A list of the most interesting, it is possible to tell, obligatory for visiting attractions.
Latvia is bordered by Estonia, Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and the Baltic sea.
The country is a mix of city landmarks and picturesque scenery of nature. Most of the interesting architectural monuments are concentrated in the capital city of Riga. From waterfalls to national parks, Latvia is very interesting for travelers. Beaches, forests and medieval villages attract many people from different countries of the world, and the only problem may be just a choice, what places to visit first. I bring to your attention the list of top 10 attractions of Latvia that will interest you.
On the Eastern coast of the Baltic sea is the city of Liepaja, which was the capital of Latvia during the First world war. The city is divided into two halves, one of which is a traditional urban center. The Northern half known as Karosta, where once was located a secret Russian military base. As a result, the architecture of Liepaja varies depending on what part of town you are in. Most visitors come here for the stunning white sandy beaches. Vecliepaja, and Dienvidrietumu are two of the most popular beach, but even they rarely overflow. One of the beaches Karosta — the venue of the annual music festival which takes place in July.
Gauja national Park
Much of Latvia is covered by natural landscapes, the Gauja national Park is an example of pristine environment. You can seclude yourself amidst nature and get the most travel experiences. Caves, cliffs and other rock formations are the main attractions of the Park. If deep down you caver — go on a tour of the huge caves among which the most popular Gutmanala. The walls of this cave are covered with ancient inscriptions, and the legend says that its waters have healing powers. Along the coast crosses the Park of the River Gauja stretches breathtaking cliffs. In the Gauja National Park the most popular active sports, along with Hiking, mountain Biking and Canoeing.
The small town of Kuldiga is located along the banks of the Venta river, which runs right between the houses and in the middle of the streets. The city is called the Venice of Latvia. It is here that is the widest waterfall in Europe Ventas Rumba, to see which attracts a lot of tourists. It extends by as much as 240 meters wide. In the spring here lies the migration route of salmon when the big fish jump the falls, and the locals catch fish in the air, arranging this whole idea. Among the main landmarks of the city it should also highlight the brick bridge over a waterfall. Although it was damaged during the Second world war, a large part of the bridge still remains intact.
In the North-Eastern tip of the country located slītere national Park is another natural attraction in Latvia. The jewel in the crown of the Park is surrounded by water, the Cape Kolka, with its stunning views. Cape Kolka is virtually untouched because of its remote location and history. When Latvia was under Soviet rule, the Cape area was closed and was used for the armed forces. In our days the Cape Kolka — the beautiful way to experience nature and explore the rest of Latvia, which was known only to a few. Its white dunes and the sea will cause you to have genuine delight, so feel free to go.
One of the oldest cities in the country — Cesis, located in the Central Highlands of Vidzeme. Its Old town is one of the most prominent landmarks in Latvia. Will visit the city is not just for the cobbled streets and authentic architecture. Cesis captivates travelers with its special charm, and two locks. The first one is the original Cesis castle, founded in the 13th century to our time preserved only in ruins. Next door is the New cēsis castle, built in the 18th century. New castle is very beautiful and surrounded by a magnificent green Park. Here based history and art Museum of cēsis.
Among the architectural attractions of Latvia apart is Rundale Palace. It is considered one of the most beautiful palaces of the country. The Baroque building was built during the 18th century for the Dukes of Courland. Were attracted the best sculptors and painters of Germany, Italy and other countries. They tirelessly worked on the Palace, carefully working through a high level of detail, most of which are perfectly preserved to our times. Most of the Palace rooms still furnished in the style of the period and open for tours. You can visit the fully restored Royal bedroom once belonging to the Duchess to admire the Gilded Hall and walk along the great Gallery. The territory opened Museum of Rundale Palace, which is well worth a visit during the tour.
Directly on the Baltic sea is Ventspils — one of the busiest ports in Europe. The port plays an important role in the culture of the city, and many guests can sit for hours on the shore and watch the passing cargo ships. During the trip, visit the seaside open air Museum, where you will see traditional fishing huts, cabins and hundreds of artifacts from the city’s past. One of the main attractions of Ventspils — long strip of pure white sand at the beach. The beach is located in the Western part of the city and is popular with sun worshippers, volleyball players and kite surfers.
If you had time to explore all the sights in the capital of Latvia, Riga, Jurmala will be the perfect destination for a day trip. Located on the Gulf of Riga coastal town Jurmala is a popular resort on the Baltic and its sandy coastline is one of the longest in Northern Europe. In addition to the beaches, Jurmala is famous for its charming wooden architecture. Many of the older buildings look like fairy tale houses. The resort once enjoyed great popularity among Russians, because there is still preserved many traditional Soviet resorts along the coast.
In the Valley of the Gauja river, less than an hour drive from Riga, is the historic town of Sigulda. Sigulda is called Latvian Switzerland due to its beautiful landscapes and remarkable architecture. Built in the 19th century, the Krimulda Manor surrounded by magnificent gardens and is open to the public. The city is also home to several ruined castles, including the castle ruins and Krimulda medieval castle of Sigulda. The latter dates back to the 12th century and lies in ruins, while the nearby New Sigulda Castle is in excellent condition. It is worth mentioning that the river Gauja is one of the most picturesque river cruises in Europe.
As the capital of the country, Riga is one of the best places to explore attractions of Latvia. Old town old town looks medieval, but in fact much of the architecture was restored in the 1990s. part of the city, known as the hall with, stunningly concentrated more than 800 preserved buildings of Art Nouveau. The best way to explore Riga on foot, stopping at all the incredible places on the way. If you are interested in Latvian history and culture, Latvian Ethnographic open air Museum will be the best choice. Traditional buildings and people in authentic costumes only added to this place of the entourage.
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