Sounds from the ancient craftsmen’s workshop will introduce you to the banging of a handmade hammer and a plane handled by a true master. Meanwhile, in the shadows of the forest, masterfully handcrafted sculptures will whisper long forgotten legends to one another of the wonders wrought by past lords of the manor.
Wooden Crafts Museum and Dishware Workshop
In this unique museum, you will sense the atmosphere of this medieval workshop, in which it is evident that expert craftsmen created fine products from wood, giving each item they made its own special inimitable character.
Miniature Copies of Historic Manors
As you make your way along the paths in the park, you will find yourself peering down at historical manor houses from above – finely made model buildings, which have been created to scale, and will leave feeling like a giant walking about in the land of the Lilliputians.
Wooden Sculpture Park
Embarking on this walk, you will enjoy the abundance of nature, gaze upon works of the art of woodcarving – animals, storybook heroes and historical manor houses, which conjure up your imagination and allow you to espy the magic of art carved from natural wood.
In nature’s jewellery workshop, everyone can become a craftsman, creating beautiful ornaments made from natural materials under the tutelage of the craftsmen of Vienkoči, thus taking part of this creative atmosphere with you.
Deicdous tableware | Guide services | Children’s playground | Picnic and campfire places | Special programme for newlyweds | Torch-lit walks during hours of darkness | Local souvenirs
Visitation price for adults: from EUR 4.00
The first Saturday of October: event of feelings and light "Fire night"
Vienkoči Park and the Woodworking Museum are the brainchild of Rihards Vidzickis, and the original idea for the creation arose in 1999, when he graduated from the woodworking department Riga Crafts Secondary School. The same year, the equipment from an old woodworking workshop was transported to Līgatne. From 2003 to 2005, Rihards Vidzickis developed the concept for the establishment of Vienkoči Park and the Woodworking Museum.
Vienkoči Park first opened to the public in 2007, at which time the museum was still based in temporary premises, where there was not enough room to showcase all the exhibits. Over the course of time, Vienkoči Park has become a place for the performance of experiments in solid timber woodworking, because this is the Rihards Vidzickis’ main object of scholarly interest.
Vienkoči Park is a custodian of historical testimonies in the form of the old workshop environment and the antique instruments, which show the development of woodworking over the course of one thousand years, which is brought to life by the guide’s captivating storytelling. In turn, the miniature manor house designs exhibited along the walking path are precise models of buildings, which allow one to sense the former glory of these manor houses that no longer exist.
Woodcraft museum was designed in 2011 and in 2014 it was opened for the first visitors. The museum is still developing and expanding.