Archeological park Āraiši


Visit to the reconstruction of a 9-10th century settlement on the lake, medieval castle ruins and recreation of ancient dwelling houses from Stone and Bronze Ages. Guided tours about the lake settlement, lifestyle and building traditions of ancient Latgalians featuring the findings from ten archaeological research periods there, demonstrating household objects, tools and explaining their uses.

Educational programmes for schools and youth groups.

Activities for weddings.


Āraiši Archaeological Park is located by the lake and consists of a reconstructed lake settlement from 9-10th centuries (Viking era), picturesque Medieval castle ruins and another islet with samples of dwelling houses from the Stone and Bronze ages. The archaeological finds on the lake settlement have given unique materials and artefacts displaying the building traditions, material and spiritual lifestyle of ancient Latgalian people there. The lake settlement is a result of experimental archaeology and during its reconstruction copies of ancient tools and methods were used to give it maximum authenticity

Nearby medieval castle ruins stand on the shore of the lake. The castle has been there from the 14th to 17th centuries. It has a ‘castella’ type form with a deep fortification ditch in front.

There are regularly various folk concerts and events during the summer period.

Opening hours:
1 Apr-31 Oct

1 Nov-30 Mar

Āraiši, Drabešu pag., Amatas novads, LV-4101
GPS: 57.2517, 25.2824

Box office, tourism information point: +371 25669935
Guided tours, programmes for groups: +371 25665528


Capacity: No limit

Programmes for groups and guided excursions: up to 30 persons. If there is a bigger group then it is divided and the price is calculated accordingly.

Offer duration: all year

Languages for communication: Latvian, Russian, English

Price list:
2.00 EUR
Students, pupil and seniors
1.00 EUR
Family ticket (1-2 adults, 1-2 children (aged 7-18) – 4.00 EUR
Children until age of 7  – free;
Guide (excursion 1h):
in Latvian –  8.00 EUR
foreign language – 16.00 EUR
Picnic place with firewood 3.00 EUR (per 90 minutes)

Payment – cash, bank card