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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 impressive castle, the remains of which were recently restored, stands on the narrow peninsula at the confluence of the rivers Mūsa 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). Castle was intended to strengthen Order's power over Semigallia, to protect the border with Grand Duchy of Lithuania and to control the trade route from Lithuania to Riga. The castle was both military stronghold and the administrative center 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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  • The restored Castle is not great. Within the Castle particularly nowhere to walk. Tickets are not expensive. Behind the castle there is a nice Park, and near the castle of beautiful walk.
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  • the castle was completely rebuilt, staff quite unfriendly, unreasonable price. and we fans even became part of the path with the flaps at the foot as if we walked out of some kind of wonder of the floor. Lovely view on headdresses, some nice exhibit, decent view, but not to be missed from the tower.
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  • Beautiful spot right on the river makes for some great photos and a perfect stopping off place on way to Rundale Palace as a day trip from Riga  more »
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  • 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!!
  • Beautiful place. Few times there was bikers meetings.
  • Beautiful place. Recommend to visit
  • A great ruin. At the time we were there they were preforming construction, but even so it was a very nice experience. It looked as if there also were games for the kids, but we were all alone there. I was able to hackle my way into buying some old coins they found under the reconstruction. If you are at rundales, it's very close and worth the stop
  • The location alone is worth a visit