Visit Jelgava: Your Travel Guide

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Things to Do in Jelgava
Jelgava Palace
How about a history lesson over a cup of cocoa? This one-time Livonian Order castle now houses the Latvian Agriculture University, where the modern recipe for hot chocolate was invented. You can sip on a mug of sweet stuff and take a tour of the Baroque-style palace, visiting former imperial quarters from centuries past, plus crypts that hold 18 restored royal sarcophagi.
Jelgava Holy Trinity Church
After withstanding WWII, the tower of this church-ruin is the longest-standing structure in Jelgava. Today, it hosts exhibitions covering archaeological finds, national folk dress and civic celebrations of, amongst others, Latvian presidents – the surrounding Zemgale region has produced four heads of state. You can also clamber up the tower for picturesque city panoramas.
Academia Petrina
Founded as Latvia’s first university in 1775, the opulent halls of the Academia Petrina now host a museum that traces the city’s storied past. The exhibitions touch upon political and cultural developments, from the glory days of the Duchy of Zemgale to the town’s destruction during WWII. At the centre of it all sit paintings by Ģederts Eliass, a renowned rebel and Fauvist artist.
Pedestrian Bridge Mitava
Bridge is the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Latvia. It connects city center with Pasta (Post) Island. On 15 November 2012, the reconstructed Jānis Čakste Boulevard and the new bridge Mītava were opened, which connects the centre of Jelgava with Pasta Island. The pedestrian promenade at J. Čakste Boulevard has two levels – parallel to the street and along the river's edge. The sightseeing platforms are located on the upper level of the promenade, which forms a 3 m high waterfall, while the 152 m long bridge is the longest pedestrian and bicycle bridge in Latvia. Due to its technical solution, it is considered to be unique in the Baltic States, it is a three-dimensional swan neck bridge with 28 bracing wires held by two pylons.
Jana Cakstes bulvaris
Jelgava Exhibition of Latvian Railway History Museum
The exhibition of the Latvian Railway and History Museum in Jelgava, located in a residential house of railwaymen built in 1904 offers an opportunity to get acquainted with one of the oldest and most important railway hubs in Latvia, as well as to feel how the development of railway has affected our lives up till today and investigate a number of things crucial for functioning of the railway.
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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

The hotel is very nicely located over the river from the Winter Palace, and although we weren't able to eat in the restaurant in the Tour, we had a really good meal at Hercog and the family had a pleasant evening in the bar playing cards
United Kingdom
September 1, 2016
Fab place with beautiful views! City full of students for most of the year! Easy to get around! Tarte bakery is superb!
United Kingdom
September 3, 2016
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Jelgava is nice city, its near to Riga, nice university, wild horses, small city, nice old street, some historical buildings,
June 14, 2016
Very Good
A day visit is sufficient but it is a good place as a base for visiting other places.
United Kingdom
April 28, 2016
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No people on streets and very few cars as if the population was wiped out by some virus
United Kingdom
October 25, 2016

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Hotel Jelgava

8.7 Excellent

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7.5 Good

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Hotel Dianda

6.4 Review score

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8.9 Excellent

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Cosy Apartment

8.9 Excellent

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Palīdzības Street Apartments

8.7 Excellent

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Karklu street apartment

9.7 Exceptional

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