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Kuldiga

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Introduction

Kuldiga is a fantastic little town in Latvia, situated to the west of Riga. Kuldiga is famous for having the widest natural rapid in Europe, the Ventas rumba, which measures in at 249 metres in width. First documented around 1242, Kuldiga had become part of the Hanseatic League in 1368 and grew as an important town in what is now the Latvian state. The picturesque town has canals running through it with many beautiful wooden houses and structures dotted all over the place. It is fairly quiet most of the year round and is a really good escape from Riga's busy streets. If you are heading west from Riga, Kuldiga is well worth a stop off.

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Getting There

By Train

There is no train service to or from Kuldiga.

By Car

It is easy to get to Kuldiga by car from all points in Latvia.

By Bus

Buses run from Riga but be aware some of them take 3.5hours! There is a bus Monday to Saturday that leaves at 7.00am and only takes 2 and a half hours. This is probably best for day trippers. You could also visit Kuldīga for the day if you are planning to visit Liepaya, with buses leaving Kuldiga in the afternoon and taking about 2 hours to reach Liepaya.

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Getting Around

By Foot

Kuldigas streets are not so busy with cars so getting around by foot should cause no problem what so ever.

By Bike

Bikes can be used as a great means to get around the town and the tourist office even rents some out during the summer months.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
AmatniekiMezvaldeGUESTHOUSE-
Kolonna Hotel Kuldiga6 Pilsetas SquareHOTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes in cities are popular and charge starting from 0.50L per hour. Free internet connections are available in all libraries. Free wifi is available in many cafes, libraries, and the Riga Airport. Most hotels will provide free wireless access spots for laptops.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Emergency numbers include 110 (police), 112 (fire), ambulance (113), but you can connect to all of them by using the general 112 number.

There are both fixed and mobile phone communications available in Latvia. The international telephone code for Latvia is +371 and all phone numbers (except for emergency numbers, some information numbers, hotlines etc.) consist of 8 digits. One should note that all mobile phone numbers start with "2", landline numbers start with "6".

For local communication, it is much cheaper to buy a local prepaid SIM card, which can include data as well as voice and text. These cards and separate renewal vouchers can be easily bought in gas stations, kiosks, or supermarkets. All brands are more or less equal in price and service. Popular brands include LMT, Tele2, and Bite. All prepaid SIM cards come with a manual in English, Russian, and Latvian.

To call from a public phone, you need a phone card (telekarte) which cost as little as €2. International calls are possible from every public phone.

Post

Latvijas Pasts is the national postal service of the country and has relatively fast, affordable and reliable services. They have both mail and express mail service, domestically and internationally. Prices for international mail start at around 0.45L for postcards within Europe, 0.50L outside Europe, stamps for letters are slightly more expensive. It usually takes at least several days up to a week within Europe, but around 10 days to North America for example. Domestic services are faster of course, usually within 2 days. Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9:00am to 4:00pm on Saturday, though large central post offices might keep slightly longer hours and can be open on Sunday sometimes. Latvian post boxes are colored yellow, and postage stamps can be bought in post offices or news-stands (kiosks). Specialized package services are provided as well by companies like DHL, FedEx, TNT and UPS, among others.

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