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Āraiši Ezerpils Archaeological Park

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Leģenda vēsta

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The  Āraišu lake settlement is the only reconstruction of a 9th-10th century fortified settlement in Europe. The park is distinguished by its unique archaeological findings, the reconstruction's location in its original setting and the well-preserved cultural landscape typical of Vidzeme, which contrasts positively with the modern urban environment. Guided tours on the ancient Latgalian way of life and building traditions are available. Programmes for different age groups, both children and adults, which help to better understand and feel the life of the ancient people in the Lake District.

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Visitor Centre

The visitor centre features a permanent exhibition, which for the first time since the excavations were carried out presents the original evidence and the story of archaeologist Jānis Apals in an informative way.

  • Opening hours

    The ticket office of Āraišai Lake Archaeological Park closes 45 minutes before the end of opening hours.

    15 minutes before closing time, the park and the indoor exhibition will gradually close!

    01.04. - 30.04.

    I - V.....9:00 - 17:00

      VI - VII.....10:00 - 18:00



    01.05. - 30.09.


    I - VII....9:00 - 19:00



    01.10.- 31.03.

    I - II ....SLĒGTS

    III - VI   ......9:00 - 17:00

    VII .....10:00 - 16:00

  • Ticket prices

    Adults - 5,00 EUR

    Students, pensioners, pupils - 4,00 EUR

    Family ticket - 15,00 EUR

    Preschool children - free



  • Guides

    "Journey through the ages - from prehistory to the Middle Ages"  

    During the excursion we offer a guided tour of the Archaeological Park of the Āraišu lake settlement, looking at the buildings, learning about the living conditions and opportunities of the ancient people, as well as getting to know the utensils and tools used by the people of Āraiši Lake Castle. 


    Guide service: / Book a guide at least 3 days before the tour.

    ENG / DE / RU - 1h / 30.00 EUR

    ENG / DE / RU - 1,5h / 45.00 EUR

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The inhabitants of Lake Āraiši were mainly engaged in farming, animal husbandry, crafts and trade, as well as hunting, fishing and forest beekeeping. Already during the excavations, the idea of reconstructing the lake castle and creating the Āraiši Open-Air Archaeological Park was born. During the reconstruction, replicas of the original buildings were made from excavated construction details, and replicas of ancient tools were used in the decoration work. The reconstruction of the ancient settlement of Āraiši, the lake castle, has a high degree of historical reliability.