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National parks

Fascinating features and sights worth visiting can be found in all corners of Latvia, but for lovers of nature a visit to the national parks of Latvia will turn into valuable experience and unforgettable recreation. They are freely accessible to anyone. Unspoilt, exquisite nature, breathtaking landscapes, valuable cultural historical sites, all types of tourism, acquisition of valuable knowledge and experience in nature protection – and this is not even all that is offered by the national parks of Latvia.

The air train in Gauja National Park near Sigulda.
  • Gauja National Park. The funicular
Kemeri marsh in Western Latvia.
  • Ķemeri National Park
  • Photo: "Lauku ceļotājs"
Wodden walkway in Slitere National park.
  • Slītere National Park
View over Razna National park in Eastern Latvia.
  • Rāzna National Park. Mākoņkalns hill

Latvia has 4 national parks: Gauja National Park (established in 1973), Ķemeri National Park (1997), Slītere National Park (1999) and Rāzna National Park (2007).

Gauja National Park

GaujaNational Park has the largest number of visitors; it is the second oldest national park in the territory of the former U.S.S.R. after Lahemaa National Park in Estonia, established in 1971. Gauja National Park is located in the most picturesque stretch of the Gauja River valley, from Valmiera to Murjāņi. This 95.3 km long, scenic stretch of the Gauja River stands out with its vast diversity of nature and the presence of cultural historical monuments –  more than 500 monuments of culture and history are located in the park – castle mounds, masonry churches, manor houses, water and wind mills, as well as other archaeological, architectural and art monuments.

Ķemeri National Park

The extraordinary world of marshes and littoral lowlands can be explored by visiting Ķemeri National Park near Riga. It stands out with its vast biological diversity, unique Great Ķemeri Mooreland, various ecosystems, and sources of mineral and healing waters. It is also popular among bird-watchers.

Slītere National Park

SlītereNational Park was established in 1999 on the basis of the existing Slītere Reserve – it is a unique “museum” of the history of the Baltic Sea with old Liiv fishermen’s villages, the Baltic seashore, untouched by civilisation, and the extraordinary Kolka Cape.

Rāzna National Park

Rāzna National Park is the most recently established – in 2007. It was set up to safeguard the natural treasures of Rāzna Lake and the surrounding territories, as well as the cultural landscape typical of Latgale in a vast territory of Latgale. Rāzna Lake is the second largest lake in Latvia and because of its sandy beaches is called the sea of Latgale, and the Ežezers Lake, also included in the park, is one of the most scenically remarkable lakes in Latvia – it has 26 islands.

To make visits to these parks more fascinating and educational, it is recommended to contact the information centres of the parks prior to the visit to get the most complete information about the sites and recreation in a specific national park.

  • Not far from Jūrmala, the most popular resort in the Baltic Region, Ķemeri National Park is located – the “Natura 2000” territory...
  • Slītere National Parkis a specially protected area of nature which is included in the “Natura 2000” network of European specially...
  • The territory is established to protect the ancient valley of the Gauja River and the unique natural values of its environs. One third of all...
  • The specific colouring of Latgale, magnificent landscapes with castle mounds, lakes and forests, the unique Rāzna Lake, called the Latgale Sea,...