Cultural and historical treasures abound on the shores of Āraiši Lake. An archaeological monument unique in Europe – the Araiši Ezerpils (fortified settlement) is located on a small island in a bay. Araiši Church and the Āraiši castle mound with its medieval ruins are on the shore, but Stone and Bronze Age dwellings have been reconstructed on the southern part of the peninsula. The Ezerpils, peninsula and castle ruins are included in the Āraiši Archaeological park, established in 1983.
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
Alūksne’s historic centre with its lake, parks, castle and palaces