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ContentsIntroduction 2RigaOld Riga: the heart of Riga,Distinctive spots in the centre of Riga,Romantic Riga: Pārdaugava,Mežaparks and Sarkandaugava,Open-Air MusemA day by the seaJūrmala on foot, Jūrmala by car,Kurzeme fishing villages,Kurzeme coastal scenery,Wine and art Kurzeme style,Tukums areaBauska, Dobele, JelgavaMost stunning castles and parks,Step into a fairytale at Tērvete,Mysterious Zemgale,Jelgava, unusual Zemgale sights,Picturesque banks of the Daugava,Knights and talesCēsis, Sigulda, LīgatneLeisure activities in Sigulda,History of Sigulda,The ancient Gauja River valley,Boating on Gauja River,Natural scenery in the Līgatne area,Deer garden, Vienkoči Park,Medieval Cēsis,Cliffs and waterfalls around Cēsis,Saulkrasti, Bīriņi and Igate castles481216For more information 321


Most stunning castles and parksJan-Dec12 Step into a fairytale at Tērvete 13Jan-DecBauska, Dobele, JelgavaJust the two of you or the whole family – romantics at heart willappreciate these sumptuous castles and parks!Rundāle Palace (77), the brightest jewel in the crown of Latvianarchitecture, is located 10 km from Bauska. The palace of JohannBiron, favourite of Russian Tsarina Anna Ivanovna, was built bylegendary Russian court architect Francesco Rastrelli, and is anoutstanding monument of Baroque and Rococo art. Visitors willappreciate the palace’s impressive facade, lavish interiors andfantastic Baroque-style rose garden, home to Latvia’s largestcollection of roses. The palace also regularly hosts first-classconcerts and performances. On the way back through Bauska, stopat Bauska Castle (78) between the Mūsa and Mēmele rivers –Latvia’s only example of Mannerism-period castle architecture andapplied decorative arts typical of the Duchy of Courland. Severaldisplays on castle history and historical garments are on show here,and you can climb the central tower for a panoramic view of Bauska.7 km away, Mežotne Palace (79), on the other hand, is Latvia’s moststriking example of Classicism architecture. Most magnificent ofall is its Dome Hall. The palace was built on the orders of RussianEmpress Catherine I for her children’s beloved governess Charlottevon Lieven. A well-maintained English-style garden surrounds thecastle.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Bauska can also bereached by bus (www.autoosta.lv).Not far from Riga you’ll find a forest where Latvian folktales come alive.Tērvete Nature Park (80), one of Latvia’s most popular and familyfriendlytourist destinations lies within easy reach, about 70 km fromRiga. In 2009, the park was recognized as a European Destinationof Excellence by the EDEN project. It’s a fantastic place to spenda whole day with the family – there are walking trails, children’splaygrounds, and you can look at fairytale characters and more than100 wooden sculptures of animals and insects. Within the park, youcan go for a bike ride, take the Fairytale Train, or try horse riding.Paths lead through pine forest which is over 300 years old. Severalleisure and picnic spots, as well as cafes can be found in the park.Between May and October the park’s youngest visitors can alsomake friends with live fairytale characters – bears, dwarves, witchesand folktale mothers. On the way back, stop at Jelgava (81). Take alook at the restored St. Trinity Church tower. This was the first stonechurch in Europe to be built for a Lutheran congregation. It is alsoworth visiting the G. Eliass Jelgava History and Art Museum andJelgava Castle. By the light of lanterns in the Jelgava Castle cellar,you can pay a visit to the crypts of Biron, Duke of Courland and theKettlers.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Jelgava can also bereached by minibus, train (www.ldz.lv) or bus (www.autoosta.lv).The central region of Latvia, intersected by the Lielupe River, hashistorically been home to truly influential people and significant(both real and mythical) events. This region of wide plains andancient towns has long been Latvia’s granary. Today travellersto this area are most often drawn to its historical and majesticcastles and parks. Along the shores of the Daugava, visit the ruinsof Latvia’s first stone building and an ancient Latvian woodenfortress and get to know Lāčplēsis, hero of the Latvian epic poem.Bauska Tourism Information CentreTērvete Tourism Information CentreTourism association of ZemgaleJelgava Tourism Information CentreTourist HotlineTourism association of Zemgale12 13 Tourist Hotline13ii


Mysterious Zemgale14 Jelgava, unusual Zemgale sights 15 Picturesque banks of the Daugava 16 Knights and tales17Jan-DecJan-DecJan-DecJan-DecAncient castle ruins, a mystical forest and medieval ghosts – a day tripfor adventure seekers!Dobele (82) is located 70 km from Riga. Several reasons makestopping at this small Zemgale town worthwhile. Firstly, theromantic Livonian Order castle ruins, which you can roam in thecompany of an elegant maid of honour. Secondly, Dobele is hometo Europe’s largest lilac garden with over 130 lilac varieties – wordscannot describe the fragrance in the air in late May! During othertimes of the year, visitors are welcome to taste and fill their ownbaskets with sweet cherries and raspberries, or to sample andpurchase apples and pears. Thirdly, you can drop in at the DobeleCrafts House, where visitors can take part in creative workshops andfind out about ancient Latvian crafts – weaving, wattling, knittingand many more. 14 km along unpaved roads towards Auce liesthe Pokaiņi Forest (83). Its mysterious stone rivers, mounds andramparts have been made famous by legends mentioning ancientholy sites and inexplicable occurrences. Explore the walking trailwith informative signposts, but a guide will give you the full story.30 km further towards Tukums, you’ll reach Jaunpils Castle (84). ThisLivonian Order fortress offers it guests medieval-themed excursions,eerie ghost stories and a unique culinary experience, with cuisinebased on medieval recipes.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Dobele can also bereached by minibus or bus (www.autoosta.lv).A route full of surprises and striking impressions.Machinegun Hill and the Christmas Battle Museum (85) arelocated less than 25 km from capital city Riga. During World War I, thiswas where the first Latvian national army was formed and dramaticbattles took place, and you can still see trenches and battle modelshere. There is also a museum and observation point. About 20 kmaway towards Jelgava you’ll arrive at Valgunde Monastery (86).Take the unique opportunity to hear the remarkable story of themonastery’s creation, see its residents going about their everydaybusiness, and take a look at the beautiful places of worship andsacred icon collection. When visiting the monastery, women arestrongly advised to wear a skirt or dress, and cover their headwith a scarf. You should definitely stop off at nearby Jelgava (81).Jelgava is a town with an ancient and thrilling history. It’s worthvisiting both the impressive Jelgava Castle and the crypts of theDukes of Courland, Biron and Kettler in the castle cellar, as well asthe Jelgava History and Art Museum in the former Academia Petrinabuilding. We also recommend taking a look at the restored belltower of St. Trinity Church – the first stone church in Europe builtfor a Lutheran congregation. The tower holds displays of historicalinformation on Latvia’s presidents, and you can also do a virtualwalk-through of the destroyed church, try your hand at making aZemgale folk costume, enjoy a delicious meal and see panoramicviews of Jelgava from a height of 50m.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Jelgava can also bereached by minibus, train (www.ldz.lv) or bus (www.autoosta.lv).Prepare yourself for a lovely long trek through Latvia’s largest parks! Thisroute is especially beautiful in springtime.At Salaspils Botanical Gardens (87), 25 km from Riga, you can seeboth traditional Latvian flowers and a wide range of exotic plants.The gardens boast the largest collection of plants in the Baltics aswell as one of Europe’s biggest arboretums. The botanical gardensare beautiful throughout the seasons, but at their most stunningin spring and autumn. A few kilometres away you can visit theSalaspils Memorial (88). The 25-hectare park was established onthe site of a World War II concentration camp and tells the importantstory of some of the tragic pages in our country’s history. This isone of the largest memorial complexes for victims of fascism inEurope. Dole Island (89) stands in the middle of Latvia’s principalriver, the Daugava. The island is a popular spot for romantic strolls,especially on spring evenings when it offers views of unforgettablesunsets. Lovely views are also to be had at Dole Manor castle ruins,set in a 19th century landscape park. Visitors are also welcome atthe nearby Daugava Museum, focusing on local history, as well asthe Fisherman’s Yard Open-Air Complex, where you can see howlamprey fishermen lived at the beginning of the 20th century. Themuseum has about 50 000 items in its collection. Accommodationand a pub are also available.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Salaspils can also bereached by train (www.ldz.lv) or bus (www.autoosta.lv).Along the picturesque banks of the Daugava, you’ll discover ancientsites telling stories of life in the Dark Ages.Driving towards Daugavpils from Riga, you’ll reach Ikšķile (90) – oneof the oldest towns in Latvia. Here you’ll have a view of St. Meinard’sIsland, home to the ruins of Latvia’s oldest stone building – a churchbuilt in the early 12th century by Meinard, a monk from Lübeck.Continuing your journey, you’ll arrive at Lielvārde (91). UldevenaWooden Castle is definitely worth a visit here. The castle, mentionedin the Chronicles of Indriķis, has been restored using various ancientbuildings as examples. Houses, workshops and reconstructionsof historical garments can be seen here. On the very banks of theDaugava, where the Castle of the Archbishop of Riga stood in the13th century, you’ll now find romantic ruins, the Lielvarde Manorlandscape garden and a small waterfall. If you’re interested in why thehero of Latvia’s most famous epic poem has the ears of a bear, visitthe Lāčplēšis Museum dedicated to him. You can also find out moreon the legendary Belt of Lielvārde – a traditional part of the Latviannational costume, which has 22 ancient mystical signs woven into it.If you have some time left, it’s worth travelling an additional 45 kmtowards Daugavpils to see the Koknese Castle ruins (92). Once thesite of a castle of ancient Latvian rulers and later the fortress of Riga’sfounder Bishop Albert, these are now among Latvia’s most romanticcastle ruins.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Ikšķile can also bereached by train (www.ldz.lv) or bus (www.autoosta.lv).iiDobele Tourism Information CentreJelgava Tourism Information CentreĶekava Tourism Information CentreKoknese Tourism Information CentreTourism association of ZemgaleTourism association of ZemgaleTourism association of ZemgaleTourism association of ZemgaleTourist HotlineTourist HotlineTourist HotlineTourist Hotline14 15ii


Leisure activities in Sigulda18 History of Sigulda19Jan-DecJan-DecCēsis, Sigulda, LīgatneSigulda is less than 50 km from Riga. Great for a holiday, the town offersexcellent leisure opportunities in a stunning natural environment.On the way to Sigulda, 47 km from Riga, on the rightof the Pskov (Pleskava) highway, you’ll find the uniqueAerodium vertical wind tunnel (93), one of the most popularattractions at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The tunnel makesdreams come true – professional trainers help you control the windand fly!Later, stop at the Mežakaķis (wildcat) (94) adventure park inSigulda. You’ll have to awaken your hidden Mowgli-like agility toovercome the difficult challenges set by this testing forest trail.Popular skiing slope Reiņa trase (95) transforms into a golf coursein summer, as well as offering more extreme activities – summermountain-boarding and roller skating.The breathtaking views at Sigulda Adventure Park (96) makeevery activity an unforgettable adventure – the Tarzan obstaclecourse, the tobogganing track, Sigulda Ferris wheel and more. TheBobsleigh and Luge Track (97), also boasting great views, givesvisitors the chance to try rides on the vučko (soft bob), or winter andsummer bobs.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Sigulda can also bereached by train (www.ldz.lv) or bus (www.autoosta.lv).In the Middle Ages, Sigulda stood at the boundary of the Rigaarchdiocese with the lands of the Livonian Order. Three historical centresremain intact today: Sigulda, Turaida un Krimulda.Not far from the centre of Sigulda are the Livonian Ordercastle ruins (98), in summer becoming an open-air concert venuewhich has played host to the annual Sigulda Opera Festival for thepast 18 years. Right next door is the New Sigulda Castle (99) built byPrince Kropotkin – an impressive example of the early 20th centurynational style. One of Sigulda’s most popular tourist attractions is theGūtmaņala cave (100) – the largest suffusion cave in the Baltic States– slightly further away from the town centre towards Turaida. The caveis famous for its enchanting legend – it was carved out by the handsof a local gardener as a meeting place with his beloved Rose. The girlwas the intended of a Polish officer, but being faithful to her lover, shechose to go her death instead. Turaida Castle (101) is one of the mostpopular tourist destinations in Latvia. Every year, it draws large numbersof visitors as well as local craftsmen with their wares. The 13th centuryfortress is one of the most impressive monuments of the so-called BrickGothic style in the Baltic Sea region. Fascinating excursions are availableat the castle complex, which also includes Vidzeme’s oldest woodenchurch. At the Turaida Museum Reserve you can take a walk along thepicturesque Dainu Hill – a garden of sculptures dedicated to Latvian folksongs and folklore characters.The Gauja National Park is a magnet for nature lovers. Its magnificentlandscapes change throughout the seasons: in spring, white birdcherryblossoms cover its gentle green valleys; in summer, boaterstake to the waters of the Gauja River; autumn’s first frosts bringrainbows of colour to the ancient valleys of Sigulda and Krimulda;and in winter the local hills await skiers, bobsledders and otherwinter sports enthusiasts. And don’t forget flying in a verticalwind tunnel, 333 sandstone caves and a Soviet nuclear bunker!iSigulda Tourism Information CentreGauja National Park Visitors CentreVidzeme Tourism AssociationTourist HotlineiSigulda Tourism Information CentreGauja National Park Visitors CentreVidzeme Tourism AssociationTourist Hotline16 17


the ancient Gauja River valley 20 Boating on Gauja River21 Natural scenery in the Līgatne area 22 Deer garden, Vienkoči Park23Jan-DecApr-Oct.Jan-DecJan-DecLatvia’s most popular tourist destination in autumn – discover why!Krimulda is separated from Sigulda by the ancient Gauja River valley,especially vibrant in autumn. On the Krimulda side, take a look at theKrimulda castle ruins (102).Continuing on your way, visit Krimulda Church (103) – one ofLatvia’s oldest churches. The church is the starting point for theKubesele nature trail (104), which offers 3 km of superb sceneryand interesting sights.The picturesque Serpentine Road (105), constructed in the 19thcentury in honour of a visit by the Russian Czar Alexander II, leadsfrom Krimulda to Sigulda. Hiring a bike or driving are the easiestways to see Sigulda’s most beautiful spots – the large woodenEmperor’s Seat (Ķeizarkrēsls) (106), Festival Square and Ferriswheel (107), Gleznotāju (Painters’) Hill (108), with a stunningview of the ancient Gauja River valley, Turaida and its Castle (109),as well as the shops and cafes of Sigulda town centre (110).On the way back to Krimulda you can ride the Sigulda CableCar (111) – a fantastic way to take in the splendour of the ancientGauja River valley. Real adrenaline seekers can even bungee jumpfrom the cable car!Sigulda can be reached by train (www.ldz.lv) or bus(www.autoosta.lv).The Gauja is Latvia’s most popular river for boating. The stretch betweenCēsis and Sigulda is the river valley’s most beautiful, offering wonderfulviews of Devonian period rock outcrops, ravines, cliffs and sandybeaches.We recommend Skaļupe (Loud river) (112) as your startingpoint. For about a kilometre, before reaching the Līgatne Ferry,boaters can enjoy views of the striking sandstone rock outcropswhich appear along the Gauja banks for 600 metres. From the boatyou can enjoy unhurried views of the Līņu (Tench) Cliffs (113),Enkurakmens (Anchor rock) (114) and the impressive, almost20m high Spriņģu rock (115). The rapids at this spot make for abumpier ride. The Līgatne Ferry (116) is also a convenient spot tostart your boat trip – at the site of the Gauja’s only ferry. Further alongthe route you’ll see the reddish Katrīnas rock or Nāru (Mermaid)Cliff (117) that takes its name from the story of a young girl whothrew herself into the river because of her unrequited love. The 50mhigh Gūdu Cliff (118) has some small caves, only visible from thewater. Four unknown fossil species have been discovered in theyellow-coloured Launaga (Afternoon tea) Rock (119). NearingSigulda, Turaida Castle (101) rises up from afar – every bendreveals a view worthy of a postcard. You can conclude your boatride at the Sigulda site (120), closer to Turaida Castle, or at the nextsite, Lielais akmens (Big rock) (121) – closer to Sigulda. For moreinformation about organising boat trips, get in touch with the listedtourist information centres.In the Līgatne area, take in a natural-habitat zoo, 333 caves and ahistorical paper factory!The Līgatne Nature Trails (122) are conveniently located nearthe town of Līgatne, 70 km from Riga. They are a must-see forany true nature lover. The 5 km-long nature trails are a showcaseof typically Latvian natural scenery and feature an open-air zoowhere wild animals and birds native to Latvia live in their naturalhabitat. Līgatne’s horse breeders also offer horse rides here. Līgatneand its surrounding area are home to the largest concentration ofsandstone rocks and artificial caves in Latvia – 333 caves altogether!In times gone by, local residents created them as cellars for storingfood for the winter – the countless labyrinths of caves can still beseen today. We recommend doing this in the company of a localguide – it’s not hard to get lost here. The most striking sandstoneoutcrop in the area is Zvārtes rock (123) on the banks of the AmataRiver. From the top, you’ll have a superb view of the swift river andthe cliffs along its shores – this is one of Latvia’s best-known naturallandscapes. The Līgatne Paper Mill (124), on the other hand, is theoldest operating paper manufacturer in Latvia. In its beginnings,the factory relied on a watermill, still in operation today, and factoryvisitors can see the paper manufacturing process with their own eyes.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Līgatne can alsobe reached by train (www.ldz.lv) or bus (www.autoosta.lv).A route for those looking for quality outdoor relaxation.The Allaži Nature Trails (125) can be found most easily by drivingthrough Sigulda – they are 8 km outside the town (a small part of theroute is on unpaved roads). The nature trails are part of a reserve on theancient shore of the Baltic Ice Lake. Karst sinkholes and other naturalphenomena can be observed here. 20 km outside Sigulda along anunpaved road, you’ll reach the Saulstari deer safari park (126).The 170-hectare park is home to over 300 animals: red, fallowand white deer, and wild boar. Visitors can help feed the deer andfind out more about them. Heading towards Līgatne, you’ll reachVienkoči Park (127). The park is an unusual woodcraft museumwith sculptures and other art objects, created from single pieces ofwood by an ancient method, placed along its unspoilt nature trails.The brave can even cross the pond on a log raft. The park also offersevening excursions by torchlight. The perfect spot to end the dayis the Līgatne Rehabilitation Centre (128), where the tired canindulge in some health and beauty treatments, while those stillfeeling active can enjoy the scenery on foot, bicycle or try out Nordicwalking with poles. You can also venture into the rehabilitationcentre cellar to look at a Soviet-period top-secret bunker. You canspend the whole day at the rehabilitation centre, whose inclusionin the Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011 book proves you will not bebored.18iSigulda Tourism Information CentreGauja National Park Visitors CentreVidzeme Tourism AssociationTourist HotlineiSigulda Tourism Information CentreGauja National Park Visitors CentreLīgatne Tourism Information CentreVidzeme Tourism AssociationTourist HotlineiLīgatne Tourism Information CentreVisitor centre by Ligatne Nature TrailsVidzeme Tourism AssociationTourist HotlineiSigulda Tourism Information CentreLīgatne Tourism Information CentreVidzeme Tourism AssociationTourist Hotline19


Medieval Cēsis24 Cliffs and waterfalls around Cēsis 25 Saulkrasti26 Bīriņi and Igate castles27Jan-DecApr-Oct.Jan-DecJan-DecThe medieval town of Cēsis and its surroundings are a real treat forhistory fans.Not far from Cēsis, Āraiši (129) has a number of sights worth visiting.First of all, the Āraiši Lake Castle – a restored 9th century ancientLatvian settlement on an island in the Āraiši Lake. The remains ofan ancient settlement with approximately 150 buildings werediscovered here, and the homes were reconstructed in line withexamples found in archaeological excavations. Not far from theLake Castle stand the Livonian Order Castle ruins, as well as the 19thcentury Āraiši Lutheran Church. It’s also worth paying a visit to theVāvere Public House ensemble, which was an important meetingplace for Latvian farmers and travellers after it was built in the early19th century. The romantic Āraiši Windmill and miller’s house are alsoclose by. Cēsis (130) is a picturesque town with a history spanningover 800 years. Visit the Cēsis Livonian Order Castle – the mostimpressive and well preserved complex of ruins in Latvia and oneof the country’s first stone buildings. Next door is the New Castle,now home to the Cēsis Museum of History and Art. You can go onsome interesting excursions here, for example, trying out medievalamusements like archery or tests of strength and agility. Also on themust-see list – the town’s crooked, cobblestoned streets, St. John’sChurch and Rose Square, site of important public announcementsand punishments in the Middle Ages.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Cēsis can also bereached by train (www.ldz.lv) or bus (www.autoosta.lv).The Cēsis area has more waterfalls and rock outcrops than anywhereelse in Latvia!Ieriķi Watermill Park (131) lies 72 km from Riga on the Pleskava(Pskov) highway. On the steep banks of the Melderupīte river, a300-year-old watermill wall with a restored millwheel completesthe park’s romantic feel. The walking trails on the river banks lead toseven waterfalls of varying heights. 8 km towards Kārļi, one of thehighest rock outcrops in Latvia rises from the banks of the AmataRiver – the 45 m Ainavu (Landscape) Cliff (132). The cliff topoffers a spectacular view of the ancient Amata valley. Rauna (133)– one of Vidzeme’s loveliest towns – is located 102 km from Riga.The Rauna Castle ruins stand in the town centre – all that is leftof the mighty 13th century residence of the Archdiocese of Riga.Today the ruins are a beautiful place for walks, especially in theevenings, when the surrounding park is brightly illuminated. Thecharming Rauna Church has been restored several times. The 13thcentury moulding Adam and Eve, as well as the 16th century Christon the Cross have been preserved inside the church. A couple ofkilometres from the town centre, you’ll find the 5m high RaunasStaburags – a picturesque travertine rock formation, criss-crossedby tens of springs flowing through it into the river. The Staburagscliff is covered by over a hundred species of moss and algae.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Rauna can also bereached by bus (www.autoosta.lv).A day on the shores of the Vidzeme bay – enjoy white sand beaches,explore a museum of historical bicycles and pay a visit to BaronMunchausen, the magnificent liar!Saulkrasti (134), one of the coastal towns most popular withholidaymakers, is next to the Riga–Tallinn highway, 30 km fromRiga, or an hour’s train ride away. Here, on the seashore, you canwalk along the White Dune, have a look at the intriguing BicycleMuseum, or relax on the Saulkrasti beach, which stretches over 15km. Continuing towards Tallinn, you’ll arrive at a real kingdom offantasy – the Munchausen Museum at Dunte (135). This unusualmuseum honours a genuine historic character, charismatic Baronvon Munchausen the unsurpassed king of lies and fantasy, whoselife was almost as strange as his wonderful stories. The Baron spentthe best years of his turbulent life at the Dunte Manor. You can alsotake a look at a wax museum of important individuals in the historyof Latvia, reach the sea along a walking trail or visit the pub. TheMunchausen Museum has been the most visited museum in Latviafor a number of years. 10 km further on, Liepupe village (136) isworth visiting to see the 18th century Liepupe Manor complex,listed as an architectural monument, as well as the small LiepupeChurch – one of the rare European churches with its altar locatedin the middle.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Saulkrasti can also bereached by train (www.ldz.lv) or bus (www.autoosta.lv).A castle excursion, a summer toboggan ride, a walk through anarboretum and watching the sunset on the beach – all the ingredientsfor a romantic day in the great outdoors.Rāmkalni Leisure Park (137) is located 35 km from Riga on thebanks of the Gauja River. Rāmkalni offers leisure activities for thewhole family – summer tobogganing and other fun rides, cycling orboat trips, as well as wonderful views from the restaurant terrace onthe waterfront. The whole day can be spent at Rāmkalni if you wish.However, continuing your journey towards Limbaži, you’ll discoverthe romantic Bīriņi Castle (138). The castle’s novel architecture,wonderful park and charming love stories will surprise you. Thecastle’s owners have always been honourable and respected folk.Visitors can take a tour through the castle museum and landscapegarden, go horse riding or take a trip by cart, organise a picnic orenjoy lunch in the castle restaurant. 20 km away, Igate Castle (139)is a fantastic neo-Renaissance building which currently houses aromantic hotel and is encircled by a delightfully landscaped garden.On the way back, we recommend taking the Riga-Tallinn highway.At sunset, stop at Saulkrasti (134), to celebrate the day’s end bywatching the sun sink into the sea.You will need a car to travel the full route, but Rāmkalni can also bereached by bus (www.autoosta.lv).iiCēsis Tourism Information CentreCēsis Tourism Information CentreSaulkrasti Tourism Information CentreLimbaži Tourism Information CentreGauja National Park Visitors CentreTourist HotlineVidzeme Tourism AssociationSaulkrasti Tourism Information CentreVidzeme Tourism AssociationTourist HotlineVidzeme Tourism Association20Tourist HotlineTourist Hotline21ii


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Gulf of RigaTourist Sites in Riga21 - Bergs Bazaar (www.bergabazars.lv)22 - Elizabetes iela23 - Tērbatas iela40393836374124 - Brīvības iela25 - Skolas iela26 - Alberta iela (www.riga.lv)27 - Riga Jugendstils Museum (www.jugendstils.riga.lv)28 - Akmens tilts29 - AB Dambis35333432292827262322 2521244230 - Uzvaras (Victory) Park31 - Arkādija Park32 - Kalnciems Quarter33 - Āgenskalns Water Tower34 - St. Martin’s Lutheran Church35 - University of Latvia Botanical Gardens (www.nbd.gov.lv)30 3136 - Mežaparks37 - Riga Zoo (www.rigazoo.lv)38 - Sarkandaugava39 - Aldaris Park40 - Latvian Culture Museum Dauderi (www.history-museum.lv)41 - Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum42 - Riga Motor Museum (www.motormuzejs.lv)01,15 km27


Tourist Sites in Jūrmala46 - Lienes iela47 - Viktorijas iela52 - O. Kalpaka prospekts53 - 19. līnija58 - Puķu iela59 - Mellužu prospekts48 - Konkordijas iela54 - Rotas iela60 - Strēlnieku prospekts43 - Majori49 - Gulf of Riga55 - Jūrmala Open-Air Museum (www.jurmalasmuzejs.lv)61 - Ķemeri Park (www.jurmala.lv)44 - Jūrmala Museum (www.jurmalasmuzejs.lv)50 - Līvu Aquapark (www.akvaparks.lv)56 - Ragakāpa Nature Reserve (www.jurmala.lv)45 - Jomas iela51 - Lielupe57 - Melluži49Gulf of Riga5552 53 54 565150454447 46 484360585957610580 m


9395Tourist Sites in Sigulda93 - Aerodium vertical wind tunnel (www.aerodium.lv)941710294 - Mežakaķis (wildcat) (www.kakiskalns.lv)95 - Reiņa trase (www.reinatrase.lv)96 - Sigulda Adventure Park (www.tarzans.lv)97 - Bobsleigh and Luge Track (www.tourism.sigulda.lv)98 - Livonian Order castle ruins (www.tourism.sigulda.lv)99 - New Sigulda Castle (www.tourism.sigulda.lv)96100 - Gūtmaņala cave (www.gnp.lv)101 - Turaida Castle (www.turaida-muzejs.lv)97102 - Krimulda castle ruins (www.tourism.sigulda.lv)9998103 - Krimulda Church (www.tourism.sigulda.lv)104 - Kubesele nature trail (www.gnp.lv)105 - Serpentine Road (www.tourism.sigulda.lv)106 - Emperor’s Seat (Ķeizarkrēsls) (www.tourism.sigulda.lv)107 - Ferris wheel (www.tourism.sigulda.lv)108 - Gleznotāju (Painters’) Hill (www.tourism.sigulda.lv)109 - Turaida and its Castle (www.turaida-muzejs.lv)110 - Sigulda town centre (www.tourism.sigulda.lv)111 - Sigulda Cable Car (www.tourism.sigulda.lv)0 200 m31


For more information:General information:www.latvia.travel – Official Latvian Tourism Portalwww.liveriga.com – Information on Riga and tourism in Rigawww.rigassatiksme.lv – public transport in Rigawww.autoosta.lv – intercity buseswww.ldz.lv – intercity trainsTourist Hotline 1188An official tourist information line called Tourist Hotline 1188 hasbeen set up for tourist convenience. It provides for:- Informative support for tourists in emergency situations (forexample, in the case of theft or fraud, settling consular issues,medical aid, car accidents, roadside assistance);- Registration and acceptance of claims and proposals from tourists;- Information on transport services (routes, schedules, ticket priceand payment, trains, buses, taxi, flights, public transportation,e-tickets, etc.);- Help for tourists to orient themselves on the map and help infinding the closest services providers;- Translation services for tourists in problematic situations (in Latvian,Russian, English and German);- Direct connection with a required phone number;- Information on events (cinema, concerts, opera, exhibitions, sport,etc.);- Contacts of business information and services;- Sending basic information to a mobile phone via SMS (contacts,addresses, transport schedules, etc.);- Booking tickets, connecting with ticket offices;- Sending more extensive information to a mobile phone via SMSor “Wap Push” (movie showings, short instructions, guide, links tomobile content sites, etc.). Provision of Tourist Hotline 1188 service:- Service is available throughout the entire territory of Latviafor subscribers of all telecommunication networks and foreignsubscribers calling to 1188;- Service is available outside the territory of Latvia by using theinternational phone code: +371 6700 1188;- Service is available 24-hours a day;- Service is provided in Latvia, Russian, English and German;- The price for a call is set according to the tariffs of the phoneoperator;- Users roaming will receive an information message regarding theservice when arriving in Latvia.Tourism information:Riga:Riga Tourism Information Centre:Rīga, Rātslaukums 6, Tel. +371 67037900tic@liveriga.lv, www.liveriga.comItineraries no. 1-5Jūrmala:Jūrmala Tourism Information Centre:Majori, Lienes iela 5, Tel. +371 67147900, +371 67147902info@jurmala.lv, www.jurmala.lv, www.tourism.jurmala.lvItineraries no. 6, 7Ķemeri National Park Information Centre:Ķemeri, “Meža māja”, Tel. +371 67730078, +371 67146824kemeri@daba.gov.lvItineraries no. 7-9Regions:Bauska Tourism Information Centre:Bauska, Rātslaukums 1, Tel. +371 63923797tourinfo@bauska.lv, www.tourism.bauska.lvItinerary no. 12Cēsis Tourism Information Centre:Cēsis, Pils laukums 9, Tel. + 371 64121815info@cesis.lv, www.tourism.cesis.lvItineraries no. 24, 25Dobele Tourism Information Centre:Dobele, Baznīcas iela 6, Tel. +371 63723074turisms@dobele.lv, www.zemgaletourism.lvItinerary no. 14Gauja National Park Visitors Centre:Sigulda, Baznīcas iela 7, Tel. +371 67800388ac@gnp.lv, www.gnp.lvItineraries no. 18-21, 24, 27Ķekava Tourism Information Centre:Ķekava, Doles Tautas nams, Rīgas iela 26, Tel. +371 67935826www.kekava.lvItinerary no. 16Koknese Tourism Information Centre:Koknese, Melioratoru iela 1, Tel. +371 65161296tic@koknese.apollo.lv, www.koknese.lvItinerary no. 17Tourism association of Kurzeme:Kuldīga, Baznīcas iela 5, Tel. +371 63322259kta@kuldiga.lv, www.kurzeme.lvItineraries no. 8-11Visitor centre by Ligatne Nature Trails:Līgatnes pagasts, Līgatnes novads, Tel. +371 64153313ac@gnp.gov.lvItinerary no. 22Līgatne Tourism Information Centre :Līgatne, Spriņģu iela 2, Tel. +371 64153169info@visitligatne.lv, www.visitligatne.lvItineraries no. 21-23Limbaži Tourism Information Centre:Limbaži, Torņa iela 3, Tel. +371 64070608limbtic@apollo.lv, www.visitlimbazi.lvItinerary no. 27Roja Tourism Information Centre:Roja, Selgas iela 33, Tel. +371 63269594rojatic@inbox.lv, www.roja.lvItinerary no. 9Sabile Tourism Information Centre:Sabile, Pilskalna iela 6, Tel. +371 63252344tic_sabile@inbox.lvItinerary no. 10Saulkrasti Tourism Information Centre:Saulkrasti, Ainažu iela 13b, Tel. +371 67952641tic@saulkrasti.lvItineraries no. 26, 27Sigulda Tourism Information Centre:Sigulda, Raiņa iela 3, Tel. +371 67971335info@sigulda.lv, www.tourism.sigulda.lvItineraries no. 18-21, 23, 27Tērvete Tourism Information Centre:Tērvetes novads, “Tērvetes sils”, Tel. +371 63726212tervetetic@inbox.lv, www.zemgaletourism.lvItinerary no. 13Tukums Tourism Information Centre:Tukums, Talsu iela 5, Tel. +371 63124451tic@tukums.lv, www.visittukums.lvItineraries no. 10-11Vidzeme Tourism Association :Cēsis, Pils laukums 1, Tel. +371 64122011info@vidzeme.com, www.vidzeme.comItineraries no. 18-24, 26, 27Tourism association of Zemgale:Bauska, Rātslaukums 1, Tel. +371 63923797info@travelzemgale.lv, www.travelzemgale.lvItineraries no. 12-17© Latvian Tourism Development Agency, 2011Photos: from the archives of the Latvian Tourism DevelopmentAgency, V.Deščenko, V.Kleins, A.Kendenkovs, I.Urtāns, M.Kudrjavcevs,M.Lablaiks, G.Dukšte (www.fotobanka.lv).Not for salewww.latvia.travelJelgava Tourism Information Centre:Jelgava, Akadēmijas iela1, Tel. +371 63005445tic@tornis.jelgava.lv32Itineraries no. 13, 1533- on foot- for families- boating- naturalattractions- heritage andcultural attractions- leisure &recreation- by bicycle- by car- by publictransport


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