Are you in Saldus for the first time? Would you like to see the most popular sites and have a lasting impression? These are the must-see sites in Saldus!
Saldus St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Saldus St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is the oldest building of the town and the first stone made church in Saldus – built in 1615 but re-designed by Wilhelm Neumann and rebuilt at the end of 19th century. The church houses unique art monuments: an organ made by K.A. Hermann – a famous expert from Liepāja, a pulpit in mannerism style and a 19th century altar with the altar painting of J. Dering. The well-known Latvian artist Janis Rozentāls has pictured the church in many of his paintings at the turn of the 20th century. His diploma work “After the Service” is particularly notable.
In the summer, the church is open for visitors from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. Service is on Sundays from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m.
Saldus Janis Rozentāls’ Museum of History and Art
Janis Rozentāls – one of the first Latvian professional painters – was born on March 18, 1866 in „Bebri” homestead, Saldus parish. His native land encouraged him to travel further roads to Riga and St.Petersburg. J. Rozentāls came back to Saldus in 1899 as a well-known artist, bought a plot of land at 22 Striku Street and built a studio. The museum was established here after the World War II in 1947. Originals collected by Rozentāls` friend Marts Vējš were the basis for the collection of the museum.
Today the museum consists of four buildings which house the collection of the museum as well as exhibit and history halls. J. Rozentāls’ studio houses a biographical exposition about the famous Saldus resident as well as his early original paintings.
Consultation with museum specialists, by prior arrangement:
- art collections repository; phone +371 28335403;
- Saldus local artists; phone +371 26188695;
- the history of Saldus Municipality; phone +371 27881091;
- art theory, history, art perception, art language elements and their acquisition; phone +371 28302461;
- items in the museum’s collection; phone +371 28335403.
Bronze Sculptures of Characters from J. Rozentāls’ Painting
Honouring the 155th birthday of Janis Rozentāls, seven life-size bronze sculptures depicting characters from his diploma painting “After The Service” were placed on the stairs at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran church. The sculptures represent various social classes, icluding Rozentāls’ parents – his mother Lavize and his father Mikelis. It is known that the artist spent many Sundays by the church, sketching the local people.
The author of the sculptures is sculptor Sandis Aispurs.
The Sign “Saldus”
In May 2019, an impressive sign “Saldus” with the special letter “u” was installed at the scenic viewpoint on Biļļu Hill in Saldus. This location provides one of the best panoramic views of Saldus and the most beautiful views of Saldus hillfort and Lake Saldus. The sign is freely accessible to everyone – it is located on the side of the P109 (Jelgavas iela) next to a large and convenient parking lot. You are welcome to take a photo with this sign and the magnificent views of Saldus in the background!
Sculptural Fontain “A Drop of Honey”
The sculptural fountain “A Drop of Honey”, which was created by sculptor Kārlis Īle, born in Saldus, adorns a square named after the poet and former resident of Saldus – Māris Čaklais, who has compared the town to a “drop of honey in Kurzeme bowl”. The fountain consists of two horizontal honeycombs connected by an impressive drop of honey. The upper honeycomb is a symbol of heaven. The lower comb is a symbol of the earth. And we humans are somewhere in between. The big drop of honey forms the connection between heaven and earth, symbolizing the place of man in the world.
The water flows freely over the edges of the upper honeycomb, creating a honey rain to cool off and play with.
Sign “Saldus Fulfills”
In May 2019, the special letter “U” was unveiled in O. Kalpaks’ square. It’s dedicated to the new identity of Saldus municipality “Saldus fulfills”. The white, stylized letter “U” is made of durable material. You can sit and step on it, and it is illuminated in different colours at night. Everyone is welcome not only to see it in person, but also to capture it in photos.
Milk Sweets “Gotiņa” Factory and Shop
At the production unit of „Saldus pārtikas kombināts” (Saldus Food Factory) you can see the production process of handmade milk sweets “Gotiņa” as well as try various kinds of sweets. After selecting the tastiest ones, it is possible to purchase them on the site. “Saldus pārtikas kombināts” produces various kinds of milk sweets, fudge, creams, toffee, fruit jelly candy etc.
The natural milk sweets “Gotiņa” with different flavors are produced of fresh local milk without any food additives, and they are hand-wrapped. The full range of products is available for purchase at the company’s shop. Groups can also apply for a tour to the factory.
The Kalnsētas Park is a popular place for recreation and entertainment. Along the banks of the Ciecere River and deeper into the park you will find both narrow, steep and romantic trails and wide paths for quiet walks, so everyone can find a suitable route to explore the park.
Kalnsētas landscape park was planted on the picturesque banks of the Ciecere River by Baron von Recke, the owner of Kalnamuiža (Berghof) manor at the end of the 19th century. Nowadays Saldus technical school is located in the Kalnamuiža manor house.
The Ciecere River, which was navigable in the 17th century, flows through the park. During the reign of Duke Jacob the river was used for transportation of goods from the production plants in Saldus area to other towns. Today, in the park area, Ciecere is shallow and rocky, and there is an artificially created waterfall.
Walking Trails “Path of Art, Music and Love”
The “Path of Art, Music and Love” is an approximately 5km long route of connected walking trails in the Kalsētas Park. It was created to introduce the visitors to the history of the park and two great natives of Saldus – painter Janis Rozentāls and musician Ēriks Ķiģelis. Narrow paths and wider trails will lead you through the hills along the steep banks of the Ciecere river. There are several information boards at the most popular places in the park, displaying facts and stories about historical events and notable people. The information is also translated into English and Russian.
Ciecere Nature Trail
The beautiful nature and walking trail meanders along the Ciecere River from the Kuldīgas Street Bridge to the Saules Street Bridge. On the other side of Kuldīgas Street the walkway continues and leads to the beach of the picturesque Saldus lake. Part of the trail was built as a plankway and is also suitable for visitors with prams. It passes the largest playground of the town. The trail is surronded by beautiful plants and gardens, and the area is especially pictuiresque and impressive during summer time.
The Kapellers` House
The Kapellers’ family has played a significant role in the history and development of Saldus. Eduard Kapeller moved from Austria to Saldus with his family, built a house in 1857 and opened a pharmacy. Two rooms in the basement housed a private hospital. The Kapellers were active members of the social life in Saldus. Before the World War II, the family moved to Germany and the pharmacy came under the control of the Central Pharmacy Board. For many years this building housed the Saldus district library.
Various exhibitions, workshops, small concerts and events take place here regularly. Groups, especially students of all ages, are invited to participate in a variety of creative workshops and educational activities.
A potter’s workshop is located in the basement of the Kapellers’ house and visitors can create their own ceramic item. There is a pottery kiln is in the backyard, where the items are fired.
The picturesque Lake Saldus is situated at the foot of several hills and is close to town centre. The lake covers 11.9 hectares. It has a beach, a recreation area with a beach volleyball court and a playground. There are public toilets by the lake. In the summer, visitors can have a refreshing drink or a snack at the beach cafe.
The picturesque Ciecere river has inspired many artists of Saldus, but only Janis Rozentāls has his own stone on the banks of the Ciecere. The artist often sat on the stone and painted. The stone is pictured in his paintings “By the stream” and “Winter landscape”.
Building of Saldus Music School and Art School
The building of Saldus music school and art school received the Grand Prix at Latvian Architecture Award in 2013, and it opens a new page in Latvian contemporary architecture. The architects have created high quality architecture for everyday use, which offers an enjoyable and pleasant environment as a self-evident value for each visitor. The authors of the project are “MADE arhitekti”. Various exhibitions are always displayed in the school building, and concerts take place in the acoustic concert hall.
Bridges of Saldus
The banks of the Ciecere river in Saldus are connected by 14 bridges. The oldest bridges are those built before World War II near the post office and the rectory. Both have withstood serious challenges during the Courland battles – heavy machinery of both armies crossed these bridges. There are nine bridges for pedestrians. When you cross them for the first time, you should make a wish, and it will come true – if you truly believe it!
Saldus Sports Complex
The sports complex has a wide range of facilities including a gym, a weight room, an aerobics rooms, a squash court, two sports halls, a running track, and tennis courts. There is a stadium with a football field, eight running tracks, a streetball court, beach volleyball courts, and a street gymnastics area.
The stadium is also notable for the fact that one of the world’s meridians crosses it. There is a granite slab with engraved meridian coordinates 22°30 at the entrance to the stadium.