The 10 Best Things to Do in Jelgava, Zemgale Region

Jelgava (pronounced [jælɡava] ( listen); German: Mitau; see also other names) is a city in central Latvia about 41 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of Riga with about 63,000 inhabitants. It is the largest town in the region of Zemgale (Semigalia). Jelgava was the capital of the united Duchy of Courland and Semigallia (1578-1795) and the administrative center of the Courland Governorate (1795-1918).

1. St. Simeon’s and St. Anna’s Orthodox Cathedral

Raina iela 5, Jelgava 3001, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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4.5 based on 31 reviews

St. Simeon’s and St. Anna’s Orthodox Cathedral

Reviewed By CianGuckian - Dublin, IrelandDublin, Ireland

Jelgava's St. Simeon's and St. Anna's Orthodox Cathedral

St Simeon’s and St. Anna’s Orthodox Cathedral which was designed by the charismatic architect N. Chagin is located on Raina iela, Jelgava. Built between 1890 and 1892, with substantial financial support from Alexander III, the then Russian Tsar. This hist

2. Holy Trinity Church

Akademijas iela 1, Jelgava 3001, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Holy Trinity Church

Reviewed By Similtiades - Riga, LatviaRiga, Latvia

Jelgava Centrepiece

If visiting Jelgava, you will almost certainly visit the clocktower (as it is informally known) as it is the centrepiece of the town centre and probably the main tourist destination of Jelgava. It is open until a reasonable time; my girlfriend and I arriv

3. Pedestrian Bridge Mitava

Jana Cakstes bulvaris 7, Jelgava 3001, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Bridges
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Pedestrian Bridge Mitava

Reviewed By Anchina

Architectural piece

This architectural creation makes Jelgava beautiful and gives it special character. It is pedestrian bridge, you won't have trouble crossing it on feet, by bicycle or buggy. There is a nice view overlooking the river. You will see nice fountain and boats

4. Jelgava Palace

Jelgava, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Castles
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4 based on 75 reviews

Jelgava Palace

Reviewed By Elga K - Gold Coast, Queensland, AustraliaGold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Built by Baroque architect, Rastrelli, now University of Agriculture

Magnificent palace, 42 km from Riga, built by Rastrelli on an island in Lielupe River. Rastrelli built the beautiful Rundale Palace in Latvia first, then this one and then the Winter Palace in St Petersburg. It was flattened by the Soviets, now partly res

5. Virgin Anna Roman Catholic Cathedral

Katolu iela 11, Jelgava 3001, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Virgin Anna Roman Catholic Cathedral

Reviewed By Otto B - Waterloo, BelgiumWaterloo, Belgium

Nothing real special, but worthwhile a short stop -

On the way back to the train station from the Town Center and the Palace you will find this Catholic Church easily. It's nothing real special, but worth spending a couple minutes there and read about it's history.

6. Jelgava History and Art Museum

Akademijas iela 10, Jelgava 3001, Latvia Museums, History Museums, Art Museums
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4 based on 15 reviews

Jelgava History and Art Museum

Reviewed By oa2 - Riga, LatviaRiga, Latvia

Small but nice

We visited the museum last moth when there was an art exhibition. The museum staff talked us into visiting also a free exhibition of figurines carved from mammoth ivory - that was impressive

7. Monument to Janis Cakste

Liela iela 1 A, Jelgava 3001, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Monuments & Statues
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Monument to Janis Cakste

Reviewed By Similtiades - Riga, LatviaRiga, Latvia

Photos

Just trying to add a photo, but the button has disappeared again so I must write a review apparently. It's a monument to the first president of Latvija, nice enough in a square next to the clock tower. Go into the clock tower museum upstairs and there is

8. Eleja Manor Park and Tea house

Elejas muiza, Jelgava 3023, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Castles, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites More
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5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By 992m_rab - Riga, LatviaRiga, Latvia

ponds and 1500 hectares of farmland and forests

During its 19th-century heyday the manor house was part of a property that included a well-kept park, 19 buildings - a brewery, stables, a wind mill, brick and lime kilns.

9. Latvian Railway History Museum

Station Street 3 | next to the Jelgava Station Square, Jelgava, Latvia Museums, History Museums
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5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By Me-from-the-UK - UKUK

Wonderful, idiosyncratic, informative museum.

This museum, situated in a former railway residential museum, is a delightful collection of articles. Put together they give a good picture of railway history and development in Latvia - setbacks and all. The entry is EUR1.50 and is worth every cent!The d

10. Bramberge Manor Gate

Jelgava, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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5 based on 1 reviews

Bramberge Manor Gate

Reviewed By Roberts P

Remains of once great manor

There sadly are no signs leading you up to the manor and if you go there by car you'll either have to park in a forest or in some local person's driveway (preferably NEAR, rather than ON) and then be ready to walk towards the gate through some forested un

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