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Introducing Southern Latvia (Zemgale)

Heading east out of Rīga, cobblestones quickly yield to conifers as you enter the wild and woolly Vidzeme region. The region’s highlight is the Gauja National Park, an outdoor lovers’ paradise with hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, berry picking, fishing and even skiing (albeit on modest slopes) on offer. The region is also dripping with history, as a slew of medieval castles attests.

Much of Sigulda and all of Cēsis – the only two towns covered here – lie within the 49,000-hectare national park.