Mazsalaca

Mazsalaca is located in the NW part of Vidzeme, in the N it borders with Estonia, in E with Rūjiena county, in S with Burtnieki county and in W with Aloja county. Mazsalaca county was established on July 1st, 2009 as a result of administrative-territorial reform, uniting Mazsalaca town with rural territory with Ramata, Sēļi and Skaņkalne parishes, which had historically, geographically and economically close ties with Mazsalaca town. The administrative center of the county is located in the town of Mazsalaca. The area of ​​the county is 417 km2. The area of ​​Mazsalaca town is 5.1 km2, which is 0.5% of the total area of ​​the county.

The region has a diverse, clean and untouched nature, rich in forests and diverse natural objects - parks, alleys, cliffs and caves, as well as culturally and historically significant objects and territories.

The beautiful Salaca valley with sandstone outcrops and many caves on its banks, where the Skaņākalns Nature Park has been established, is the main tourist attraction in Mazsalaca. The park stretches for 3 km (in one direction) along the Salaca river. Devonian red sandstone outcrops give the park a special charm at any time of the year. The beauty given by nature is complemented by wooden sculptures and activities that will make a visit to the park attractive to every visitor, regardless of his age.

Valtenberg Manor is unique with its complex of ancient buildings. The manor houses were built in the style of late classicism, in the period from the second half of the 18th century to the first half of the 19th century, but separate buildings were also built in the second half of the 19th century. The castle was surrounded by manor houses. Around the manor the baron had a park planted with various exotic trees and shrubs. In 1905 the manor was burned down, later it was restored for the needs of the school. Since 2015 it has been housing the Mazsalaca County Museum. The museum has several permanent exhibitions - a collection of wooden sculptures by Walter Hirte, an exhibition of ancient family trees, an exhibition of hunting trophies, a collection of bells, as well as an exhibition of souvenir mice. Various thematic exhibitions are also available for guests in the museum premises.
The mission of the Craft House is to preserve and develop the intangible cultural heritage. Here it is possible to gain an insight into the traditional craft skills of the region, as well as to learn how to weave and make various handicrafts under the guidance of experienced TLMS "Mazsalaca" masters.
Paintings of the painting workshop windows - the former telegraph building of the Valtenberg manor complex is decorated with works of art by 21 art school students and members of the painting group. Window paintings have been made as a gift to Mazsalaca. The theme of the bright, colorful paintings is Mazsalaca, its ethnography, nature and rules.
The nature reserve “Ziemeļu purvs” is a protected area of ​​international importance, which was included in the list of sites of the Ramsar Convention in 2002. Part of the North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve. The complex included in the Ramsar Convention is more than 5000 ha in size. The area is also included in Natura 2000 and is of particular international importance as a habitat for waterfowl. Protected natural values ​​- a high bog with fever-llama complexes and dystrophic lakes.
The Dauģēni trail (9 km in one direction) will open red Mid-Devonian sandstone outcrops, set-aside meadows and streams. One end of the trail can be reached from Mazsalaca, walking through Skaņākalns park to Skaņākalns (creating a route of about 12 km in total). The other end can be reached by driving on the road Mazsalaca – Ramata, crossing the river Ramata, turning left and following the signs “Dauģēni trail”.
 

Sēļi manor - surrounded by a complex of ancient buildings and a landscape park, is still the administrative and cultural center of the parish. In recent years, Sēļi manor also serves as a tourist object, a place for recreation and social events. The old manor park with a pond and the Love Island encourages you to dream about the life of the manor, which in those ancient times was associated not only with economic activity, but also with the cultural life corresponding to the era. Concerts were held in the manors, guests were received… Over time, the manor has been rebuilt several times and yet the special atmosphere of its antiquity has been preserved. The first information about Sēļi manor is related to 1561 - the year of significant changes. In 1563, King Sigismund II Augustus of Poland donated the manor to Kaspars Ziborgs von Vislingen, the lord of Selburga. This is how the historical German name "Sehlen" of the manor and the parish originated. Since 1809, when the Sēļi manor was bought by Carl Johann Hermann von Engelhardt (1771-1841), an assessor of the Supreme Judicial Chamber, paying an impressive amount of 37,250 dallers, until 1922, the manor was owned by the Engelhads.

Sēļi manor offer for tourists and guests:

  • A tour of the manor complex and the manor
  • Historical exposition about Sēļi manor and surrounding manors
  • Permanent exhibition of collection of porcelain figurines
  • Professional, amateur art exhibitions
  • Workshops of local craftsmen - leather processing with Benita Audze, woodworking and carpentry with Uģis Vītiņš. Visit to one workshop 4 EUR (price includes self-made leather or wood)
  • Professional and amateur art events and concerts

Excursions for individuals and groups are requested by coordinating times and requests – mob. phone +37126321158

The Salaca river is the basis of the nature park "Salaca valley", one of the most picturesque rivers in Latvia with outstanding gifts of nature. Outstanding landscape value in many sections of the river, especially near Mazsalaca in the vicinity of Skaņākalns. The river is suitable for lovers of recreation, cognition and sports boating with all types of boats.

Canoe and sup board rental is available in Mazsalaca.