“TheCeļotājs” –
Kuldīga Town Sights in Courland
   
The Venta "Ventas Rumba" Waterfalls –
Lat: N56.96771, Lon: E021.97736
Pils iela 6, 
 
  
 
Venta Waterfall is the widest in Europe at 249 meters wide. Many legends and historic events surround this waterfall. One legend describes the waterfall as a result of a fight between two giants.
 
 
A unique method of fishing invented by Duke Jacob in the 1640s was in use by the waterfall until World War II. Kuldiga gained fame as the city where fish were caught in the air. Jacob had 40 wicker baskets hung on posts along the 249 meter “816.92 feet”, length of the falls. “Salmon” and “Vimbas vimba” would make their way upstream in April and October and as they would try to jump the falls, they would inevitable fall back into the baskets. The baskets holding 80 to 100 fish would be emptied three times a day and while some of the fish were given to ministers and bureaucrats, the rest was shipped to Jelgava and Kalnamuiža. 
 
One peasant from homesteads of each of the surrounding 70 districts was sent to set up these baskets. After the work was completed a joint feast was organized in Kalnamuiža to which that region donated four kegs of beer, a bull, one pound of salt, two measures of peas and barley as well as flour for bread. A strict watch was kept so that this type of fishing did not place during the summer. The fish still jump over the waterfall and thousands of tourists regularly come to Kuldīga to observe this beautiful spectacle.
 
 
    
 
 
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