Courland

Skrunda Manor and Hotel

Skrunda Manor is an attractive final destination in the culturally historical region of Kurzeme (Courland) in Latvia. What's use to been a manor house now is turned into a boutique hotel in Western Latvia. I know for sure they have restaurant on site and after midnight you can get a take away coffee at reception (well, don't forget about tips to the receptionist). I visited this place at the start of June 2015, since I was a little bit in rush, I didn't photographed lovely interior they have...

Brethren Cemetery ensemble in Nīkrāce (Latvia)

It was hard for me to decide should I put this place as a tourist attraction or as a military heritage, I opted for the second one. You see, things related to WW2, especially like Brethren Cemeteries is hard to call tourist attractions, right? So, here is another one interesting place in Latvia, region of Courland you should visit some day - a memorial dedicated to fatalities of WW2. Some locals call this place just as a Mother (Latvian: Māmuļa) because of the sculpture in the middle of this...

Lēnas Holy Trinity Roman Catholic church (Latvia)

Lēnu church (Latvian: Lēnu baznīca) is located in Latvia, historical region of Courland in Skrunda municipality. I first discovered this place either in 2013, or 2014, and in fact I was surprised to learn than in Western Latvia (Courland) there are actually Catholic churches (turns out - there are, and a lot) Lenu church At time (On June 6, 2015)  I visited this church a festival called Night of Churches happened, which basically means that this festival promotes awareness of...

Cirava Evangelic Lutheran Church

Cirava Evangelic Lutheran Church is located in historical region of Courland in Latvia. Cirava church is closely located to Cirava manor complex, those of you traveling to Latvia and especially to Courland, it's woth to pay a visit to Cirava as well. Cirava Church​ This massive church has been built in 1780-1781, and had been rebuilt in 1876 and 1888. The church is known for its exquisite Rococo altar, pulpit and organ. Read more (In Latvian) Architectural monument Cirava...

Abandoned Manor Complex in Cirava (Latvia)

Now this was a quite interesting experience discovering a small village in western Latvia (region of Courland) - Cirava. I was so fascinated about this place that I decided to make two separate articles - one for the manor complex and second for the church. Today I will write about manor complex which actually seemed abandoned for me, but as it turns out it's actually sold to some Italian investor for about EUR 700 000 back in 2014. So seems this is a money you should have in your...

Guest House "Garīkas" in Latvia

Although this post should probably go into hotel review category, taking into consideration that I haven't stayed here overnight I'm listing this place under tourist attractions. And here are few reasons that made me think that Guest house Garīkas is worth not only of (perhaps) a lovely stay but as well for some good landscape photography. At first - Garīkas are famous shitake mushroom growers in Latvia, secondly they feature a lovely watch tower here and third... they have a cobbled...

Bandžēni Farm

Now, some of you already of you know my love of different agricultural farming things, like once I visited a dairy farm in Georgia, then I visited a fish farm (again in Georgia), this time I visited an agricultural company in Latvia - meet Bandžēni farm. Bandžēni farm in Courland Greenhouse for seedlings Greenhouse for tomatoes Seedlings Gazebo at farm Now, that's for sure - a decent farm must have a decent gazebo Gazebo at farm ..built on artificial island and connected to...

Dairy Manor Berghof

Dairy Manor (Piena Muiža in Latvian) Berghof is located in the remote Latvian village of Sieksāte some 160 km from capital Riga. This manor complex serves a hotel, retaurant, museum and a lovely park. Bicycle parking at BerghofSome (perhaps you) can rent a bicycle here and enjoy a lovely ride around this manor complexCamper parking at BerghofDairy Manor Offers 17 well-equipped campers and daravan pitches and facility house, thus enabling travellers to spend holidays as close as possible to...

Livonian Order Castle Ruins at Aizpute

I have always been into a digging stuff and walking around old ancient sites is just one of my favorite activities to do. Also I'm into a history. So it's no surprise I visited a site called Livonian Order Castle Ruins at Aizpute. If you are not familiar with what a Livonian Order actually is - in short: The Livonian Order was an autonomous branch of the Teutonic Order and a member of the Livonian Confederation from 1435 to 1561. If you are up to for a longer version, please read this...

Aizpute Saint John’s church

The Saint John evangelic Lutheran church in Aizpute is one of the oldest churches in Courland, historical region of Latvia.  On a rainy day I took my DSLR camera and headed to Aizpute Church mound to photograph this ancient site. Latter I was surprised to learn that on this place, prior a church were built was an ancient Curonian castle. Church mound in Aizpute This church is built on a mound, you can see a view from this mound in above image River Tebra near Aizpute church And...

Kazdanga Manor

Kazdanga manor is located in Courland historical region of  Latvia. As I have already stated back when visited Snēpele manor -  Latvia is a land of old manor houses and palaces, they dates back from the times when German nobles ruled this territory. A lot of manors one (perhaps you) can find in a historical region of Courland. As usual I took my camera and headed here to photograph this manor.Old tree alley and cobbleKazdanga Tourism information board ...

Snēpele Manor

Latvia is a land of old manor houses and palaces, they dates back from the times when German nobles ruled this territory. A lot of manors one (perhaps you) can find in a historical region of Courland. I found this interesting Snēpele manor during a trip back from Kuldīga town. Since I'm eager to improve my photography skills, I did find just another reason to add a new post on my blog. Snepele manor I made a lot of shots of this manor by hand (not using a tripod) and just this one...

Bakuzi cemetery

Bakuzi cemetery (Latvian: Bākūžu kapsēta) is located in region of Courland (Latvia) in parish of Rudbarzi, Skrunda Municipality. The history of this cemetery dates back to at least to mid 18th century (I found old grave cross with dates of 176o-ties). I believe back in those dates some German nobles were buried here. In history of Courland and Latvia German nobles plays a major role.  The cemetery is really small - I doubt there are more than 100 burials on this cemetery....

Laidi Manor

Laidi manor or palace (Laidu muiža - pils in Latvian) is one of the most interesting sights in Laidi parish, Kuldīga municipality, in the historical region of Courland (Kurzeme), Western Latvia, Built in the early 19th century, it has housed the Laidi primary school since 1921. Park at Laidi manor The origins of the manor dates back to the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries. The complex of the manor has formed around the administrator’s house, which is the oldest one in the manor. From...