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Countries neighbouring Latvia are: Lithuania,
Belarus, Russia and Estonia.
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The Cesis Region is crossed by the Riga - Pskov highway that goes
on to St. Petersburg, and a road from Riga to Tartu.
Cesis Tourist Information
Modern-day Cesis stands as one of Latvia's three nationally treasured
cities. Its location within the Gauja National Park, and its excellent rail, bus and road
connections to the Latvian capital of Riga, make it an ideal centre for tourism
The Latvian town of Cesis is located in the northern part of Vidzeme Central upland, on
high hillocks with terraces; overlooking the blue woods of the Gauja river valley.
Built in 1938, the hotel was originally called the Tervete. In December
2005, the Hotel Cesis became a member of Kolonna Hotels Group.
The Jurmala health resort - with its romantic wooden houses in art
nouveau (Jugendstil), its spacious beaches, forests, and calmly flowing Lielupe river - is
located at the southern shore of the Bay of Riga, 22km from the Latvian capital.
Buses leave Riga for Ventspils every
couple of hours, or you can catch one of the twice-daily trains.
The train is quicker, three and a half to four hours, but the
Ventspils train station is out of the centre. The bus station is more convenient, although
the bus journey to the capital takes from three to six hours.
Located at the mouth of the Venta River, Ventspils' Baltic Sea port is ice-free. Visit the
renovated old town and castle or relax on the nearby beaches.
Getting Around Latvia
You can enter Latvia directly through numerous ports, airports or via
road from one of the neighbouring countries. Riga, the
capital of Latvia, has the largest seaport with passenger facilities, railway terminal and
international airport in the Baltics.
There's plenty to see in Latvia, from castles and cathedrals to
coastlines and forests. Places to visit include Bauska, Burtnieki,
Cesis, Daugavpils, Jelgava, Jurmala, Kolka, Kuldiga, Liepaja, Mezaparks,
Riga, and Sigulda.
Castles and museums in the Bauska region of Latvia. Photos, descriptions, opening hours
and contact information.
Dobele is situated about 70 km south-west of Riga, on the banks of the river Berze; where
the hilly part of Kurzeme meets the more flat region of Zemgale.
Latvia Tourist Board:
Recent changes in Eastern Europe have opened a new highway through the Baltic countries.
It is called the Via Baltica. To drive along the Via Baltica is to discover places that
for decades have been closed to western tourists.
A collection of articles, from the Latvian Institute, to help you understand more about
the Latvian identity and heritage.
Baltic Country Holidays:
Promoting tourism in the Latvian countryside, 'Lauku Celotajs' (Countryside Traveller) is
a rural tourism association, established in 1993, with some 300 members around rural
Kolonna Hotels Group:
Hotels under the Kolonna umbrella are located in Cesis, Kuldiga, Rezekne, Riga, and
Hotels in Latvia
Cities in Latvia.
Leaving Riga and driving north-east will take you to the nature park
of Gaujiena, and its palace and estate dating from the 19th century.
Riga is the perfect base to begin a tour of the south-eastern region
of Latgale, home to some of Latvia's most spectacular scenery as well as charming towns
The picturesque town of Tukums, nestling on the banks of the Slocene
river between the hilly Kurzeme region and the plains of Zemgale, is an ideal starting
point for a tour of the north-west of Kurzeme.
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