Southern Latvia

Stop at Koknese to admire the ruins of Kokenhausen, a medieval castle. It has a stunning location overlooking the confluence of the Daugava and Perse Rivers, and is a good stop to appreciate the valley's beauty. Built by German crusaders beginning in 1209, what remains today is extensive enough to suggest the huge fortress that once stood here. The surrounding park is pleasant for a riverside stroll. A model in a small information office shows the castle in its prime.

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1. Garden of Destiny

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Grandly named the Garden of Destiny, this sprawling project on an island in the river celebrates Latvia as a nation and opened for the centennial in 2018…