On the eve of Latvia’s 100th anniversary of statehood, the rural tourism association, Lauku Ceļotājs, invites everyone to explore Latvia’s paths to statehood through seven new touring routes, revealing stories from history, personalities, places and events which led to the birth of a sovereign Latvian state in 1918.
The Daugava Road. Named after the largest river in Latvia, the Daugava, poetically called the River of Destiny, the route allows experience the beauty of nature and discover the role of Latgale – the religiously and ethnically diverse ethno-cultural region – on the path to Latvia’s statehood.
The Road of Light. This route leads through the North-Eastern part of the country highlighting personalities and milestone events related to education and national identity awareness.
The Māra Road. Discover the beginnings of Catholicism in Latgale, the Eastern region, and the history of an ancient trading route once connecting the present-day territories of Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and Poland.
The Baltic’s Road. This route crosses central Latvia in commemoration of the Baltic Way – the unique historic manifestation when two million people of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia joined hands in a single chain linking the capitals of the three Baltic nations – August 23, 1989. It was a protest against the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Germany and the USSR which resulted in the loss of independence of the three Baltic countries.
The Road of Jacob. Explore the “golden age” of economical, industrial and cultural prosperity of the 17th century in the North-Western country, Courland. Under Duke Jacob, Courland took pride in its ship-building industry, first factories, introduction of new agriculture methods and acquisition of oversees colonies of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Freedom Road. Crossing the Western part of the country, the route is dedicated to famous battles and military history of the territory from the 13th century up to the establishment of the Republic of Latvia in 1918.
The Livs Road. Discover the history of one of the world’s smallest ethnic minorities, the Livs, and their unique cultural heritage and language.
Each route can be downloaded as a PDF map file with significant landmarks, tourism information centres, hotels and restaurants or cafes, as well as other practical travel information. More information on the routes available at Lauku Ceļotājs website
Photo credits: The Daugavas Loki Nature Park by Mihails Ignats. The Hill of Churces by the Daugavpils Tourism Information Centre; The Baltic Way in Rīga by Uldis Briedis; The Freedom fights reconstruction by Ilmārs Znotiņš.