Līgatne – the natural trails of the Gauja National Park were established in 1975 to familiarize visitors with nature, breeds of wild mammals living in Latvia, the diversity of nature and the need for protection.
On the banks of the Gauja River, in a forest-rich ravine, for more than 5 km, there are trails where animals and birds characteristic of the Latvian fauna can be observed. The visit takes an average of 2-2.5 hours.
Found on the nature trails in Līgatne, wild animals are brought from various places in Latvia. They were wounded or tamed cubs of animals that can not survive without human care and constantly find food. Roaches of the Ligatne nature trails can be observed roe deer, wild boars, bears, foxes, wolves, elks, lynxes, owls, owls and bison.
Visiting the nature trails in Līgatne, visitors are advised to wear comfortable, suitable for hiking clothes and shoes.
Caves in Ligatne
In Ligatne and its environs there is a significant amount of outcrops of sandstone, which we call rocks and rocks. Perhaps, here is the largest concentration of sandstone in Latvia, which residents of Ligatne and its environs, for many years used for domestic and industrial purposes, creating systems of caves and cellars.
Several rocks – Lustusis, Anfabrica rocks and Springs are protected natural objects of national importance. And in Ligatne and its environs there are several dozens of rocks and rocks, and the value of all these pearls of nature is no less significant, because how not to mention the rocks of Gudu, the rocks of Kuku, the Zvarte breed and others.
Very interesting discoveries are associated with caves and cellars in the rocks. And immediately it is worth recalling that this is not a scourge of Soviet times, the tradition of using the advantages given by nature in Ligatne has a more ancient history.
Here is what Aivar Balodis, a researcher of Ligatne’s history, writes about this:
“Every respected person thinks that with cellars Ligatne is more than clear, here we are talking about cellars carved in sandstone rocks.The pink, golden and gray sandstone rocks were formed 350-370 million years ago.They were formed by the descent of particles of sand, silty and clayey rocks that settled, compacted and cemented, formed today visible sandstone and dolomite or sedimentary rocks. ”
Visiting caves and cellars Ligatne is accessible to tourists only with the help of a guide!
Especially secret object of Soviet times, code-named “Boarding house”.
On the territory of the Līgatne rehabilitation center at a depth of 9 m under the ground there is a well-equipped bunker with an area of 2000 m2, the brand of secrecy from which was removed only in 2003. The bunker was built in the 80s of the last century for the needs of the political and state elite in the event of the country’s nuclear war. The secret shelter of the first secretaries of the Soviet Communist Party, the bunker was one and strategically important places in Soviet Latvia in the event of a nuclear war. The most powerful autonomous economic structure with all the necessary and the newest equipment of that time. Up to now, it has been possible to preserve all authentic underground equipment!