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Gauja National Park

Location: Amata, Cēsis, Inčukalns, Krimulda, Līgatne, Pārgauja and Sigulda regions. How to get in Sigulda

Occupying territory of 1 745 hectares, that magnificent nature resort protects the valley of Gauda river. One third of all Latvian natural preserves and more than 500 cultural and historical monuments can be found here. Among the attractions are e.g.  the vertical wind tunnel Aerodium, the Gūtmans Cave and Ligatne nature trails. A visitor can easily hike, cycle and spend time in overnight accommodations. A must-hike for an outdoorsy person.


Cēsis Castle

Location: Cēsis. Bus connection from Riga.

As an ancient fortress Livonian Brothers of the Sword, this castle situated in beautiful countryside of Vidzeme region, is one of the most remarkable site of Baltic history. Its construction begun in 1209. It consists the Cēsis History Museum and Latvia’s oldest brewery, Cēsu Alus, in its granary. The Cēsis Castle park was laid out in 1812 and has the romantic characteristic of that time, with its winding footpaths, exotic plants, and the water of the pond reflecting the castle’s ruins. Nowadays also one of the towers is open for tourists

Kissa talo - Riika

Cat House

Location: 10 Meistaru iela, Riga

This Art Nouveau house was built in 1909 and it famous for its angry-looking cat statues on the turret rooftops.

Legend tells that the owner of the house wanted the cats to be placed with their tails turned towards the House of The Great Guild nearby, because the guild refused to accept his membership. It was later ordered that the cats should be turned so as to face the guild house.

Riga Old town

Vecrīga (Riga Old Town)

This historical heart of Riga, located on the east bank of Daugava River, is a beautiful site for promenades and feeling an old atmosphere. Notable attractions are included the Riga Cathedral and the Gothic St. Peter’s Church.

Jurmala ranta


Location: 25 kilometres west of Riga. Commuter rail connection from Riga.

Since the Soviet regime, Jūrmala has been known as a luxury-class beach resort.

The city has approx. 56,000 residents and its located between the Gulf of Riga and the Lielupe River.

Area offers a visitor about 33 kilometres long beach belt with white quartz sands and beautiful views towards to the Baltic Sea.

For a visitor looking for chance the hike and raise the adrenaline level, the Ķemeri National Park offers its services. This is the pearl of Baltic coast and suitable for many kinds of activities.



Location: Kurzeme region. Train and bus connections from Riga.

This port town has population appr. 75,000 and it is known as “The city where the wind is born”, for the constant sea breeze.

It houses several music festivals and is culturally rich.

Notable attractions are the Blue Flag level sandbeach, Karosta neigbourhood with the Czar-era mansions and the Seaside Park.

Mark Rothko artcenter

Mark Rothko Art Centre

Location: Mihaila iela 3, Daugavpils. Train and bus connections from Riga.

This multi-functional institute has been constructed over the memory of American-Latvian painter Mark Rothko and his artwork, consisting exhibition of Rothko’s works, reproductions and life with a digital exposition, video hall and Rothko Silent room,  as well as exhibitions of artists from Latvia and elsewhere Europe. Institute houses also residences for artists.


Mazã Pils

Location: Riga

This street has a remarkable building complex comprising numbers 17, 19 and 21.

These three houses are known as “Three Brothers” (Trīs brāļi) and they form the oldest complex of dwelling houses in Riga. The number 17 is oldest, constructed in late 15th century. The neighbouring house, 19 Maza Pils Street, has an exterior dating from 1646, with a stone portal added in 1746, having Manneristic influences.

The 21 Mazã Pils is a Baroque building from the late 1600s. There is also a couzy Parunasim kafe’teeka café on the street.


Photo: Samuel Jr



Location: Smilšu iela, Riga

This peaceful park located on the hill was formed in the 19th century after the debarking  of city bastions. On the one side of Bastejkalns is the Liberty Monument, while on the other the Blaumanis sculpture. Dividing the Old Town from the Central District with the Freedom Monument in the middle, Bastejkalns itself is divided by the winding Pilsetas Canal with the lovely bridges.

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