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Kocēni municipality

In Kocēni municipality, which is where the Livonian Chronicle of Henry was written and which is home of the tradition of the Festival of Song, you will visit many nature and culture objects with a historic background.

Even the clean air, charged by the surrounding nature seems saturated with historic memories and stories, which bring the traveller in Kocēni municipality to the breath-taking world many centuries ago.

Once the ancient Latgalians called this place their home. Henry, the famous writer of the chronicles, served in the first Latvian congregation of Rubene, and the members of this congregation were the first Latgalians to be christianised. The smart priest wrote the Livonian Chronicle, which is a rich source of history until nowadays.

Dikļi is home to the most powerful traditions of the Latvian culture – the Festival of Song, and the newly built Nature concert hall at Mound Neikenkalns is a nice reminder.


Nature objects

The legendary 66 m high mound Zilaiskalns, which is covered with trees, was an ancient Latgalian holy place. It is said that people had stood on the top of the mound and had sung folk songs and performed ancient rituals.

The white sandstone outcrop with its surface featuring a lot of small cavities made by wild bees – Sietiņiezis – is an artwork developed by the nature over millions of years, Take the trail and the stairs to observe it from different angles!

In Neikenkalns, near Dikļi Church the tradition of Song Festival is said to have its origin. In 1864, the priest and writer Juris Neikens has invited local singers here. At present travellers coming to mound Neikenkalns will see a unique nature concert hall.

A lot of interesting about the diverse flora is told and can be seen at the nature education centre „Vecupītes“.

Children will find the nature trail of the poet Viks most enjoyable, since it is a trail featuring various fairy-tale characters and a playground.

The local nature, green fields and forests can be watched also either from the horseback, or riding a bicycle on the facilitated paths. Summer is also the time to enjoy a nice swim in the scenic Lake Vaidavas.


Heritage and historic sites

Dikļi castle, which is erected on the land of the old Dikļi manor, reveals paintings from the Awakening period, more than 20 beautiful fireplaces and ovens, along with luxurious interior. At present the castle accommodates a four-star hotel, restaurant, and leisure facilities.

Rubene and Dikļi churches will reveal many historical evidence – both stories, and ancient items.

You can also visit the Neo-baroque manor Kokmuiža, and on the stalls of it you will find the first spherical sundial in Latvia. A brewery was once established in the manor, and beer was made using the clean spring water.

 

 

  • „Kocēni Spring“ is an event organised at Easter, and there are many activities and a trade fair related to the topic „Easter“
  • In June, athletes come to take part in Sportlat Vaidava Triathlon
  • In June there is
    • a competition in riding horse-driven carts, show-jumping, and dressage
    • the traditional running event around the Lake Vaidavas
    • the Day of Henry, which is an event devoted to the chronicle writer Henry featuring a conference and other activities
    • Festival of Lilies, featuring an exhibition of lilies, and various concerts
    • Festival of village Rubene, featuring various culture and sports events
  • All throughout the year floorball tournaments are organised here
  • In summer, the manor of Dikļi hosts the mini music festival (June) and the Dikļi castle garden party (August)
  • In August there is a festival devoted to the performing arts, during which the visitors can see performances of amateur drama clubs
  • Rancho Games is an event organised at the wakeboarding park in Rubene – a competition in wakeboarding, water-skiing, and SUP disciplines
  • Kokmuiža party is organised in September. Guests are invited to take part in creative workshops, listen to music performances, and visit the manor.

 

  • Area of the municipality – 498.1 km², 45 % covered by forests
  • Number of inhabitants – 6759
  • The municipality was founded in 2009

 



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