Jurmala is the main resort of Latvia. The city grew out of a fishing village and has become popular with tourists in recent decades. Now its development is faster than ever. The climate of the Baltic coast is specific, so it is difficult to call Jurmala a beach resort in the usual sense. However, tourists come here not only for 2 hot months, but also during the rest of the year. The area is characterized by calm, and visitors appreciate it.
The combination of dunes of the coastal zone and forests deep into the mainland made the local nature unusually colorful. Pedestrian streets, including Jomas, stretch from sandy beaches. There are not many old buildings in the city, but the existing ones are carefully monitored. Modern objects also appear, for example, a tower in the Dzintari park, one of the most unusual observation platforms in the world.
What to see and where to go in Jurmala?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a brief description.
1. The beaches of Jurmala
The city is located on the Baltic Sea. The water here does not warm up even during the season more than + 20- + 22 ° C. However, the beaches of Jurmala are full of tourists. Swimming comfortably for about two months a year. The beaches stretched for 32 km. They are covered with fine light sand. The most popular - Dzintari, Majori, Dubulti and Bulduri are named after the districts. Most have the Blue Flag Award for cleanliness and comfort.
2. Dzintari Concert Hall
The most popular concert venue in the city and one of the most popular in the country. At this place, events have been held since the century before last. But a full-fledged building was not there for a long time. The construction of the large hall was in 1962. In 2006, reconstruction took place. The scene became five-level, which expanded the possibilities of its use. At the same time, more than 2000 spectators can be in the Dzintari.
3. Jomas Street
A visiting card and the first association with tourists in Jurmala. Its name translates as "sand waves." Not long in 1999, it was named after Pushkin. The street was founded in the XIX century and is a pedestrian. The final points are Maiori station and the Jurmala globe. Jomas is the venue for concerts and festivals. Here you can not only take a walk, but also sit in one of the many cafes.
4. Forest Park "Dzintari"
Located in the city center. Pa territory has something to do for outdoor enthusiasts and those who prefer leisurely walks. For the first, a skate park, sports areas were created, and in winter - ski slopes. The second is to walk along a pine grove or in warm weather to relax among rare plants. The park has a unique observation deck all year round - a tower with 12 balconies.
5. Observation tower from the architectural bureau ARHIS
The main attraction of "Dzintaru Mezaparks". Traditionally, it is included in the lists of the most unusual and interesting observation platforms in the world. The height is about 38 meters. The structure is built of metal and wood. The tower looks light because of its "porous" structure. Consists of stairs and 12 balconies. Highlights in the evening. From each of them opens a beautiful view of the surroundings.
6. Jurmala city museum
The composition of the exhibitions is similar to the museum of local lore. However, the emphasis is on the tourist features of Jurmala. The exposition tells about the development of the city from the beginning of the century before last to the present day. Among the interesting sections, a collection of bathing suits, finds, raised from the seabed, and postcards stands out. Guides also talk about merchant and warships that plowed the Baltic Sea in the past.
7. Inner Light Art Studio
An unusual art gallery is located in the house of the artist Vitaly Ermolaev. Some time ago, the master patented a composition of colors. Using his own method, he creates pictures in the style of light painting. Under certain lighting conditions, the canvases become voluminous and it seems as if additional details are emerging from under the upper layer. This completely changes the look of the picture.
8. House of Aspasia
The name is derived from the pseudonym of the former mistress of the house. Elsa Pliekshan was a poet and playwright. She and her husband lived here until her death in 1943. The building gradually fell into disrepair, until it was restored in the 90s. Renovated not only the blue and white facade, but also restored the interior. Under the roof of the house of Aspazia, a museum was organized - a branch of the local art museum.
9. Cottage complex Kristapa and Augusta Morberg
An unusual Gothic style castle appeared in the city in the first half of the 19th century. It was built of wood and covered with iron. On the territory of the cottage complex is a botanical garden. The collection has rare and exotic plants. The former owners bequeathed property to the University of Latvia. Now the object is available for excursions, and is also rented out for events, including weddings.
10. Former E. Racene Bath
The construction of the bathing establishment was completed in 1916. Throughout the year, the bathhouse has welcomed customers, offering a large selection of baths with herbs and extracts. After the war, the building was given to the clinic. In the 80s, they underwent a major reconstruction and significantly changed the external design. Later they tried to return the initial design in order to preserve the historical value of the building. Tourists do not have access inside.
11. Dubultian Lutheran Church
It was built from 1907 to 1909. The construction belongs to typical representatives of the Riga art nouveau style. There are also some details of romanticism. In addition to believers who regularly come to services, the church is interesting for tourists. Three reasons - the architecture as a whole, towering above the district tower and concerts of organ music. The church also has two choirs. Their performances are scheduled for several months in advance.
12. Statue of Lacplesis
Established in 1954 ode. Dedicated to the hero of Latvian folklore. Lachplesis is called a dragon fighter and is credited with all sorts of feats. His name translates as "tearing the bear." According to legend, the people of Jurmala wanted to give a sculpture to the twin city. And the picture was originally a completely different character. For unknown reasons, the present was not accepted, and the authors of the project redid the statue, giving it a new meaning.
13. The globe of Jurmala
Appeared on Jomas Street in the early 70s of the last century. An unusual monument serves as a meeting place. In 2015, it was seriously damaged during street construction work. The globe had to be dismantled. In the process of recovery, difficulties arose: it was made by a method that is no longer used. For this reason, changes were made to the design. Already in 2016 he returned to his usual place.
14. The sculpture "Turtle"
Installed in the Majori area at the entrance to the sandy beach in 1995. The size of the turtle is impressive. It is completely cast in bronze according to the project of the artist and sculptor Janis Barda. Tourists and locals love to be photographed next to the monument. He is durable and not afraid of constant public attacks. Different meanings are attributed to the sculpture. Some associate it with the unhurried flow of life in Jurmala.
15. Jurmala open air museum
We have been working on the implementation of this project since the 70s of the last century. In the open air a real fishing village was created in memory of the past of Jurmala. Tourists can enjoy workshops on knitting marine knots and repairing nets. The tasting of fish, which is prepared right here in small smokehouses, is also traditional. All objects are genuine and brought from different areas of the country. Admission is free on Tuesdays.
16. Water park Livu
The largest water park in northern Europe. The interior design of the three-story building is decorated in the Caribbean style. The territory is divided into zones: "Paradise Beach", "Land of Captain Kid", "Rainforest", "Shark Attack Zone". There is an entertainment facility all year round. Guests are offered about 40 attractions. Some have age restrictions. There are additional services, such as visiting the cafe.
17. The White Dune in Lielupe
An unusual natural monument is located near the Priedaine station. Features of the dune - its absolutely white color and perpendicular arrangement in relation to the coastal line. According to researchers, its education took 150-200 years. The cause of the dune is the breakthrough of the Lielupe River in 1757. The channel was restored, but there remained an elevated sandy strip with a length of about 800 meters.
18. End of the world in Lielupe
Natural landmark in the vicinity of Jurmala. This is a coastal area near the bay, which can be reached through the dunes. It is believed that the water here is warmer. In addition, the depth is gaining momentum immediately, which significantly distinguishes the "End of the World" from other places for swimming. There is no organized crossing to the other side. Although enthusiasts find unusual ways. Nearby is a nudist beach.
19. Ragakapa Natural Park
The territory of the park is covered with dunes and a pine forest. Sandy hills stretch for about a kilometer. And the age of some trees reaches 300 years. For the convenience of tourists, several hiking trails have been created. They have distinctive features, but on each there are observation platforms. The most popular trails: “Natural”, “Pine”, “Vegetable”, “Insect Trail”.
20. Kemeri National Park
Created in 1997. The area is more than 38 thousand hectares, of which approximately 2 thousand fall on the Gulf of Riga. The territory is divided into 3 sections. People live in the buffer zone, and the other two are guarded and specially guarded. According to legend, the name of the area received on behalf of the forester. He lived in the 16th century and maintained a guest house. The park has a wide species diversity of flora and fauna, there are mineral springs and walking trails.
Dzintari Forest Park
Located in the city center, near the sea and the concert hall of the same name.
In a unique way, 200-year-old pines and modern architectural solutions are combined here.
For the convenience of visitors, wooden paths have been laid connecting the infrastructure.
On the territory are:
- 3 playgrounds. Labyrinths, swings, trampolines, slides will not leave indifferent young visitors. Especially worth noting is the rope complex, which includes 5 runs of different difficulty levels.
- observation tower 33.5 meters high. At different levels, there are recreational areas where you can relax and enjoy the views. The design of the tower is unique, with the wind it begins to sway. However, it is a modern and completely safe building. Climbing to the very top opens a view of the sea, and in good weather - and Riga.
- skate park
- track for roller skating.
By buses No. 4 and No. 7, stop Dzintari.
House Museum of Aspazia
In the mansion since 1933. there lived the Latvian poetess Aspazija, who made the house a meeting place for writers, artists and poets.
Many years after the death of Aspazia, the building was reconstructed, furniture and clothes of that time were collected. In 1996, the opening of the museum.
Calm music, paintings and sculptures create a special atmosphere here.
The “highlight” of the museum are the holograms of the former mistress and cats, which are difficult to distinguish from real ones. Children will especially enjoy the interactive table with a “magic” tablecloth offering 5 types of games.
By buses No. 3, 4, 5 and 7 to the stop "Dubulti".
Admission is free, for groups of over 15 people guided tours worth 2.8 euros are offered.
A rather young, but already beloved by many, monument. In 1995, a giant bronze turtle was created by the famous sculptor Janis Barda. Why this particular animal has become a symbol of Jurmala is still debated.
According to one version, the turtle is a type of wisdom and longevity. On the other - displays the slow temperament of the Baltic states.
Taking pictures on the background of a bronze animal is a favorite tradition of residents and visitors of the city. Children with special pleasure climb on the neck and back of the turtle.
From Maiori Station, head to the sea along Atra Street. The sculpture is in front of the Baltic Beach Hotel.
Interesting places of Jurmala
The site contains the sights of Jurmala - photos, descriptions and travel tips. The list is based on popular guides and is presented by type, name and rating. Here you will find answers to questions: what to see in Jurmala, where to go and where are the popular and interesting places of Jurmala.
Jurmala is the largest city in the Baltic. It is located on the shores of the Gulf of Riga, occupying almost 30 kilometers of the coast. Jurmala consists of 15 nearby villages, the most famous of which are Majori, Dubulti and Bulduri. Jurmala has a unique resort location, which includes several zones - the sea coast for beach vacations, a forest zone for hiking and cycling, as well as the historical part of the city with the main cultural sites and attractions.
The wide Jurmala beaches differ only in the color of quartz sand - in some places it is golden, in some places it is completely white. The mild climate and special environmental conditions are very popular among tourists who want to combine a beach holiday with a wellness holiday. The best sanatoriums in the area are Jaunkameri and Kemeri, which use mineral water and therapeutic mud. Saturated with iodine and coniferous esters, sea air has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system.
Jurmala has many attractions and interesting places, the visit of which diversifies the rest. This is the Kemerovo National Natural Park, which collected almost all the flora of the region, Ragakapa Park, the Lielupe district in which there are water parks Aqualandia and Nemo.
Jelgava is a small city in Latvia located on the Lielupe River. In the past, it was the capital of the Courland state and many historical monuments of the 16-18th century are still preserved in it. At the same time, the Russian Empire had a strong influence on the development of the city. When Courland was annexed to Russia, the Mitava Castle was built in the city - the residence of the governor and Academia Petrina - the first higher educational institution in Latvia. The academy, designed by the Danish architect Severin Jensen, housed the observatory, which today houses the city museum.
Among the main attractions worth noting is the recently restored Holy Trinity Tower. on its nine floors there is an elite French restaurant, several expositions of the museum of local lore, and at the very top there is a glass observation deck with the best view of the city.
Jelgava has many museums. Among the most popular tourist spots, it is worth mentioning the Jelgava Museum of History and Art named after G. Elias, the museum located in the Jelgava Palace and the Adolf Alunan Memorial Museum. Of the ancient churches of the 17-18th century, the Lutheran Church of St. Anne, the Orthodox Cathedral of Saints Simeon and Anna and the Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary have been preserved.
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Dzintari is the most expensive and luxurious area of Jurmala. The name translated from Latvian means "Yantari." At the beginning of the 18th century, it was a favorite vacation spot for Russian aristocrats. They bought plots and small family houses here, which became the first suburban pitchfork on the coast. Some of these classic-style houses with details of the architecture of national romanticism have been preserved on Dzintaru Avenue.
After the construction of the Dzintari Concert Hall, this area became even more popular.during music and humorous festivals, tourists and celebrities flood the city, often renting villas and private mansions in the Dzintari area. After the Second World War, sanatoriums and rest houses, which are still considered the most prestigious in Latvia, begin to be built on the coast.
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Lielupe is the Jurmala region located in the bend between the Gulf of Riga and the place where the Lielupe river flows into it. This is one of the first areas in which country development began. In the XX century, it was called Bully by the name of the largest estate located here. For 15 years, private development has completely captured the pine forest park located here. After the Second World War, the fishing collective farm of Uzvar, which is still operating, was built on the territory of Lielupe. Near a small fishing village, a large fishing port formed over time.
Today Lielupe is considered one of the most prestigious areas in which many representatives of the Latvian elite live. There are several sports complexes, a prestigious yacht club and several tennis courts. It often hosts European and international competitions.
Dzintari Concert Hall
Dzintari Concert Hall is the main concert venue in Latvia. All the loudest festivals and cultural events are held here. The season in Dzintari begins in late May and ends in late September. Dzintari Concert Hall is an open area with a roof, but without walls in the auditorium. Built in 1962, designed by architect Modris Gelzis, it seats about 2,000 people.
In 2006, the concert hall was renovated. It changed the interiors of the main stage, installed new modern equipment and new seats in the auditorium. The stage itself has five levels for symphonic, choral and jazz concerts. The small hall is made of wood. It has a stylized portico with elongated columns. The facades and interior are decorated in the style of national romanticism with several bas-reliefs of Ansis Cirulis.
The Dzintari Concert Hall hosts the annual three-day KVN music festival “The Voting KiViN”, the annual Jurmala festival of humor, and the annual New Wave international music competition.
Lutheran Church of St. Anne
Lutheran Church of St. Anne is located in Jelgava along Liela Street. The construction of the church dates back to 1567, but over the next two centuries it was completely rebuilt several times, first in a tree and then in stone. Despite this, St. Anne's Church is the oldest building in the city, which has survived to this day. This is the first Lutheran temple built in Latvia, therefore not only its cultural, but historical value is great. After the Second World War, the temple survived several large-scale reconstructions. In particular, a new body was discharged from France. Today, the temple regularly hosts concerts of classical and sacred music, in which Latvian and foreign high-level performers perform.
Kemeri is a part of Jurmala, in which all the climatic and balneal mud resorts of the region are located. Until 1959, it was a separate independent city, located 40 kilometers from Riga. This area of the coast is completely surrounded by pine trees, protecting the coast from the wind. Pine forest is gradually moving into a forest park and several squares. At the exit site of sulfuric waters on the estate of forester A. Kemer, there are several sanatoriums that treat the organs of the musculoskeletal system, respiration, digestion and skin.
Currently, most hospitals are either abandoned or not used for their intended purpose. The most grandiose building of the sanatorium "White Palace" or as it is also called "White Ship" over the past few years is under reconstruction. Upon completion, they will resume treatment and wellness programs that use local mineral waters and mud.
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Dubulti is the Jurmala region in which only a narrow strip of land 320 meters wide separates the Lielupe river from the sea. The district got its name by the name of the tavern of the Latvian Dubultes, located here in the 15th century. The first summer residents in this area were members of the military company of 1812. The most famous of these was Field Marshal Barclay de Tolly, who owned his own villa in Dubulti.
Today in this area there are many architectural monuments dating back to the 19-20 century. Among them, the most interesting is Siegfried Meyerowitz Avenue. It is the resort of Marienbad, functioning since 1870. Near the building, an ancient gate with a stone fence, built a little later, has been preserved. Nearby is the building of the gymnasium of F. Schmitchen and L. Berzin, built in 1909 according to the project of the architect Eugen Laube. On Baznicas Street, a classic wooden residential building, built at the beginning of the last century in the eclectic style characteristic of the first dachas of Jurmala, has been preserved. At the same time, the building looks rather chaotic - a loggia, a porch, a mezzanine, a gable roof and a polygonal tower are located asymmetrically. Dubulti's only Lutheran church is located on Baznicas Street in Building 13. Its architect was Wilhelm Boxlough, who was distinguished by art nouveau details in classical national romanticism.
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History of Jurmala
Fishing villages on the territory of modern Jurmala existed in prehistoric times. The first written certificate of settlement dates back to the first half of the 13th century. As a resort, Jurmala began to form only in the 18th century, after joining the Russian Empire. The local rich, aristocrats and landowners quickly became in the habit of going on vacation to the Riga coast. At first, the guests were provided with taverns and fishing huts, but soon the construction of mansions and sanatoriums began. At the beginning of the 19th century, regular transport links were laid to Jurmala. Gradually, the Riga seaside became a favorite vacation spot and guests from all Russian provinces gathered here. Since mostly wealthy people came to the resort, the opening of special baths, and then hospitals, was not long in coming. Now the resort of Jurmala remains a great place for wellness and a relaxing relaxing holiday on the coast.
Open Air Museum or the Latvian Village of Fishermen
By visiting the ethnic museum, tourists will get an idea of how the indigenous people of Jurmala used to live. Here is a rich collection of household items, starting with boats and nets, and ending with anchors and household utensils. Visitors to the museum will be able to wander past the houses, go inside, look into the smokehouse or barn, visit the bathhouse and finally try the cooked fish dish right there.
The house-museum of the poetess of Aspazia
This poetic estate is of interest not only as a summer residence of the famous Latvian poetess Elsa Rosenberg, but also as a historical building made in the form of a small castle made of wood. The facade of the cottage is decorated with patterned carvings, a gallery with columns and even a turret. Inside are personal belongings of the poetess, as well as furniture and household items of the 19th century.
A unique park with an ethnic estate, which received the romantic name of “Ondine”. Guests of the park will be able to walk along the paths, take a break from the bustling city and admire the carvings of the estate and the sculptures that adorn the paths. Here you can also meet interesting people, artists, artists and poets from all over the resort love to stroll through the fabulous territory in search of inspiration.
Retro Cars Showroom
Near the Dzintari concert hall famous throughout the country, there is a hall where a collection of retro cars is collected. Among the bright and stylish exhibits, you can find truly exclusive models, for example, a limousine of the early XX century. There is also a small collection of antique carriages and motorbikes.
In addition to tourist attractions, there are also various other entertainments, events and concerts held annually in Jurmala. For example, in August you can participate in a parade of old cars, spend time in a huge water park, recharge with a bit of extreme sports when you visit the prison museum or go to an unusual museum of luminous paintings named after Ermolaev. The Dzintari Concert Hall regularly hosts jazz, opera, and modern music concerts, which anyone can attend. You should not forget and be sure to take a picture with the main tourist monument, a symbol of the resort, a huge turtle made by the sculptor Janis Bard. And not far away you can take another photo or make an appointment with the Latvian globe. The globe monument in Jurmala is the largest in the country, and in the evening it lights up with lights, clearly demonstrating all the capitals of the world.
How to get to Jurmala
When planning a trip to Jurmala, a traveler should think ahead of time on which transport it will be more convenient and faster to get to the resort. For example, many tourists from Moscow, Minsk, St. Petersburg get by rail to Riga, and then by bus, minibus or train to the resort. In Jurmala, there is a central railway station Majori, on which domestic trains arrive. It’s only worth noting that there is no such stop at Jurmala, so tourists should check at the ticket office where to get a ticket. Jurmala resort corresponds to such train stops as Tukums, Sloka and Dubulti depending on the area. If you ask no one, then you can take a ticket to the central station of Jurmala Majori, from which you can easily get to your hotel by taxi or public transport.
Another option is to use an airplane. From Russia to Jurmala can be reached in 1-2 hours, depending on the flight and air carrier. Of course, traveling by plane will be more expensive than by train, but you can take a more economical flight ticket with transfers.
You can get to Jurmala and a tourist bus. Such a vehicle is the cheapest, but then you should be prepared to drive in a seated position for more than 12 hours. But bus services run regularly almost every day, so there is no need to book tickets in advance, there is always a place.
It is most convenient to get to your hotel in Jurmala from the airport or from Riga railway station by ordering an individual transfer on our website. A trip from Riga Airport to the Jurmala Hotel, for example, will cost you 30 euros.