The palace has 674 windows, 615 doors, 669 rooms and 25 chimneys on the roof. The palace construction was done in two periods: 1738-1740 and 1762-1772 it was built to replace the former 14th century Order of Livonia Castle.
The castle has burnt several times with the worst damage suffered during The World War Two, when at the end of the July 1944, the castle was burned down and the Jelgava Academy of Agriculture ceased to exist. In 1956 the renovation of the Jelgava Palace started and gradually Academy of the Agriculture returned to its former location.
Today, Jelgava Palace houses the third largest university of Latvia - LLU and Jelgava city is home for 7000 students.
Since 1968 there is a museum in Jelgava Palace. The exhibition reflects the history of Order of Livonia Castle (13th century), the building process of Jelgava palace and interesting facts about historical research and maintenance of the palace.
Hot Chocolate in Duke's Residence
Jelgava Palace will not only entertain you with stories about dukes of Courland and Semigallia, but will also take you on a special taste adventure - Food of the Gods - have some hot chocolate in the company of Duchess and court ladies.
Already in the 18th century hot chocolate drink was enjoyed in all European royal houses, also in Mītava.
The 21st century recipe of hot chocolate was invented by the Faculty of Food Technology of the Latvian University of Agriculture. Enjoying the chocolate visitors can also learn the secrets of construction of the largest Baltic Baroque palace, find out more about the daily life of dukes, as well as listen to breath-taking adventures of students.
Taste the sweet offer of Jelgava Palace together with family, friends or colleagues!
Price - EUR 5,00 EUR per person. (offer available to groups of at least 20 persons)
Love letters from Dorothea
New offer at the Castle - Dorothea's Love Letter Workshop. It is an educational programme for all ages, where Princess Dorothea of Courland and Zemgale will help guests create the atmosphere of the 19th century, explore the secrets of calligraphy and prepare a surprise for their loved ones by sending a letter written in Jelgava Palace in candlelight and sealed with the special seal lacquer. You can also write a letter to Dorothea, who will respond personally and give advice to questions concerning love.
Price - 5,00 EUR per person. (offer available to groups of at least 15 persons)
May 2 - August 31:
September 1 - April 30:
Monday - Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
|May 2 - August 31:
Adults - 2,00 EUR
Pupils, students - 1,00 EUR
|September 1 - April 30:
Admission by donation
What to see more
Till year 2020 Jelgava Palace is on reconstruction (project Jelgava Palace Energy Performance Ensuring). Several parts and rooms of Palace periodically may not be available for visitors. At the moments it is not possible to observe the entire facade of the Palace.