Culture mark "Latvian heritage"

The Sign of Latvian Heritage was established at the initiative of Baltic country holidays, and it is presented to tourism-related entrepreneurs who preserve and promote Latvian cultural and lifestyle heritage by presenting it to visitors.  The sign indicates locations at which owners are prepared to show things, tell stories, offer Latvian foods, teach crafts and skills, and celebrate Latvian holidays.  The sign of Latvian heritage is received by owners of accommodations, farms, crafts workshops and rural saloons, organisers of events related to Latvian traditions, museums, owners of collections, and specialists in the areas of crafts.


This database is prepared in the framework of the project "Heritage Tourism", which is part-financed by Central Baltic INTERREG IV A Programme 2007-2013.
The content of the publication reflects the authors views and the Managing Authority cannot be held liable for the information published by the project partners.

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Latvia

Caunites

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR:  For popularisation and fostering of Latvian traditions.

Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city39   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups
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Latvia
from 20 EUR / pers

DZIRNUPES

On Latvian view on life

A traditional farmstead of Vidzeme situated  15 km from Limbazi, is a place where guests have the opportunity to stay overnight in a romantic barn. The granary built in 1924 has  turned into a barn for welcoming guests. „Dzirnupes” is a good place to relax for a couple or together with children. There is a sauna in the barn as well. There is a pond and a river suitable for swimming and fishing or romantic trip with a boat, arbour, a little house of forge, where the host will show you how to forge a nail; swings, a small allotment with the local vegetables and plants as well as flourishing meadows. One can even visit animals which are allowed to see, feed and stroke. The owners follow  a Latvian way of living, which they have passed on to their children. The host makes different tools for work on the field on his own as well musical instruments. At present the hostess is working at a new touring offer  - “Studies for wives” or “Sievzinibas” ,a programme appropriate in reference to Latvian traditions which offer the possibility for women who have recently got married to acquire different Latvian traditions and skills, int.al., baking bread. 

Local lifestyle   Guests2 (2)   Bedrooms1 (1)   Distance from countries capital city90   Season3-11   Child discount 50% Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet) No pets allowed
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Latvia
from 70 LVL / night 420 LVL / week

EZERSETA

This is a Vidzeme farm which dates back to 1875.  The oldest building – the granary – now houses a sauna.  Other buildings were erected by 1935.  There are six old buildings that have been restored in a manner which maintains their initial appearance as much possible.  Natural materials and a humble palette of colours have been used for interior design, as have handicrafts from the owner’s granny and from the owner herself.  Smoke meat is produced in accordance with recipes of the owner’s grandpa, with pleasant childhood memories being part of the process.  One of the buildings has a weekend house for families and children.

 

For preserving a traditional Vidzeme farm

Skiing   Guests4 (1)   Bedrooms2   Distance from countries capital city85   Season1-12   No pets allowed
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Latvia
from 24 EUR / B&B

Indani – a farm

This lovely farm is near Valdeķi, and visitors will experience true Latvian farm life.  The venue features goats, sheep, horses, geese, chickens, rabbits, etc.  Visitors can learn about milking cows and producing meat, they can examine a collection of antique tools, enjoy a country sauna with birch and juniper switches, swim in the local pond and taste herbal teas.  The venue has a volleyball court, horseback riding, space for tents, and a lean-to with an outdoor kitchen.  Visitors can spend the night in a room, on the second floor of the sauna or, during the summer, in the granary.

 

Host:  Signe Ezeriņa

Preserving the traditional Latvian lifestyle

Horseback riding   Skiing   Guests2 (4)   Bedrooms1   Distance from countries capital city95   Season5-9   Child discount 50% Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet) No pets allowed
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Latvia

VEJAVAS

Vējavas is on the shore of the Bay of Rīga in Vidzeme and in the Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve.  Vējavas is a former fisherman’s homestead with its own cultural history, aura and magnificence.  Groups of various sizes can go to sea in a fisherman’s boat to watch the fishing process.  They can engage in conversations with fishermen to learn about lampreys and the lives of fishermen.  The lamprey weir on the Svētupe River differs from those on the Salaca River in terms of its structure and the fishing principles.  Tasty lampreys and smoked and cooked during the season.  A film about fishing for lampreys is available for viewing.

 

For preserving the traditions of coastline fishermen

Active leisure   Fishing   By the sea   Guests25 (6)   Bedrooms8   Distance from countries capital city80   Season1-12  
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Latvia
from 60 EUR / night

Horse farm KLAJUMI

The horse farm features friendly and purebred horses from Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus (12 in all), as well as three different kinds of cosy dogs, rabbits, chickens, cows and cats.  This is a true countryside environment involving four different homesteads – Klajumi, Ganiņi, Ķemeri and Krasti.  Visitors can go horseback riding to visit the Rings of Daugava Nature Park and the frontier between Latvia and Belarus.  Please be aware that personal identification is needed when entering the frontier zone.

Active leisure   Horseback riding   Silence and Peace   Nature for Health   Guests9   Bedrooms3   Distance from countries capital city275   Season1-12   Optional meals
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Latvia
from 40 - 55 EUR / night

DIENINAS

The owners of the Dieniņas homestead have preserved old traditions related to fishing and fish processing, and they have engaged in this work for three generations now.  Fish are processed in line with ancient and local recipes, making use of technologies that are typical of the coastline.  Visitors can buy local smoked fish.  Tourist groups are invited to take part in an active leisure and cultural event, complete with dishes of fish that will fill their stomachs, a boot-tossing event at the sea, stories by the wives of the fishermen, a theatrical performance, smoking of fish, and tasting of fish.

 

Preservation of coastline fishing traditions

For children and teenagers   Fishing   By the sea   Guests4 (2)   Bedrooms2   Distance from countries capital city88   Season1-12   Internet access Optional meals
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Latvia

Лиела муйжа

Academy of joviality „Liela muiza” which deals with making barrels, hot barrels, furniture, stairs, doors, and other household goods, in the summer season offers possibilities of lodging  in the guest house. On the first floor there is a hall for celebrations for 30-35 people, a firewood oven and well-equipped kitchen (rooms for rent and bath-house are offered all year round). Lodging is located on the second floor – 1 room for eight people and 5 double rooms.
Guests can watch the process of barrel making from the beginning till the finished product, as well as take part in barrel making process themselves.
 

 

Guests18   Bedrooms6   Distance from countries capital city100   Season5-9  
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Latvia

LANTUS

Latvian Heritage cultural mark is awarded for Latvian traditional ambience

Is a renovated country estate of Vidzeme for comfort loving guests. Various fireplace halls, sauna, a pool, Jacuzzi, catering, sports ground, a pond, forest, a wooden tub with wood-burning stove under the open sky. The hostess prepares Latvian country dishes by using local products or products cultivated on their own. 

Horseback riding   Latvian Sauna Experience   Seminars   Active leisure   Fishing   For parties   Skiing   Guests29 (60)   Bedrooms7 (2)   Distance from countries capital city115   Season1-12   Optional meals Internet access Accommodation available
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Latvia

USI

On Latvian dishes - vegetable tarts

The hostess demonstrates the preparation of vegetable tarts, the traditional dessert of North Kurzeme, as well as offers an excursion for walkers „A walk along the history of industrial Kolka” with theatrical elements and the degustation of the best sprats of Latvia.

By the sea   Horseback riding   Guests5 (1)   Bedrooms2   Distance from countries capital city160   Season4-10   Internet access Optional meals
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Latvia

Licisi, Ltd.

This is one of Latvia’s earliest and largest got farms.  Tourists will hear attractive stories about how goats are bred and goat milk products (milk, cheese, kefir) are produced.  The products can be tasted and bought.  The local Latvian breed of goats has existed since the turn of the 19th century.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Goat milk products

Mammal watching   For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city34   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups No pets allowed Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance
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Latvia

The Vejavas weekend home

Vējavas is on the shore of the Bay of Rīga in Vidzeme and in the Northern Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve.  Vējavas is a former fisherman’s homestead with its own cultural history, aura and magnificence.  Groups of various sizes can go to sea in a fisherman’s boat to watch the fishing process.  They can engage in conversations with fishermen to learn about lampreys and the lives of fishermen.  The lamprey weir on the Svētupe River differs from those on the Salaca River in terms of its structure and the fishing principles.  Tasty lampreys and smoked and cooked during the season.  A film about fishing for lampreys is available for viewing.

 

For preserving the traditions of coastline fishermen

By the sea   Cycling   Fishing   Beautiful sights   Distance from countries capital city80   Season1-12   Accommodation available Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups
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Latvia

The Puteni farm

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR:  For keeping the farmstead tradition.

Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city128   Season1-12  
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Latvia

Leather products and horse tackle at Apkalnmajas

The crafts workshop at the Apkalnmājas farm was established on the basic of typical countryside crafts traditions and the typical lifestyle of the Latgale region.  The workshop has been successful in producing horse tack, belts, leather sacks, etc.  Visitors are offered a tour of the exhibition and workshop, learning about types of leather and the secrets of leatherwork.  They can also try their own hand at producing leather goods and purchase finished products.  Master’s classes and lessons are available.  The owner will also discuss her experience with the Lettigalian lifestyle.

 

Preservation of traditional crafts – horse items

Agro Heritage   For parties   Seminars   Distance from countries capital city240   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers
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Latvia

The “Mikelis” café

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR:  For keeping the heritage of Latvian farmstead and culture.

Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city80   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts individual travellers Accommodation available
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Latvia

The “Big Estate” academy of joie de vivre

The craftsman manufactures barrels, hot tubs, furniture, stairs, doors and other useful objects.  He’ll lead visitors on a tour, share his skills and experience, and offer people a chance to manufacture their own household objects.  Visitors can watch the barrel making process from start to finish and try out their own hand at using antique tools.  They will learn about the skills of a barrel maker and track the development of traditions in this regard.  The exhibition at the museum offers a look at antique barrels and equipment for manufacturing them.  Particular attention is paid to the process, with a thorough story about the process and the lifestyle that it involves.

 

For maintaining traditional skills (barrel making)

Distance from countries capital city100   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Accommodation available
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Latvia

The Latgale beer farm "Kolnasata"

The slogan for this operation is: “Real Latgale beer is produced here!” Visitors can help in brewing beer, hear stories about traditions, and taste the finished product.  The owner also offers Lettigalian goodies for some noshing.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Latvian beverages (beer)

Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city228   Season5-10   Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers
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Latvia

The Dieninas fisherman’s farm

The owners of the Dieniņas homestead have preserved old traditions related to fishing and fish processing, and they have engaged in this work for three generations now.  Fish are processed in line with ancient and local recipes, making use of technologies that are typical of the coastline.  Visitors can buy local smoked fish.  Tourist groups are invited to take part in an active leisure and cultural event, complete with dishes of fish that will fill their stomachs, a boot-tossing event at the sea, stories by the wives of the fishermen, a theatrical performance, smoking of fish, and tasting of fish.

 

Preservation of coastline fishing traditions

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city82   Season1-12   Accommodation available Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance
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Latvia

The “Meke” saloon

On Latvian dishes On Latvian scenery

An authentic pub established in a 105 years old byre. Its menu offers such particular drinks and dishes prepared in the earlier times as groats porridge, sorrel soup, thick pumpkin soup, grey peas, bacon rolls, and homemade moonshine.

Distance from countries capital city51   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts tourist groups
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Latvia

The Untumi horse farm

The herd of horses at Untumi is bred and updated.  The farm also purchases horses which are in line with the historical requirements of Latvian breeds of horses.  Visitors can learn horseback riding skills with the help of an instructor.  This occurs in a limited territory.  During the summer there are cart rides, and in the winter there are sleigh rides.  The horses are used for weddings and other ceremonies.

 

For maintaining the traditions of horse breeding

Agro Heritage   Horseback riding   Wellbeing Tourism   Nature for Health   Distance from countries capital city235   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet) Disable Access Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance
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Latvia

The Spelmanu tavern with Suiti foods

This saloon is in the centre of Alsunga and at the foot of Dižgabalkalns Hill.  Visitors can taste the carrot buns that are typical of Kurzeme.  During weekends, the saloon also offers freshly baked bread.  During the summer, groups of tourists that apply in advance can take part in cooking locally popular foods on an outdoor fireplace.  Dižgabalkalns Hill (8 m) is a former Courlandian castle hill, and its surface (54x22 m) offers a good view of the centre of Alsunga.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Maintaining and popularising local foods and traditions

Distance from countries capital city195   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts tourist groups Accommodation available
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Latvia

Зиедница (Цветочница)

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For popularisation of the traditional wisdom of life.

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city160   Season1-12  
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Latvia

The Donas country home

On skilled Latvian trade – Baking bread. On Latvian dishes

The host and hostess at the country house „Donas”, which is situated near Smiltene, in the Blome Rural Territory, explain and reveal the process of baking bread, offers bread degustation. Bread baking takes place in reference to the following traditions of ancient fathers: at the beginning the dough rise in the kneading trough, then it is scalded, braked, loafs of bread are made on maple leafs and put into  a wood- burning stove afterwards. Everyone can bake his own bread and eat it afterwards with milk and honey or take away. There are also other country products offered, as for example, 17 types of cheese! 

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city120   Season1-12   Must register in advance Pre-order required Accommodation available Accepts individual travellers Optional meals Accepts tourist groups
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Latvia

Dzirnupes

On Latvian view on life

A traditional farmstead of Vidzeme situated  15 km from Limbazi, is a place where guests have the opportunity to stay overnight in a romantic barn. The granary built in 1924 has  turned into a barn for welcoming guests. „Dzirnupes” is a good place to relax for a couple or together with children. There is a sauna in the barn as well. There is a pond and a river suitable for swimming and fishing or romantic trip with a boat, arbour, a little house of forge, where the host will show you how to forge a nail; swings, a small allotment with the local vegetables and plants as well as flourishing meadows. One can even visit animals which are allowed to see, feed and stroke. The owners follow  a Latvian way of living, which they have passed on to their children. The host makes different tools for work on the field on his own as well musical instruments. At present the hostess is working at a new touring offer  - “Studies for wives” or “Sievzinibas” ,a programme appropriate in reference to Latvian traditions which offer the possibility for women who have recently got married to acquire different Latvian traditions and skills, int.al., baking bread. 

Local lifestyle   Distance from countries capital city100   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Accommodation available Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet) No pets allowed Optional meals Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers
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Latvia

The Indani farm

This lovely farm is near Valdeķi, and visitors will experience true Latvian farm life.  The venue features goats, sheep, horses, geese, chickens, rabbits, etc.  Visitors can learn about milking cows and producing meat, they can examine a collection of antique tools, enjoy a country sauna with birch and juniper switches, swim in the local pond and taste herbal teas.  The venue has a volleyball court, horseback riding, space for tents, and a lean-to with an outdoor kitchen.  Visitors can spend the night in a room, on the second floor of the sauna or, during the summer, in the granary.

 

Host:  Signe Ezeriņa

Preserving the traditional Latvian lifestyle

Horseback riding   Agriculture   For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city95   Season5-10   Must register in advance Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet) Internet access Accepts tourist groups Accommodation available No pets allowed Accepts individual travellers
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Latvia

The Juri farm

The owners live on a farm that they inherited from their ancestors, and they use cow milk from the farm to produce cheese in accordance with old and new recipes.  Visitors can taste milk, soured milk, buttermilk and other dairy products, watching how they are produced and taking part in the process.  There are farm animals to visit, as well.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR: Latvia foods, Lettigalian foods, cheese-making

Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city222   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance
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Latvia

Baking carrot buns, "Usi"

On Latvian dishes - vegetable tarts

The hostess demonstrates the preparation of vegetable tarts, the traditional dessert of North Kurzeme, as well as offers an excursion for walkers „A walk along the history of industrial Kolka” with theatrical elements and the degustation of the best sprats of Latvia.

By the sea   Distance from countries capital city160   Season6-10   Accepts tourist groups Accommodation available Optional meals Must register in advance Pre-order required
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Latvia

The Vaidelotes farm

On preserving Latvian traditions. On Latvian dishes

They popularize Latvian way of living, practice ancient rituals, treat with dishes of culinary heritage – porridge, bacon rolls, dumplings, pan bread, which have been made from grains cultivated of their own as well as rough grinding flour. Purchasing of tea, spices and country products. Annual celebration festivities are organized where traditions are demonstrated with the help of playing music, singing, dancing and practicing different rituals. The hostess manage the events and explain traditions. Corresponding dishes to the particular celebration are being made. 

Agriculture   For parties   Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city70   Season1-12   Pre-order required Accepts tourist groups Optional meals Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers
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Latvia

BIO birch juice products from the Liberts family

This is the only location in Latvia where tourists can learn about how birch juice is obtained and various beverages are produced from it.  Visitors can taste various birch juice products – syrups, fresh birch juice, wine, lemonade, sparkling wine and fermented birch juice (the offer depends on the season).  The owner stores birch juice in his cellar and offers it to be purchased.

 

For developing Latvian traditions in a modern way

Distance from countries capital city32   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups
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Latvia

The "Adzelviesi" hemp farm

On Latvian skilled trade – hemp fats

In the fields of „Adzelviesi” hemp is cultivated, from the seeds of which hemp butter and rough grinding is produced. Ancient instruments  of processing hemp fibres are exhibited at the barn (year 101). Here one can taste and buy tasty production as well as enjoy a short and exciting journey along the history of hemp cultivation. Hemp is an ancient Latvian cultivated plant, which has been cultivated more than 1000 years. 

Distance from countries capital city150   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Optional meals Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance Pre-order required
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Latvia

Valmiermuiza Beer

On praising the Latvian beer culture

Along with Valmiermuizas brewery revives its historical and cultural centre. While visiting the place one can get to know the history of the estate and the making process of beer from natural raw materials up to finished production. During the visit of the brewery one can taste live beer and listen to stories about the Latvian traditional holiday drink.

For parties   Seminars   For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city109   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Optional meals Accepts tourist groups
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Latvia

The Straupe country goodies market

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For reviving and maintaining the market traditions.

Distance from countries capital city73   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance
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Latvia

The Klajumi horse farm

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Latvian landscape, Latvian breeds of horses

The horse farm features friendly and purebred horses from Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus (12 in all), as well as three different kinds of cosy dogs, rabbits, chickens, cows and cats.  This is a true countryside environment involving four different homesteads – Klajumi, Ganiņi, Ķemeri and Krasti.  Visitors can go horseback riding to visit the Rings of Daugava Nature Park and the frontier between Latvia and Belarus.  Please be aware that personal identification is needed when entering the frontier zone.

For children and teenagers   Active leisure   Horseback riding   Beautiful sights   Distance from countries capital city275   Season1-12   Accommodation available Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Pre-order required Accepts individual travellers Optional meals Accepts tourist groups
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Latvia

The Ludza Crafts Centre

On praising Latvian skilled trade. On Latvian dishes. On preserving Latvian traditions

Here one can see and choose to buy something from more than 40 works of Latgalian craftsmen. It is offered to enjoy a narration of a guide dressed in a costume of  ancient Latgalians in the room Suprādku about the life of tribes of ancient Balts, the origin  and history development of crafts, as well as the laws of ancient ethics and work, traditions. It is also possible to see demonstrations of particular trades and acquire the mastering of ancient skills. The visitor groups can have lunch and try out Latgalian dishes as well as enjoy the preparing of bread and drinks of Latgalian cuisine. 

For parties   For children and teenagers   Seminars   Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city270   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups Optional meals
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Latvia

The Laci bakery

For popularisation of culture of bread

Lāči brend bread is popular in latvia and abroad, because the bakery uses ancient mastery and skills. You can take a tour of the bakery, knead and bake your own little loat of bread, have lunch at a cosy saloon and purchase the bakery's products.

For parties   For children and teenagers   Seminars   Distance from countries capital city40   Season1-12   Disable Access Optional meals Must register in advance Internet access This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers
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Latvia

The Koni windmill

This is one of the few places in Latvia to offer a look at industrial equipment from the 19th century that is still in good working order – a wool plucking and combing apparatus from the Šūberts Rudzītis & Co. company in Latvia, a unique spinning wheel from Germany, and a windmill used to grind grain.  Visitors can track the processing of wool on equipment that is 100 years old, watching how blankets and pillows stuffed with sheep wool are produced by hand.  There are souvenirs to purchase.  The owners organise celebrations on Latvian holidays – St Martin’s Day and the Summer Solstice, as well as evening visiting sessions from that were common in earlier times, complete with the baking of water pretzels.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Preservation of traditional crafts and skills

For parties   Horseback riding   Skiing   Guests26 (25)   Bedrooms8 (6)   Distance from countries capital city150   Season1-12   Optional meals
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Latvia

LUKI

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR:  For preserving the traditional rural environment.

Botanical   Mushroom picking   Active leisure   Cycling   Walking   By the sea   Birdwatching   Mammal watching   Beautiful sights   Silence and Peace   Guests12   Bedrooms5   Distance from countries capital city200   Season5-9   Child discount 50% Accommodation available No pets allowed
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Latvia

PIE ANDRA PITRAGA

Par Lībiešu krasta kultūrvides saglabāšanu un daudzināšanu – lībiešu žogi.

Unikāla un privāti veidota žogu kolekcija, kas atspoguļo ~ 20 Lībiešu krastam raksturīgos piekrastes žogu veidus. Saimnieks 3 gadu laikā būvējis žogus, pēc senām fotogrāfijām, pētot lībiešu krasta apbūves tradīcijas. Te apmeklētāji var arī piedalīties zivju (butes, arī vējzivis un brekši) kūpināšanā, degustēt produkciju un noklausīties stāstījumu par piekrastes zvejniecības tradīcijām. Teritorijā atrodas arī brīvdienu namiņš un kempinga laukums.

Guests4 (2)   Bedrooms1 (1)   Distance from countries capital city170   Season5-10  
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Latvia

The Aglona Bread Museum

The museum presents the process of baking bread from the grain to the loaf.  Visitors are welcome to bake their own bread, taste bread and herbal teas, and enjoy theatrical performances for any event in life – Christenings, weddings, birthdays, etc.  Local dishes such as dumplings and soup made of dried mushrooms or fish from the nearby lake are served.  Visitors who contact the museum in advance can also enjoy a performance by a local folk dancing group.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Latvian foods (bread)

Agro Heritage   For parties   Distance from countries capital city231   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Pre-order required Accommodation available Optional meals
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Latvia

The Araisi windmill

The windmill is at the highest elevation of the surrounding area, offering lovely views of the Āraiši church, manse and Lake Āraiši with its ancient lake castle.  This is one of only a few Dutch-type windmills to still be in working order in Latvia after having been first built in 1852.  The windmill is a museum, with four floors that allow visitors to track the way in which grain was ground and to try their own hand at grinding.  Each year the windmill celebrates St Jacob’s Day, when fresh rye bread is the star of the process.  Visitors can order a miller’s lunch of wheat flour porridge with meat sauce, crêpes, kefir and herbal teas.

 

Host:  Vineta Cipe

Preserving Latvian architectural values in the landscape

Praising Latvian foods: Bread

Distance from countries capital city83   Season1-12   This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts individual travellers Pre-order required Accepts tourist groups
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Latvia

A banquet on the farm, the “Roja” hotel

Guests will be greeted with music to improve their mood, after which they will enjoy a trip down the Roja River and into the sea with fishing boats or a ship.  Later there is a meal of fish soup cooked above a campfire, complete with table songs and dances.  Visitors can observe the smoking of fish and taste the smoked products along with beer and birch juice.  The wives of the fishermen will talk about traditional carrot buns and how they are baked.  Visitors will also learn a bit about the skills of a fisherman.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Coastline fishing traditions, Latvian foods

Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city120   Season5-10   Pre-order required Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Accommodation available
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Latvia

Smoking fish with Andris at Pitrags

This farm features a unique collection of fencing, with some 20 types of fences that have been typical along the Liv Shore in Latvia.  During the past three years, the owner has built these fences on the basis of old photographs and an examination of building traditions in the region.  Visitors can help to smoke local fish (plaice, garfish and bream), taste the smoked fish, and listen to stories about coastline fishing traditions.  The venue offers a holiday hut and an area for camping.

 

Host:  Andris Antmanis

Preserving and praising the cultural environment of the Liv Shore: Liv fencing

Walking   Agro Heritage   By the sea   Active leisure   Distance from countries capital city170   Season6-11   Accommodation available Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance
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Latvia

The birch bark weavers Vizma and Peteris Zvirbulis

These people are Latvia’s only birch-bark weavers who have been declared People’s Masters of Handiwork, and one of only a few who offer visits to their workshop so that visitors can examine woven birch-bark objects and share experiences.  The owners will help visitors to try their own hand at producing simple woven objects, and these can be excellent souvenirs from the visit.  The master weavers have always taught their skills to younger generations.

 

Hosts:  Vizma and Pēteris Zvirbulis

Restoring and maintaining Latvian handicrafts:  Birch-bark weaving

Beautiful sights   Mushroom picking   Distance from countries capital city65   Season5-10   Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance
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Latvia

The “Gulbji” Selonian homestead

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This is one of the few locations in Latvia where you can find an active far that has the design and buildings of a typical farm in the historical region of Selonia.  The owners collect antique household objects and offer a tour featuring medicinal plants, a black sauna and Selonian foods.  They produce their own ingredients and work with other local farmers.  Examples of Latvian cuisine include crêpes, barley soup, thick potato soup, sautéed beans in a special sauce, manna with fruit, bread soup with whipped cream, tortes, herbal teas and a special area dish known as zeppelins.

 

Hosts:  The Skrejāns family

Preserving a traditional Selonian farm

Upholding the culinary traditions of the Selonian tribes

Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city140   Season4-10   Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Pre-order required
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«Калну медус» («Горный мед»)

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For fostering of the traditional bee-keeping skills.

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city141   Season5-10   Must register in advance
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Lamprey eel fishing at Salacgriva

On skilled Latvian trade – lampreys fishing

The river Salaca (and Svetupe) have been nominated as the only places in the world where lampreys are fished in industrial scale  by using a 150 years old method  - „a weir” (a plank-way of pods placed across a river, all together 3 weirs). Accompanied by a local fisherman one can go and see the weir, the fishing process and taste grilled lampreys on the spot. 

Active leisure   By the sea   Distance from countries capital city100   Season6-11   Accepts tourist groups Optional meals Must register in advance Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet)
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House of traditions "Zvanitaji"

The Zvanītāji Centre of Traditions is located in the heart of Rucava.  It is housed in a late 19th century wooden building that has been turned into a museum which features the lifestyles of people more than 100 years ago.  Antique household objects are on display, as are folk costumes, stockings and mittens that are typical of Rucava.  The centre organises various events related to visiting, singing, playing and dancing, and it weaves useful textiles.  There are cultural and educational programmes such as “Evening Sessions” and “Celebratory Feasts in Rucava.” Guests can sing, dance and play music together with Rucava story-tellers, singers and musicians, also enjoying traditional foods such as rye bread, white butter with potatoes, potato pancakes, potato buns and carrot buns.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Latvian traditions, Latvian foods, a Latvian building

Distance from countries capital city259   Season4-10   Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers Pre-order required Accepts tourist groups
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An antique musical instrument workshop

Visitors can examine a large collection of antique musical instruments and hear stories about how they were manufactured and used.  Those with musical talents can play the instruments or commission and purchase handmade instruments.  Visitors who contact the workshop in advance can enjoy a concert performed by an Estonian family cappella.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Crafts (manufacturing antique musical instruments)

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The Dumpis pottery workshop

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For keeping the pottery tradition.

Distance from countries capital city190   Season5-10   Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups
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Latgale Farmstead „Mezmalas”

Helēna and Boļeslavs Munda

 

The Mežmalas farm in Latgale offers an interesting collection of household objects, tools and equipment from the 19th and 20th century.  Tourists can try their hand at making woven baskets.  The farm produces sauna switches and sells woven baskets and herbal teas.

 

For popularising traditional crafts

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Kokle master Andris Roze

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For the skills of building and playing traditional music instruments.

Distance from countries capital city81   Season1-12  
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The potter Aivars Uspelis and the painter Vesma Uspele

The attractive potter is one of four ceramics artists taking part in the so-called Pūdnīki School of pottery.  He uses information from his ancestors in his work.  Visitors to the workshop can watch Aivars producing his wares, starting with the spinning wheel and ending with the firewood-fired kiln.  The artist’s output is on display and can be purchased.  Visitors can commission artworks and try their hand at pottery themselves.  The workshop also has a collection of antique irons and farm objects that have come from the nearby area.  Vēsma Ušpele produces oil paintings and will be happy to display her artworks.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  The craft of pottery

Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city240   Season5-10   Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance
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The “Kukaburra” café

The café is at Km 115 of the Rīga-Veclaicene Highway (A2), and visitors can enjoy a variety of Latvian dishes.  Ingredients from local farmers and home manufacturers are used to prepare the dishes, and some can be bought at the café.  Visitors can tour a bread museum and, each weekend, take part in the baking of bread.  The café also features an exhibition of antique objects.

 

Host:  Jānis Kriekis

Latvian foods

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The Suiti Threshing Barn

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For popularisation of the Suiti cultural heritage.

For parties   Seminars   Distance from countries capital city185   Season4-12   Must register in advance This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers
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The Ausekli windmill

On the right bank of the Iecava River is a restored windmill.  The surrounding farm offers a collection of tools, farm equipment, mechanisms and household objects that are typical of Latvia’s countryside.  There is a blacksmith’s operation to visit.  On the second Saturday of each May, the thematic event “Springtime Work on the Farm” is organised.  A harvest festival is held on the first Saturday of September.  Visitors can help to bake bacon pierogi and loaves of bread in a true country oven.  The owner offers an informative tour of the area.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Latvian traditions and events

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"Berzini"

The farm offers wheat and rye bread baked in accordance with old family recipes.  A special oven that is more than 70 years old ensures the taste and aroma of the bread, and the owners use antique baking tools such as a kneading trough, an oven peel and a dough hook.  Visitors can contact the farm in advance to arrange for a visit during which they can bake their own loaves of bread.  The owners will talk about the Jūrkalne mill, which was built in 1740 and once played a great role in bread baking traditions in the region.

 

Host:  Juris Lastovskis

Ancient skills:  Baking bread

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Svete Bread

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR:  For popularisation of the bread tradition.

For children and teenagers   Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city56   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups
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Geidas

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR:  For keeping the dairy farming tradition.

For children and teenagers   Agro Heritage   Distance from countries capital city65   Season5-9   Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance
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Cafe Alida

The owners use old recipes to produce aromatic chicory coffee – a true local product from Latvia’s countryside goodies.  All of the raw materials for chicory coffee come from surrounding fields and meadows.  Visitors learn about the process and the history thereof, also looking at traditions related to such coffee.  The coffee can be tasted and purchased.

 

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Mikjanu seta

This is one of only two Latvian fishing villages that have, to the very best of their ability, preserved an authentic atmosphere.  The Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum has its Vītolnieki branch here, featuring an old fisherman’s homestead.  Active construction of new buildings is causing the problem that the village is rapidly losing its status as an untouched part of Latvia.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Traditional crafts

Fishing   By the sea   Distance from countries capital city260   Season1-12   Accommodation available Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet) Internet access
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The carpenter’s workshop

This working offers tours and events for adults and children, offering an interactive look at local trees and joining together with master craftsmen to check out antique instruments and play ancient games.  Visitors can try their hand at sawing wood with an old two-man saw, removing bark from a log, installing pins, manufacturing the first “crown” for a log building, or even “celebrating the ridgepole festival.”  At the conclusion of the tour, visitors will enjoy tea for strength and have a meal under the open sky or in the romantic Campfire Hut.  Wooden souvenirs are available, and furniture can be commissioned.

 

Host:  Laura Batarevska

Praising a Latvian skill:  Woodcrafts

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city27   Season1-12  
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Herbal teas at Kurmisi

This farm offers a chance to learn all about how medicinal plants are grown and prepared.  The plants are in the ecologically clean and lovely “Curves of the Daugava” Nature Park.  The owners grow common medicinal plants such as oregano, St John’s wort, wormwood, lemon balm, immortelle, etc. – some 25 different plants in all.   Visitors can take an educational tour, taste the teas and purchase mixtures of teas to bring home.  In addition to medicinal plants, the farm also offers wax candles.

 

Host:  Ivars Geiba

Preserving Latvian traditions: Gathering and praising herbal teas

Distance from countries capital city280   Season4-10   Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups
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The Klimpas farm

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For keeping the traditional sheep-breeding and wool crafting skills.

Distance from countries capital city150   Season1-12   Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet) Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups
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The Lejas Bregzi chair-making farm

At Lejas Bregži in the Vaidava Parish, visitors will find a unique collection of woven chairs, chair-making instruments, photographs and other objects related to the manufacturing of chairs from the late 18th to the mid-20th century.  Īrisa Vainovska is a ceramics artist and will be delighted to tell visitors about the art of pottery.  Decorative plates, interesting wind chimes and other useful objects and souvenirs are available for purchase.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  A Latvian landscape, popularisation of Latvian crafts

Distance from countries capital city100   Season1-12   Must register in advance Internet access Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet) Accepts tourist groups No pets allowed Accepts individual travellers
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The Cernavska Museum

Visitors can examine antique pottery tools and dishware produced by old masters at Silajāņi, listen to the stories that are told by a guide, and watch videos from the 20th century.  Demonstrations of turning can be seen at the workshop, and the master will talk about how ceramics are produced.  Traditional Lettigalian ceramics are for sale.  Visitors can try their hand at the pottery wheel.  The pottery that they produce will be fired and painted and later delivered by mail.

 

Preservation of traditional crafts – Lettigalian pottery

Distance from countries capital city203   Season1-12  
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The Cepli ceramics workshop of Ingrida Zagata

The potter uses clay, stone and other ceramics materials to produce dishes and interesting objects of interior design.  Ingrīda Žagata uses an open-fire kiln to fire her wares.  She offers tours, demonstrates her work, allows visitors to try their own hand at ceramics, invites people to attend the opening of the kiln, and accepts orders for new products.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Developing Latvian pottery traditions

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city50   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet)
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The Skriveri food company

In 1957, the Skrīveri Food Factory became the first company in Latvia to produce what soon became Latvia’s national candy – the penuche fudge known as “Gotiņa” (Little Cow).  In 2011, a family from Skrīveri took over the historical manufacturing facilities, using age-old recipes to cook, wrap and sell the candies.  These are made of condensed milk and sweet cream butter, and the “Gotiņa” candies are always made by hand.  Visitors can purchase candies and take a tour of the plant.  The owner is the main candy master and loves to talk about his work.

 

Hosts:  Baiba and Aigars Lūsis

Preserving a Latvian brand:  The “Gotiņa” candy

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city80   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Pre-order required
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The potter Valdis Paulins

Valdis Pauliņš uses traditions that are centuries old in producing forms and decorations that are typical of the region in which he lives, thus making a major investment in the local society.  His ability to tell stories about ceramics to younger and older visitors makes it possible to view the powerful traditions of the past, as well as the culture of Latgale.  Visitors can learn about the product of ceramics from start to finish, try their own hand at the potter’s wheel, and take part in lighting the kiln.  Various ceramics products, souvenirs and garden ceramics are available for purchase.  The owner welcomes individuals, families, schoolchildren and large groups.

 

For popularising a traditional craft (pottery)

Distance from countries capital city270   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Accommodation available Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers
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The “Skriveru majas saldumu” café

This is a family company that was established in 2006 and produces homemade ice cream from fruits and berries grown locally.  There are classical plombir, cream and yoghurt ice creams and sorbets, as well as modern kitchen “miracles” such as ice cream made of sprats, blue cheese, horseradish and potatoes with tomato sauce.  80 different types of ice cream have been produced.  This is the only place in Latvia which offers five dishes with ice cream as a side dish.

 

For Latvian food crafts

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city81   Season1-12   This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers
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The ceramist Janis Seiksts

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For keeping the pottery tradition.

Distance from countries capital city165   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance
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The Bitnieki farm

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For popularisation of the traditional bee-keeping skills

Distance from countries capital city201   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups
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The “Baltaine” creative house

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For fostering of Latvian traditions

Distance from countries capital city99   Season1-12  
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Lielkruzes, a Latvian farm

This ethnographic Latvian farm is in a lovely location.  It is a sustainable farm that is based on folk traditions about the link between manufacturing and nature.  The owners offer a tour of the farm, with wild horses, cattle, an orderly and friendly environment, meals of country goodies, relaxation on the water, tenting, accommodations in log huts, a sauna and a stage.  The local waterways have crabs and ten kinds of fish, and more than 70 different types of birds next in the surrounding forests and fields.  Call in advance to arrange for participation in a Summer Solstice celebration in June or other events.

 

Hosts:  Valentīna and Guntars Dolmanis

Preserving the landscape and cultural environment of Piebalga

Distance from countries capital city149   Season6-10   Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups
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The sauna workshop

This workshop offers useful and practical sauna equipment in accordance with Latvian craftsmanship traditions – bowls, ladles, tubs, bathtubs large and small, sauna switches, linen products and log saunas.  Visitors can tour the workshop, help with the craftsman’s work, and purchase sauna equipment.  During the summer, visitors can learn how to tie a sauna switch or manufacture a sauna ladle.

 

For maintaining traditional crafts (sauna equipment)

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city200   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers
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Sauna Museum

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For keeping the sauna tradition.

Distance from countries capital city50   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Optional meals Pre-order required Accepts individual travellers
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The smithy, museum and workshop of Kaspars Auza

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR: For blacksmith skills.

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city66   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers
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The Ragaciems fishing area with net huts

This is a small family fishing operation that uses skills from its ancestors – men and women from many generations who have been born and raised in and around Ragaciems and have gone off to sea.  Visitors can examine fishing boat piers and net huts that were used to store equipment.  Such facilities also played a social role in that men would come together at them to discuss the work that needed to be done, while wives and children mended the nets.  Contact the venue in advance to arrange for tasting of fish while talking to real fishermen and learning all about their craft.

 

Hosts:  Fishermen in Ragaciems

Restoring and maintaining fishing skills

Distance from countries capital city47  
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The Kurzemnieki farm

LATVIAN HERITAGE CULTURAL MARK IS AWARDED FOR:  For keeping the fruit growing tradition

Active leisure   Fishing   Distance from countries capital city108   Season7-10   Must register in advance Optional meals Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers
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The Koni windmill

This is one of the few places in Latvia to offer a look at industrial equipment from the 19th century that is still in good working order – a wool plucking and combing apparatus from the Šūberts Rudzītis & Co. company in Latvia, a unique spinning wheel from Germany, and a windmill used to grind grain.  Visitors can track the processing of wool on equipment that is 100 years old, watching how blankets and pillows stuffed with sheep wool are produced by hand.  There are souvenirs to purchase.  The owners organise celebrations on Latvian holidays – St Martin’s Day and the Summer Solstice, as well as evening visiting sessions from that were common in earlier times, complete with the baking of water pretzels.

 

SIGN AWARDED FOR:  Preservation of traditional crafts and skills

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city157   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accommodation available Accepts individual travellers Optional meals Pre-order required Accepts tourist groups
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The “Dziles” bakery

The owner of Dzīles prepares hearty Lettigalian dishes, offers countryside goodies, and teaches visitors how to bake tortes and pierogi.  “Dzīļi Bread” is a special food and a symbol of recognition in Kārsava.  Visitors can bake bread in accordance with ancient traditions, as well as taste and purchase bread.  The owner has studied local traditions that were originally introduced by the noblewoman of the local estate, and she uses both ancient and modern recipes to bake her wares.

 

Host:  Aina Barsukova

Latvian foods: Lettigalian cuisine

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city270   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Pre-order required
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The Vienkoci Park

On praising Latvian skilled trade  - woodcrafts

In Vienkoči park one can observe the objects made by its creator, the model of Nurmizu estate and other models, the Sand-bag house as well as to take part in thematic events. Men can make small groves for birch sap, however, women – jewellery from natural materials. The ancient people made Vienkoči objects already in The Middle Stone Age, however, the usage of Vienkoči boats (several found in the park) enlarged since 9th Century.

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city66   Season1-12