Vienkoču Park

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This park full of unique miniature manor houses and captivating wooden sculptures is living evidence of the famed skills of the manor house’s carpenters. In the woodwork museum’s ancient workshop, you can inspect the instruments and work tables that craftsmen of old used to create ornate furniture, painting frames and fine decors. Continuing your excursion among the leafy shadows of Vienkoči Park, you will be charmed by the wooden sculptures around you and miniature copies of several manor houses no longer in existence, but recreated here right down to the tiniest detail. A quiet, educational adventure to be memorably combined with a relaxing family picnic and the unhurried enjoyment of nature.

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.

 

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Wooden Crafts Museum

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.

Handicrafts Masterclasses

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.

 

Other Services

Free car park | Guide services | Children’s playground | Picnic and campfire places | Special programme for newlyweds | Torch-lit walks during hours of darkness | Local souvenirs

 

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.

The Woodwork Museum was designed in 2011 and the museum opened to visitors in 2014. Currently, only the first phase of the museum has been implemented, which is one third of the entire vision for the Woodworking Museum.



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