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Northern Latvia is not too similar to a traditional resort in the understanding of our compatriots. The difficult climate is not suitable for year-round beach holidays, so it is difficult to call even the most popular tourist city of Jurmala an excellent place to spend a summer holiday. However, many attractions are important in cultural and historical terms, so visitors come here throughout the year. Our experts have compiled a rating of the best sights of the city, enjoy reading.
Rating of the best tourist attractions in Jurmala
|The best architectural sights of Jurmala||1||Morberg holiday complex||5.0|
|2||Globe Of Jurmala||4.9|
|3||The sculpture of a turtle||4.8|
|4||Bagno Emilia Racine||4.7|
|6||The marine pavilion||4.5|
|Best natural attractions in Jurmala||1||The Beaches Of Jurmala||5.0|
|3||Dzintari forest Park||4.8|
|4||Kemeri national Park||4.7|
|5||The white dune||4.6|
|6||The Horn’s Garden||4.5|
|Best cultural attractions in Jurmala||1||A concert hall “Dzintari»||5.0|
|3||Open area ethnographic Museum of Jurmala||4.8|
|5||Jurmala city Museum||4.6|
|6||Jurmala water Park||4.5|
|8||Theater of light||4.3|
The best architectural sights of Jurmala
Morberg holiday complex
Among the architectural sights of Jurmala, one can single out the dacha complex, which belonged to the famous representative of the rich estate Kristap Morberg and his wife. This truly chic wooden structure was designed by the tycoon himself. It is a representative of the neo-Gothic style of architecture. Construction was completed in the 20th century, and construction work began in 1883.
A characteristic feature of the monastery can be called the presence of traditional defensive crenellated turrets, as well as colorful stained glass Windows and terraces, which makes the structure elegant. The dacha complex is very similar to castles from illustrations to children’s fairy tales. In addition, Kristap Morberg used several non-obvious solutions for the construction, which made it possible to achieve high energy distribution efficiency. After the death of the family, the house passed to the University of Latvia.
Globe Of Jurmala
Among all the famous engineering and architectural sights of Jurmala, the globe is one of the most interesting. It is located on the territory of Jomas street and is completely made of copper plates and attached to a steel support. The total weight of the metal structure is more than 1000 kilograms, and it was made in 1960. In 2003, it was restored, but only 12 years later it was accidentally damaged.
At the moment, it is in the same place, but in a significantly modernized state. For example, a rotation mechanism and a whole range of lighting elements have been added, which results in the rotation of the globe by analogy with the rotation of a real planet. This is a very popular place for photo shoots among tourists and a well-deserved attraction of Jurmala.
The sculpture of a turtle
Not far from the sea, very close to the pavilion and the embankment in 1995, a large sculpture of a land turtle was installed, which is the work of the famous Janis bard. The monument consists entirely of bronze. There are several versions of why the artist chose a turtle, which is not found in Latvia, as an idea for a new attraction.
It is believed that it was chosen as a symbol of longevity, and according to another version, in this way Janis Bard tried to show that life goes on as usual. However, whatever the occasion, this sculpture is one of the most popular in Jurmala, so tourists often come here to take photos. And according to local beliefs, if you RUB her head, then a person will add happiness.
Bagno Emilia Racine
At the beginning of the XX century, a wealthy woman Emilia Ratsenet invested a fairly significant amount of money in the construction of this institution. As a result, one of the most interesting and beautiful sights of Jurmala appeared. In 1916, the bathhouse was opened, and visitors could regularly take baths with coniferous branches and hot water. Essential oils were used as a Supplement. At the time of construction, it was one of the most beautiful sights of Jurmala.
Unfortunately, after a long period of downtime and major repairs in 1982, the exterior was almost completely lost. Later it was restored, however, in comparison with what it was at the time of construction, it was not possible to restore its former appearance. At the moment, the bathhouse is a private house and you will not be able to go inside. There are a number of cafes and restaurants nearby that you can visit after walking past a famous landmark.
The history of the architectural landmark of Wacker dates back to the XX century. However, even before the construction of the residence began, the courtyard of the famous Baker Steger was located on this territory, as well as Korovin’s store. Later, the farmstead was occupied by a small market, and a few years later it was acquired by the trade magnate Leopold Wacker. As a result, a number of establishments appeared on the estate.
In the 1930s, this space was occupied by a large hotel, Bank and restaurant. Already in the days of the Soviet Union, a fish shop was located here. The walls were always decorated with paintings by Latvian artists, as well as a number of interesting decorative elements. And the main feature is a large fish pool covered with mosaics. Unfortunately, the interior was completely lost. And you can only admire the house from the outside.
The marine pavilion
The structure of the Jurmala marine pavilion is also considered an important architectural attraction. The institution was built in 1909, and construction began according to historical documents at the turn of the century. For the most part, it resembles a miniature Palace. In terms of architectural style, this is a vivid example of the historical structure of local lands. And the interior is an example of art Nouveau style.
The pavilion itself is particularly interesting, as it is partly built in the romantic style. The building is designed for visiting wealthy locals and guests. His frequent guest during the great Patriotic war was the ruler of Sweden Gustav V, who led an extremely controversial policy. And after the Second world war, it was significantly reconstructed.
Best natural attractions in Jurmala
The Beaches Of Jurmala
The main attraction, for which the city is visited in the summer, are the beaches of Jurmala. They are somewhat cooler than their traditional counterparts in the Mediterranean or the Indian ocean, but for those who do not want to bake in the sun, they are a great place to relax. In the local Baltic Bay, the water temperature rarely exceeds 22 degrees.
It is advisable to swim here only 2 months a year, since the water becomes very cold in autumn. And the length of the beach area itself is significant, about 32 kilometers. Among the most famous are the beaches of Bulduri and Dzintari. Some of them have an international award for comfort and cleanliness. Therefore, it is worth visiting these places in the summer.
The second position in the top natural attractions of Jurmala is occupied by Rakagapa Park, which is located on the coast of the Lielupe river. Usually it is not crowded here, so you can spend a lot of time away from the hustle and bustle of megacities. For example, it is easy to find a significant number of relict trees that are more than 300 years old.
Among a number of attractions, you can find large and wide dunes of Latvia. A similar pattern is usually found near the coast. In addition to the pine forest, several endangered animal species can be found in the Park. And to observe them, it is suggested to walk along a special series of trails. Since the forest itself is located in the dunes, they are equipped with everything you need for convenience.
Dzintari forest Park
The third position in the rating of natural attractions of Jurmala is occupied by the evergreen forest Park “Dzantari”, which is one of the most beautiful places in the whole country. Here you can spend a lot of time with your children or friends. And the main highlight is the presence of a pine grove, the age of which exceeds 200 years. To make it more convenient for visitors to move around, wide paths are laid out on the territory.
The forest Park itself is a quiet place, away from the city bustle of Jurmala. There is almost no infrastructure, and you can endlessly enjoy the sounds of the Northern forest. There is only a small cafe that offers simple and delicious dishes. And for couples with children, it will be interesting that several playgrounds have been prepared for active recreation. There are swings, trampolines and rope mazes.
Kemeri national Park
One of the main attractions not only in Jurmala, but also in the whole of Latvia is Kemer Park. This is a real nature reserve, covered with forests, in which there is a swampy area. The flora and fauna are well developed here, and especially a lot of birds live in this area, which are almost used to people watching them. So you can take a lot of interesting photos.
The entire territory is divided into several locations, among which there is one that is inaccessible to tourists. It is home to endangered species. On the territory of the Park there are beautiful beaches and dunes, and among the interesting things you can highlight the presence of non-standard springs of mineral origin. To make it more convenient to move around, there are a number of paths and bridges.
The white dune
In the Baltic States, there are a significant number of dunes that are formed during the movement of water masses. However, the landmark located on the Lielupe river near Jurmala is one of the oldest and dates back to 1757. For tourists, it is primarily interesting because from its top you can explore the picturesque landscapes of the surrounding lands. Nearby is a Park Ragagep already mentioned in the ranking of the attractions of Jurmala.
The Lielupe river itself, which is one of the largest waterways in Latvia, has repeatedly changed its course due to the appearance of ice jams – natural dams. As a result, a white dune was formed. Its height reaches 17 meters. And the large and hardened sand is very similar to the traditional stone used to build buildings in Arab countries. It is constantly being destroyed, so in a few years you may not have a chance to get acquainted with it.
The Horn’s Garden
This Park area was named after a famous local resident who owned this area at the turn of the XIX and XX centuries. Previously, the city cemetery was located here, and although this may seem a little strange to a Russian person, due to the small territory of Jurmala, it was decided to create a recreational zone out of it. By the end of the 19th century, a number of important cultural sites appeared here, including restaurants and playgrounds.
And in 1905, for the first time, a festival was held, where the future Latvian national anthem was performed. But already in 1913, the garden finally burned out, and it was possible to restore it only after the First world war. Inside, you can find an important variety platform, and during the great Patriotic war, landscaping works were frozen here. Residents of Jurmala decided, however, to continue to take care of the garden. As a result, it is perfectly preserved.
Best cultural attractions in Jurmala
A concert hall “Dzintari»
The main venue for concerts and festivals “Dzintari” took the first position in this section of the rating of Jurmala attractions. In addition, it is very popular among both local celebrities and visiting stars. In this place, festivals were held back in the XIX century. However, the structure itself appeared in 1962. Later it was reconstructed several times.
The history of the attraction begins in the 1870s, when a small theater stage appeared in Edinburgh (the name of the area after the wedding of Maria Romanova and Duke albert of Scotland), which was named the Kurhaus concert garden. At this time, the repertoire mainly included dance music, circus acts, and even variety shows. This is one of the most important attractions in the region.
One of the main attractions of Jurmala is Yumas street. It is often associated with the city, and the name is derived from the sand waves. Previously, this street could be known to Russian-speaking tourists under the name Pushkin Avenue. This landmark dates back to the end of the XIX century, which makes it one of the oldest on the embankment of the line.
At the moment, this is a very lively place, where there are a number of souvenir shops, as well as markets and pharmacies. Due to a number of fires and wars in this region, its architectural appearance has changed more than once, as a result of which new interesting institutions and structures have appeared. At the moment, the street partially faces the railway station, and on the other − on the “globe”. You can only use it on foot.
Open area ethnographic Museum of Jurmala
Previously, a traditional fishing village was located on this territory, where they prepared seafood dishes. There lived the ordinary peasants, hunted by the people’s Affairs. That is why it was decided to create an ethnographic complex. It was founded in 1970, bringing various instruments from all parts of the Baltic country. As a result, the Museum in Jurmala has become very popular.
Various educational excursions are constantly held here, where they show dwellings and tools of labor. For example, they can show you exactly how Latvian fishermen spun a net or tied knots, and also offer you to try fresh smoked fish or listen to national songs and poems. And all the buildings in the Jurmala Museum are fully functional.
Aspasia is one of the most famous artists in the country. She was the wife of the philanthropist Jan Rainis, and after his death moved from Riga to the region near Jurmala. In 1933, she bought a small mansion in the town of dubulty. This pleasant, blue building stands out from afar for its decor, especially its wood carvings. While the poetess was alive, visitors often came here, after her death, the house was taken over by the municipality of the town.
In 1990, with the help of a group of enthusiasts, the building was renovated using photo cards and certificates. The attraction clearly stands out among the surrounding buildings, and inside there are traditional items of clothing and everyday life that belong to this time. In the room itself, a truly warm atmosphere of Aspasia life is created. This attraction is perfect for those who are interested in the culture of Latvia.
Jurmala city Museum
This tourist attraction was founded in 1962 and since then has provided tourists with a lot of information about historical milestones in the development of the resort of Jurmala, since the XIX century. The expositions contain more than 50,000 artifacts, each of which tells about the long life of this place. Among them, the most interesting ones will be those that are raised from the bottom of the Baltic sea.
There is even a separate hall where ships and submarines are presented. Another interesting exhibition is dedicated to the resorts of the Riga and Jurmala districts. For example, there are historical Chronicles about the development of sanatoriums and medicine, as well as the influence of various factors on a person. Additionally, there is a resource dedicated to the climatic features of the coast. On the territory of the exhibition, you can get acquainted with the health resorts of Kemeri and many others.
Jurmala water Park
Livu is an important tourist attraction in Jurmala, which was opened in 2003 and is one of the largest water parks in North-Eastern Europe. It took more than 16 million euros to build, and every year tourists and locals come here to relax. The Central part of the Park is occupied by a three-story building and a large tower. The developers of the project have tried very hard to place real tropics on the shore of Lielupe. For example, there are a number of slides and fountains.
In 2021, the Park was updated, and a large-angle descent appeared among the new attractions. The water Park is divided into several thematic zones, among which you can even find those designed for fans of extreme sports. It is especially interesting to come here for birthdays or other holidays, when a special program is offered at discounts. There is a well-developed infrastructure around.
One of the most important cultural attractions of Jurmala is the Turaida rose statue. According to local beliefs, Maya chose death, not dishonor, so as not to cheat on her lover. To do this, she tricked the seducer into stabbing her with a sword, using a fairy tale about a magic handkerchief that grants invulnerability.
However, the grave of the Turaida Rose is located at a great distance from Jurmala, in the city of Sigulda. It is located near an old Linden tree, and newlyweds from Latvia often come to the grave of the girl to lay flowers. A number of documents have been preserved that confirm the legend. And in Jurmala itself there is an interesting sculpture of a girl, but her image, however, is very modern.
Theater of light
The last position in the rating of cultural attractions of Jurmala is occupied by the gallery-theater, located in a small two-story mansion. Most of the paintings are drawn by Vitaly Ermolaev, who is well-known outside the city. The name of this attraction in English sounds like inner light. The painter secured the use of this method of drawing.
However, the method with wax paint was used in Ancient Egypt, when various temples and other attractions were painted. Vitaly Ermolaev significantly expanded this technique, which made it possible to make all the paintings unique, especially under one or another light. The collection is constantly updated, so our experts recommend visiting this attraction.
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