. Place is 80km from town. Palace and gardens are very well restored and kept.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank izabelaanghel
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Reviewed 23 August 2018

If you have visited other European Palaces (Versailles, Schonbrunn, etc.), you obviously need to manage your expectations here... as this palace is much smaller and is not as "rich" in terms of ornaments or finishing than its more popular counterparts.

Despite its smaller size, this palace has very beautiful things to offer. Some of its rooms are vast and nicely decorated. There are interesting artifacts, including bathroom furniture that is quite surprising.

To better experience the palace, get there before opening time (it's the same recipe everytime) as the hallways can get pretty crowded if you are behind tour bus crowds. If you can't beat them at entry, skip a room or two to get a head start, which will make your visit much more enjoyable.

Be sure to visit the garden also. It contains different sections of varied interests. The rose garden is sure to be a draw... but you have to be there during the blooming period (which is not the case in mid-August).

In terms of food, there is a café serving food in the middle of the garden (next to the open-air theater). The prices are very cheap both for drinks and food, which is surprising as it is within a popular attraction and customers are "captive". The outside seating area is very nice also.

Definitely worth visiting.

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Isa-Francis
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Reviewed 12 August 2018

Designed by Rastrelli this small pretty summer palace, built for the Dukes of Courland is a starting point for Rastrelli to work out his sumptious designs for the Elizabeth Palace and Hermitage in St Petersburg. There are a number of pretty rooms inside but for me it was the restored formal gardens with their extensive plantings of roses which made this visit, and there are electric buggies costing 3e which takes you around all the areas. Plus there are storks on the roof! There is a restaurant, cafe, toilets and a shop down stairs. Well worth the trip out from Riga

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sjhHove
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