Very close to Joniškis, less than an hour away, in neighbouring Latvia is a special object of European culture. It is a baroque Rundāle Palace, proudly called the Versailles of the Baltics. Bartholomew Francesco Rastrel, the architect of the palace, is the same individual that designed the infamous Hermitage Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.
Rundāle Palace, built in 1736–1740, boasts 138 rooms. The most valuable halls of the palace – White, Coronation, Gilded, Rose, as well as the Great Gallery – are distinguished by luxurious baroque and rococo décor.
The palace garden and park are the largest among the baroque and rococo period gardens and parks in Latvia. During the warm season, the huge garden with French-style motifs and the beauty of the rose garden will not leave you indifferent as it never fails to impress. Furthermore, for history lovers – a museum in the territory of the palace, here is where you will learn many interesting things about the palace's past.