One day tour to the Soviet bunker in Līgatne.
The village of Līgatne was built around the paper mill, still extant, on the River Līgatne in the 19th century. We will visit Soviet Bunker what was built during cold war and had intention to preserve Latvian Soviet nomenclature in case of nuclear assault from USA. Next stop – Anfabrika rocks and cellars -there are several rectangular holes in the foot – these were cellars which were abandoned long ago. Lustūzis – Cave rock characterizes the peculiarity of Lustuzis, because many caves and cellars were cut here, and this is the only place where cellars were cut even in two levels. visit also Zvārtes rock – what is one of the most beautiful sandstone outcrops in Latvia.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Riga, Latvia|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Departure time from your hotel at 10:00 AM.|
|RETURN TIME||Approximately 5:00 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable outdoor clothing, walking shoes.|
|PRICE (ONE PERSON)|
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM:Transportation
From Riga we are moving to Līgatne. Depend on traffics its takes around 1-1,5h.
Anfabrika rocks and cellars -these are 17 m high, beautiful reddish cliffs. There are several rectangular holes in the foot – these were cellars which were abandoned long ago. The lower part of the Rock like a narrow cliffy chain lies over waters – about 4 meters higher there is a hole – cellar..
12:00PM – 12.30PM: Anfabrika rocks and cellars
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM:Soviet Bunker
Nine meters under the ground there is a well-equipped bunker with a total area of more than 2000 square meters, whose secrecy grading was removed only in 2003. This was one of the most strategically important places in Soviet Latvia in case of a nuclear war. This is a powerful autonomous self-sustaining structure with all necessary and high-end (for that time) equipment. All authentic underground furnishings have been retained.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Lunch time
Lunch time in local restaurant.
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Zvārtes Rock
Zvārtes rock is one of the most beautiful sandstone outcrops in Latvia. It is more than 350 million years old, its height measures 20 m. In order to save the famous rock, in 1939 riverbed of Amata was straightened. Next to the rock there is another outcrop – 200 m long and up to 44 m high. It is very steep, subjected to overground and underground water, frost, sun and wind, therefore landslips and wash-outs develop there. Folk tales tell that Zvārtes rock used to be a meeting place of witches on Whitsunday, St. John’s Day and Christmas. Oh those days they rushed on brooms from pine forests of the surroundings.
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM: Return
Return to Riga.