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National Parks of Latvia
There are four national parks in Latvia:
- Gauja National Park – the largest and oldest in Latvia, where 2/3 of all caverns and grottoes in Latvia are located
- Kemeri National Park – known for the unique Kemeri Marsh and famous for its natural mineral springs and medicinal mud
- Razna National Park – established to protect the diversity of biotopes in Lake Razna and nearby
- Slitere National Park – known for
its Blue Hills that, thousands of years ago, formed the shores of the Baltic Ice Lake
The national parks are meant to protect natural values, such as Gutmanis Cavern, the widest and highest one in the Baltics. They are home to rare bird species, including the corn crake that is slowly disappearing in Western Europe, and a variety of wildlife, for example, such large specimen as elks.
While visiting nature trails or embarking on a biking or boating trip, one can explore untouched wooded areas. In the parks, visitors can see all tree species characteristic of Latvia, from various deciduous trees to spruces and pines.
Although they are especially pleasant to visit in the summer, late spring or early autumn, the winter panorama has special magic.