The North Kurzeme Craft Consultation Centre – Amatu māja (The House of Crafts) – was opened in Ventspils in August 2007. This recent tourism object in Ventspils is located in the oldest school building of the Kurzeme Duchy.

  • Ventspils Amatu māja
  • Photo: Kuldīgas TIC
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  • Photo: Kuldīgas TIC
Ventspils Amatu māja
  • Ventspils Amatu māja
Ventspils Amatu māja
  • Ventspils Amatu māja

During the period of 1849 to 1851, one of the most famous Neo-Latvians and outstanding specialists in folklore, Krišjānis Barons (1835-1923), studied in this building, where a district school was located in those days. There is a special memorial plaque commemorating Barons made by sculptor Gļebs Panteļejevs and unveiled at the House of Crafts.

The House of Crafts is a place where weavers and potters work and show their skills to those who are interested in learning. There is also an exhibition hall in the House of Crafts where one can see exhibitions of craftsmen and where seminars and other events are organised. Works of craftsmen and souvenirs can be bought at the souvenir shop.

As a district school was once located in the building of the House of Crafts, visitors are offered the opportunity to see a study class arranged in the 19th century style. By registering in advance, you can also participate in a class conducted in the traditions of that time.

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  • Languages spoken: 
    • English
    • Latvian
    • Russian
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    • Bank transfer
    • Cash
  • Creative workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Guide service available
  • Seminars and conferences
  • Souvenirs
  • Themed events
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  • Access for disabled people
  • WC
  • WiFi Internet
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Tuesday –Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Last updated: 03.09.2014

The Usma Lake valley is muddy or sandy and its shores are overgrown at the shallowest places. The lake has several islands, the largest three being Viskužu Island (309.2 ha) (the largest in Latvia), Moricsala (83.1 ha) and Lielalksnоte (33 ha). The lake’s area, with the islands is 41.4 km2. It is 13.5 km long.

The islands almost divide the lake into three parts, one of which is occupied by the Moricsala Reserve, which is rich in flora and fauna. Moricsala is inhabited, similarly to Viskūžu Island. Despite its depth, it has many shallow places. The shores of the lake are mainly sandy. There are forests, recreation centres and campsites in the area.

Thetypesof fish living in the lake include pike, carp, bream and perch. Usma Lake is fed by ten rivers – Tīrukšupe, Godele, Melncelma, Meķupe, Sērža, Ostupe, Baņģava, Struncene, Riekte and Kāņupe. There is a nature reserve not far from the lake. The area of the reserve is 3469.2 ha.

The waterfall is 35 metres wide and 0.5 metres high. The AbavasRumba area is one of the most beautiful and popular recreation places in Latvia. AbavasRumba is conveniently accessible, as it is located 200 metres away from the asphalted Riga-Kuldīga motorway.

Since 2008, the maintenance and improvement works at the waterfall and its surrounding area have been performed by SIA Abavas Rumba. Up to that period, state and municipal institutions had not been too responsive in covering or perform maintenance and improvement works at the waterfall and its surroundings. However, now a small fee is collected from area visitors for performing the aforesaid works.

There has been a popular tourist camp at the waterfall for decades; this place is chosen as a venue for open-air parties and many other events. In summer, you will often see camps of water-recreation tourists, various school events or just families enjoying themselves at Abavas Rumba.

In the beginning of World War One, the mill was burned down, but after the 1920 Land Reform, when it became the property of the Kambali family, its operation was resumed. There are premises for milling rye flour, grits and pearl-barley.

The mill resumed its operation for the second time under management of the Kambali family in 1992. Two years later, they started grinding fine flour and making farina and, in 1996m made pearl barley and grits. The mill is no longer used for processing large amounts of grain, but its masters always gladly demonstrate how different grindings appear from milling grains.

During an excursion at the mill, visitors can see the flour grinding process and then try pancakes made of freshly ground flour at the Cope Café, which is right across the road. Long ago, when the mill was first built, the millpond of Rideļi also appeared.

There are recreation places set up around the mill for fishermen and for organising small events . If you like the location, you can arrange a picnic here any time or rent a boat.

The Liepāja Olympic Centre unites two basic activity trends – sports and culture. The convenient layout of the building provides the opportunity to separate the two spheres from each other and to ensure the simultaneous arrangement of both sports and cultural events.

The possibilities of the Liepāja Olympic Centre are comprehensive, as it is equipped with modern sports facilities and technical equipment of the highest quality. Its 18 000 m² area comprises premises with various functions.

The five storeys of the centre accommodate: a large concert and conference hall (Rožu Zāle), a dance and banquet hall (Tango Zāle), seminar and conference halls (Saules Zāle and Liepu Zāle), the Large Sports Arena (for basketball, floorball, large concerts), eight sport halls (for basketball, volleyball, floorball, martial arts, boxing and table tennis).

Every visitor to the Liepāja Olympic Centre can conveniently park his/her car in the parking lots around the central building.

Lapmežciems Region Museum started its operation in 1999. The museum’s motto: look at the past with interest; open yourself critically to the present; look forward into the future with your strength of mind. Now, in its tenth anniversary year, the museum welcomes its visitors in beautiful and light premises.

The museum’s mission is the preservation of cultural and historical values, paying special attention to the history and traditions of fishing up to present. Visitors are acquainted with the coastal nature values and their protection by educating students and residents of the region and, thus, arousing interest to this region.

Chief trends of activities are the formation and preservation of the museum collection, the research and summary of the region and school history, educational work with the community and organising the museum’s events.

It is the thickest tree in the Baltic Region and also in Eastern Europe. In the 1920s, lightning struck the top of the oak and, thus, only its largest branch has remained. When the oak was in full flourish, the perimeter of its crown was approximately 70 m and it was about 17 m high. The oak is still growing, but it cannot be immediately seen from the motorway.

The foot of the oak was considered to be a cult location in ancient times. The people living in the neighbourhood also think that, prior to starting a long journey, one must come to the oak for the journey to be successful.

The tree is included in the list of archaeological monuments as a cult location for ancient Latvians. As an old tree of national significance, it is also included in the list of specially protected objects of nature. At present, the Kaive old oak is the eleventh thickest and the top big oak in the Baltic Region and in Eastern Europe.

There are different thoughts about its actual age – some say it is 800-1000 years old. Its circumference is presently 10.2 metres. The tree can be encompassed by nine persons with outstretched arms.

“Zemitāni” Farm located in Koknese Region, Iršu Parish, is engaged in internationally recognised trophy deer breeding. At present, more than 1 200 red deer and fallow deer, as well as other wild animals (moufflons, bison and wild boar), roam on around 300 hectares of land.

The territory is divided into two parts – the deer farmstead with all the required infrastructure is set up on 100 hectares. A safari park, which accepts visitors who arrive to enjoy the beauty of nature and watch animals in their natural environment, is set up on the rest of the territory.

We invite you to visit the unique nature park where red deer, fallow deer, wild boars, moufflons, bison, as well as other wild animals and countless species of birds, walk in the open nature.

We offer animal watching to large and small groups all year round. It is an unforgettable experience for anyone!

Services are available by previous registration. Visitors are taken on a tour by car and are accompanied by a local guide.

When registered for previously, additional services are available – tasting and purchase of venison products, meals and accommodation, as well as booking premises for various events.

Aizvīķi Forest Park is beautiful and interesting in all seasons. The park was planted in the late 1880s as the Aizvīķi manor-house park. Alongside local species of trees, it also has exotic species, such as shellbark hickory, corkwood, walnut and many others.

This is an excellent place for a family with children to have a walk, as apart from picturesque sceneries created by Mother Nature herself, the park also offers a number of man-made carved fairy-tale images and characters telling tales from the history of Aizvīķi. A very interesting natural phenomenon is observed during stormy ghostly nights, but there is a its own true tale about it…

More than a hundred years ago, trees that have just reached maturity were planted on the land at the Aizvīķi Hills, which belonged to Baron Korf and were inappropriate for agriculture. There is such a time when a park, similarly to a person at the end of his life, is subject to all sorts of troubles. Then, on a stormy and snowy night, when winds howl like wolves, decaying trees fall cracking to the ground.

And hollows of old trees give shelter to living creatures – owls, small birds and forest bees that you will rarely see anywhere else.

"The Forest House"(Meža māja)is the administrative centre of Ķemeri National Park. An interesting tourism site, the Dumbrāja (the Swamp Forest) footbridge, is located here. It is best of all to visit this rather short nature path in spring together with a guide – an ornithologist or a botanist.

The building was constructed in 1933, strictly abiding by the national construction traditions; it is one of the most striking buildings of national Romanticism in Latvia (architect F.Skujiņš). After World War II the building housed a sanatorium for children “The Forest House”; children from all over the Soviet Union came here for treatment.

The restaurant “Merry Mosquitoes”, with a vast open-air terrace and a fire-place hall with luxurious wood-carvings, offered delicious food. The place was popular not only among the resort guests, but also among many celebrities of the time.

The mosquitoes were not the only ones who enjoyed themselves – prosperous and well-known gentlemen came to visit this remote restaurant, and they were welcomed by cheerful ladies.