Saulkrasti Beach is a 17 km long natural masterpiece.Witness the rich diversity from the singing sand in Lilaste to the stony seashore in Zvejniekciems. The beach is swept by wind and shaped by waves, gathering sand and various ‘treasures'– shells of river and sea molluscs, threads of green algae, clusters of brown algae, smooth pebbles, driftwood and others. Expand your horizons and discover the excitement of searching for tiny seaside bric-a-brac.
One of the most beautiful dunes of its kind in Latvia with great sight to the coast of Baltic Sea. The 18 metre high dune on the right bank of the River Inčupe where it flows into the Baltic Sea is a great spot to look out over the Gulf of Riga. Geographically, the White Dune is a sandstone layer, formed 405–350 million years ago. The dune also appears in the historical feature films of the Riga Motion Pictures Studio "Kā gulbji balti padebeši iet" (White clouds are passing like swans) (1956) and "Nauris" (1957).
If you wish to enjoy the benefits of a healthy walk and the fresh sea air, take the 3.6 km long forest trail that stretches alongside the sea coast from the White Dune to Sun Bridge. On the way you will see a sandy beach and a peaceful seaside forest, where you can find 20 grand pine trees– some of them as old as 200 years. Remember to keep your eyes and ears open for birds, small animals and other surprises. If you are lucky, you might even see the tiny, protected longhorn beetle – Nothorhina punctata.
In 1764 Catherine the Great (empress of Russia 1762–1796) honored Estonia and Vidzeme with a visit while traveling from St. Petersburg to Riga. The empress wanted to see if there were still farmers in the governorate of Livonia who did not know how to read or write, and if they could be bought and sold. The spot where she rested and had a swim, the beautiful Pabaži beach near the White Dune, inspired her so much that the empress planted two linden trees which still stand today. Her bathing place was later named after her and became Katrīnbāde.
Saulkrasti Bicycle museum
The collection reflects the manufacturing history of Latvian bicycles. Alongside the unique exhibits, it is also possible to see the old workshop and bicycle shop. It is the only bicycle museum in Latvia.
Address: Rīgas iela 44a, Saulkrasti
Working hours: (V-IX) 10.00–18.00, (X-IV) - please make a reservation in advance!
Saulkrasti (Pēterupe) Lutheran Church
Pēterupe Church,first built in 1641. The current building is already the fourth church in this place, built in 1856. Its altar painting "Christ at the Cross" (Golgotha) was done by Josep Miller in 1856, using his teacher Peter von Cornelius's altar painting at the Ludwigskirche in Munich as an example. The church was consecrated in 1864 and a year later a Martin organ with 8 registers was set up there, extended to 14 registers in 1903. Unfortunately, the organ was destroyed during World War II.
The Pēterupe Pastorage can be found in writing starting from the late 17th century. The park and buildings of the estate have partly been preserved, just like the linden avenue planted in 1879 by the priest Jānis Neilands (at the end of Smilšu Street) and the grand oak planted by Johann Wilhelm Knieriem in 1869.
Roman Catholic Church of Divine Grace
In 1998 the Roman Catholic Church of Divine Grace, able to hold 300 people, was built and consecrated next to the River Ķīšupe, close to the park and an open stage; it was a project of the architect Jānis Šrēders. The Christ in the altar painting is portrayed by the artist Ēriks Pudzēns as seen by Sister Faustina on 22 February 1931 in a Polish monastery.
Summer House of Reinis Kaudzīte
Reinis Kaudzīte (1839–1920), one of the authors of the first Latvian novel "Mērnieku laiki" (The Times of the Land-Surveyors), resided in Neibāde from 1913 onwards. He purchased a small property where he spent the last years of his life, together with his housekeeper Karlīna Damroze. Both were divided by a more than thirty year age difference, but were united by love and hate. In the garden next to the building is the "Neighbours' bench" and a signpost indicating destinations of the writer's travels.
Seaside Park and Bathing Spot "Centre"
Combine a relaxing day on the beach with healthy, athletic activities! Seaside Park invites you to try the outdoor exercise facilities, playground equipment, gymnastics fields and volleyball courts, go jogging by the sea or simply watch the beautiful sunset from the comfortable sun loungers. Here both children and adults will find exciting activities that suit their interests.
Nature park "Piejūra"
Admirers of untouched nature will appreciate the sights of the Vidzeme coastline from Lilaste to the White Dune in Saulkrasti. The natural environment, protected plants and a once traveling sand dune are preserved in the territory. Have you ever wished to swim in the sea naked as the day you were born? Visit one of the oldest nudist beaches in Latvia that has remained popular for several decades, and allow yourself to relax in the soothing sand, water and sunlight!
Neibāde Park and The Monument for Neibāde Seaside Resort founder
Along with the creation of Neibāde (‘Neubad', German for ‘the new bathing place') spa in 1823, the care for the guests' recreation began as well. The English style park was created by the gardener Akerberg, whom baron Pistohlkors brought from Estonia. In 1877 baron August von Pistohlkors had a monument erected in the park marking the merit of his ancestors in the founding and creation of Neibāde.
Memorial site for Finnish pilots
On 23 April 1943 four Finnish soldiers – Urho Jääskeläinen, Lauri Suhonen, Aimo Valkeeniemi and Erkki Horma – crashed with the bomber Junkers, in Saulkrasti territory on their way from Germany to Finland. Following the tradition of Finnish war pilots a memorial plaque was erected at the place of the air crash.
Sun Square is located at the very centre of the town and gathers people for outdoor concerts and films.
Culture Club "Zvejniekciems"
It was designed by the excellent architect Marta Staņa (1913–1972) in the mid-20th century for the use of the collective farm "Zvejnieks". The architect worked in a functionalism style (the Dailes Theatre in Riga is another of her creations). The foundations of the building were laid in 1952, but due to a lack of materials it took five years to construct. When the palace was opened on 8 November 1956, it was one of the most modern buildings not only in the Riga region, but also the whole of Latvia. The central space of the building is the big hall which can hold 700 spectators.
Zvejniekciems and Skulte port
In the 19th century, on the seacoast of Skulte, a small village was formed populated mostly by fishermen. The name of the village also attributes to this profession (in Latvian "Zvejniekciems" means "fishermen's village"). In 1967 the village of Zvejniekciems was added to Saulkrasti. Skulte Port, established on 7 October, 1939, is located in Zvejniekciems. The monument stone chosen by the Latvian politician Kārlis Ulmanis to commemorate the construction of the port is still standing, and the port is still successfully operating. Between Skulte Port and Saulkrasti Beach is the stony seaside of Zvejniekciems. It is a place for creative spirits, where you can draw inspiration from the reflections of summer, listen to the soft whispering of pine trees in autumn, or be alone with your thoughts in the icy air of winter or the hopeful spring.