Known as the pearl of northern Vidzeme, Alūksne is situated on the picturesque shores of Lake Alūksne. The ruins of a Livonian Order castle are located on the lake’s largest island – Marijas or Pilssala (Castle island). The stronghold, completed in 1342, has 1.85-metre thick masonry walls with eight towers and was one of the Livonian Order’s strongest fortresses, but was destroyed during the 18th-century Great Northern War. The Alūksne palace park is home to the Jaunā (New) Palace, a remarkable example of the mid-19th century Neo-Gothic style, and the Vecā (Old) or Ezermala (Lakeside) Palace, built in the classicism style.
Vidzeme farmstead and white highways
Salaca river valley with Mazsalaca and Skaņaiskalns
Lejaslīgatne with paper-mill village and the Gauja ferry
Cēsis Old Town with medieval castle and park
Lake Burtnieki with churches and estate centres
Āraiši Lake and surroundings