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Location in Latvia

Coordinates: 57°14′N 25°03′E / 57.233°N 25.050°E / 57.233; 25.050Coordinates: 57°14′N 25°03′E / 57.233°N 25.050°E / 57.233; 25.050
Country  Latvia
Municipality Līgatne Municipality
Town privileges 1993
  Total 7.1 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Population (2008)[1]:5
  Total 1,288
  Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code LV-4110
Area code +371 641
Website ligatne.lv

Līgatne ( pronunciation ; German: Ligat) is a town on the Gauja River, in Latvia. The village of Līgatne was built around the paper mill, still extant, on the River Līgatne in the 19th century.

Līgatne Nature Trails

The reserve known as the Līgatne Nature Trails is also located here, in the Gauja National Park, in the forest on the left bank of the Gauja River downstream from the paper mill. There are extensive paths through the nature reserve both for walking and for cycling, and there is a separate route for cars. There are also facilities for horse-riding and camping.

The reserve was set up in 1975 for the protection and display of the diversity of species, both plant and animal, which are characteristic of Latvia.

The animals here have been rescued from all over Latvia, either because they were injured, or because they had been tamed and could not survive on their own in the wild. The reserve contains bear, lynx, elk, European bison, roe deer and red deer.

The Gauja river valley contains distinctive geological formations, forests and meadow plants. Particularly significant places are Jumpraviezis rock, Katriniezis rock, Gudu cliffs and one of the country's rare sandstone canyons: Paparzu Glen ("Fern Glen"), known for its ferns.

Ligatne has numerous caves in vertical sandstone banks, that were dug as cellars for paper mill workers in tsarist time.

Līgatne railway station

Nearby places of interest


  1. 1 2 "Administratīvi teritoriālais iedalījums" [Administrative territorial division] (in Latvian). The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
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