Flights to Jelgava
Situated in central Latvia the town of Jelgava is about 25 miles from the capital, Riga, and is a pretty town with a good selection of tourist attractions. Stay in Jelgava itself, or stay in the nearby larger city of Riga and visit here for a day trip or two.
Jelgava doesn’t have its own airport, so for a flight to Jelgava plan on arriving at the Riga International Airport (airport code: RIX) which is just 25 miles (40km) away. Your only one-stop flight options from South Africa are with South African Airways or Lufthansa. They both have the same route through Frankfurt for their flights to Jelgava. A flight with Austrian Airlines also goes through Frankfurt, but in addition makes a second stop in Vienna. Virgin travels a different route; their flight to Jelgava transfers in London and then in Helsinki.
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The Tourist Attractions of Jelgava:
Jelgava began as a settlement back in the 10th century though it was not officially given town rights for another few hundred years, eventually becoming designated as a town in 1573.While Jelgava doesn’t have as many sights and attractions as Latvia’s capital, Riga, does, there are still plenty of attractive buildings and streets to see here. There’s some beautiful architecture and grand houses and palaces, including the following:
Perhaps the main attraction and best known landmark of Jelgava is Jelgava Palace. There was once an old castle that dated from 1266 and was owned by the Dukes of Courland. This was destroyed by Duke Biren who went on to build Jelgava Palace, starting 1738. The huge palace is in fact the largest Baroque style palace in the Baltics. Jelgava Palace was built as a home for the Dukes of Courland, who also have a summer palace in the town of Pilsrundale, not too far from Jelgava. Though still an impressive building Jelgava Palace is now the home of the Latvian University of Agriculture.
Other Landmarks in Jelgava
If you take the time to wander around the streets of Jelgava you’ll come across an assortment of pretty buildings, and grand buildings, embracing several different architectural styles. Academia Petrina is one such building; it has a Georgian style and striking pinkish colour. This university was founded in 1775 by the last Duke of Courland and the building is now in use as a museum.
Jelgava has a number of churches worth seeing too. The Church of St Anne is in the Baroque style while there’s just a tower remaining from the Trinity Church which was destroyed.
When Should You Visit?:
July will give you the warmest weather on average in Jelgava, making this a good time to visit the town if you’re coming for sightseeing. Average high temperatures will be in the low 20’s C, and you’ll have similar temperatures in June and August as well. The only drawback with visiting in the summer is that these are on average the wettest months too. Although it is drier in the winter the temperatures do drop, making it rather too cool for sightseeing.