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Bauska Castle is a complex consisting of the ruins of an earlier castle and a later palace on the outskirts of the Latvian city of Bauska.
The castle, the remains of which were recently restored, stands on the narrow peninsula at the confluence of the rivers Mūša and Mēmele where they form the Lielupe river. In ancient times, the hill was the site of an ancient Semigallian fortress. The first stone buildings were established between 1443 and 1456 by the Livonian branch of the Teutonic Knights and construction continued till the end of the 16th century. The old section of the castle featured a great watch tower, 3.5 meter thick walls, a prison under the tower, a garrison and a drawbridge at the gates.
Construction started under the rule of the Master of the Livonian Order, Heidenreich Vinke von Overberg (1439 – 1450). The castle was intended to strengthen the Order's power over Semigallia, to protect the border with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and to control the trade route from Lithuania to Riga. The castle was both the military stronghold and the administrative centre of the area.
After the collapse of the Livonian Order in 1562, Bauska Castle became one of the residences of the Dukes of Courland, for whom a new adjacent wing was built in the 17th century. In 1568, 1590 and 1601 the Landtags of Duchy of Courland and Semigallia were held here.
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  • If you are going to the Rundale Palace or from it, you should come to Baussky Castle. Just so I would not go, the castle is pretty simple. Restored annexe and restored ruins of the tower. I wanted to see the contrast between the Pristroka and the tower, which is the ruins, but it was in the woods. Inside did not go, because they did not want to shorten the time in Rundale Palace. The location of the castle is very interesting-two rivers, formerly there was also a moat, gross fortifications. The view from the castle opens fine despite the weather. And if you go down to the river, the view of the castle is also very interesting to see the old and new part.
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  • Bauska Castle is a great example how to reconstruct a castle. There is a contrast between the old part and the new part of the castle. Definitely recommend!  more »
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  • Gorgeous castle. Fantastically remodeled, truly a hidden gem. Family tickets are very affordable and the restaurant is one of the BEST I have ever been to! You will NOT regret the food. Fish and soups are delicious. Cheese cake is FANTASTIC.
  • Very nice place to visit - a lot to see, nice park for walking
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