“TheCeļotājs” –
Saldus – a "Drop of Honey" in Courland
Saldus Castle Mound and Lake Saldus –
Route P109,
Lat: N56.66988, Lon: E022.51266
Saldus castle was a notable sight in the valley where Kaļķupīte flowed into Saldus Lake until the 12th century. It was located on an oval hillock approximately 150 meters long and 14 meters high and flanked by a small rampart and two moats on the west.
Many legends remain about Saldus castle. The most familiar is as follows: “In the spot where Saldus resides today, there once was a large hill. At the top of this hill, a small boy tended his pigs. One day this boy discovered a large hole in the hill and crawled into it. Inside he found a city with friendly inhabitants. They served him sweet food and drink. In the evening, the pigs returned home without the boy. All wondered what happen to the boy. The boy returned only the next day. The local inquired, “Where were you all night long?” The boy replied, “I ate sweetly, I drank sweetly, on top of Saldus Hill”. As the boy spoke these words, the hill exploded, opened, and from underneath, a city rose. So it had happened as ordained, when the name of the town is spoken, the town will rise up. Saldus Castle Mound is a nationally recognized archeological monument. 
Lately, activity on the castle mound has revived an ancient traditions are practiced at annual festivals. Most significant is the Midsummer night’s eve festival when Saldus Lake reflects the light from bonfires and the valley resounds with ancient folksongs. 
A parking lot is located not far from the castle mound, and has become a favored place from which to view the city scrape.
The picturesque views around the lake are due to its location at the foot of several hills. The lake covers 11.9 hectares and has a swimming area. The lake adds to the beauty of the town.
With a little work and better access, this area could be turned into and would make a perfect recreation area for boating and fishing. If the land that surrounds the lake could be acquired, summer cottages could even be built. 
Revised: 07/19/2013 – 01:39:15