On May 2020, a bakery opened its doors on the renovated basement floor of the Alauda house. The bakery sells rolls, cakes, biscuits, Druva ice cream and other delicacies. Ordering of salty and sweet pretzels is also offered.
The bakery sells water pretzels that are not offered anywhere else in the city, as well as Black Forest cake and Karpatka roll. Snack plates, cakes, pretzels are made to order.
During the season, you can buy fresh produce from Jelgava Municipality farm Mežacīruļi – strawberries, tomatoes, eggplants, parsley and other delicacies grown there.
Cafe – pizzeria is a cosy place for enjoyment of delicious pizzas of American style and excellently prepared foods from home cuisine.
We are Coffee and breakfast bar ACADEMIA. We offer specialty coffee locally roasted by Kalve Coffee as well as each month we invite you to try out coffees from guest roasters. For breakfast we offer avocado toasts, sweet breakfast (buckwheat waffles, fluffy pancakes, french toasts, cord cheese pancakes and other), as well as omelette, buddha bowls, farmer's breakfast and other food.
This cosy tea house on the Pasta Island, between the River Lielupe and the River Driksa, is a great place to enjoy a variety of teas, coffee, delicious cakes, and pastries. This house offers also a small salty food menu.
Hostel is located in the city centre, a walking distance from the Pasta Island, Lielupe Promenade, and 300 m from the Vecpilsēta Street Quarter. The hostel offers rooms for four, six, and eight persons.
The hostel is open 24/7 and offers a check-in which is available 24/7. All rooms have internet available. The guests have access to lockable cabinets for storage of their belongings, a common-use kitchen and bathrooms, as well as a cable TV in the kitchen.
Restaurant "Chocolate&Pepper" offers its services to the inhabitants of Jelgava and guests for 11 years. In recent years, we have experienced great changes, becoming a modern place for all tastes and age groups.
Since 2013, the youth hostel offers modern rooms and utilities; a wheelchair lift is available.
The museum dedicated to Ādolfs Alunāns, a playwright born in Jelgava, is located in the house where he spent the last two years of his life (1910 to 1912). The producer and the author of the plays is known as the father of the Latvian theatre. The exhibition located in the house provides an insight into the creative heritage left by Ā. Alunāns and keeps evidence of the beginnings of the Latvian theatre. The museum's display and the family household objects create a special romance, maintaining aura of the outstanding personality. Here, you can get into the actor's skin and test your wit, solving riddles. The father of the Latvian theatre is buried in the former Jāņa Cemetery, which now is called Alunāns Park. In 1913, a monument with a bas-relief of Alunāns created by sculptor Burkhard Dzenis was opened there.
"Rabarbers Cafe" is a cosy place with relaxing atmosphere where you can spend your leisure time and enjoy a delicious meal. The offered food and drinks feature the note of the rhubarb according to the name, as well as traditional cuisine and drinks. "Rabarbers Cafe" offers various foods from high quality products. The weekday offer includes business lunch, but the standard menu is always available as well. Different thematic-seasonal offers are available from time to time.
We offer fast type - bistro - dining options: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We offer a diverse range of dining options. We accept orders for confectionery and culinary products. We lay tables for various events: banquets, coffee breaks, wedding feasts, anniversaries, as well as offer off-site banquets.
Wondering how to spend your free time in an active and interesting way? Challenge your friends, birthday guests, or fellow workers to an exciting bowling tournament! Come with children and grandparents or entertain your foreign guests without worrying about skills.
Place of active recreation for adults and children – a possibility to dive into the breath-taking whirlpool with 70 000 balls. There’s no better way how to get away from the routine, rest and forget yourself in a creative environment by whirlpooling in a 40 m2 large pool of balls by rousing a childish joy. Unusual place for photo shoots, collective entertainment, merging of school-mates and events.
The cafe offers delicious food in the centre of Jelgava with a view of the Duke Jekabs Square. At Central Cafe, an experienced chef also includes seasonal products on the menu.
Wi-Fi, children's corner is available. The premises are easily accessible to mothers with prams and people with disabilities.
If you reserve a table in advance, you can celebrate a holiday in the cafe, as well as pleasantly surprise your loved ones. This is a place to meet at. If you want to enjoy your meal at any other site in Jelgava, you can also order your meal to go.
Bridge connects the centre of Jelgava with Pasta Island. 152 metres long bridge is one of the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Latvia. Due to its technical solution, it is considered to be unique in the Baltic States, it is a three-dimensional swan neck bridge with 28 bracing wires held by two pylons.
The beautiful Classical-style building, which houses the main Jelgava museum, is known by its historical name Academia Petrina. It was built in 1775 on the initiative of Peter Biron, the last Duke of Courland and Semigallia, on the place of the former ducal city palace. The building once hosted the first higher education institution in the territory of Latvia. The Museum has found its home in the building since 1952. The museum exhibition tells about important developments in the history of Jelgava and the county from the ancient times until the present day. The greatest value of the museum inventory is the collection of paintings of the Latvian painter Ģederts Eliass (1887-1975). On September 23, 1987, in honour of the 100th anniversary of the painter, a monument to Ģ. Eliass, sculptor J. Zariņš and architect D. Driba, has been erected. The museum offers exhibitions, educational programs and tours for different age groups. Visitors can also visit viewing tower which is 25 meters high.
After the World War II, it was decided to build a central city square at the former Jelgava market area. The market was moved further, next to the bank of the Driksa River, a place outside the former medieval city borders, near the Uzvaras Park.
The pedestrian promenade at J. Čakste Boulevard has two levels – parallel to the street and along the river's edge. The sightseeing platforms are located on the upper level of the promenade, which forms a 3 m high waterfall.
Jelgava Palace is located on an island between the Driksa and the Lielupe Rivers and is the largest Baroque style palace in the Baltic States. It is the third castle built on this site. Initially, in 1265, a wooden castle was built there for the needs of the Livonian Order. It was named the castle of Mitowe, from which the ancient name of Jelgava – Mītava - was derived. In 1345, the wooden castle was burnt down and replaced by a stone castle, which later became the residence of the representatives of the dynasty of the Kettlers, the Dukes of Courland. After Duke Ernst Johann Biron came to power, the old medieval castle was blown up and in its place in 1738 a new palace designed by the Italian architect F. B. Rastrelli was built. The palace suffered fires on several occasions and in 1919 it was burnt by the retreating Bermont–Avaloff forces. After reconstruction in 1937, the building housed the Latvian Agricultural Chamber and the West-side opening was occupied by the newly built laboratory block of the emerging Latvian Agricultural Academy. The greatest damage to the building was caused during the Second World War, when at the end of July, 1944, the palace was destroyed. As a result, you can see the palace’s shape after the reconstruction in 1961. Today, the palace houses the main inhabitants – students of the Latvia University of Agriculture. There is a museum in the palace that reflects the history of the palace’s construction, and the exhibition of the Rundale Palace Museum, The Family Vault of the Dukes of Courland, which is the final resting place for the representatives of two Dukes’ dynasties.
The church was built in the neo-Gothic style, from 1904 until 1906, based on the design of the architect Kārlis E. Strandmanis and with using a wide range of decorative elements. Above the entrance to the church, there is the bas-relief "The Last Supper". The significant sacral building was seriously damaged in 1944, however, it was restored. The spire acquired its current appearance only in 1992. In 1996, the Pope of that time John Paul II granted cathedral status to the church.
In 1574, in accordance with the order of Gotthard Kettler, the Duke of Courland, the construction of Jelgava Holy Trinity Church was begun. It is regarded as the first newly built Lutheran church in Europe made of stone. Until the end of the Second World War, it was the largest and the most impressive church building in Zemgale with a pronounced Jelgava’s panoramic dominant – a 80 meters high Renaissance style tower. Unfortunately, the church was destroyed in 1944 and was no longer renewed, however, the Bell Tower retained its place. After major reconstruction, on November 16, 2010, Jelgava Holy Trinity Church Tower acquired a new face. At every turn, discoveries are waiting for anyone who goes through nine floors of the tower. Three history exhibitions with interactive elements are an excellent example of interaction between antiquity and modern times. From the tower’s sightseeing platform, you can watch panoramic views of Jelgava to every point of the compass, enjoy an exquisite meal at the restaurant, but on the 1st floor you may receive useful tourist information. The tower clock chimes tunes are so pleasing, but in the yard, in the warm season, everyone feels delighted by the sculpture-fountain "Trinity".
The Café “Tavs Mirklis” is a place where you can enjoy a cup of coffee, have a delicious meal or have a beautiful celebration. We offer lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee and tea. While you are here, you can play billiards, table hockey and other video games.
In 2014, the candy workshop began its journey as honest, responsible and friendly company to every customer and business partner. We are all united in our passion for candy making and turning the production process into a form of art. You can enjoy candy making show and taste the candies produced by our candy workshop. It is possible to take part and make your own special candy lollipop.
Everyday there is a large selection of cakes and eclairs, various pastries, buns, pastries and other delicacies, as well as a variety of drinks.
A variable choice of dishes for different tastes (chicken, beef, pork, fish dishes, omelets, various pancakes, dumplings and vegetarian dishes) is available. We serve banquets up to 50 people. A convenient parking place is available. You can have a tasty meal and spend time in a nice atmosphere. You can enjoy a live music on Friday's evenings.
Boat tours on the Lielupe and Driksa Rivers
Boats leave from the quay on the promenade of J. Čakstes Boulevard near Mītava Bridge; the boats seat 8-40 people.
“Mītava” (40 seats), +371 29511527, 22422997
“Moana” (15 seats), +371 29222963
“Carpe Diem” (7 seats), +371 26434520
"Dezija" (15 seats), +371 29222963
"Mika" (12 seats), +371 29269520
"Džerri" (12 seats), +371 29241304
Right in Jelgava, in 1868, one of the first railway junctions in Latvia was built, so the only Latvian Railway Museum branch outside Riga is located here. The exhibition about the history of the Jelgava railway junction is located in the museum and a variety of exhibits relating to the railway may be accessed there.
In the middle of Jelgava, at the far end of Pasta Island, a natural reserve "Lielupe Flood-land Meadows" is created. In order to prevent the flood-land meadows from overgrowing and raise the diversity of plant and bird species found there, in 2007, 16 wild horses of the breed Konik Polski were brought there, the number of which has reached over 50 wild horses now. As the horses are living in natural conditions, people are prohibited to feed them. The island is suitable for peaceful walks or riding a bicycle in the distance of 4 km.
The promenade has been built on the protection dyke for the right bank of the Lielupe River and has become a popular recreational place for the citizens of Jelgava. The city’s official beach, the children's playground and bike stands are located here. The statue “Sirdsputns” (Heart-bird) is erected at the end of the promenade.
Melno Cepurīšu Balerija is the alternative music club (bar) offering both live music concerts with alternative music groups from Latvia and abroad, as well as various performances of comedians, performances of improvisation theatre, thematic parties and other events. This is a special leisure location in Jelgava, inhabited by informal and free atmosphere. In Balerija you can enjoy the music, as well as taste delicious food, large portions for reasonable price.
Medem family city residence Villa Medem was built in 1818 based on a project of Adam Berlic and it was considered his greatest masterpiece in the whole dukedom. The interior of Villa Medem has not survived and currently the building is in the process of change to be reborn again. Villa Medem is available for group tours, with prior booking.
Restaurant and bistro bar in the heart of Jelgava – a place to meet and enjoy delicious food, warm hospitality, and a view on the park from the restaurant windows. The restaurant offers selected high-quality dishes representing a successful combination of French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines with the local cuisine.
A multifunctional place for recreational, cultural and social activities. On the island there are several children's playgrounds, during the winter months – a public skating rink, and during summer season visitors can take a dip on the Post Island’s beach. At the far end of the island there is an explorative environmental area, divided into several areas: rural ranch, forest, marsh, meadow and field, as well as a spectators' platform on three levels. In the centre of the island there is an open-air stage in the form of an amphitheatre. It’s a place for the largest city festivals, such as the Ice Sculpture and Sand Sculpture Festival.
Pica LuLū is the only pizzeria in Jelgava that is open 24/7 without days off. It offers 24/7 delivery guaranteed within 49 and 69 minutes. If pizzas are not delivered within the specified time limit, they will be given for free! Pica LuLū offers not only pizzas, but also several types of soups, salad and desserts.
Pizzeria offers wide variety of pizzas, pizza delivery. Max number of seats - 20. In summer 20 extra seats available in outdoor terrace.
The café "Pie mednieka" offers business lunch from 12:00 to 16:00, as well as table setting services for weddings, anniversaries and other celebrations.
In 2012, on the square behind the Jelgava House of Culture, a memorial sign was placed dedicated to Nora Bumbiere, the legendary Latvian singer, a citizen of Jelgava (1947 to 1994). In the sculpture, sculptor Kārlis Īle has united two songs of N. Bumbiere – “Song about the last leaf” and “Mute song”. In the darkness, the sculpture is illuminated - its base is red-lighted, creating associations with glowing charcoal.
Zemgale and Jelgava are known as the cradle of Latvia's pre-war Presidents. Jānis Čakste, the first President of the Republic of Latvia, was born in Jelgava, and he studied and worked there. The first monument devoted to him created by sculptor Kārlis Jansons was erected in 1931 near the building of Academia Petrina, however, in the post-war years it went to waste. In 2003, in the square of the Holy Trinity Church Tower, the newly created monument was unveiled, the author of which is sculptor Arta Dumpe.
The monument created by the sculptor Andrejs Jansons and unveiled in 1992 is located on the square in front of the Jelgava railway station. The author has restored the original sculpture created by his father Kārlis Jansons in 1932, which in the Soviet years was cleaved and buried. In 1988, the first fragment of the monument to Lāčplēsis was found, and it is currently located in the courtyard of Jelgava History and Art Museum named after Ģ. Eliass.
You can see different cars like ZAZ, VAZ, GAZ. VAZ 21 assembled in 1961 is the oldest car. VAZ 2103 assembled in 1980 is the newest car in collection. All the cars are in a perfect visual and mechanical condition. All the cars were given the status of historical vehicle.
Rainis Park is one of the greenest and most popular recreational areas in the centre of Jelgava. In the middle of the 19th century, a garden was located there, named a Pauls’ garden after the name of the garden owner of those times. In this place, Karl Pauli had a brewery with a public garden, a skittle-alley and a beverage pavilion. In this place, a park was opened in 1948, but in 1957 a bust of the Latvian poet Rainis, who for a few years worked as an advocate in Jelgava, created by sculptor Kārlis Zemdega, was erected there. In the 1960ies, a house was built for the needs of the pioneer organization, but nowadays it is the home of the Children and Youth Centre "Junda".
"Chili Pica" provides a wide variety of dushes to suit all tastes – various types of pizzas, salads and soups, Italian pasta, main courses, pancakes and dumplings, kebabs, desserts and cakes, as well as cocktails and healthy juices. "Chili Pica" offers breakfast menu as well. Order any dish from breakfast menu and "Chili Pica" will pay for a cup of tea or coffee for you.
"Pilsētas elpa" ir a restaurant that stands out with a wide range of grilled dishes, the best coffee in town, homemade cakes and a varied assortment of wine. "Pilsētas elpa" has a special atmosphere combining restaurant quality and the sense of freedom of a bar.
In hotel "Jelgava" there is opened new bar-restaurant with a musical title "Plate". there you can taste the delicious dishes offered by chef, watch the most current sports and music broadcasts. In the evening after work you can relax from daily rush in subdued atmosphere in "Plates" restaurant part which menu consist of delicious dishes for reasonable prices. All dishes in our kitchen are made with a special love and interest in the customer's wishes.
The history of the Family Vault of the Dukes dates back to 1582 and began in the previous castle of the dynasty of the Kettlers. Over the years, it was repeatedly devastated and looted. In 1970ies, inventory of the vault, putting in order and research of the burials, and the conservation and restoration of the damaged textiles were initiated. Currently, 21 metal sarcophagi and 9 wooden coffins are located here in which, from 1569 until 1791, 24 representatives of the Kettler dynasty and six representatives of the Biron dynasty were buried. In the exhibition space near the vault, restored costumes are exhibited and information is available about the persons buried in the vault. The vault is open to visitors from May until October.
The salt room in Jelgava is a relaxation room where the walls, ceiling and floor are completely covered by salt. The tiny salt particles emitted by the wall-mounted generator effectively cleanse the airways to the tiniest of bronchi. During the forty-minute session in the salt room you can relax - sleep, listen to background music, read, use free internet or build up salt castles with your kids. The motto of the company is “Inhale. Exhale. Feel good.”
Bistro "Silva" offers its customers breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. We have an extensive menu - starting with porridges and omelettes for breakfast and ending with various meat, fish, and vegetable dishes, pancakes, self-made dumplings, and desserts. Enjoy our freshly baked pastries, cakes and buns at our confectionary – café.
By Mītava Bridge there is a bronze sculpture - fountain made by KārlisĪle "Jelgava’s Student". The artist himself named the student JēkabsCeriņš - he is a third-year student born on 26th of July.
The church is considered to be one of the oldest buildings in Jelgava, which has remained after the war. Its construction is linked to 1573, when, in accordance with the order of the Duke Gotthard Kettler, the construction of churches was started throughout the Duchy of Courland and Semigallia. Originally, the church was built of wood, in 1621 a stone tower was built next to it, but the construction of the new stone church took place from 1638 until 1641. The church is one of the rare Manierist style monuments in Latvia and the first Lutheran Church in Latvia, which was restored after the Second World War. An important value of the church is the painting "Christ and the Samaritan Woman" (1910) by Janis Rozentāls. The pride of the church is the largest and best-functioning organ in Zemgale built in 1938.
The church was built from 1845 until 1847 and funded from the legacy left by Jelgava Mayor H. Kloks. Its Gothic-style spire was completed in 1882. In the church, you can view the altarpiece of Julius Döring. Until the middle of the 20th century, near the church, there were John’s Cemetery, Catholics’ Cemetery, Writers’ Cemetery and Old-Believers’ Cemetery which later were transformed into Alunāns Park and Stacijas Square.
Like Jelgava Palace, this church also associates with architect F. B. Rastrelli's name. In 1774, the small one-domed church designed by Rastrelli was seriously damaged by fire in 1883. At the same time, due the increase in the population of the Governorate of Courland, it became narrow for the needs of the congregation. In 1892, the construction works of the new five-domed church (architect N. Chagin) were completed, which partially retained the foundations of the old church and the altar wall. During the Second World War, the church was destroyed. In 1992, its reconstruction works were commenced, which lasted until 2003.
A small, cozy bakery where you can enjoy coffee from “Andrito Coffee Roastery”, tea, freshly squeezed juice together with a delicious cake or dessert. All pastries are made here, using natural raw ingredients and without adding any colorants. We offer several types of macaroons, marshmallows, savory burgers from homemade bread, various types of cupcakes, tarts, desserts, mug cakes, caramels, pastilles and other sweets. The daily assortment is constantly changing and being adapted to seasonal changes.
The exhibition is located in one of the State Fire and Rescue Service garages. Here you can view various exhibits of the work and daily life of Jelgava firefighters, starting from old diplomas up to the fire truck. Excursions should be booked in advance.
In 1818, the out of town-residence for the Counts Medem was built–the Classical style palace Villa Medem designed by the architect J. G. Berlitz. Around the palace, there was a garden, on the basis of which later the Victory Park was formed. On June 15, 1895, the procession of the IV Latvian Song and Music Festival began, in honour of which in 2008, a memorial stone "Song Wreath" (author – sculptor Ģirts Burvis) was set up in the park. Today, it is the venue of the city’s major festivals, outdoor concerts and performances.
The hotel "Jelgava" is located in the very centre of the city, next to the former residence of the Duke Peter Biron - Jelgava Palace. Trading and business centres, as well as favourite places of tourists are around the hotel.
Three star hotel, 34 facilitated rooms with shower, WC and TV.
- Bar, billiard;
- Outdoor tennis courts in summers;
- Ice ring.
The modern and multi-purpose sports complex was launched at the end of 2010. It is available for professional athletes and anyone who does sport to maintain their own physical health. The centre has a large area of 6 ha, on which various sports grounds, football and an athletics stadium, the European level BMX track, a multipurpose sports hall are built. Groups have the opportunity to book tours to the Olympic Center.