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Rundale Palace Excursion, Latvia

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Key facts

Where: Riga , Latvia Duration: 6 hours

Highlights

  • Visit the magnificent Rundale Palace which was built in 18th century as the summer residence of the Duke of Courland
  • On this tour you can see 40 rooms on the 1st and 2nd floor that are open to the public with original interior and furniture
  • You can also see the impressive Throne Hall, the White Hall and the Small and Grand Gallery in the eastern wing that was intended only for court representations

Overview

Visit the magnificent Rundale Palace, built in the 18th century as the summer residence of the Duke of Courland, Ernest Johann von Biron. The palace was designed by Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the main architect of the winter place in St Petersburg.

Having recently undergone extensive renovation, 40 rooms on the first and second floors with original interiors and furniture are open to the public. The second floor houses the Duke's apartments. The Duchess and the other members of the family lived in the western wing, where restoration work is still under progress. Also see the Throne Hall, the White Hall and the Small and Grand Galleries.

Itinerary

For this tour you will travel in an air conditioned vehicle with a guide.

Leave Riga for the day and travel to the grandiose Rundale Palace, built in the 18th century as the summer residence of the Duke of Courland, Ernest Johann von Biron.

The construction was inaugurated in 1736 and as von Biron was favored by the Russian Czarina, Anna Ivanovna, he succeeded in engaging the Italian architect, Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, the main architect of the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.

Having recently undergone extensive renovation, 40 rooms on the first and second floors with original interior and furniture are open to the public. You will have plenty of time to explore these rooms at your leisure.

According to history, the construction was interrupted in 1738 when von Biron and Rastrelli inaugurated the construction of an even larger residence in the Courland capital of Jelgava. When Czarina Anna Ivanova died in 1740 von Biron was exiled and could return accompanied by Rastrelli only in 1763 when he was reinstated by the Russian empress Catherina the 2nd. The palace and the interior was therefore only completed in 1763-1768 and it was fairly devastated in the course of time and in 1972 a comprehensive restoration of the palace was started.

The tour ends at your hotel.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

6 hours

Start time

Start time: Any time of the day
Duration: 6 hours

Meeting point

From your hotel in Riga. (Please mention your hotel and its address at the time of booking for pick up. Kindly reconfirm pick up upon arrival in Riga.)

Ending point

Your hotel in Riga

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up & drop off
  • Transportation by Western made cars or minivan
  • Guide
  • Entrance to Rundale Palace

Exclusions

  • Food & drinks

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.
Please advise your preferred departure at the time of booking.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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Cancellation policy

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