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Rāzna National Park - Territory
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Rāzna National Park is a place where you can find out more about natural and cultural and historical values, enjoy the landscape beauty, recognise hospitality of the Latgalians, and explore old crafts and traditions of Latgale, the Land of Blue Lakes.
Lakes Rāzna and Ežezers and hills Mākoņklans and Lielais Liepukalns are tourist attraction objects of the national scale with their stable position on the Latvian tourism map. However in the territory of the National Park, there are many more interesting and emotional objects though not so famous.
You can acquaint yourself with beauty of the territory, economical and cultural development and history by knowing more stories about boulders and former castle mounds, and manors, and visiting sacral buildings, museums, craft houses, and farms.
Pilori oak stand near lake Ežezers and Andrupene bog trail are very popular among nature observers. 2 nature education centres are operating in the territory of Rāzna National Park, namely, in Lipuški (Mākoņkalns parish) and Jaundome (Ezernieki parish, Dagda region).
Some stories about cultural history of the Latgalians who live near Rāzna may be found out when visiting Stone trail in Jaunstašuļi (Mākoņkalns), Juguļi big boulder, and Ubogova Devil’s stone.
Latgale is a land of castle mounds. The trail of Stalidzāni castle mound leads to the smallest know in Latvia castle mound, while the owner of hill Kroms in Pušas Zundi offers seeing a reconstruction process of a castle of the Latgalians’ tribe from the 9th-11th century, specially organised experimental archaeology events, and stories about life of the old Latgalians on castle mounds of the souther part of Latgale.
Manors of Lūznava and Zosna keep cultural and historical heritage of nobility.
Daily traditions of the Latgalians can be explored in the museum “Andrupenes lauku sēta” (“Andrupene farmstead”) which is made of a complex of individual houses built in the beginning of the 20th century. In the buildings, typical item and tool collections are exhibited. A special offer of the museum is a tasting of culinary heritage dishes.
If you want to know more about pottery traditions of Latgale, it can be done in Akminīši where such opportunity is offered by E. Vasilevskis who is a founder of “Pūdnīku skūla” (“Pottery school”). In the first weeks of August, a workshop is organised here, and it unites ceramists, painters, and photographers. At the end of the workshop, many lovers of these types of craft and art come to see the result of the artists.
Baltceriņi house allows acquainting yourself with a process of laying reed roof and creation of split baskets and wooden souvenirs.
Farm “Rudo kumeļu pauguri” with its masters being enthusiastic about renewal of Latgale racing horse breed continue Latgalian horse-breeding traditions. Here you can see domestic animals, take a ride in cart or saddles crossing a picturesque area — this is a traditional tourist activity. When guided by an instructor, you can learn how to conduct a cart or ride. Children can take a ride in a pony cart or ride a pony.
There are a number of cycling routes arranged in the territory of Rāzna National Park — On the top of Latgale, Cult places near hill Mākoņkalns, Stone legends of hill Mākoņkalns, Surroundings of Zosna manor, Around the lake Rāzna, Secrets of the lake Ežezers.