Koknese Things to Do
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The castle was built in 1209 by Albert, the Bishop of Riga - the most successfull of Crusade leaders in 13th century in Baltics. During the next centuries the castle belonged to Archbishop of Riga (who had his own feodal state in Livonia), various his vassals and also Livonian Order when it was in state of war with Archbishop of Riga. Even one of Archibishops was held as a prisoner in this castle. The castle was destroyed by Saxons during Great Northern War in 1701 when they left the castle after unsuccessful fight with Swedish Army. Actually what you can see today is very different from medieval times (and even from 50 years old history) not only because castle is ruined, but also because during 1960-ies the hydroelectric power station was built near Aizkaukle town (some 15 km down the river) and because of a dam the water level came to the rudiments of castle. So, now castle is right next to water, but only 50 years ago it was on a sheer cliff. At least in summer there is small admission fee to visit ruins.
You can get to Koknese by train or by bus. It is located on the way from Riga to Daugavpils or Rezekne, so if you are going this way and have a time you can stop there for few hours or a night. But keep in mind that not all of the buses or trains going this route have a stop in Koknese.