Naukšēni

In Naukšēni manor you can see cultural monuments of national significance - the manor house, horse stable, barn, clock tower or cheese factory and park. Opposite the manor house there is a rustling fountain and benches where you can relax. Rare trees grow in the manor park: cork tree, Siberian white larch, walnut tree, as well as protected trees - cedar, European larch, silver maple. The tombs of Baron von Grote's family can also be seen deeper in the park, of which only ruins have survived to this day.

Naukšēni Human Museum used to be located in Naukšēni manor, now it can be found on the second floor of Naukšēni doctorate, in one of the most beautiful places in Naukšēni county. Here you can find and relive stories about the people of Naukšēni and not only about them.

The museum's exposition is unique in that it is not hidden in the showcases behind the glass. Here you will be able to "wrestle" with looms and weave your own paint into the rag deck, put on Estonian or Latvian folk costumes and take photos in it. You will not be able to walk until you have curled your hands, writing with ink pen. And no visit is full without the Naukšēni disco, which can be danced here in the museum!

Kābele castle mound is an ancient Latvian castle mound on the bank of the river Rūja. In the 1960s, digging gravel almost destroyed it. Nowadays, there is a rest area with benches, a fireplace and a boat dock. Halfway from the manor you can see the ruins of Baron von Grothe's chapel. It is possible to go on foot or by boat, raft along the river Rūja.                                                                                                                                                        
 
The Piksāru church was built intermittently from 1914 to 1936, when the construction of the church tower was completed. The idea to build a branch church of Rūjiena parish arose already in 1881, when the division of Rūjiena parish into northern and southern congregations was approved. Construction work was started in 1914 near the Piksāri railway station. In 1915, the walls of the building were completed and the roof was laid, but further work was interrupted by the war. During the war, previously collected funds were also lost. Due to lack of funds, construction work could not be resumed in the first years after the war - it was just a matter of installing doors and windows. Finally, on November 4th, 1928, the church could be consecrated. After the suspension of the church in the 1960s, the building was used as a collective farm warehouse, which completely destroyed the church interior, cult objects, broken cross above the church tower, bricked windows, broken end wall for heavy machinery. The only witness of the building as a church to this day is the bell in the tower with a wish engraved in it to sound forever to the glory of God and to the delight of the people. Since Pentecost in 2003, not only its bell but also its music has been heard in the Piksāru church. Object of interest (every day from the outside). Open during concert times.
The Spiģu cave and spring Rūceklītis is located very close to the borders of Burtnieki and Valka counties. The only known cave by the river Seda. It has eroded into a red sandstone cliff, on the right bank of the Seda near the former Ķemere - Kārķi road, where there was once a wooden bridge over the river Seda, which has not been preserved today. The cave can be reached by a boardwalk. The spring water flows at a rate of 5 liters per second. The cave was formed thanks to the source Rūceklītis. The water is relatively cold, only 5.5 degrees. The source and the cave got their name due to the fact that sometimes thunder-like sounds come from the cave, which are actually associated with the hydrogeological processes in this place. The entrance height of the cave is 1.5 meters, further the cave is 2 meters wide and 7.8 meters long. The outcrop containing the cave is small - up to 5 m high. It is formed on the slope of the main bank of the river Seda, thanks to the activity of the spring. The outcrop consists of reddish sandstone. The rock contains fossil fish remains. A sandstone outcrop with a spring is the only such formation in the vast surroundings. The source is a groundwater monitoring site of national importance. By the river, there is a well-maintained recreation area, which is suitable for both tent sites and recreation by the fire.
The Ķoņu hill is the largest drumlin in Latvia (drumlins are oval hills formed during the ice age under the glacier). Dimensions: length 9.6 km, width 2.4 km, relative height 35 m, absolute height 92.6 m above sea level. Ķoņu hill is an ancient and popular place for events and gatherings. From the 35 m high peak there is a wide view of the Burtnieki valley. It is interesting that this mountain is connected with lake Burtnieki by a legend. Lake Burtnieki used to want to settle on Koņu hill. The lake was carried by a huge black bull, terribly moaning and leaving its traces everywhere, which can be seen on Ķoņu hill as deep pits called "lake feet". The lake snorted and the day remained completely dark. People moaned in fear and prayed that the lake would go elsewhere. God obeyed the prayers of the people and commanded the bull to carry the lake further south. The lake was angered about it and, roaring and snorting heavily, suddenly fell on the fields and houses in its present place.

On the Latvian-Estonian border, at the Unguriņi border checkpoint, there is a Baltic Way memorial sculpture “Baltic Way”. Its author is metal artist Andris Dukurs. The metal sculpture was unveiled on August 23rd, 2009 and is dedicated to the memory of the 1989 Baltic Way. The idea of ​​the sculpture is the silhouettes of people holding hands, symbolizing unity.

 

Valmiera local researcher K.Bukums wrote a legend about Andrecēni Devil's bed in 1926. The Andrecēni stone consists of two parts separated by a distance of 42 meters. Both parts form the same rock - gray, large crystalline biotite gneiss with large inclusions of purple-red garnet, almandine.