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Vējiņi underground lakes

Vējiņi underground lakes are the only underground lakes in Latvia and they surprise with their beautiful caves and icy water!

Underground springs on the banks of the beautiful Brasla River have carved large cavities and caves. Here you can see Ezerala (Lake) Cave with two underground lakes and the mysterious Upes (River) Cave. Vējiņi underground lakes will give you a pleasant sense of thrill. This underground realm, so reminiscent of the might and power of nature, is truly unusual!

Ezerala Cave is a unique cave system with an underground spring and two beautiful underground lakes filled with clear water. The ceiling over the spectacular lakes is merely 6 m thick and is made of Quaternary period and sandstone sediments.

Clear water reserves are also found in Upes Cave. Several lively springs flow through the cave. As they come from deep in the ground, the water is ice cold! It is incredible how much power these springs hide in themselves!

The water seems to have absorbed the coolness of the deepest layers of earth, and brings it up for everyone to enjoy. Scoop the water in your palms to feel how pleasantly cold it is.

There are large depressions in the ground all around the caves, which look like they might start expanding any moment now. These are sinkholes, which have formed due to suffosion and add a dose of mystery to the landscape.




  • Length of Vējiņi underground lake caves: Ezerala Cave is 48 m long; Upes Cave is 42 m long
  • Size of Ezerala Cave underground lakes: surface area of the large lake is ~30 m2, length ~14 m, depth up to 2 m; surface area of the small lake is ~15 m2, length ~6 m, depth ~5 m
  • During rain and floods, Upes Cave is filled with water. This occurs in autumn and spring.

Additional services

  • Tent sites and picnic spots with the possibility to set up a campfire, use a grill and sports court. Canopies available
  • Warm soup available upon order for groups of visitors (10 people and more) with prior booking

For your convenience

  • Free parking next to Vējiņi estate. Address: Straupe, Pārgauja Municipality
  • Picnic spot on the bank of the Brasla River. About 200 m from Vējiņi estate towards the river. 
  • Restroom
  • Accessible to people with disabilities (with a companion only)

Other information

  • Rubber boots recommended for cave visits

Other nearby attractions

  • Vējiņi Castle Mound. The castle mound is located where the Brasla River meets its side ravine. It has a slightly sloping plateau, which is 55 m long and 35 m wide along the rampart. There are two ancient sinkholes on the Vējiņi Castle Mound plateau. Address: Vējiņi, Straupe Rural Territory, Pārgauja Municipalitys


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