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A legend has it that "The Swedish Hat" hill is a burial site. The mound is said to have been built over the final resting place of a Swedish military commander and his wife during "The Swedish War" in the 17th century. Swedish soldiers carried soil in their hats to heap over the graves, and a linden and an oak have been planted in remembrance.
The Swedish hat is located on the left bank of the picturesque River Abava valley between Kandava and Sabile. The recreation centre's summer offer includes a toboggan run, horseback riding, fishing in the Abava, a venue for larger events by the riverside, a stage and camping grounds; in winter, visitors are welcome to downhill skiing and snowboarding, ski lifts, equipment rental, instructors' advice, and cross-country skiing, and all the year round – to a café, and accommodation in small cabins.
Prices for tobogganing:
1 ride for one person: Individual - Ls 0.70; Children under 8 - Ls 0.30; Adult groups of 15 people and more - Ls 0.60; Student groups of 15 people and more - Ls 0.50.
6 rides for one person: Ls 4.00; Children under 8 - Ls 1.50
Riding in a circle: Ls 2.00
A short 20 minutes ride accompanied by an instructor: Ls 5.00
Rent of a
carriage, one hour with a guide: Ls 30.00
Winter equipment rental:
Skiing and snowboarding set: First hour - Ls 3.50, every next hour Ls 1.50