Kuldiga Latvia

Kuldiga Latvia

The town of Kuldiga (Kuldīga or Goldingen) is less than an hours drive west from the town of Sabile. Founded in 1242, this former Hanseatic city is possibly the most photogenic town in Latvia. The charming testimonials of its past are visible at every step, with many centuries-old buildings still standing.

This has made Kuldiga's streets a popular filming location for both local and international films and TV series. The city's name stems from the original Curonian settlement named Kuldinga, which the invading Teutonic crusaders then Germanized and renamed Goldingen. A name that remained until the early 20th century. Even today, one will spot the word "Goldingen" in the name of local restaurants, cafe's and other establishments.

kuldiga-old-town-streetIn Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums), where film crews can often be seen filming actors wearing historical costumes, one gets the feeling of having gone back 100 years in time. Only the newer car models parked along he streets, the pedestrians speaking in their cellular phones and a glass terrace jutting out to the cobblestones of the square remind one of the present.

Kuldiga movie town

The fact that Kuldiga's Old Town looks like the set of a movie is no accident. Even store signs and shop windows must be presented with a retro look to blend in with the city's historical heritage. Furthermore, Kuldiga has its own restoration center, which is working actively to keep the city's old wooden buildings. Based on well-researched restoration principles, skilled masters not only save, preserve and renew portions of wooden buildings, but also educate local property owners.

kuldiga-bridgeNext to the restoration center is the pride of Kuldiga, the Kuldiga District Museum (Pils iela 5). The museum has been set up as a family residence to create an authentically homey ambiance. It's decorated with authentic, ornate wallpaper imported from America.

Aside from its superb depiction of life a century ago, the museum is hosting exhibitions. Nearby, the arched red-brick bridge that spans the River Venta enhances the feeling of being in a peaceful and idyllic setting. Completed in 1874, the bridge was built to accommodate the width of two-horse carriages crossing in opposite directions.

Kuldiga Map and Local Weather

Weather in Kuldiga

Potential disruption due to rain from 9AM EEST TUE until 11:59PM EEST TUE

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8:40 AM GMT on October 23, 2018
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Today is forecast to be nearly the same temperature as yesterday. Cloudy with rain.
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Tuesday
10/23 90%
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Periods of rain. High 51F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.
High 51° / Low 40°
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Wednesday
10/24 80%
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Rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 46F. Winds N at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 80%. Rainfall near a quarter of an inch.
High 46° / Low 36°
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
10/25 20%
Partly Cloudy
Some sun in the morning with increasing clouds during the afternoon. High 48F. Winds light and variable.
High 48° / Low 35°
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Friday
10/26 20%
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 49F. Winds light and variable.
High 49° / Low 38°
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Saturday
10/27 90%
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Cloudy. Periods of rain early. High 47F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
High 47° / Low 33°

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