The Home Café Days
The Home Café Days in Ogre Municipality will take place at the beggining of September, when the local harvest - vegetables, fruit, berries and other farm products - is ready to be served to the guests.
Ogre Municipality boasts the pine-surrounded and well-kept city of Ogre, where modern technologies are widely used for the convenience of residents and visitors. Lielvārde is known throughout Latvia for its rich cultural heritage, which can be explored in the Andrejs Pumpurs’ Lielvārde Museum and the Lielvārde Park with the ruins of a medieval castle, whereas the name of Ikšķile associates with the beginnings of Christianity in Latvia - the ruins of the oldest stone building in the Baltics can still be seen on St. Meinard’s Island. Ķegums, in its turn, is connected with the beginnings of Latvia's unified electricity supply. A visit to the Energy Museum will provide anyone with new knowledge about the history and development of Latvia's energy sector. The rural territory of Ogre Municipality with its beautiful landscapes, diverse forests, vast meadows and the meanders of the Ogre River attracts nature lovers.
The home cafés of Ogre Municipality offer a chance to enjoy a meal in the city's cafés, pubs and farmsteads where farm work is done on a daily basis but a festive atmosphere is created outdoors during the days of home cafés. You are welcome to enjoy the magic of the late summer in one of the improvised home cafés found throughout the Ogre Municipality. There is plenty to choose from!
More info: www.majaskafejnicas.lv
SIGHTS in Ogre Municipality
Ikšķiles baznīcas drupas uz Sv. Meinarda salas
Ikšķile church ruins are the most ancient ruins of a stone building in Latvia, located on a small island, the St. Meinhard Island, in the manmade reservoir of Rīga hydropower plant. Ikšķile church was built in 1185 under the government of bishop Meinhard, rebuilt in 1879 - 1881, ruined in 1916. After the filling of Rīga hydropower plant reservoir in the 70s of the 20th century, it is encircled by the waters of the hydropower plant. Nowadays the ruins are conserved, a roof is constructed over them, and the island is fortified. Nowadays, to see the ruins, you can get to the island by boat or by ferry.
Ikšķile, Ogres Municipality
Historic Buildings and Square of Ogre town
Brīvības street in Ogre is notable for its architectural samples of the 20ies and 30ies of the 20th century. Most buildings are architectural monuments of local or national importance. The landscaped square at the beginning of the street has become a popular gathering place for the locals and city guests. During the summer, the residents and the guests of the city can enjoy the complex of fountains named The Digital Water Curtain, and a fountain that you can step in and paddle, which is especially appealing to the youngest visitors.
The beach is landscaped with a gazebo, a berth and rental for boats and other swimming appliances. Volleyball courts and outdoor gym are available, as well as a green area with a place for swimming and picnic. The bech have nice view to Ķegums Hydropower Plant.
Lāčplēša iela 9, Ķegums, Ogres Municipality
Medieval castle ruins, park and museum in Lielvārde
The stone castle and rampart was built at the beginning of the 13th century according to German Crusader instructions on the site of the ancient Livonian wooden castle. It was damaged by repeated war activity and was renewed several times, but since 1613, only ruins remain. The territory of Lielvārde Park is home to numerous protected dendrological species. There are 16 wooden sculptures depict various characters from the epic “Lāčplēsis” in the Sculpture Garden. The Andrejs Pumpurs Museum has been located in the old Lielvārde Manor granary on the banks of the Daugava.
E. Kauliņa aleja 20, Lielvārde, Ogres Municipality, +371 65053759, 29322468
Ķeipene Cinema Station
A cinema station, built inside the former railway station Ķeipene, was created by the staff and associates of the Film Forum Arsenāls. In the waiting room, there is an exhibition dedicated to the film director Sergei Eisenstein. There are environmental installations in the vicinity of the station – a lighthouse with mailboxes, a gigantic table for the prodigies of filmmaking, a tunnel made of movie frames and an environmental installation Potemkin’s Well created as an underground exhibition hall. The old railway station is the only place where a section of the railway between Riga and Ērgļi has been preserved.
“Dzelzceļa stacija”, Ķeipenes pagasts, Ogres Municipality, +371 65033717, 25577645
Meņģele viewing tower and Crazy Dauka’s (Dullais Dauka) grove
The tower is located in the territory of the Ogre Valley nature park. It offers a wonderful view over the valley of the Ogre River, as well as the Aderkaši Orthodox Church.
Meņģele rural territory is the place where the writer Sudrabu Edžus, the author of a story about a curious boy named Crazy Dauka (Dullais Dauka), was born and spent his youth. An oak-and-birch grove on the bank of the river Ogre was a favourite place of rest for the writer. In the 1970s, poet Imants Ziedonis with his contemporaries created Crazy Dauka’s path with special stones there. One of them bears the inscription Dullais Dauka (Crazy Dauka).
Meņģeles pagasts, Ogres novads