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Bauska Castle
Country Latvia
Place Bauska
Short Description Bauska Castle represents an example of military architecture in the period from 15th to 17th century.
Visitors 2010 35,368

Bauska Castle represents an example of military architecture in the period from 15th to 17th century. Its oldest part (Livonia Order Castle) is the only Livonian Order fortress built especially for the use of firearms, the newest part (residence for the Duke of Kurzeme) – a residential castle fortified with bastions, protective walls and earthen ramparts.


About the Heritage Site

  • Country: Latvia
  • Location: The castle surrounded by a picturesque scenery is located in the territory of Bauska town, on the land strip between the rivers Mūsa and Mēmele, not far from the place where the rivers meet to form the river Lielupe. Bauska is about 70 km to the South of Riga (about 45 minutes by car)
  • Type of location: Unique architectural monument of the 15th – 18th century
  • Experience offered: The castle is managed by the Bauska Castle Museum.

Those who are interested can look at the ruins of the Order Castle, climb the central tower, view the panorama of Bauska, and see the outline of the previous fortification system consisting of bastions and ramparts. The Duke’s residence hosts the regular exhibition of the museum and other thematic exhibitions.
After visiting the castle tourists can reach the Ķirbaksala by taking the pedestrian path leading through the park of the castle mound, across the meadow and bridge over the channel and see the source of the river Lielupe.

Bauska Castle Museum, Pilskalns, BauskaLV-3901, Latvia
phone: 371 63922280; fax: 371 63923793

Accessibility of Heritage Site

  • Opening times:

Museums opening hours vary depending on the season – before visiting us check it out on our website!
NB! The Museum is closed on Mondays.

Time of year Opening hours
May-October 9.00am - 7.00pm
October-November 9.00am - 6.00pm
November-May 11.00am - 5.00pm
  • Entrance fee :
Type of ticket Full Price Reduced price (pupils)
Combined ticket of Bauska Castle museum -

exhibitions, history exposition, Livonian Order castle ruins

3 LVL 1,5 LVL
Family tickets for total visiting of Bauska Castle,

2 adults and up to 4 children

5 LVL -
Family tickets for total visiting of Bauska Castle,

1 adult and up to 4 children

3,5 LVL -
Bauska Castle's history exposition 1,5 LVL 0,80 LVL

More information on the opening hours and the tickets on:

  • How to get there
By car: Bauska is less than 1 hour drive from Riga, where all the main connections are situated.
By bus: From Riga Bus Station by bus to Bauska Bus Station (platform 6). Buses goes every hour and it takes 1hour 10 minutes your time.

Size/capacities of Heritage Site

  • The territory of Bauska Castle is 3646 m²
  • Floor space of Bauska castle - approx. 3183 m²
  • Total exhibition floor space - approx. 543,55 m²

Number of visitors in Heritage Site

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
29 118 36 302 31 516 34 808 35 368 38 645

Total (2006 – 2011) – 205 757

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Marketing etc.

  • Marketing efforts: In order to promote Bauska Castle services and become more attractive, the museum uses following:
  • Printing material: Bauska Castle leaflets
  • Participation in tourist fairs: Balttour Riga.
  • Social media: Facebook, Twitter,

  • Cooperations: Bauska Castle is a member of the Association of Castles and Museums Around the Baltic Sea.


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PlaceBauska  +
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Short DescriptionBauska Castle represents an example of military architecture in the period from 15th to 17th century.
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Visitors 200629,118  +
Visitors 200736,302  +
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