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Bauska Castle, Bauska

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Bauska Castle is a complex consisting of the ruins of an earlier castle and a later palace on the outskirts of the Latvian city of Bauska.HistoryThe castle, the remains of which were recently restored, stands on the narrow peninsula at the confluence of the rivers Mūša and Mēmele where they form the Lielupe river. In ancient times, the hill was the site of an ancient Semigallian fortress. The first stone buildings were established between 1443 and 1456 by the Livonian branch of the Teutonic Knights and construction continued till the end of the 16th century. The old section of the castle featured a great watch tower, 3.5 meter thick walls, a prison under the tower, a garrison and a drawbridge at the gates.Construction started under the rule of the Master of the Livonian Order, Heidenreich Vinke von Overberg (1439 – 1450). The castle was intended to strengthen the Order's power over Semigallia, to protect the border with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and to control the trade route from Lithuania to Riga. The castle was both the military stronghold and the administrative centre of the area.After the collapse of the Livonian Order in 1562, Bauska Castle became one of the residences of the Dukes of Courland, for whom a new adjacent wing was built in the 17th century. In 1568, 1590 and 1601 the Landtags of Duchy of Courland and Semigallia were held here.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Bauska Castle stands in a picturesque place on the Hill at the confluence of the rivers Mēmele and Mūsa flowing mountain. After their merger formed the river Lielupe. Around the castle there is a beautiful park with a Boardwalk.
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  • August 13, 2017
    "Bauska Castle Museum" a great place to relax with the family. Family ticket is worth €8, and for the money you'll see a lot of interesting things. Ruins, exhibitions, the Duchy of Courland outfits military relics, etc. Staff, in which case, always ready to help, thanks. Family delighted
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  • August 7, 2017
    We didn't have a lot of time, therefore we only bought outside walk and tower tickets (1.5 eur/0.7 eur for students) - we spent around 30 mins. Beautiful example of a castle on top of the hill surroun...  more »
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  • September 17, 2016
    Outstanding beauty!!! It is amazing how such structure is in wonderful and beautiful condition. Everyone should visit this place. Esy to find, not expensive and very very lovely gardens!!
  • July 7, 2017
    Beautiful place great for the kids to enjoy
  • November 22, 2016
    Beautiful place. Few times there was bikers meetings.
  • November 21, 2016
    Beautiful place. Recommend to visit
  • April 27, 2017
    Historic point

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