Koknese

 

 

Koknese is situated on the scenic banks of the River Daugava and the River Pērse, about 100 km from Rīga. Koknese got town privileges in 1277 and flourished as Hanseatic city during the 14th century. In 1420 the castle Kokenhusen became summer residence of the Archbishop of Riga and in the 16th century it was their main seat. A railway that connected Koknese with capital city Riga was completed in 1861 and made Koknese a popular holiday resort for Riga citizens.

Today culture and history dominate the city and, together with the scenic surroundings, make Koknese worth visiting. Major cultural and sport events, as well as a variety of cafés, increase the interest of the visitors.

 

www.visitkoknese.lv

 

 

Most popular tourism objects in Koknese

 

Koknese medieval castle ruins

The Koknese medieval castle ruins hold testimonies from ancient Hanseatic city. Today Koknese medieval castle ruins host concerts and performances, as well as activities like minting coins, wedding ceremonies according to medieval or ancient Latvian traditions. The historical exposition in castle ruins pavilion gives insight about the previous scenery of the place. In the ruins, you can visit the torture chamber, see the former place of the well, and the outcrop of the ancient cobbles. Entrance fee.

Park Koknese, Koknese, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113.

+371 29275412, +371 65161296

www.visitkoknese.lv

56.637989, 25.417003

 

The Garden of Destiny

The Garden of Destiny is a symbol created in nature. It indicates continuous recovery and growth of the nation – this is where both human and state history, the present and future meet. Excellent environmental architecture has been combined with the beauty of the Koknese peninsula and the flow of River Daugava.

Likteņdārzs, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 25495544

www.liktendarzs.lv

56.634895, 25.438843

 

Koknese park

The Koknese park was created in 1900, by the River Perse estuary in Daugava. The Koknese park features both local and foreign trees, as well as a wide variety of rare wild flowers. The park is home to the Koknese medieval castle ruins, a fountain “Faun’s head”, stone sculpture “Perse girl”. There are several delightful wooden sculptures in the park, as well as the 11-metre wooden sculpture named “For eternity”, and a tea house-gazebo. History buffs will appreciate the Celtic crosses and cast-iron cannons from Swedish times, as well as burial grounds of the people who died during WWII.

+371 29275412, +371 65161296

56.64256605, 25.42109728

 

Reproduction of Pērse Waterfall

In the gulley of the River Pērse, there used to be Pērse Waterfall, around 2.5 metres high and 20 metres wide. In memory of Latvia’s lost treasure, a fountain resembling the historical Pērse Waterfall was constructed in 2019.

56.644204531, 25.425890609

 

Koknese natural trail

Koknese inspires and surprises regardless of the season! You can see it for yourself by taking a stroll on the Koknese nature trail (total length 5.65 km) along the Pērse and Daugava rivers. Be sure to stop now and then and enjoy the pictures painted by nature and the flow of water. You can start your walk on the trail from your preferred location in the Koknese park. If you follow Daugava closely, listen to melodies of nature and water, and you will soon find yourself in Likteņdārzs.

+371 29275412, +371 65161296

56.6420587, 25.4339397

 

Koknese manor complex

The Koknese manor complex is composed of the house of manor manager, which, together with the barn that has a centred red brick arc (where the pub “Rudolfs” is located), and the former manor laundry house, create the Koknese (Alaine) manor complex. Rudolfs Blaumanis lived here from 1885 to 1887, while studying manor management. The buildings are currently used by Virsdaugava Forestry. The garden is open for viewing.

3 Blaumaņa Street, Koknese, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 29275412, +371 65161296

56.64322677, 25.42705178

 

 

Water tourism in Koknese

 

Water tourism routs

 

Viking boat “Nameisis”

The Viking barge offers trips and stories of the captain (route: Koknese castle ruins–Likteņdārzs–Pērse river–Koknese castle ruins). There are 19 places on the ship. With prior arrangement.

+371 26161131

56.63853067, 25.4174602

 

Boat Vīgante

The boat Vīgante” (trimaran type boat with a roof) offers trips and stories of the captain (route: Koknese castle ruins–Likteņdārzs–Pērse river–Koknese castle ruins). There are 26 places on the boat. With prior arrangement.

+371 28490667

56.63853067, 25.4174602

 

Boat Gulbis (“The Swan”)

“Gulbis”goes on trips along the Daugava river from Likteņdārzs (The Garden of Destiny), revealing the history of Koknese and the Garden of Destiny, the stories of the Daugava by listening to the audio guide's stories. There are 20 places on the boat.

+371 29999436

[email protected]

www.kugitisgulbis.lv

56.634895, 25.438843

 

Boat rental and relaxation on the shores of Daugava and Pērse

 

Piers

 

Koknese Castle Ruins

56.637989, 25.417003

 

The Garden of Destiny

56.6389299,25.417641

 

Gundegas

56.6389302,25.4242071

 

“Along the Daugava and Pērse rivers by SUP”

Holiday stop “Pērsejas” offers SUP equipment and rowing boat rental. Orienteering and active recreation routes on the river. Individually prepared offers. Picnic place and „Fire soup“ in a picturesque place on the bank of the Perse River.

Prior booking necessary.

Holiday stop “Pērsejas”

“Pērsejas”, 21 Daugavas Street, Koknese, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 29119882

56.6436914, 25.4109527

 

“Water joys in Koknese”

SUP boards, boats and water bikes for rent at Koknese castle ruins boat pier.

+371 26434520

56.637989, 25.417003

 

 

Acommodation in Koknese

 

Recreation centra "Kalnavoti"

“Kalnavoti”, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 29357420

56.621448, 25.462894

 

Holiday house "Sidrabi"

“Sidrabi”, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 26593210

56.611562, 25.497367

 

Campsite "Daugavas radzes"

“Radzes”, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 29284622

www.radzes.viss.lv

56.606788, 25.499882

 

Recreation centre “Ranch Randevu”

Riekstukalni 1, Kokneses parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 29295900

56.642273, 25.406168

 

Holiday house “Mazā kāpa”

4 Lakstīgalu Street, Koknese, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 22331352

www.dunense.lv

56.654539, 25.427896

 

Guest house Kūpiņsala

1 Rijnieki 1, Koknese, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 27553304

[email protected]

56.62882983166125, 25.452232360839844

 

Motel "Astarte"

14 A 1905. Gada Street, Koknese, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 65161994

56.6453032, 25.4362523

 

Vecbebri technical school complex hotel

Vecbebri, Bebri parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5135

+371 26593960

56.723645, 25.478488

 

Campground “Garauši-Vecbordzēni”

Vecbordzēni, Viskāļi, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 26567971

www.vecbordzeni.viss.lv

56.708232, 25.285397

 

Zutiņa bathhouse - campsite

 “Svampēni”, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 26380142

www.zutinapirts.lv

56.599306, 25.317138

 

Campsite "Senči"

103.5 km of Riga – Daugavpils highway, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 25227262

56.625495, 25.457871

 

Holiday house “Pērses krasts”

17 Daugavas Street, Koknese, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 29435631

56.643789, 25.415534

 

Bathhouse “Ozolini”

Ozoliņi, Bebri parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5135

+371 29293877

www.viesunamiem.lv/bebru-pirts

56.723133 25.489283

 

Guest house “Divas upes”

“Rozes”, Bilstiņi, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 29578899

www.divasupes.com

56.640088, 25.410089

 

Glamping “Ragnar Glamp Koknese”

Jaunbilstiņi, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 29578899

www.ragnarglamp.com

56.640088, 25.410089

 

Motel 18 Paugu Street

18 Paugu Street, Koknese, Aizkraukles novads, LV-5113

+371 29268431

56,6442989, 25,443176

 

Holiday Home “Ciemiņos”

“Kalniņi”, Bebri parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5135

+371 25434818

www.cieminos.lv

56.747450, 25.420235

 

Holiday Home “Rijnieku upes namiņš”

Rijnieki, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 28105055

56,62888, 25,45337

 

 

Catering

 

Panna Café Koknese

30a Blaumaņa 30a, Koknese parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 26398193

www.facebook.com/panna-cafe-koknese

56.648748, 25.419849

 

Pub “Rūdolfs”

Blaumaņa street 3, Koknese, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 26514096

www.facebook.com/krodzinsrudolfs

56.64339195, 25.42718589

 

Koknesis

(delivery and takeaway meals)

Ziediņi, Kokneses parish, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 27553304

www.facebook.com/koknesiskafe

56.63253317593424, 25.448727605544263

 

Olalā! Cafe Kokenhusen

(open from April till October, on weekends)

Koknese castle ruins, Koknese, Aizkraukles novads, LV-5113

+371 29147071

56.637989, 25.417003

 

 

Tourist information

Aizkraukle municipality and Koknese Tourism information Centre

Koknese Tourism Centre offers current information regarding local tourism and cultural-historical objects.

Tourism Information Centre employees will provide information regarding sightseeing objects, activities, accommodation, restaurants and events in the Koknese parish in Latvian, Russian and English for free.

Information Centre also offers free brochures about Koknese and the surrounding area, regions of Latvia, Latvia in general, and individual towns.

Free WiFi spot available.

Souvenirs with Koknese symbols available.

We offer copying, printing, and faxing services.

Contacts:

7 1905.Gada Street, Koknese, Aizkraukle Municipality, LV-5113

+371 65161296, 29275412

[email protected]

www.visitkoknese.lv

www.facebook.com/KoknesesTIC

www.instagram.com/visitkoknese