- This Riga hotel has comfortable rooms equipped with up to date technology.
- A rich breakfast buffet awaits the guests.
- The Spa wellness area offers a great possibility to relax and to enjoy some of the 55 different treatments.
- Taste the Opera Hotel & Spa Restaurants exquisite menu.
- Take the opportunity to organise social events, seminars, workshops and receptions at hotel's rooms Piano and Facile. The hotel staff will gladly assist in all related questions.
- Address:Raiņa bulvāris 33, Rīga, LV-1050
- Phone:+371 67063400
- Fax:+371 67063401
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- Rooms total:112Beds total:218
- Payment methods:
- Credit/debit card
- Access for disabled people
- Car parking
- Pets allowed
- Place to celebrate
- Workshops and conferences
"Jaunkalēji" bread is hand-made, thus the entire process is important. Large (regular?) bakeries have to produce large quantities in a limited scope of time, whereas the owners of „Jaunkalēji” believe that bread is alive – sometimes the dough requires up to 24 hours to rise, and only then it is ready for kneading and baking. A no-hurry policy and individual approach are applied.
- 1-hour tour of the „Jaunkalēji” farmstead; a baker’s account of bread-baking; bread degustation.
- 4-hour class of bread-baking: kneading the dough, burning the oven, making loaves, degustation. And of course, the self-made bread loaf is yours to take home! While the bread is baking you can visit the neighbouring farmstead "Zīles" (specialises in sheep farming) or the birthplace of the acclaimed Latvian colonel O.Kalpaks.
- Bread available for purchase.
- Guide service available
- Slow food
- Access for disabled people
- Free parking
Open for visits on preliminary booking.
The Ezerala Cave consists of a unique cave system with an underground spring and two underground lakes. Its total length is 48 m. These lakes are the only underground lakes discovered in the Baltics so far. The biggest lake’s surface area is 30 m2, length 14 m, depth up to 2 m. The area of the smallest lake is 15 m2, length 6 m, depth around 5 m. Above the large underground hollows there is only a 6m thick but unreliable cover of Quarternary sandstone deposits, therefore only guided sightseeing of the underground lakes is allowed.
Valmiera Museum of Regional History and Art is one of the most significant depositories of historical valuables in Vidzeme. It contains around 60 000 artifacts, photos and documents of historical, artistic and archaeological value, which have been collected from the entire local district. The largest collections of artworks belong to the artists Teodors Ūders, Jānis Kalmīte, Rūdolfs Voldemārs Vītols and Pēteris Postaža.
In the renovated Exhibition House and the exhibition hall of Rūdolfs Vītols there are over twenty artistic, thematic, historical and other exhibitions opened on a yearly basis.
The museum offers excursions, lectures, various educational programs; wedding programs – to the newly-weds and their guests.
St Simon's Church of Valmiera was built on a steep bank of the River Gauja in 13th century. There exist rather reliable records to the fact that the construction of St Simon's Church began in 1283. It is believed that the church's name is related to its consecration on the Day of Sts Simon and Jude (in Latvian - Simjūda diena), 28 October. The building was damaged during wars and in fires.
Originally, St Simon's Church hosted a Catholic congregation. In 1554 in Valmiera, freedom to pursue Lutheran faith in Livonia was proclaimed that restricted clashes between Catholics and the adherents of the new faith.
In 1964 St Simon's congregation was forced to move to the new Baptist house of prayer, as the church came to accommodate a museum. The congregation returned to the building in 1988, but the ownership rights were legally restored only in 1996.
In the second half of the 19th century, the organ built by Friedrich Ladegast, with 33 stops, 3 manuals, 1 pedal, and a Neogothic facade was installed in the church. The instrument is a specimen of a Romantic organ, and ranks among the best in Latvia.
The museum collection holds more than 1350 Suns from various countries all over the world, in addition to a separate exposition of Suns created by Latvian artists and craftspeople.
Every Sun has had its own path that has guided it to me and spoke to me. Each Sun has enhanced the inspiration, faith, power, and desire in me. On a fine sunny day I suddenly realised that I cannot keep them only for myself, that that they must be shown to other people, so that the enormous energy of those Suns gives joy and inspiration to people.
Let the sunlight bless our Latvia. Let the warmth of the Sun stream into our hearts and minds, and thrive there forever. Come, see, enjoy and get inspired, and find your own Sun!
The beginnings of the Museum are to be found in 1965 with the establishment of the F. Canders young pilots club. The burden of organizational difficulties at that time was borne by Viktor Talpas, a young aviation engineer, employee of the civil aviation administration of Latvia.
In due time the need arose at the club not only for standard educational materials as in the past, but also for instruction with aircraft to accomplish various education disciplines. The Ministry of Defence supported the wishes of club management and provided the club with a de-commissioned aircraft, the MIG-21US, which was refurbished by the students themselves. With the strengthening of the club’s relations with the military, the amount of aviation technology available to the club expanded significantly, and relatively rare and unique samples of combat aircraft and helicopters were added to the inventory.
The financial suport to the club ended with the collapse of the USSR. Serious problems developed with regard to storage space for aviation technology. Between 1998 and 1999 the equipment was moved to a new territory and the museum was reestablished.
The developer and permanent Museum Director is Viktors Talpa. After graduating from the Irkutsk aviation school in 1962 he served in the naval aviation of the Black Sea fleet. After that he worked as an on-board engineer for Aeroflot, while at the same time being in charge of the young pilots club.
The church was consecrated in 1938 and its vaulting began to resound with spiritual music and prayers dedicated to God. In the summer of 1949 Soviet authorities deprived the parishoners of their church, removed its crosses and dismantled its steeple.
For many years a film rental business occupied the former church. Significant internal reconstruction was performed to suit the needs of the business. At the beginning of the 1990’s the parish reacquired its property, which required a major renovation.
First the cross and later the bell were renewed starting in July 1993 at the Rezekne Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Today worship services are being held and wonderful classical music performed. On such days the doors of the Lutheran Church are open to all who wish to see the life of the Church filled with music, light and spirituality.
The memorial museum's collection contains items donated by the family members, colleagues, students and patients: medical instruments, books, manuscripts, photographs, paintings, decorations.
A. Bieziņš graduated from the Medical Faculty of the University of Latvia with merits. He started working for the Children's Hospital and remained faithful to this institution for the rest of his life. His career as Professor was closely associated with children and young people, and therefore the museum has also been designed as a place for a family.
The spacious area around the house and the spectacular landscapes of Vidzeme invite a hasty traveller to enjoy peace and serenity. The museum expositions reflect the most important events in Prof. Bieziņš's life. The most valuable exhibit is the highest award a surgeon can receive – a Golden Scalpel.
The archaeological finds of Middle and Late Stone Age in Latvia come from the area of Lake Lubāns in the east of the Madona District. The museum shows various themed and art exhibitions on regular basis; the region's ethnographic items are on display in the summer period.
The visitors have an opportunity to use the museum's academic library. The museum offers guided tours in the town and the district. Local artists' paintings, pottery and applied arts items, as well as books, brochures and postcards are available for sale.