History and Art Museum of Aizkraukle “Kalna ziedi”
The museum covers fields like history of art, folk art and art exhibitions, hosting permanent exhibition “The Fate of the Daugava Coast”, wide exposition of agricultural implements. Annual festivals, museum pedagogical programs for pupils, traditional Latvian games and dances, family events are organized and held in the museum. Available fireplace and tent places.
Museum Street, “Kalna Ziedi”, Aizkraukle,
+371 65123351, 28305405,
Exhibition “Soviet Years”
In the exhibition Aizkraukles Parish Culture House you can find out about Latvia in 20th century: a collection of historical and household objects of the second part, and a collection of testimonies of the heritage. The exhibition is open from Wednsday till Sunday, from 11am to 5pm.
20 Kalna Street, Aizkraukle parish
+371 65123351, 28305405
Hydropower Plant of Pļaviņas
The actual history of the Aizkraukle town began with the construction of the HPP of Pļaviņas. The HPP was built in a very short time – only five years (1961 – 1966). The building is very compact considering the amount of the power of the engines. It’s water displacement and production facilities are combined into a single unit, which also includes a tunnel for transportation. Plavinas HPP is currently the largest in the Baltics and the second largest in Europe.
2 Energetiku iela, Aizkraukle,
Kalna Ziedi Castle Mound
The castle mound adjoins the territory of the Kalna Ziedi museum. The mound was inhabited from the end of the 1st millennium B.C. Perhaps it was used as a refuge mound.
Aizkraukle St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church
Architect Juris Letinskis. The most typical detail for catholic churches – two towers marking the religious affiliation – was used for the first time in the post-war construction of new churches in Latvia. The church stands in the midst of a wonderful garden with a beautiful view to the Daugava.
22 Lāčplēša Street, Aizkraukle,
Daugava Valley Nature Park
Was established to preserve the most typical
part of the Daugava Old Valley, with terraces
created by the river which have survived
unchanged through the construction of the
Pļaviņas Hydropower Plant. The valley provides
the possibility to observe rare and protected
species of plants and animals, as well as
culture-historical objects. Choose what suits
you the most: travel by foot, cycle or go by car.
Witch Airfield and the Old Limekiln
In the “Cepļi” , the main Witch of the Daugava Valley trains for flying. The opportunity to learn various magic rituals by solving challenging tasks. You can taste a delicious herbal tea and cook a fire soup in the witch’s cupola. In the old lime bog tour you can see the fossils of fish, seaweed and seas, rich flora and fauna, and quench the thirst at the Kupranītis source.
The excursion is runned by a certified environmental guide
Anita Turlaja, +371 28372730, firstname.lastname@example.org
The stone historically has been known as the Muldas stones, the Devil’s Stone, the Sacrificial Stone, the Sacred Stone, and also the Sanctuary. Various rituals has been held here in past. Midsummer, children baptizing and worshiping. In order to receive a blessing for the farmers’ village, the people donated to the stone the first crop of grain, cereals, butter, milk, and money. Water, which has accumulated in the soil-type recess, is used in medical treatment. Available “Latvian Christening and Wedding Ceremony” (led by folk ensemble “Karikste”, director Anita Ostrovskaya – +371 29497587)
GPS based on www.balticmaps.eu
Lat: 56.6602135 Lon: 25.2027507
The River Karikste
One of the most interesting places in Daugava Valley. The former Aizkraukle stone castle, which housed German nobles, was built on Karikstes zigzagged bank. During the spring floods, the river provides a challenge for boating fans. The last 500 metres of the river are especially thrilling for kayakers.
The Daugava Valley Nature Park near Dzirnavas.
GPS based on www.balticmaps.eu
56.6114878 Lon: 25.1707651