Country Holidays

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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LANTUS

A newly renovated Vidzeme farm for those who love comfort. Several halls with fireplaces, a sauna, a pool, catering service, a pond and the forest. A country house in a landscaped setting by a pond and near forest. A wooden bathtub with a wood stove outdoors!

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   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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VEJAVAS

If you have a desire to escape from the urban crowd and noise, to enjoy the sun and the sea, to get a breath of pine forest, to watch lamprey fishing in the river Svētupe to go out for picking up mushrooms, to ride a bicycle or go skiing, to be inspired by the Svetupe flood-time, to feel odour of  fresh and smoked fish then plan your holidays accompanied by) your family and friends and come to the sunset beach – „Vējavas”.

Vējavas is located at the Svētupe`s  fall into the Rīga Gulf,  on the motorway Rīga – Tallinn 90th km, 10 km before Salacgrīva.

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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Caunites

The "Caunītes” farmstead carries on Latvian traditions and demonstrates them to visitors. The house is designed and decorated in the traditional Latvian style and exudes an authentic ambience while having modern facilities. The heart of the farmstead is a barn with a bread baking stove. The hosts offer to enjoy various traditional seasonal activities. Please arrange your visit in advance.

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

Agri Heritage   Distance from countries capital city40   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups
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EZERSETA

Rest and relaxation 11 km from Cēsis near to the Lake Auciems. Large facilities for families with children. An opportunity to look at chickens, rabbits and Hereford cattle. The Žagarkalns ski facility is 8 km away.

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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Meke

Viesnīcā ir astoņi numuri, mazā svinību zāle 30 m2, lielā svinību zāle 60 m2. Viesnīca Meke atrodas 3 km attālumā no Vidzemes akmeņainās jūrmalas. Viesnīcā pieejama velonoma.

Netālu atrodas Mekes krogs, kurā var ieturēt gardas maltītes.

For modern solutions to the introduction and conservation of Latvian environment and historical buildings

The architecture style of late 19th and early 20th centuries was preserved during the restoration of Meke hotel and appropriate interior was designed. The lobby features photos with the historical evidence of the building. The owners will tell the history of the building and the surroundings to the visitors, and offer social leisure events.

By the sea   Guests18 (12)   Bedrooms8   Distance from countries capital city67   Season1-12   Optional meals Accommodation available Internet access
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from 20 EUR / pers

DZIRNUPES

Dzirnupes is a traditional Vidzeme farm where visitors feel the true romance of Latvia’s countryside. This is an excellent leisure venue for couples or families with children. Guests are accommodated in a granary that was built in 1924 and is now a romantic building with a sauna. The owner manufactures drums from tree stumps and is prepared to teach visitors who to forge a nail at the farm’s smithy, as well as to use a bow and arrow. The lady of the house will teach future or young wives to produce programmes that are in line with Latvian traditions in terms of learning skills and knowledge that are necessary for Latvian wives.

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   Season5-11   Child discount 50% Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet) No pets allowed
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from 60 EUR / night

Horse farm KLAJUMI

Klajumi is situated among picturesque surroundings of Daugavas Loki Nature park and offers accommodation in 3 cottages. Guests can enjoy horse riding facilities. The property is located 2 km from Kaplava village and 5 km from the Latvian – Belarusian border. The town of Krāslava is 10 km away.

"Klajumi" holiday house. On the first floor of the holiday house there is a kitchen with fireplace, dishes and other tools necessary for cooking and eating, herbal tea and instant coffee, a fridge, radio and CD player, shower and sauna. On the second floor and in the attic there are bedrooms. Next to the cottage there is a dry toilet.

"Klajumu Ķemeri" holiday house. Wooden log house with a kitchen, a bedroom, WC and shower.

"Klajumu Ganiņi" holiday house. Two rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom. House is suitable for people with disabilities.

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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from 40 - 55 EUR / night

Dieninas

A small fishermen’s house preserved in the original style, situated not far from the sea in Berzciems, offers 2 comfortable rooms for peaceful rest, with a fireplace and a small kitchen. The family of the owners through many generations try to preserve old fishermen’s traditions, including those in fish processing and smoke curing. The guests have an opportunity to buy local products – smoked fish from the Engure lake and the Baltic Sea.

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 Accommodation available Optional meals
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Petera Tutana pineju darbnica

Pētera pinēju darbnīca "Kalndaķi" atrodas ainaviskā vietā netālu no Milzukalna. Darbnīcas pirmsākumi meklējami pagājušā gs. astoņdesmito gadu vidū kā kopīga ģimenes aizraušanās, kas kopš 1999. gada pārauga reālā uzņēmējdarbībā, izveidojot vienu no lielākajiem mūsdienu pinēju uzņēmumiem Latvijā - Pinumu Pasaule. Šobrīd Rīgas uzņēmumu Pinumu Pasaule pārvalda sieva Lolita, bet Pēteris darbojas savā radošajā darbnīcā "Kalndaķos".
Kā izejmateriāli pinumiem tiek lietotas mizotas un nemizotas pašu audzētas kārklu klūgas. Viss process no klūgu audzēšanas līdz gatavam produktam ir roku darbs. Pēteris pin grozus, virtuves piederumus, interjera priekšmetus, dārza mēbeles, kā arī bērnu spēļu mantas un dažādus suvenīrus. Apmeklētāji var iepazīt darbnīcu, klūgu audzēšanu, iegādāties gatavo produkciju, kā arī piedalīties pīšanas meistarklasēs.

For the promotion of the craft of a weaver

Craftsman Pēteris Tutāns manages Pinumu Pasaule (World of Plaiting), which is one of the largest plaiting companies of Latvia. All stages from the growing of willow to the end product is made by hand. The company prepares plaited baskets, kitchenware and interior objects, garden furniture, etc. The visitors can view the workshop, learn about growing willows and purchase finished products.

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The Ludza Crafts Centre

Here you can examine and purchase crafts by more than 40 Lettigalian craftspeople. A guide dressed in an Ancient Lettigalian folk costume will tell you about the lives of ancient Baltic tribes, the emergence of craftsmanship in the region, ancient laws related to ethics and work, and traditions. There are demonstrations of the crafts and lessons about the ancient skills. Groups can enjoy a luncheon of Lettigalian dishes, and learn how to bake bread and prepare beverages in an old-fashioned Lettigalian kitchen.

Latvian cuisine: Grey peas, dumplings in cream sauce, Lettigalian pastries and moonshine alcohol.
Special foods: Lamb testicles and cabbage soup with mutton.

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   Agri Heritage   Distance from countries capital city270   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups Optional meals
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Leather products and horse tackle at Apkalnmajas

Here you will find everything needed for horseback riding, including reins, belts, leather sacks, etc. You can tour the exhibition hall, learn about types of leather, try your hand at the process, and purchase products. The craftswoman will be delighted to talk about the Lettigalian lifestyle.

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

Agri 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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Mezniecibas muzejs Eglava

Muzejs Egļavā stāsta par mežsaimniecību Latvijā pirmskara un pēckara periodā. Eksponēti ir ne tikai mežsaimniecības darbarīki un piederumi, bet gan apskatāmi ir arī bijušā Balvu rajona teritorijā tapušie tekstīliji, keramikas un kokamatniecības paraugi. Bijušajā mežniecības mājā pieejamas guļamistabas viesu izmitināšanai.

Par mežsaimniecības tradīciju daudzināšanu

Egļavā, bijušajā kūts/klēts ēkā ir izveidots privāts muzejs, kura ekspozīcijā atspoguļota mežsaimniecības pieredze Latvijā pirmskara un pēckara periodos. Tepat apskatāmas arī Balvu novadā tapušās tekstilijas, keramikas un kokamatniecības darinājumi. Aldis Pušpurs apmeklētājus iepazīstina ar meža apsaimniekošanas vēstures līkločiem un vada ekskursijas. Ceļotājiem pieejama pirts un naktsmītnes.

Distance from countries capital city240   Season4-9   Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance Accommodation available
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The Untumi horse farm

The farm has a herd of horses and buys horses which confirm to historical demands related to breeds of animals. You can learn to ride a horse in the company of an instructor and in a limited area. During the summer, there are cart rides, while in the winter there are sleigh rides. The horses are also used for weddings and other ceremonies.

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

Agri 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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The Juri farm

The owners of the farm inherited it. There is a wood house with decorative trim and window shutters. The owners use milk from their own cows to produce cheeses on the basis of old and modern recipes. You can taste the cheese, milk, clotted milk, buttermilk and other dairy products, watch how they are made, and take part in the process yourself. There are also animals to view.

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

Agri Heritage   Distance from countries capital city222   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance
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The Vejavas weekend home

The owner offers groups of various sizes a chance to go to the sea in a fisherman’s boat and to watch shoreline fishing, as well. The lamprey eel weirs that are on the Svētupe River differ from those on the Salaca River in terms of their structure and the fishing principles. During the season, the owner prepares tasty smoked lamprey eels.

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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Skalu pinumi

Wooden slat weaving workshop is located in Jelgava county, Sesava parish. Craftswoman is making different type of wooden slat baskets and basketry from pine, linden, aspen and black alder.

There are several different categories of baskets, available in different sizes - picknick baskets, baskets for berry and mushroom picking, trays, baskets for firewood, laundry baskets, onion / garlic baskets, baskets for kids, and diverse baskets for daily use. Various inscriptions and drawings are also made on the weavings. They also accept orders for individual orders. In the workshop it is possible to see the wooden slat basket weaving process as well as have the opportunity to learn to make your own basket.

For the promotion of splinter plaited basket craft

The craftswoman makes splinter-plaited baskets of various types and other plaited products from pine, lime tree, aspen and alder, as well as picnic baskets, baskets for mushroom picking or berry picking, pads and trays, firewood baskets and baskets for linen, baskets for garlic and onions, children’s baskets, etc. The craftswoman has trained her family members in the craft as well. The workshop demonstrates the process of an ancient craft - splinter plaiting and allows the visitor to participate in it.

Agri Heritage   Distance from countries capital city70   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance
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SPELMANU TAVERN

This tavern is in the centre of Alsunga, which is the capital of the Suiti people.  The Suiti have always known how to work hard, sing well and eat tasty foods.  The tavern offers for tour groups to taste a delicious Suiti meal made from ancient recipes, after which participants can learn how to cook those foods – carrot buns, soured porridge and other masterful dishes from this part of Latvia.  A very effective performance by  Women of Suiti will make the meal truly unforgettable.  You’ll also be able to purchase carrot buns and sourdough bread that is baked only here.

Latvian cuisine: Sourdough bread, dumplings, dried ribs.

Special foods: Homemade carrot buns.

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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The Vaidelotes farm

This is a farm which popularises Latvian lives, organises traditional rituals, and provides guests with tasty country foods such as porridge, dumplings, pierogi and pastries made of grain and roughly ground flour that are produced at the farm itself. You can purchase teas, herbs and country goodies.

Latvian cuisine: Soups, porridges, desserts, pierogi, sheet cakes and country tortes.

Special foods: Dumplings made of roughly ground whole wheat flour with cottage cheese and bacon.

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   Agri 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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Farmers’ market STRAUPES FARMERS’ MARKET

This market sells produces from local farmers and home manufacturers who offer traditional and seasonal food which they grow and prepare themselves. You can purchase vegetables, fruit, fresh and smoked meat, cheese, bread, country tortes, homemade wine and various household and gardening objects.

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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Pub MEKE

Opened on June 21, 2011, at the 51st kilometre of the Tallinn-Riga highway, the MEKE KROGS pub is a typical example of the roadside pubs which used to be built along the sides of roads and near homesteads, castles, mills and windmills. This particular one is located into renovated cattle shed that is more than 100 years old – a lovely log building that is named after the former baron of the local estate, von Mecke. Alongside it is the handsome parish building which was erected in 1907 with red bricks from Tūja.

Latvian cuisine: Sorrel stew with grits, cold soup, pounded beef, mutton and vegetable stew, grits with smoked meat and mushrooms, herring with cottage cheese, bread soup.

Special foods: Porridge with bacon bits and Meke spicy sausages.

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 Internet access
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Bakery and tavern LACI

Lāči brand 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 loaf of bread, have lunch at a cosy saloon and purchase the bakery’s products. Lāči uses its own ingredients for its dishes, combining them with seasonal products from local farms.

Latvian cuisine: Cream of mushroom soup, various hot potted dishes, bread soup, baker’s dessert.

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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RIDELI MILL

This water mill dates back to the 1920s and was restored in 1992. You can view the historical mechanisms and learn about the grinding process. The Cope Cafeteria offers pancakes made of the locally ground flour and filled with mushrooms, cheese, vegetables, meat, honey, sweet cream, cottage cheese, ice cream or caramel.

For the preservation of the material heritage of the mill and promotion of the skills of the craft

Rideļi mill has been reborn in new quality. The mill that was built in the 20s of the 20th century now hosts a modern exposition of historical milling mechanisms and devices, as well as household and other objects used at the farm. Detailed descriptions, technical drawings and pictures of the devices have been developed. The visitors can access all floors of the mill either themselves or accompanied by a guide.

Fishing   Seminars   For parties   Distance from countries capital city74   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Must register in advance Optional meals Accepts tourist groups Accommodation available
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LIBERTU birch sap products

This is the only place in Latvia where you can tour a cellar in which the owner uses birch juice to prepare syrups, birch wine, sparkling wine (champagne), lemonade, and fermented birch juice. You can taste and buy the products.

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 This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups
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Upenite

The “Upenite” country house is located on the southern shore of Lake Ciritis. This farm nurtures Lettigalian traditions, serves Lettigalian foods, produces dairy products (including cheeses), grows local plants (which you can purchase), and offers a chance to visit a proper Lettigalian black sauna. The owners themselves will serve as the sauna masters. Master’s classes in the baking of tortes are offered.
Latvian cuisine: Farmer’s soup, potato dumplings, potato sausages (grated green potatoes with dried pork and onions), black currants with whipped cream, caraway seed sticks, herbal teas, cottage cheese with cream, curdled milk pancakes.
Special foods: Oven-baked carp or tench from the local pond.

For the promotion of traditional Latgalian food

The owner Inese Survilo offers Latgalian meals that are prepared according to the recipes of forefathers. The landlady shows and tells – how to make cheese – a skill she has learned from her grandmother. The visitors may participate in the process and taste cheese with various additives. She prepares krupņiks ar gulbim (barley porridge with potatoes), gulbešnīki (potato pancakes) and farm cakes, furthermore, cooking skills of these dishes can be acquired at organised master classes.

Horseback riding   For parties   Agri Heritage   Fishing   Distance from countries capital city229   Season1-12   Must register in advance No pets allowed SPA Accepts individual travellers Optional meals Accommodation available Accepts tourist groups Pre-order required
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The Indani farm

Adults and children will be able to learn about farm animals, view a collection of ancient tools, enjoy a country sauna with birch and juniper switches, drink herbal tea with honey, and taste carrot buns. During the summer, accommodations are offered in the granary or on the second level of the sauna.

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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Puteni

Farm "Puteni" features fowl and pets, as well as a hike “along the path of Baron von Behr.” The owners teach visitors about traditional annual rituals, including the preparation of caraway seed cheese and other Latvian dishes.

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

Agri Heritage   Distance from countries capital city128   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers Optional meals
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Sparkling birch sap production plant BIRZI

Birch sap for Labanovski family is a popular drink already for a long time. Sap is tasty when it’s fresh, but in order to maintain its refreshing and valuable qualities,  during many years family has developed new recipes.  Moving away from the traditional spices, drink was supplemented with mint, which made the sap more refreshing, fresh for a long time and with a pleasant flavor.

 

For modern developments of Latvian traditions – birch sap

Collection of birch sap is characteristic of Latvian and neighbouring nations. The owner, Ervīns Labanovskis tells and shows - how this was done in ancient times. The brewing process also includes ancient wisdom. The primary recipe for the preparation of fizzy birch sap is the recipe used and tested by the parents of the owner, which was later upgraded by him.  The visitors are welcome to try and buy the products.

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Jaunpils Handicraft House

2015. gada 10.maijā durvis vēra Jaunpils Amatu māja. Šeit darbojas Jaunpils audēju kopa (dibināta 1970. gadā) un biedrība „Dzīpars”. Kopas vadītāja ir audēju amatu meistare Velga Pavlovska, kura savas zināšanas nodod 18 kopas dalībniecēm, organizē biedrības rokdarbnieču darbu, vada ekskursijas un radošas darbnīcas. Apmeklētāji var iepazīt audēju un citu amata meistaru darbu, piedalīties un mācīties meistarklasēs, doties ekskursijās un iegādāties dažādus suvenīrus.

For the promotion of craftsmen’s skills

The crafts house of Jaunpils hosts Jaunpils Weaver’s Group, which was founded in 1970 and is currently headed by weaving craft master Velga Pavlovska. The weavers use ancient looms and traditional techniques to weave traditional patterns. Visitors may join informative excursions, get involved in creative workshops, try their hand in weaving skills and buy souvenirs.

Distance from countries capital city85   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups
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Hemp farm ADZELVIESI

The farm produces hemp from which it produces hemp butter, roughly ground seeds, as well as hemp oil. The granary, which is 101 years old, features antique instruments once used to process hemp fibres. Visitors can taste and purchase delicious products and take an exciting tour which speaks to the history of hemp farming.

Latvian cuisine: Rough and fine hemp spread, hemp sandwiches, pressed and toasted hemp crumbs, hemp oil.

 

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. 

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Brewery VALMIERMUIZAS ALUS

Tourists can learn about the history of the estate and the brewing of beer, beginning with raw materials and ending with finished products. The visit is enriched by tastings of live beer and stories about Latvia’s traditional holiday beverage. Alongside the brewery is a store which sells live beer, homemade goodies and selected souvenirs.

The “Valmiermuižas alus virtuve” saloon popularises Latvian beers and uses beer in various dishes. A modern approach to homemade products is used to prepare foods and beer-based snacks. There is a beer garden during the summer, and the saloon merges traditional things with modern ones.

Latvian cuisine: Smoked pork, filet of pike from Lake Burtnieks, green pea mash, with loganberries, quince, pumpkin birch juice and mushroom sauce as accompaniments.

Special foods: Slice of pork marinated in unfiltered winter 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.

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The Latgale beer farm "Kolnasata"

The slogan for this farm is “Here we produce real Latgale beer!” You can help to brew beer, listen to stories about traditions, and taste the finished products. The owner also offers country goodies as snacks – ones which are based on Lettigalian traditions.

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)

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The Klajumi horse farm

The farm features twelve friendly horses from Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus, as well as three eager dogs of various species, along with rabbits, chickens, cows and cats. Here you will feel the true country spirit in four adjoining farms – Klajumi, Ganiņi, Ķemeri and Krasti. The location is near the “Rings of the Daugava” Nature Park, and you can go horseback riding along the border between Latvia and Belarus.

Latvian cuisine: Schnitzel of mushrooms, potato dumplings with dried mushrooms or meat, cream sauce and onions, baked chanterelles with new potatoes, sautéed vegetables and mushrooms, strawberries with ice cream, moonshine liquor.

Special foods: Cranberry fool a la Klajumi

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.

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Dzirnupes

This is an organic farm, and visitors are invited to join in the fieldwork - gather hay, make sauerkraut, pull weeds, milk a goat, watch the geese, catch some fish and then smoke them in accordance with the farmer’s own recipe. Visitors can also help to bake bread. There’s a sauna where you can inhale the aroma of healthy grasses and drink some medicinal teas.

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. 

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The “Mikelis” café

The café is at the “Miķelis” leisure venue on the banks of the Mūsa River. Visitors can tour a typical farm from the 19th and 20th century, as well as the Machinery Museum. 

Latvian cuisine: Cold soup, Valmiera salad, roast Baltic plaice, potato pancakes, stawberry soup with ice cream.

Special foods: "Special Bauska foods," "Miķelis" pork chop.

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

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Fisherman's farm DIENINAS

The owners are third-generation fishers, and they will be happy to sell you some smoked local fish. Tour groups can take part in active leisure related to cultural aspects of smoking tasty fish (tossing a boot into the sea, stories from fishermen’s wives, a theatrical performance, and the smoking and tasting of fish).

Latvian cuisine: Smoked and dried plaice, hot-smoked eelpout and other fish prepared on the basis of ancient local recipes.

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

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Open-Air Exhibition of Latvian Plants and Herbs

Open-air functional exhibition of medicinal plants introduces you to a “green pharmacy”. There are more than 300 different plants. Every healthy lifestyle enthusiast can find the secrets of fitotherapy and learn how to use the plants in many different ways – making sauna besoms, aromatic pillows, healthy teas, bath scrubs etc.
Facilities: excursion through medicinal plant garden and collection, tasting of green cocktails.

Par tradicionālo ārstniecības augu mūsdienīgu lietojumu


Saimniecībā, kas atrodas ainaviskā Auziņu ezera nogāzē, atrodas saimnieka – Jāņa Ulmja veidotā un uzturētā Vidzemē plašākā ārstniecības augu brīvdabas ekspozīcija, kurā ir aptuveni trīs simti dažādu augu sugu un šķirņu. Saimnieks vada ekskursijas un dalās savā pieredzē ar tiem, kas vēlas papildināt savas zināšanas par Latvijas ārstniecības augiem, par iespējām tos izmantot pārtikā un veselības atjaunošanā. Ciemiņi var iegādāties jau gatavas ārstniecības tējas, gan arī degustēt saimnieka pagatavoto ārstniecības augu smūtiju.

Botanical   Beautiful sights   Nature for Health   Distance from countries capital city76   Season5-10   Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Dry toilet (if there is only the dry toilet)
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Cafe Alida

Aromatic coffee is produced here from chicory and on the basis of ancient recipes. All of the ingredients come from surrounding fields and forests. The owner will offer you a tour, during which you will be able to taste and buy her coffee.

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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Bakery DONAS

Bread at Donas is baked according to ancient traditions. The dough is scalded in a trough, kneaded by hand and then lovingly shaped into loaves that are baked in a real wood stove on maple leaves. You can prepare your own loaf and take it home with you. Nothing is tastier than a warm slice of bread with milk and honey. You will also enjoy other Latvian country treats such as dried meat patties and sausages made of grits. There are also 17 different types of cheeses.

Latvian cuisine: Grit porridge, sauerkraut, country steak haché, 21 kinds of cheeses, milk, honey, herbal teas, country bread.

Special foods: Donas sourdough bread.

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! 

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Baking carrot buns "Usi"

One of the first homes in Kolka, 1.2 km from Kolkasrags, the furthest northern point of Courland separating the Baltic Sea from the Gulf of Riga.

The owner of the farm demonstrates the way in which the traditional Northern Kurzeme dessert that is a carrot bun and is known as a "sklandrausis" is prepared. Hikers can take a tour to see the industrial history of Kolka, complete with theatrical elements and tasting of Latvia’s best sprats.

Latvian cuisine: Porridge with fried onions and meat, kefir, herbal teas.

Special foods: Carrot buns.

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.

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Licisi, Ltd.

This is one of Latvia’s first and largest goat farms in Latvia. The owner will offer you an attractive tour, with information about breeding goats and producing dairy products (milk, cheese kefir) – products which you can taste and purchase.

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

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LUKI

An ancestral farmstead on the former Labrags estate. Country sauna and good cuisine. Everything is like in the olden days, but one feels right at home.

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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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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The Koni windmill

Guest house in an old mill built ~180 years ago is located 7 km from Rujiena on the bank of River Ruja. Guesthouse offers not only cozy rooms for its guest but also banquet hall and excursions. Grains are still milled and wool processed in the mill.

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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"Pie Andra Pitraga"

Holiday House "In Pitrags by Andris" is near Kolka and Mazirbe, in the small fishermen village Pitrags. Holiday house are with kitchen, bathroom, 1 double bed, 1 bunk bed on the first floor and 2 single beds on the upper floor. Both holiday lodge and camping area situated in a quiet forest, undisturbed atmosphere from the rest of the neighborhood, only about 800 m from the sea coast. Camping area can accommodate about 50 tents and 3 trailers. There is also a chance to see the variety of ways the ancient fence in one place, as well as a walk along the 1 km long forest path. 
Owners are also doing smoked fishes according the old fishermen traditions, offer the fish tasting for individuals and groups.

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.

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Bludzi farm

The Eleja creamery offers tastings of cheeses from the farm that is run by the Mālkalns family (apply in advance for the tastings!).  There are seven kinds of cheeses, including smoked and matured cheeses.  There is French cheese that has been prepared in partnership with a French cheese-making specialist, M Eribert.  Blūdži is in the Sesava Parish, 7 km from Eleja, and welcomes small groups.  The farm bakes bread, processes vegetables (tomato juice) and prepares other country goodies.

Par tradicionālā ķimeņu siera daudzināšanu


Z/s „Blūdži” ir īsta lauku sēta, kurā dara visus tos darbus, kādus agrāk darīja katrā lauku saimniecībā. Saimniece Ināra Mālkalne, iesaistot pārējo ģimeni, gatavo sieru, cep maizi un pārstrādā dārzeņus, no kuriem taisa konservus, salātus un citus lauku labumus. Šī ir viena no retajām vietām, kur var braukt un mācīties, - kā gatavot tradicionālo ķimeņu sieru. Saimniecībā saražoto produkciju var iegādāties gan uz vietas, gan dažādos Latvijas tirdziņos.

Distance from countries capital city71   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers
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Bread baking in BERZINI

In the Berzini homestead they bake exceptionally tasty wheat and rye bread in accordance with the old folk recipes. The taste and smell is the result of baking bread in a special oven which is more than 70 years old. It is possible to order bread, or, having booked a visit beforehand,  to make and bake your own bread loaf. The owners will teach you bread baking traditions and use recipes from their ancestors to bake loaves in a true bread oven.

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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Kokle master Andris Roze

Andris Roze is one of very few kokle makers in Latvia who manufactures the instrument and helps others to do so at master’s classes.  Roze also manufactures other traditional musical instruments, demonstrates them, offers consultations about them, collects them and gathers together historical information.  He works at the Drabeši Crafts House, where people can learn traditional skills such as weaving, processing of leather, felting, pottery and construction of musical instruments.

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

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Herbal teas at Kurmisi

The Kurmīši farm grows medicinal plants in an ecologically pure and lovely nature park, "Curves of Daugava," which is part of the protected landscape area "Augšdaugava." Since 1994, the farm has produced approximately 40 types of medicinal plants so as to ensure the preservation of the farm.  Enthusiasts and tourists can learn all about medicinal plants and how they are prepared.  After the tour, you can taste and purchase Kurmīši herbal teas, which taste the best if you add honey from local beekeeping operations.  Candles made of beeswax offer a special atmosphere.  The farm has areas for relaxation and a facility where the candles are made.  You can purchase a wide range of wax souvenirs and tour the beekeeping facility.  The owner also offers guided tours of the arm. 

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

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Farm BITNIEKI

This is a beautiful farm that is friendly to the environment and has some 300 hives of bees. There is a shop along with a tasting hall where you can enjoy honey made of various flowers, pollen (including pollen in honey), propolis (also in honey) bee bread, wax and souvenirs. Taste beekeeping products (including honey wine) and take a tour of the farm, as well.

This farm uses traditional hives to extract honey, and it offers a look at hives that were used in the past. The owners are happy to talk about the development of beekeeping in Latvia and their experience in this regard.

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

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Tavern SIDRABINI

The tavern is located in the old log building close to Liepupe Church. There is an old cattle-shed next to the tavern where we make meat and sausage products that you can purchase in the Sudrabņi meat and sausage store. We offer tours and tastings.

Par latviskās virtuves mūsdienīgu piedāvājumu


Krogs „Sidrabiņi” atrodas Rīgas – Tallinas ceļa malā, netālu no Jelgavkrastiem. Tas iekārtots, atjaunojot vēsturisku koka ēku. Blakus krodziņam izveidots gaļas pārstrādes cehs, kurā top pašu kūpināti gaļas izstrādājumi. Viesiem galdā tiek celti tādi gardi ēdieni kā bukstiņu putra ar čurkstinātu pašu kūpinātu cūkas krūtiņu, pašmāju pelēkie zirņi, putraimdesa ar ceptu speķi un āboliem, pašu kūpināts, sutināts cūkas stilbs ar sinepēm, mārrutkiem un tepat uz vietas skābētiem, štovētiem kāpostiem.
 

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The Suiti Ethnic Cultural Centre

This collection features the heritage of the Suiti people, including an exhibition of folk costumes.  Visitors can learn about the costumes and try them on.  This is a cosy place for meetings, with well-equipped rooms for seminars and various types of training sessions.

For the conservation and promotion of Suiti traditions

The collection developed at the ethnic centre allows to view a permanent exposition of Suiti folk costumes and to wear them. People, who wish to make Suiti folk costume may receive valuable advice. The association, under the lead of Dace Martinova, organises the International Bourdon Singing Festival, Suiti weddings, as well as actively manages the social and cultural life of Suiti, by introducing not only Latvian, but also foreign guests with it.

Distance from countries capital city176   Season1-12   Must register in advance
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Araisi windmill

The windmill is on a hill and offers a lovely view. This is one of the few Dutch-type windmills (built in 1852) to still be in operational order, and guests can help to grind grain. On the last Sunday of every July, the windmill organises a celebration in honour of St Jacob and of bread baked from freshly harvested rye.

Latvian cuisine: Miller’s lunch – wheat flour porridge with meat sauce, crepes, kefir, herbal teas.

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

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Limbazu Tine

SIA "Limbažu Tīne" ir vilnas pārstrādes uzņēmums ar senām mājas tekstila tradīcijām, kas dibināts jau 1914. gadā. Šobrīd uzņēmumā tiek ražota vilnas dzija, austi augstvērtīgi vilnas un linu audumi, segas, parklāji, pledi, galdauti, dvieļi, lakati un citi tekstilizstrādājumi. Limbažu Tīne ražo etnogrāfiskos audumos pēc autentiskajām Baltijas reģiona kultūrvēsturiskā mantojuma paraugiem.  

Par tradicionālo amatu prasmju uzturēšanu


„Limbažu tīne” ir vilnas pārstrādes uzņēmums ar ļoti senām mājas tekstila dizaina tradīcijām, kura pirmsākumi ir meklējami tālajā 1914. gadā. Mūsdienās te ražo vilnas dziju, augstvērtīgus vilnas un linu audumus, segas, paklājus, galdautus, dvieļus, lakatus un citus tekstilizstrādājumus. „Limbažu tīne” ir viens no retajiem uzņēmumiem Baltijas valstīs un pat plašākā mērogā, kur auž etnogrāfiskus audumus pēc autentiskiem Baltijas reģiona kultūrvēsturiskā mantojuma paraugiem. Uzņēmuma bibliotēkā ir apskatāmas mapes, kurās sakrāti dažādu novadu tautas tērpu audumu paraugi. Īpaši aktīvs darbs uzņēmumā notiek pirms Dziesmu svētkiem un citiem lieliem tautas pasākumiem.
 

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Guest house KONU DZIRNAVAS

The watermill processes wool with equipment that is 100 years old and is used to produce handmade blankets and pillows that are stuffed with sheep wool, as well as souvenirs that can be commissioned and purchased.  The watermill offers tours and fresh-baked bread.  A wool pulling and wrapping machine that dates back to the 19th century and was manufactured at the Šūberts Rudītis & Co company in the 19th century is still used, as are a unique weaving apparatus from Germany and a grain mill.

 

Latvian cuisine: Marinated herring with vegetables, porridge, mashed potatoes a la Vidzeme (with fried onions), pancakes with jam made of Latvian berries and honey, homemade bread.

 

Special foods: Water pretzels and local soup with six types of fish.

 

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

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The potter Ilmars Vecelis

Ilmārs Vecelis takes part in the “Potter School” of the Latvian Cultural Fund and, therefore, uses ancient pottery methods that have been tested over the course of many centuries in Latgale. You can tour his workshop, attend the opening of the kiln, try your own hand at the craft, and commission and purchase finished ceramics products.

Par podniecības kā tradicionālas amata prasmes daudzināšanu


Podnieks Ilmārs Vecelis ir meklējams Krāslavas novadā, netālu no Aulejas ezera. Kolorītais latgaļu meistars ir viens no „Pūdnīku skūlas” dibinātājiem un dalībniekiem un t.s. melnās keramikas tradīciju atjaunotājiem un uzturētājiem. Darbnīcas apmeklētāji var līdzdarboties māla apstrādes procesā, vērot, kā ar kājminamās virpas palīdzību top meistara darbi, piedalīties cepļa atvēršanas procesā un iegādāties suvenīrus. Un, protams, noklausīties interesantos Ilmāra stāstus gan par podniecības tradīcijām, gan dzīvi Latgalē.
 

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The “Skriveru majas saldejums” café

The family enterprise (formed in 2006) makes home-made ice-cream from fruit and berries. They make both classical – such as plombieres, cream, joghurt ice-creams and sorbets and nowadays cuisine’s „miracle”- sprat, blue cheese, horse-radish and potato ice-cream with tomato sauce. Till now 80 different ice-cream recipes have been tried. If you book a visit beforehand, you can have an excursion and learn everything about the process of making ice-cream from the chefs themselves. In the cafe it is possible to try different ice-cream dishes – each one with a different ice-cream sauce. The cafe also welcomes pets!

Special foods: Horseradish ice cream with herring.

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

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The Skriveri food company

Established in 1957, this is the first company to have produced the popular milk candies “Gotiņa.”  The tasty candy can be bought, and tours are available.  The owner of the company is the main candy master, and he is happy to talk about the complicated method by which the candy is produced.

 

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

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The Ausekli windmill

The venue features tools, farm machines, mechanisms and everyday objects that are typical of Latvia’s countryside. These are both in the yard and in the buildings of the enterprise. You can help to bake bacon rolls and loaves of bread in areal country oven. The owners will be happy to provide you with an informative tour.

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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Café IGATE CASTLE MILL CAFE

The saloon is at the edge of the Murjāņi-Limbaži road (P9) and alongside the Igate Castle. It is built on the foundations of a former windmill, and the wheel of the mill has been preserved. The old watermill is still hard at work and is used to mill grain for traditional porridge and buns. The saloon works with local farmers.

Latvian cuisine: Mushroom soup, barley porridge with meat, barley buns, grit sausage with lingonberry sauce, crepes with jam, potato pancakes, fried plaice or pike, stacked rye bread.

Special foods: Sautéed rabbit, stuffed filet of turkey.

Par latviskiem ēdieniem


Igates pils teritorijā uz veco dzirnavu pamatiem ir izveidots Dzirnavu krodziņš, kur ik pa laikam griežas dzirnavu rats, samaldams graudus, no kuriem pavāri gatavo gardus ēdienus. Dzirnavu krodziņā viesiem galdā tiek celta irdeno miežu putra ar apceptu gaļu, putraimdesa ar brūkleņu mērci, cepti miežu plāceņi, baraviku zupa, cepta zandarta fileja, cūkgaļas ribiņas, bet slāpes ceļinieki var atveldzēt ar lauku kvasu.

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Ozolkalna klets

Atrodas netālu no Biksēres muižas, blakus muižas parkam. Ozolkalna klēts saimniece Līga Kuba aušanas prasmes pirms pāris gadiem apguvusi Sarkaņu amatu skolā. Šeit radusies iecere par privātas aušanas darbnīcas izveidi, kas arī īstenota. Saimniece savas aušanas prasmes nodod jebkuram interesentam. Apmeklētāji var iegādāties šeit darinātos suvenīrus.

For the promotion of weaving skills

Craftswoman Līga Kuba has installed several weaving looms at Ozolkalns barn, where everybody can learn weaving skills under her guidance. The craftswoman produces flax or wool clothing and various household objects from these materials, which are stored in a dowry chest. The visitors can observe the process, buy souvenirs made on the spot and special fans can even order a loom.

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Tasu meistars Jurijs Ivanovs

Tāšu meistars Jurijs Ivanovs ar lielu centību un degsmi  pēc seniem paraugiem cenšas atjaunot labākās Zilupes novada tāšu apstrādes tradīcijas. Top novadam raksturīgi autentiski tāšu trauki ķiploku, putraimu, saldumu, sāls uzglabāšanai, paliktnīši kafijas krūzei vai pannai. Īsts meistarstiķis ir darbarīku rokturu izgatavošana. Darbnīcā varēsiet izgatavot tāšu glezniņu, tāšu tauri, uzrakstīt īpašu vēstuli kādam ļoti mīļam cilvēkam.

Par tradicionālas amata prasmes uzturēšanu – tāšu pīšanu


Zilupē, - pašā Latvijas pierobežā strādā tāšu meistars Jurijs Ivanovs, - viens no dažiem cilvēkiem Latvijā, kurš pēc seniem paraugiem un kādreizējo meistaru aprakstiem cenšas atjaunot Zilupes novada tāšu apstrādes tradīcijas, gatavojot dažādus izstrādājumus – traukus putraimu, ķiploku, sāls un saldumu glabāšanai, trauku palikņus, darbarīku rokturus u.c. Darbnīcas apmeklētāji var vērot amatnieka darbu un paši izgatavot tāšu tauri, glezniņu no tāss, vai arī uzrakstīt vēstuli uz tāss virsmas. Meistars organizē arī radošas darbnīcas un pieņem pasūtījumus.

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House of traditions "Zvanitaji" in Rucava

The wooden building was erected in the late 19th century and features a museum which demonstrates the way in which people lived more than 100 years ago.  Exhibits include household objects, the Rucava folk costume, socks and decorated mittens.  Various events involving discussions, singing, games, dancing and weaving are organised, as are cultural and educational programmes such as “Evening Activities” and “A Rucava Banquet” with local foods from lower Kurzeme.

Latvian cuisine: Buns, sourdough porridge, homemade bread, honey, herbal teas.

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

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The Cepli ceramics workshop of Ingrida Zagata

The craftswoman uses clay, rocks and other materials to produce dishware and various interior design objects, finishing them in an open kiln. Visitors can take an informational tour, watch the craftswoman at work, and sit down to produce their own cups. Guests are welcome to attend the opening of the kiln.

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

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Piebalgas medus

"Piebalgas medus" atrodas Vecpiebalgas novadā, nogriežoties no autoceļa Cēsis–Vecpiebalga–Madona (P30). Biškopība, apiterapija un stāstījums "Par un ap bitēm". Biškopības produkcijas degustācija un iegāde. Apmeklētājiem ir pieejama sveču darbnīca. Īpaši ar to, ka dravo tikai ar Latvijas stāvstropiem.

Par biškopības prasmju daudzināšanu


Biškopības tradīcijas Aivars Radziņš uztur un kopj jau trešajā paaudzē. Viņa drava atrodas skaistajā Vecpiebalgas paugurainē. Biškopis ir atvērts ikvienam interesantam, vada ekskursijas un izglīto apmeklētājus par bišu dzīves noslēpumiem, izstaigājot paša izveidoto bišu taku. Saimniecībā dravo ar tradicionālajiem Latvijas stāvstropiem. Šeit var iegādāties tradicionālos biškopības produktus: dažādu ziedu medu, ziedputekšņus, bišu māšu peru pieniņu, vasku un vaska sveces un bišu mātes.
 

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The Latgale Art and Crafts Centre in Livani

This is a modern and contemporary centre, including an old and restored granary. It offers an exhibition hall, an historical exhibition, a shop where you can purchase crafts, and a conference hall. Craftspeople from the region work here, and you watch them at work or try your own hand at what they are doing.

For the promotion of the tradition and skills in the craft – glassblowing

The glass-blower Aleksandrs Logvins is the only master of this craft with a 34 years of experience in the craft, who has continuously worked in it, continuing the traditions initiated at Līvāni Glass Factory. The only publicly accessible glassblowing workshop in Latvia is established at the Art and Crafts Centre of Līvāni, where a craftsman in action can be observed. An exposition dedicated to Līvāni Glass Factory company can also be seen at the centre.

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The “Gulbji” Selonian homestead

The “Gulbji” Selonian homestead is one of the very few places in Latvia where you can see a farm typical of the historical region of Selonia with its typical buildings. “Gulbji” is comparatively far from major roads and populated areas. It is on the so-called Dronku Island, not far from the beginning of the ancient Dviete River valley. The owners of “Gulbji” have collected a wealth of ancient household objects. Visitors can study the farm, examine a collection of medicinal plants, enjoy Selonian foods, or take a “black sauna.” It could be said that people at “Gulbji” have a natural farm which nurtures and maintains the traditions of the historical region.

Latvian cuisine: Crepes, grit soup, cream of potato soup, beans sautéed in a special sauce, fruit dessert, bread soup with whipped cream, tortes, herbal teas.

Special foods: Zeppelins.

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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

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Lielkruzes, a Latvian farm

Organic farming principles which maintain the biological diversity of the surrounding region will be explained to visitors during a tour which also offers consultations on environmentally friendly farming. Organic produce is available for purchase, and visitors can relax on the waterside - fishing, enjoying a sauna and making use of local accommodations. A herd of wild cattle can also be observed.

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

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Kurzemnieki

This farm is in a lovely location on the western side of the Talsi hillocks, offering a look at Talsi and its area.  This is an open farm with grows and processes apples (dried apples, apple chips, apple juice).  Visitors are offered an informative tour, with a chance to taste and purchase the products.  The farm is in a protected natural area -- the Talsi Hillocks Nature Park.  There is an area for tenting during the summer.  The owners will teach you to produce a crown from fruit tree branches.  It also breeds escargot.  The gardens of the farm stretch across the hillocks, and there are several types of local apple trees that are nurtured by the lady of the house.  An informative stand alongside the farm features information about the most important values of the nature park.

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

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The Liepaja Crafts Centre

This is a unique opportunity to watch the work of various craftspeople (amber workers, jewellers, weavers, seamstresses, etc.) and purchase their masterful work. You will see the world’s longest amber necklace (123 m, 19 kg!!), which was made with bits of amber that were contributed by local residents. Creative workshops are organised for children.

Par latvisko amata prasmju daudzināšanu.

Biedrība „Saiva” Liepājas amatnieku namā saimnieko kopš 2011. gada. Biedrībā darbojas dažādu jomu vietējie amatnieki, kas, kopjot latviskās amatu tradīcijas, darina tautas tērpus, keramikas darbus, metāla un dzintara rotas, ādas izstrādājumus, gleznas un pašdarinātas lelles no dabiskiem materiāliem. Liepājas amatnieku namā katram amatniekam ir sava „celle”, kurā apmeklētāji var iet, skatīties, mācīties, iegūt padomu un iegādāties suvenīrus.

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The Pace wool processing factory

This is the only factory in Latvia that offers the full processing of wool, and it has been open since the late 19th century.  There is a workshop in Dundaga where woollen blankets and pillows are sewn.

For the maintenance and promotion of wool processing craft

The only place in Kurzeme, where wool is still processed, as well as the only place in Latvia, where full cycle of wool processing is performed. The wool processing traditions in Pāce dates back to late 19th century. The visitors may view historical factory equipment that is still functioning, as well as to purchase wool blankets and pillows.

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An antique musical instrument workshop

Here you will find a vast collection of antique instruments.  You’ll learn about their history and about how they were manufactured.  You can play music or commission or purchase homemade instruments.  If you contact the venue in advance, the Igaunis family will organise a concert performance for you.

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 Vienkoci Park

The Vienkoči Park features one-log objects manufactured by its originator.  You can examine mock-ups of the Nurmiži Castle and other buildings including the Sand House, and you can also take part in thematic events.  Men can produce equipment to drain birch juice from trees, wile women can try their hand at jewellery making from natural materials.  People manufactured one-log objects during the Mesolithic Era, and one-log boats have been used since the 9th century (several of them can be seen at the 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.

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The Aglona Bread Museum

At this museum, you will learn all about the baking of bread from grain to loaf, and you can make your own loaves, too. You can taste bread and herbal teas. There are theatrical performances related to christenings, weddings, birthdays, etc. Local foods such as dumplings and soups made of dried mushrooms or lake fish are served. The museum sells freshly baked bread, as well as the work of local craftspeople.

Latvian cuisine: Lake fish soup, cottage cheese dumplings and other traditional Lettigalian dishes.

Special food: Soup of dried mushrooms.

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)

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Smoking fish with Andris at Pitrags

Visitors can help to smoke fish, including plaice, bream and garfish, taste the resulting food and listen to stories about seashore fishing traditions. The homestead also features some 20 type of shoreline fencing that are typical of the so-called Liv Shore.

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

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Mikjanu seta

This facility is in the historical village of Pape in Southern Kurzeme.  Accommodations are available in an historical granary with a roof made of reeds.  It is appropriate for inhabitation during the late spring, the summer and the early fall.  There are three bedrooms, a small front room and a kitchen, with two floors in all.  The building will fit eight people.  This is an ideal location for creative camps, plenary sessions, master workshops and other activities.  There are tenting areas for as many as 80 people.  The Mikjāņi farm observes local traditions and offers traditional foods such as “herring on coals,” white butter with boiled potatoes, fish soup, etc., for visitors who apply for a meal in advance.  This offer is only available to groups which register in advance.

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

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Café and bread museum KUKABURRA

The café is located at the 11th kilometre of the Vidzeme Highway (A2). It is possible to see the Bread museum. Guests can take part in baking rye bread every weekend. The café has a Latvian interior and serves products from local farmers and home-based producers of ingredients.

Latvian cuisine: Chicken liver salad, lamb soup, dumpling soup, cold soup, baked catfish, sautéed pork, potato pancakes, pancakes with jam cottage cheese buns, stacked rye bread.

Special foods: Home baked rye bread.

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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Latgale Farmstead „Mezmalas”

Latgale Farmstead „Mežmalas”. The owners of the farmstead created an interesting collection of the old household items, tools and equipment of the 19th and 20th century. The visitors are offered to try plainting of the scale basket. Sale of baskets and herbal tea. Enjoy walking along the energetic path through the pine forest.
Working hours: on request

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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Folkloras centrs NAMINS

2003.gada decembrī folkloras kopa „Atštaukas” izveidoja folkloras centru „Namīns”, kurā svin svētkus, organizē Jāņu ielīgošanu, Lieldienu iešūpošanu, Miķeļdienas tirgu, Annas dienas Saimnieču svētkus, tautiskos Ziemassvētkus. „Atštaukas” palīdz saglabāt un popularizēt dažādus latviešu tautas godību rituālus, gan kāzu, gan arī bēru tradīcijas. Folkloras centrā „Namīns” darbojas arī skola, kurā bērniem tiek mācīta folklora un tautas tradīcijas.

Par Kurzemes vitālā gara uzturēšanu


Koka ēkā, kas saglabājusies no 18. gadsimta, saimnieko folkloras kopa „Atštaukas” un svin visus latviešiem raksturīgos tradicionālos gadskārtu svētkus – meteņus, Māras dienu, pavasara un ziemas saulgriežus, Miķeļus u.c. „Atštauku” organizētajās svētku programmās var piedalīties ikviens interesents, gan vietējais, gan tāds, kas mērojis tālāku ceļu. 

Distance from countries capital city218   Season1-12  
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A collection of ancient household items in “Sturisi”

Stūrīši is a homestead owned by the Taisel family, offering a collection and a chance to taste Liv foods: fish soup, porridge, sprat sandwiches, pastries, etc.

For the preservation of Livonian household items and promotion of Livonian cuisine

The owners Igors and Gunta Ginteri offer a modern way of tasting traditional Latvian and Livonian meals. The ingredients of the meals are grown or obtained in the nearest vicinity, in co-operation with farmers, fishermen and other producers of traditional local products. The collection of household items that have been collected at the seaside can be viewed accompanied by the stories of the owners.

Distance from countries capital city173   Season4-11   Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups
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The Lejas Bregzi chair-making farm

This is a unique exhibition of woven chairs, chair-making instruments, photographs, and other objects related to chair-making traditions from the late 18th to the mid-20th century. Ceramicist Īrisa Vainovska will talk about the pottery arts, offering decorative plates, interesting wind pipes and souvenirs.

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 "Rija" Suiti craftsmanship and art space

Located in the threshing barn of an old estate in Alsunga.  There is a souvenir shop where you can purchase practical items such as shawls, gloves, stockings, dishes, herbal teas, etc.  Creative workshops are available here for children, and if you contact the venue in advance, you can meet with Suiti women to learn about traditions and to sing and play games.  The centre has been awarded the "Latvian heritage" cultural sign.  

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

For parties   Local lifestyle   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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Saldus maiznieks

Located in the North of Saldus, half a kilometre from the Riga-Liepāja highway (A9). Saldus Maiznieks ltd (Saldus baker), founded in 1992, is a family business which produces about 2 tons of rye bread every day, bread is made with scour and natural leaven. Company offers interactive excursions through the bakery, during which the visitors can enjoy the role of a baker – they are going through the bakery and doing the jobs that match their age – sift the flour, take the bread out of the oven, form the bread loaves, and can try different ingredients of bread. The tour is led by Kristīne Kriņģele, the craftswoman of the Latvian Chamber of Crafts. The company also produces white bread, pastries and garlic toasts. Products can be purchased on spot.

For the promotion of bread traditions

SIA Saldus Maiznieks, which was founded in 1992, is a family business that produces approximately 2 tonnes of rye bread daily, which is made by using malt and natural leaven. The company offers excursions, during which the visitors are allowed to try the role of a baker. The excursions are conducted by Kristīne Kriņģele, the apprentice baker of Latvian Chamber of Crafts.

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Lamprey eel fishing at Salacgriva

This is one of the few places in the world where lamprey eels are caught at the industrial level and with a fishing method that has been used for the past 150 years – a weir that stretches across the river and has creels along it. There are three weirs in all on the Salaca River. A local fisherman will teach you about the process and allow you to taste and purchase roast lampreys.

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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Association "Watermarks", The Meadow Museum in Kaldabruṇa

The village of Kaldabruņa in the Jēkabspils Adminitsration District has a former elementary school that is currently managed by the Ūdenszīmes organisation.  The meadow museum exhibition is compared to a human life cycle, and visitors will see a Smilga exhibition, a childhood lighting objects, the Kadabruņa Māra belt in a hole in an oak tree, the Vārdnieki crown, the Pūra crown, and exhibitions of endangered and rare plants.  The Kaldabruņa or Krievāni Māra belt is one of the greatest cultural and historical treasures in the administrative district because it is a unique ethnographic material.  The belt is made of 52 ornaments, including 36 modified fire cross ornaments.  Nothing of the sort can be seen in Latvian ethnography.  The Stāmeriena wrap has 19 modifications of the fire cross, while the belt has blue and yellow ornaments, with red and green colours on its edges.  At the end of the belt is a complicated weave of little pearls and fringes.  Authentic copies of the belt have not been presented in public, and this unique material has also not been seen in the digital environment.  The original belt was received by ethnographers in the late 19th century from Māra Krievāne from the Mačulāni homestead in Kaldabruņa.  It is housed at the Latvian Museum of History, which also has the only known copy of the belt.  Decoding of the ornaments can be found in a book about Latvian ornaments.  The building that is managed by Ūdenszīmes also contains an unprecedented art venue -- the Šķūņa Art Gallery.  Also of interest is a hay museum and the stories about the locations. 

For the promotion of meadows

Association Ūdenszīmes and its leader Ieva Jātniece manage the building of the former Kaldabruņa primary school, where the association has developed the exposition of Meadow Museum. One of the annual events organised by the association is the Hay Days in the apple garden of the school. This is the time, when creative plein airs are organised in order to introduce the visitors to the diversity of Latvian meadows, while modern pieces of art are made from hay and plants.

Agri Heritage   Heritage gardens   Distance from countries capital city177   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups
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Sauna Museum

Sauna Museum is a private open-air museum founded in 2008. It is located 40 km from Riga by the Murjāņi - Saulkrasti road. The exhibition consists of six historic and one newly built sauna. They all work, but the hosts recommend to enjoy the black sauna.

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

Sauna Experience   Distance from countries capital city40   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Optional meals Pre-order required Accepts individual travellers
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N.Bomja Bakery LIELEZERS

The story of this bakery started more than 25 years ago, near Limbaži, when craftsman Alberts Blumbergs’ knowledge and experience was put into practice and very delicious rye bread was made. Every loaf of bread is handmade. We also offer tours in the bakery and tasting.

Par latviskās maizes daudzināšanu


Maiznīcas pirmsākumi ir meklējami 1991. gadā, kad divi kurzemnieki – Normunds un Lāsma Bomji nolēma izveidot uzņēmumu, kurā iedzīvināt maiznieka Alberta Blumberga zināšanas. Tagad maiznīcā „Lielezers” strādā jau vairāk nekā 100 darbinieku, t.sk. 2 meistari un 7 zeļļi. Maiznieku roku apmīļotas top dažādu veidu rudzu, saldskābā un kviešu maize, kā arī dažādi konditorejas izstrādājumi. Salinātā rudzu rupjmaize, ko cep tieši uz klona un bez tumšā iesala, ir ieguvusi ES garantēto tradicionālo īpatnības sertifikātu.
 

Distance from countries capital city83   Season1-12   This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers
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The Dumpis pottery workshop

The potters engage in traditional pottery from various eras, and they also study ancient forms, materials and methods which ancestors centuries ago put to use. You can tour the facility, examine the kiln, work with clay, purchase ceramics products, and inspect a collection of ancient tools and ceramics. You are invited to attend the opening of the kiln, as well.

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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Rokdarbnieku kopa "Paukers"

They work together since 1996. The members are knitting woollen socks, mittens, scarfs, sweaters, embroider sofa cushions, blankets, table cloths, paint on scarfs and ties, weaves blankets, towels, carpets, bookmarks, crochet toys, clothing, blankets as well as creates wickerwork and wooden ware, they demonstrate the baking process of traditional Latvian sklandrauši and tea making. The knitters from the organisation created the traditional mittens for the NATO summit guests in Riga. The visitors can view the different products, learn different crafts, bake sklandrauši and make different tea mixes themselves. They also offer excursions in the renovated Ance’s manor castle.

For the promotion of craftsmen skills of Ance

Members of Paukers group under the leadership of Līga Grīnberga are located in landlord’s house of Ance Manor, where they demonstrate – how they knit socks, mittens, shawls, pullovers, how they embroider couch cushions, blankets, table cloths, dye shawls, weave blankets, towels, rugs, bookmarks, crochet toys, plaited baskets and wood products, as well as demonstrate the process of cooking sklandrauši (traditional carrot pie).

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Bakery and store CESU MAIZE

"Cēsu maize" is located in the very heart of Cēsis, Riga street 18. Bakery makes bread from organic cultivated grains in Latvia and with natural grass. The offer includes products such as: Spelled whole wheat bread,  whole wheat bread with sun-dried tomatoes and olives and spelled sweet bread.

For the promotion of spelt bread

During the preparation of the dough, the owner Agnis Elperis uses spelt wheat grain as the raw material for his bread. Spelt wheat is one of the oldest cereal cultures of the world. The bakery uses grain that has been biologically grown in Latvia and natural leaven. Spelt whole grain, spelt sweet, barley dark bread and other types of bread can be bought here. The visitors can learn about bread baking process and try the bread.

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The “Baltaine” creative house

This venue organises seminars, courses and activities related to Latvian holidays and family celebrations.  There are master’s classes about culinary heritage in Latvia, musical instruments that can be played, and demonstrations of various handicrafts, including weaving, knitting, crocheting, etc.  The ladies of the house prepare tasty porridges, soups, herbal teas, chicory coffee, pastries and pierogi.  Visitors can learn about folk dances, games and songs.  Wedding performances are also available.

 

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

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The ceramist Janis Seiksts

You can visit the workshop, watch the craftsman at work, try your own hand at the process, and purchase clay objects, including garden ceramics. There is also a lovely garden to view.

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 smithy, museum and workshop of Kaspars Auza

The workshop offers a look at lanterns, candelabras, hinges, fireplace tools, stair railings and gates that have been manufactured there, as well as several exhibits from the 18th century. You can produce your own nail, and the blacksmith will also “test” young couples. He also accepts orders for products.

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 potter Valdis Paulins

The potter is happy to welcome guests, offer them tours and demonstrations, and allow visitors to help in producing ceramics.  Particularly interesting is the opening of the kiln, and pottery can be purchased at the site.

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)

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The Ragaciems fishing area with net huts

This is a very interesting monument to the history of fishing in the region.  These areas had docks and areas where fishermen built huts to store their nets and other inventory.  The areas also had a social role – men came together to discuss work that had to be done, while women and children wove nets.  The huts at Bigauņciems were eventually washed into the sea, and the areas at Ragaciems have been partly destroyed.  The ones at Lapmežciems are the ones which are best preserved.  One of the net huts has been restored, but the others are in very poor condition, indeed.  That may be why you should focus on these huts as you walk along the beach.  Make sure that you take some pictures of this historic location.

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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Regina Kalnina, weaver and knitter of mittens

Regīna Kalniņa is one of the best known craftswomen in Kurzeme. She weaves blankets and shawls and knits colourful mittens. She also sews Rucava and Nīca folk costumes. The process of weaving and knitting can be viewed. Regīna’s products are widely demanded in Latvia and in other European countries.

For the promotion of skills of Nīca folk costume manufacturing

The craftswoman offers the folk costume collection of Nīca and Pērkone, as well as Rucava for display. She tells about how to put them on and wear. A unique sample is the folk costume of Pērkone. The dowry cupboard contains towels, bedsheets, blankets, mittens and socks made by the craftswoman. The visitors can study the process of knitting and weaving, listen to the story of the folk costume and pattern traditions of Lejaskurzeme region.

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The carpenter’s workshop

The carpenter’s workshop offers special excursions and events for grown-ups and children;  there are some thematical programmes available. Under the guidance of a craftsman it is possible to work with traditional wood-working tools and get to know ancient games. In the end you will have a chance to try special „strengthening” tea and have a picnic in a romantic Bonfire house. It is possible to buy wooden souvenirs as well as order them.

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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Latgalisko tradiciju un prasmju maja AMBELU SKREINE

Latgalisko tradīciju un prasmju māja “Ambeļu skreine” ir latgalisko vērtību glabātāja un popularizētāja. Interesentiem tiek piedāvātas interaktīvas aktivitātes latgaliešu kultūras garā, dažādas meistarklases.  “Ambeļu skreinē”  tiek svinēti gadskārtu svētki un  izkoptas dažādas amatu prasmes.  Te notiek danču vakari, dziedāšana, zīlēšana, tiek cepta maizīte, siets siers un tiek  veidotas tautas lietišķās mākslas izstādes.  No mājas paveras brīnišķīgs skats uz Višķu ezeru un Latgales krāšņajām dabas ainavām. 

Par latgalisko tradīciju un prasmju kopšanu


Biedrība „Jubra” aktīvi vāc un popularizē Latgales kultūras tradīcijas. Tas notiek „Ambeļu skreinē” – vēsturiskā koka ēkā, kas celta 20. gs. sākumā. No ēkas paveras skaistas ainavas uz Višķu ezeru. „Ambeļu skreinē” biedrība „Jubra” organizē un svin tradicionālos gadskārtu svētkus, izkopj un rāda amatu prasmes, rīko danču vakarus un dzer kāzas, kā arī taisa vakarēšanas ar dziedāšanu, zīlēšanu un citām izdarībām. Šeit cep maizi, sien sieru, rīko tematiskas izstādes. Pie mājas ierīkota brīvdabas pasākumu organizēšanas vieta ar ugunskuru.

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The “Big Estate” academy of joie de vivre

The craftsman manufactures barrels, hot tubs, furniture, stairs, doors and other useful objects. You can take a tour, learn about the relevant skills and experience, and help in manufacturing something that will be of use in the household. You can watch how barrels are made from start to finish, and also try your own hand at the craftsmanship.

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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Beekeeping farm KALNU MEDUS

Possibly the highest bee apiary in the Baltics, about 300 m above sea level. Organic beekeeping products are harvested in Gaiziņkalns and its surrounding area. We offer excursions in the farm, bee apiary workshops, tasting of beekeeping products.

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

For children and teenagers   Distance from countries capital city141   Season5-9   Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance
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Ugis Puzulis’ ceramics workshop

The craftsman produces pottery typical of Vidzeme, but with the range of colours that is typical of Latgale. These products fit in very nicely with the lovely landscape of Racupkalns. You can take a tour, watch the master at work, and work with clay yourself. You can also watch as he opens a Lettigalian ditch kiln. You can commission and purchase the products, as well.

Par podniecības kā tradicionālas amata prasmes daudzināšanu


Uģa Puzuļa keramikas darbnīca atrodas ļoti skaistā vietā – Alūksnes augstienes paugurainē, no kuras paveras izcilas skatu ainavas. Keramiķis ir vienīgais plašajā Alūksnes novadā, kurš veido Vidzemei raksturīgās podniecības formas ar Latgales krāsu gammu. Darbnīcas viesi var paši darboties ar mālu, apgleznot to un piedalīties apdedzināšanas procesā. Gatavo produkciju var iegādāties gan uz vietas, gan amatnieku tirdziņos.

Distance from countries capital city190   Season1-12   Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups
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The birch bark weavers Vizma and Peteris Zvirbulis

This is one of the few workshops in Latvia where things are woven with birch bark. You can look at the objects and discuss the experience of the craftspeople. They will help you to produce simple objects out of birch bark, and those will be excellent souvenirs.

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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Latgolys smakovka

The Malnava Estate has been producing moonshine since 1827, and visitors can tour the facility, taste the products and have some snacks. The estate, park and Hitler bunker are open to tourism, and there is information for visitors about destinations in Latgale.  

Par latgaliešu dzēriena “šmakovka” tradīcijas uzturēšanu


Vienā no Malnavas muižas vēsturiskajām ēkām aktīvais latgaļu puisis Jānis Kritvežs ir izveidojis Latgales šmakovkas dedzinātavu. Tajā var iepazīt šī dzēriena vēsturi sākot no muižu laikiem līdz pat mūsdienām, apskatot dažādas šmakovkas darināšanas iekārtas, - gan tādas, kas paredzētas mājas apstākļiem, gan arī ražošanai industriālos apmēros. Šmakovkas darināšanas procesā tiek izmantoti graudi, augļi, kā arī gatavoti dažādi uzlējumi. Jānis iepazīstina ar melno pirtiņu, kur kādreiz darināts iesals, kā arī izvadā ekskursijā pa Malnavas muižas parku. 
 

Agri Heritage   Distance from countries capital city275   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Must register in advance Accepts tourist groups
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The Cernavska Museum

This museum is devoted to the career of the ceramist Polikarps Čerņavskis. His work featured light, yellowish and very bright glazing. Guided tours of the museum are available. There are demonstrations of the use of the potter’s wheel. Ceramics can be purchased, and visitors can attend the opening of the kiln. Special works can be commissioned.

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

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The potter Stanislavs Vilums

The potter uses the black (smoke) technique to create his artworks, and he uses clay from Latgale. He uses no industrial equipment in his work, and the kiln is fired with firewood. You can watch as he creates dishware on a foot-powered potter’s wheel and talks about the firing process. You can work with clay and purchase finished products.

Par latviskas sētas uzturēšanu un podniecības kā tradicionālas amata prasmes daudzināšanu


Darbnīca izveidota latgaliskā sētā, radot autentisku Latgales novada sajūtu. Keramikas darbi top no Latgalē raktā māla, - ar kājminamo virpu, neizmantojot industriālas iekārtas. Tikko kā tapušie darbi tiek apdedzināti melnajā (svēpētajā) tehnikā, izmantojot ar malku kurinātu cepli. Darbnīcas apmeklētāji var noklausīties stāstu par podniecības vēsturi un tradīcijām, darboties ar mālu, piedalīties cepļa atvēršanas dienā, kā arī iegādāties jau gatavos darbus.
 

Agri Heritage   Distance from countries capital city250   Season4-10   Must register in advance Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups
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The potter Aivars Uspelis and the painter Vesma Uspele

The attractive potter is a member of the “Potter School,” and he uses knowledge from his ancestors. The “Malny Wylky” workshop offers a look at traditional pottery work, including a foot-powered potter’s wheel and a firing pit that uses firewood and the smoke technique. You can examine and purchase the finished products. Vēsma, in turn, is an oil painter and will demonstrate her artworks.

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

Agri Heritage   Distance from countries capital city240   Season5-10   Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Must register in advance
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Spieku darbnica

Spieķu darbnīca Siguldā aicina izdzīvot spieķa izgatavošanas procesu, kam ir vairāk kā 200 gadu sena vēsture. Darbnīcā ir iespējams pašiem apgleznot savu spieķīti, vai iededzināt rakstu zīmes un vārdus. Spieķīši ir atpazīstamākais un senākais Siguldas simbols, kas attīstījies līdz ar kņaza Kropotkina ierīkotajām senlejas takām, kļūstot par gājēja neatņemamu ceļabiedru. 

For the conservation of Sigulda walking stick production traditions

The walking stick of Sigulda is one of the oldest souvenirs of Latvia and the symbol of Sigulda tourism. The history of the walking stick dates back to the late 19th century, when the railway and activities of Duke Kropotkin in the improvement of the vicinity brought large numbers of visitors to the area. At Sigulda walking stick workshop, the stages of the becoming of a walking stick can be observed and the product itself can be bought.

Distance from countries capital city54   Season1-12   Accepts tourist groups Accepts individual travellers This destination has specific opening hours which you must determine in advance
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The “Dziles” bakery

Located 300 km to the south of the Malnava Estate mansion. The lady of the house prepare hearty Lettigalian dishes and other country goodies. In the bakery the owner bakes different types of bread, for example, rye-bread, sweet-and sour bread, as well as makes cakes on pre-order. She also offers to groups and families to bake bread, pies, cakes or pizzas together. The tasting and Latgalian dishes in nowadays’style. A walk around the park of Malnava manor and stories about the white gate. Local bread is famous in Kārsava. The bakery offers brunch on weekends, as well as markets of local crafts and other products.
Latvian cuisine: Lettigalian bacon, pearl barley porridge with side dishes, potatoes stuffed with bacon and onions, sautéed vegetables with meat, berry bread, tea with honey.
Special foods: Local Dzīļi bread with bran, raisins, cranberry jam and linen seed.

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   Agri Heritage   Distance from countries capital city270   Season1-12   Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Pre-order required
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A banquet on the farm, restaurant "Otra puse"

The “Banquet With Fishermen” event in Roja allows guests to examine the work of fishermen and to enjoy the seafood which they produce. Guests will ride out into the sea in fishing boats and then dine together with the fishermen (fish soup cooked on a campfire, rye bread, butter, smoked fish, beer or kvass, and pastries). The fishermen will teach guests local songs and dances, as well as games related to strength and cleverness. The “Otra Puse” restaurant offers meals.

Latvian cuisine: Fresh fish (“The Morning Catch”), Latvian onion soup, porridge, grit sausage, smoked fish, potato pancakes, rye bread dessert, beer, the “Dzimtenīte” beverage, herbal tea, birch juice, apple cider. 

Special foods: “Made in Roja” – fish from the region, “mackerel in in grass,” “cottage cheese tower with fresh strawberry sauce”.

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

Agri Heritage   Distance from countries capital city120   Season5-10   Pre-order required Accepts individual travellers Accepts tourist groups Accommodation available
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The sauna workshop

Here you will find everything that you need for a proper Latvian sauna – bowls, scoops, tubs large and small, switches, linen products and log saunas as such. You can tour the workshop, try out your own hand at the work that the owners do, and commission or purchase their products.

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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The Klimpas farm

The farm breeds more than 150 sheep. There is a location to feed lambs, and the owners organise animal auctions and “Sheep Days” events. You can take a tour of the farm and purchase pedigreed sheep and sheep-related products.

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