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Jelgava [3] (German: Mitau) is a city in Latvia about 41 km southwest of Riga.

the Coat of arms of Jelgava depicts elk head on crimson red background, wearing the Small National Emblem


Jelgava Castle near River Lielupe.

It is useful to understand that although from 1940 to 1991 Latvia was a constituent republic of the USSR, the official language is Latvian. However, a significant minority (up to 40% nationwide) is Russian speaking. The majority of ethnic Latvians living in the city, not only those old enough to have attended school during Soviet times, can also speak and understand Russian. However, many prefer to converse in Latvian. English and also German are widely understood at places regularly visited by tourists and foreigners but you may be out of luck when leaving the city centre or visiting places off the beaten track.

Get in[edit]

Public transport in Jelgava is made convenient for everyone. Commuting to Riga is easier than ever. Owing to well developed train system and buses network you can get anywhere at any time.

By bus[edit]

Buses from Riga 45-60min 2.30 EUR Goes several times in hour

Timetable [4]

By train[edit]

Train leaves almost every hour, so it is the most easiest way to get there.

Electric train line from Riga is just 50min away 1.90EUR

Timetables: [5]

By car[edit]

A8 highway connects to Riga. 40-60 min ride from Riga Centre.

Get around[edit]

  • Taxi
  • There are no trains, trolley buses or metro in Jeglava. There is a very good bus line. Line 1 will take you from one part of the city to another.

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Jelgava Tower - now Tourist information center and restaurant.

Palace on the island of river Lielupe. Similar palace to Rundales and Winter Palace in St.Peterburg, created by Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Academia Petrina — currently museum. Several interesting churches.

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Parachute jumps[edit]

It's possible to do tandem or solo skydives at Jelgava airfield.

More information at Latvian FreeFly Peppers website [6]


"Brainstorm", probably the most popular rock-band from Eastern Europe, has emerged from a cradle called Jelgavas 1. vidusskola (Secondary School No 1), where also such National talents as A. Skrastins, A. Vaznis, E. Radzina, A. Skele, E. Repse have made their first steps in the world of fame.

Latvijas Lauksaimniecibas Universitāte — University of Agriculture of Latvia is a well recognized university.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

Melno Cepurisu Balerija - rock music bar, mexican food, kebabs, fastfood, good latvian beer

Drink[edit][add listing]

There is few clubs/pubs.

Most popular are Jelgavas Četri Balti Krekli — club where play Latvian music

Tonuss — club, with several halls. Place with a lot of young people.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Hotel Jelgava, Lielā iela 6, Jelgava, +37163026193, [1]. Biggest hotel in Centre of Jelgava  edit
  • Hotel Zemgale, Skautu iela, Jelgava, +37163007707, [2]. On the other side of river, aprox 3km from Center  edit

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