Drive for about an hour south from Riga to visit the summer residence of the Duke of Curland, Ernst Johann Biron, the wonderful Baroque Rundale Palace, both built by the famous Italian architect F.B. Rastrelli, the author of the Winter Palace in St.Petersburg. Visit the museum and the adjacent beautiful French park.
Rundale Palace ensemble is the most vibrant monument of Baroque and Rococo architecture and art in Latvia. The palace was built from 1736 till 1768. Most of the interior decorations were created by the sculptor J.M.Graff and artists F.Martini and C.Zucchi.
Three staterooms are in the eastern wing of the palace – the Gold Hall, White Hall, and Grand Gallery are major inside attractions. The central building is occupied by the Duke’s former living quarters – parade salons, private apartments.
The fully restored Duchess’ apartments and rooms are situated in the western wing of the palace. The exhibitions hold decorative and fine arts revealing the culture and history of the place.
Rundale Palace hosts an Early Music Festival and concerts of classical music. Visitors are welcome to see the French Regular Park with a rose garden, the Green Theatre, ornamental parterre, and a fountain. In summers the park hosts Garden parties.