SIGULDA, Latvia — There’s something mystical about the Gauja National Park.
Between the thick pine forests, the sandstone cliffs, the castles and the occasional fog, it has an atmosphere all it’s own and is widely considered the best place for natural beauty in Latvia.
It’s been called “Livonia’s Switzerland.” That’s a bit misleading as those looking for another Alps will be disappointed but if you are in Latvia this summer and haven’t seen it, remember it’s only a half-hour drive from Riga for one of the most gorgeous parks in the Baltics. Instead of Switzerland, it reminds me more of the nature areas of Wisconsin Dells (yes, I’m from the Midwest) except with medieval castles instead of tacky rides. It’s the most impressive national park in the Baltic states.
To give an idea of how it looks, Baltic Reports put together the photo essay “Into the Gauja” with the help of talented regional photographers.