Town of Kuldiga, one of the most beautiful cities of Latvia. Tiled roofs, the medieval layout of streets and winding among the old houses by the river Alekšupīte… Miracles here at every step — flying through the air fish, the widest waterfall in Europe, built on Roman designs brick bridge, a unique collection of playing cards. And in Kuldiga district not less interesting is this oil well, the purest from Lake Zvirgzdu, Shitake mushrooms and plantation of medicinal herbs, the mystical cave maze, old palaces and manor houses, the suiti people tradition, unique wooden toys …
Ventas Rumba-the widest waterfall in Europe. The fact is well known. Threshold stretches almost the entire width of the river. 149 metres-it looks serious. Come see the natural sight, of course, is worth it. But consider: the gloomy and overcast December days are still not that spring and summer.
Meanwhile, in ancient times the city of Kuldiga was a place where fish … flies through the air. When the fish were here to spawn, she had to overcome the threshold, jumping out of the water. During the reign of Duke Jacob here came up with a special gear is in Wicker baskets were in the right places and salmon, and catfish. Fishing baskets in Kuldiga continued until the second world war, local fishermen have taken several meters waterfall for rent. But watch for the flying fish can be in our days. Want to see a miracle, come to Kuldiga in late April and early may! By the way, the tourist season the city opens a great holiday, which is called "fish-fly!".
But in summer, the stunning local attraction — bathing under a waterfall. In imperial times, among other things, for the pleasure of bathers took a coin. Now, completely free of charge. It is only necessary to know the place, on the right bank of the river Venta in the Rocky bottom of the waterfall gouged entire baths! Artificial cascades in swimming pools and spa-centers after Ventas Rumba just rest.
Consider the Ventas Rumba in all its glory — at any time of the year! as you can from the window of the Kuldiga Museum, located next to the shore. This elegant lodge residents have long been referred to as Villa Bangerta.
The legend says that the name of the captain of Liepāja, bought as a gift to the bride's House to your liking. After all, the Villa was once the Russian Pavilion at the world exhibition in Paris. Captain Bangert it dismantled, moved and miles away and put on the steep banks of the Venta River. A view of the waterfall and the old brick bridge became the best decoration of the Villa. Telling me this story, Director of the Museum, Dace Bumbiere showed and the layout of the Kuldiga castle that once stood on the site of the present Museum. (This is from his stone was once built half of the old city centre.) There are the Museum and the medieval knight's armor. In especially solemn occasions "Knight" goes on tour in Latvia, is staying in friendly museums. After all, this rare exhibit for those who are versed in the middle ages, is also something of a miracle.
But tourists are most interested in the famous collection of the Museum of playing cards, the only one in the Baltic States. The Kings, šestërkah and ACEs — characters of Duke Jacob to President Putin.
The old bridge across the Venta River is the longest continuing act brick bridges of Europe. It was built after the old bridge across the Moselle, erected there by the ancient Romans!..
It is very likely that in a couple of years old Kuldīga along with the Valley of venta and waterfall ventas Rumba will be included in the lists of protected monuments of UNESCO, is now the city already is in the waiting list.
And yet the town Kuldīga throughout time been a favorite kind of filmmakers. Starred in 25 films, such as "Beach" by Alexander and Alova Vladimir Naumov. The show is expected to soon all «kuldigskie» paintings by staging a small Film Festival.
Duke Jacob is the most legendary and awesome character throughout Latvian history-originally from Kuldīga. In the Church of St. Catherine, which still stands today, it once was. In the reign of Duke Jacob was prospering and his hometown. The ships were built, in Kuldiga acted Manufactory, trade. Say, Duke is always in a special way gently to Kuldiga, and because of his beloved woman, a kind of Lisi.
In Kuldīga in 1838, the family doctor was born and Karl Davydov was a cellist, teacher and composer, who has been working for many years Director of the Petersburg Conservatory. Pyotr Tchaikovsky, for example, called Tzar Davydova cellists of our century ". In memory of the outstanding fellow countryman in Kuldīga are international competitions of young cellists, involving musicians from Latvia, Russia, the United States and Israel. In March of next year, the competition will be dedicated to the 170 anniversary of the musician.
Kuldiga connoisseurs will tell you many entertaining historical anecdotes. But is it possible to treat seriously to this, for example, history …
Once visited the Bourgmestres Štafenhagena Swedish King Charles XII. Winter, Blizzard, boredom is. … Wanted to play King of the chess game, but the game did not go, suck-courtiers King shamelessly exposed. Then he commanded the enemy seek local — does anybody in this town do not know how to play chess? ". And found a commoner, defeated King! Oh so beautiful beat that King immediately granted the winner a chest full of luxurious Royal outfits. Yes just from them for joy, because by law could not then a man of low rank wearing Royal dress. There's burgomaster Stavenhagen used this opportunity. And by the citizen of the Royal treasure chest and its contents. That was then lucky-chess player, history is silent. But the enterprising Mayor and Royal poŝegolâl outfits, and the chest has embedded into the wall under the stairs of the Kuldiga home.
Miracle, actually, that you will tales of the trunk show. Through the courtyards and the backyard, along the river Alekšupīte. On the façade of the House is a sign of "a monument of architecture. House Štafenhagena, and Royal chest is under the stairs.