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Latvia Off The Beaten Path

  • Jaunpils palace

    Jaunpils palace is situated about 22 km north-west from the town of Dobele. This castle of the Livonian Order has been built in 1301, and practically it has not changed its outer appearance since the very beginning.

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  • Cruise from Riga to Stockholm

    While you are in Latvia for a long holiday, take the opportunity to visit Stockholm in Sweden and a wonderful cruise onboard excellent cruiseships across the Baltic Sea. You may take a three day and two night cruise to Stockholm from Riga via M/s Tallink Line. There are several classes of overnight cabins to suit one's budget and all cabins are...

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  • Storks on the field

    In the Latvia, in Valmiera district we saw the lot of storks on the field. The view was unusual ...

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  • The Rauna Bridge

    One kilometer upstream from the place where the Rauna flows into the Gauja. It is part of the Rîga - Valka rail line.It is the highest railroad bridge in the entire Baltic region.

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  • Jelgava

    Next palace by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, built in the 18th century. These days there's Agricultural University inside and tourists can visit some chambers on the first floor. We couldn't do it as everything was closed.

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  • Pilrundale -is a must

    12 kilometres west off Bauska a tourist will find a palace which is thought to be the most beautiful example of Baroque art in Latvia. It was designed by Bartolomeo Rastrelli- a famous designer who also designed The Winter Palace in Sankt Petersburg. The palace has more than 130 chambers . The most valuable of them is the gold chamber used as a...

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  • Bauska -empty ruins of the castle

    Bauska- a town on the way to Kaunas (80 kilometres south off Riga) is small and peaceful. You may stop for a while to visit the ruins of the Teutonic castle picturesquely situated on the bank of the river. It's said that it's possible to climb up the castle tower but the tower was closed and there was nobody inside. Nobody- except for two tourists...

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  • Even more off the beaten path - Jaunpils

    20 kilometres north-west off Dobele, in Jaunpils we found a nice little castle built in the 17th century on the ruins of the 13th century Teutonic castle. There's a museum inside-but rather small (subtitles in Latvian and Russian) and a hotel. By the castle we can see a 19th century watermill and a 16th century church which is said to have a...

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  • A sleepy town of Dobele

    Dobele is a town situated 30 kilometres west off Jelgava- we happened to be there while driving around to taste Latvia. There are remains of he Teutonic castle (13th century but renbuilt in 17th) but last residents left it in the 18th century. Just to stop for a while.

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  • Ferry in Ligatne (Ligatnes parceltuve)

    It is a unique ferry on the River Gauja. Doesn’t work in winter time. Absolutely for free. If You’ll find the ferry 1 km far from Ligatne. There is narrow mud road with many turnings.

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  • Nature’s trails in Ligatne

    Latvian nature, animals and plants. Animals from nature’s trail in Ligatne were bringing there from different places of Latvia. They were wounded or domesticated animal babies, who can’t survive without human’s help. Gauja’s River’s landscapes are also popular n nature’s trails in Ligatne. Here people can see rocks, woods and meadows.

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  • Beauty parlours in rural Latvia

    - Facial and body masks using natural products: exfoliation masks of salt, honey, oat-flakes and coffee grounds (use recommended before the sauna) or firming clay, algae or cucumber masks (used after sauna).- Herbal teas: peppermint, chamomile, linden, dropwort, cat’s paw, lady’s mantle etc. Used in the right combinations, these help cure a cold,...

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  • What is available for a healthy rest in...

    Sauna – it improves one’s feeling of wellness: recharges the batteries, stabilizes blood circulation, improves metabolism, facilitates skin cleansing as well as alleviates stress. Four types of saunas exist in Latvia:1. The wet sauna is the most common – here, water is poured on heated stones and people thrash each other using whisks made of...

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  • Travelling inside Latvia ? rustic...

    The travelling inside the country became very popular not only between tourists. Very often people from Riga go away from crowded city to enjoy calm and beautiful Latvia, choosing to live in rural guests houses during all holidays. These homes are located in a clean and well kempt countryside environment and, often, they are traditional farmsteads...

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  • Go to KOLKA !!!

    We all know that the Baltic Sea is not the warmest on earth. But a part from that little inconvenience, you will be delighted by the romanticism and magic of Latvian beaches. If you go to the Northwest of the country, you can visit Kolka, a very nice pleace where you can do some camping and enjoy a bonfire by the beach. Instead of palm trees,...

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  • Gaigalas House in Nida

    Nida village is close to the LIthuanian border, NOT to be confused with the much larger and famous Nida, Lithuania!The owners of the farmstead are beachcombers extraordinaire and have decorated their house and yard with things washed up by the sea. They will also sell you 100g of amber for about 5 lats (US$8.00) if you are interested.

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  • Edole Palace

    The first written material about Edole dates back to the year 1230. The Edole palace is one of the most interesting objects worth seeing in the area. It was built by the Bishop of Kurland in 1265, but afterwards, in 1561, it was acquired by Ulrich von Beer from Hannover. Nothing is left over from the ramparts and fortification structures of the...

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  • Ostriches

    Apparently, it is not necessary to go to Australia or the Riga Zoo, to watch these huge birds and their behavior. This can be done also in the homestead "Viesturi", Robeznieki parish, Kraslava district. A very kind owner will always find time to inform you about ostriches and their peculiarities. It is true that they are capricious, however, they...

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  • Ventspils

    I guess Ventspils is somewhat of the beaten track, not too many backpackers make it here. But why? I find the beach in Ventspils much much nicer and cleaner then Jurmala. The city itself is the cleanest in the region, as it is one of the wealthiest cities as well. They have an important harbour here, and if I m not wrong there is oil business here,...

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  • The quiet life thats not far from Riga

    Here is Kemeri national park. Great fro walking and full of birdlife and scenary. Must be worth the 1.5 lat return(about 75p/1 usd) fare on the train from Riga central station.Here is a beautifal walk and will take about 1.5 hrs to do at regular pace if you want to visit the peat bog as well. No entry fee for the park, but take a lunch with you as...

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  • Baltic Riveria

    The weather cleared and we decided to head to the "Baltic Riviera" -- the seaside town of Jurmala. We had the beach to ourselves. The water was warm, but very shallow and calm -- more like a big lake!

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  • What this?

    At sunny week-ends local residents and visitors of Ventspils like to walk down Ostas street along the River Venta; other popular places are the fountains "Ship Contemplator" and "Boats of The Sun" and the tidy and modern city centre. During summers the most popular spot is the city beach, that has been awarded the Blue Flag and Aquapark. The city...

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  • Venta's falls

    If you are fond of virgin nature, the atmosphere of a medieval town, the hospitality of people and the opportunity to participate in excellent cultural activities never experienced before, then Kuldiga is the right place for you to spend your holidays

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  • In the north-eastern corner...

    In the north-eastern corner of the Vidzeme province is the town of Aluksne, nestling on the shore of the Aluksne lake. In the town centre, between the lake and Pils Street, is Aluksne's Lutheran church, built between 1781 and 1788 on a foundation of natural rock. Unusually for a Latvian church, the walls are not plastered but of rubble. As you go...

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  • Former Soviet Rocket Base

    Some 4 km west of Eleja (a small town south of Jelgava) is a turn off to the left from the P103 into a forest. This small concrete road leads to an abandoned Soviet rocket base. There are four domes that cover the former launch bases and a bunker system in the middle, including storage rooms for rockets. Not to be seen everywhere ...

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  • Eskubideak

    Livoniak, berez, Estoniako eta Letoniako kostalde zati batzuk hartzen ditu. Livoniako herria bizi zen hor, Livoniera edo Livonkel mintzaira fino-ugriarreko herria. Gaur egun, 50 bat hiztun besterik ez dira geratzen, taula aipaturiko herrixka horietan, Letoniako Kurlandia eskualdeko iparraldean. Letoniako gobernu independente berriak Livõd Randa...

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  • Jurmala

    A coastal resort near Riga. The country is so small, that Riga is the only city. The rest of the country can almost be considered as its suburbs. The landscape is boring: flat, covered with pastures, farmland, forests and many lakes.

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  • Local museums

    It is an old picture of a village (Uzvara) south of Latvia, near the borders with Lithuania. Its local museum is simple, but interesting!

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  • Enjoy the lovely Latvian nature

    Latvia is just the most forested country in Europe. 1/3 of its population lives in the Riga the capital (800 000 inhabitants), the rest of country is a lot of forests, and there aren’t others big cities, excepting Daugavpils the second city, with 120 000 inhabitants. All the other towns have less then 100 000 inhabitants. That means, you can find...

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  • Latgale

    Latgale is an ancient and singular state in the eastern part of Latvia and is separated from the rest of Latvia by three rivers. Latgale is rightly called the Land of Blue Lakes or Lakeland. People who are knowledgeable about Latgale say that there are about a thousand lakes in it.

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  • View the city

    If you want to have a really good look at things from above, you can take a ride with some of these small motorised "hanggliders", I'm not sure what this thing is called but it was great.....the guy flying us was crazy, he was diving, circling and used any trick in the book to scare us up in the air. What a nice rush!

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  • Parachute

    If you jump out of a plane with one of the parachutes they offer you in Riga, you are a very brave/stupid/adventurous/poor person.....however it was a great experience. We jumped from an old Sovjet plane with old parachutes. We jumped alone on the first jump, the only basis we had was a two hours course about landing and packing the parachute, and...

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  • Sigulda is often missed by the...

    Sigulda is often missed by the hoards of backpackers who tour the Baltic capitals during their Baltic tour.

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  • Here's a small cave near the...

    Here's a small cave near the Gauja National Park. It's walls are sandstone and there's some ancient carvings from way back when, as well as more recent carvings. I would have carved my name but didn't have time.

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  • The sea and coastal zone,...

    The sea and coastal zone, which stretches 494 kilometres along the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Riga, is an important part of the Latvian landscape. Sand dunes of up to 32 metres, sandy beaches, rivers and their estuaries, forests, marshes and lakes form a continuous ecosystem that has developed as a result of interaction of the land and sea. During the...

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  • I'm not sure that everybody...

    I'm not sure that everybody miss this place, but I recommend it strongly - it is seaside between Ventspils and Liepaja, arount Pavilosta. Nature, nature, just nature :)(almost the same on lakes at Latgale - Eastern Latvia, I was there by bike on Eastern - and that was wonderful. Beautiful.)

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  • If you have a car, I would...

    If you have a car, I would suggest a visit to Kuldiga which is a nice, old-fashioned town in the western part of Latvia (Courland). Their main attraction is the widest waterfall in Europe, some 150 m!

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  • I you really want to...

    I you really want to experience the tourist-less, 'wild' countryside of Latvia, go to region called Latgale (eastern part of Latvia). Called the 'land of blue lakes' it gives not only access to unspoiled nature (forests, medows, hills, with few inhabitants around) but also a dramatic insight into poorer life in countryside.

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  • Bauska - is a small place not...

    Bauska - is a small place not far from Lithuanian border. It was unbelievable to find here such beautiful palace of the same architect who created Winter Palace in St.Petersburg (Russia). I mean Bartolomeo Rastrelly.

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  • everything out of riga... I...

    everything out of riga... I don't mean riga is not to visit..... simply don't stop there... there's plenty of place to see and to feel around latvia!

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