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Latvia was known as the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic until 1991.

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Latvia Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Latvia.

Around Latvia, Cesis, Latvia Accommodation, Latvia Tours, Latvia Travel Guides, Map of Latvia, Riga, Ventspils.


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 development.

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.

Kolonna Hotel Cesis:
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.

Hotels in Jurmala.


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.

Around Latvia

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.

Latvia Sightseeing

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.

Bauska Tourist Information:
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.

Latvian Culture:
A collection of articles, from the Latvian Institute, to help you understand more about the Latvian identity and heritage.

Latvia Accommodation

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 Latvia.

Kolonna Hotels Group:
Hotels under the Kolonna umbrella are located in Cesis, Kuldiga, Rezekne, Riga, and Saulkrasti.

Hotels in Latvia

Cities in Latvia.

Daugavpils, Liepaja, Riga, Ventspils.

Latvia Tours

North 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.

Southeast Latvia

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 and villages.

West Latvia

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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