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Step into a fairytale at Tērvete

 

Tērvete Nature Park, one of Latvia’s most popular and familyfriendly tourist destinations lies within easy reach, about 70 km from Riga. In 2009, the park was recognized as a European Destination of Excellence by the EDEN project. It’s a fantastic place to spend a whole day with the family – there are walking trails, children’s playgrounds, and you can look at fairytale characters and more than 100 wooden sculptures of animals and insects. Within the park, you can go for a bike ride, take the Fairytale Train, or try horse riding. Paths lead through pine forest which is over 300 years old. Several leisure and picnic spots, as well as cafes can be found in the park. Between May and October the park’s youngest visitors can also make friends with live fairytale characters – bears, dwarves, witches and folktale mothers.

On the way back, stop at Jelgava. Take a look at the restored St. Trinity Church tower. This was the first stone church in Europe to be built for a Lutheran congregation. It is also worth visiting the G. Eliass Jelgava History and Art Museum and Jelgava 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 the Kettlers.

You will need a car to travel the full route, but Jelgava can also be reached by minibus, train (www.ldz.lv) or bus (www.autoosta.lv).

Included sights

  • Reserve your afternoon to sink into the world of fantasies.  Breathe the fresh air of a pine forest. Look into the dark sky at night to find...
    Tērvete district, Tērvete parish, Tērvete, LV-3730
  • The historical record of 1522 testifies that there was a small wooden church in the place of the current tower of the Holy Trinity Church. In 1574...
    Akadēmijas iela 1, Jelgava, LV-3001
  • The museum building known by its historic name Academia Petrina, was built in 1775 on the initiative of Peter Biron, the last Duke of Courland and...
    Akadēmijs iela 10, Jelgava, LV-3001
  • The magnificent Jelgava Palace, which can be seen from the bridge across the Lielupe River. At present, the Latvia University of Agriculture is...
    Lielā iela 2, Jelgava, LV-3001
Last updated: 16.11.2011