Latvia by bicycle

 Bicycling in Latvia / Fahrradfahren (Velofahren) in Lettland

Latvija – Lettland- Latvia ( classification)

LV1 / Western Latvia,  Kurzeme region  (Couronia), Klaipeda-Riga

LV2 / North Eastern Latvia, Vidzeme region with the Gauja National park

LV3 / South Eastern Latvia, Latgale region

LV4 / South Latvia, Zemgale region

LV1 / Westlettland,, Region Kurzeme (Kurland)

LV2 / Nordostlettland, Region Vidzeme mit dem Gauja Nationalpark

LV3 / Südostlettland, Region Latgale

LV4 / Südlettland, Zemgale region

Fahrradkarte Lettland / Cycle Map Latvia (Google Map)

A general presentation / Ein allgemeine Vorstellung

I remember that only some years ago cycling was classified in Latvia as “extreme tourism”.

But meanwhile many things changed and in 2013/14 in the framework of the international project “Central Baltic Cycling” different bicycle maps and guide for 3 of the 4 Latvian regions were published:

  1. Vidzeme (Livland) in the North East;
  2. Kurzeme (Curonia, Courland) in the  West;
  3. Zemgale () in the South;
  4. Only for the South East  – the region Latgale – an according map is missing.

All the maps are available in the Balticcycle shop for free as download  (we already ran out of as paper versions).

Only the capital region Riga which hosts roughly the half of all inhabitants of Latvia, has an special position, but since several years the main bicycles tracks – axises – are under construction.

In Vidzeme and Kurzeme there is a raising number of signs. But by noew there is no country wide bicycle signage system as Estonia.

And here are the bad news for cycling in Latvia:

Gravel roads. There are still to many of them, making many roads impossible to cycle with heavy luggage but make the country an “El dorado” for Mountainbikers.

In Latvia despite of the west (Curonia) also the Gauja National Park (North East of the capital) offers you good possibilities mainly for mountainbike cycling.

What's so special about Latvia?

What’s so special about Latvia?

Everybody’s asking, so let’s try to find an answer:

First of all, here we have the biggest city in the Baltic States – Riga – which compared to the cosy Vilnius and Tallinn old town really feels like a big city;

Secondly, the capital is quite central in the country, so the four main historical regions group itself around it: Vidzeme to the North East, Latgale to the South East, Zemgale to the South and Kurzeme to the West;

  • To the West (Kurzeme or Curonia or Courland) we find most of the 600 km of sandy beaches but also a hilly country with some lakes and rivers (that sounds pretty!) – so let’s name it region Nr. 1, or [LV1]; close to Riga we find with Jurmala the biggest sea spa in the Baltic States: it is connected by a real bicycle path from the centre of Riga!
  • To the North East we find the Gauja National Park and the region Vidzeme (here the translation for Tolkien’s friends: Middle Earth). The Gauja is a river in a very nice valley. Unlikely the best is to discover the river by canoe, not by bicycle.There are two directions to get connected to Estonia, in the BaltiCCycle classification this is region [LV2];
  • The South of Latvia (Zemgale or “Lowlands”) is pretty flat an agricultural. A bit boring for cycling, thus there are some famous castles, but cyclists either pass the South as long distance cyclist looking for a direct, fast way to Vilnius or Poland or they are racing cyclist and don’t care much for sights, just for the amount of km;
  • The South East – Latgale – belongs to the Euro-Region “Baltic Lakeland” (together with Lithuania and Belarus) and is very pretty. Thus, it’s quite far away from Riga and by now few cyclists go to this “far away region”. [LV3] in the Balticcycle classification.

So, I distinguish Latvia in three parts, starting from Riga:

  1. the West (direction Lithuania / Curonian Spit) – LV1= Region Curonia (Kurzeme)
  2. the North East (direction Estonia) – LV2 = Region Vidzeme
  3. the South East (direction Lithuania/Vilnius) – LV3 = Region Latgale

For discovering Latvia by bicycle BaltiCCycle created the following specialised publications: 


  • BaltiCCycle “Latvia by bicycle” (German and English), 2nd edition 2007
    Route description for the Cycle routes from Riga to West and Nordeast, LV1 and LV2
  • You may also get an information package with good regional maps and Riga city info   BaltiCCycle “Riga-Vilnius” (English only).
    Invites you to descover the less touristic East (Latgale in Latvija and Aukštaitija in Lithuania), the “Baltic Lakeland”. LV3

These publications and additional maps are available via our online shop


[LT3/LV3] Riga-Vilnius by bicycle
[LT3] Route Description Riga-Vilnius by bicycle, Lithuanian part RouteMap!56.3598!25.9026 you may  order the paper version of the booklet on here: ...
[LV] Local cycle routes in Latvia & Riga (Map)
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[LV1] Riga-Klaipeda / Curonia by bicycle
[LV1] Riga-Klaipeda On this route you will see: This route gives you one of the best impressions of the diversity ...
[LV2] Vidzeme per Rad / North-East Latvia
[LV2] Vidzeme: The North East / Der Nord-Osten Cycling between Riga and the Estonian border / Radfahren zwischen Riga und ...
[LV3] Pictures Latgale (South East Latvia) / Riga-Vilnius route (Latvia)
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Zemgale: The South / der Süden [LV4 (LV1b)]
[LV1b] Zemgale: The South / der Süden  {{picLV1b}} Here I will add some basic information on the part to Latvia ...
Cycle Map Latvia and more (link to webshop)
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New Cycle Maps for Latvia! In our web shop
New in our web shop ( – the Latvian Cycle Route Map from 2018 more information, pictures and order it ...
[LV1] local bicycle routes in Kurzeme
local bicycle routes in Kurzeme 551 Around Ķemeri National Park Ķemeri – Jaunķemeri –Lapmežciems– Bigauņciems – Klapkalnciems – Valgums – ...
Cycling adventure in Latvia (article from 2018)
I found this nice enthusiastic article on the web page of Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) ...
Latvia by bicycle
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[LV2] Vidzeme / Nordost-Lettland
[LV2] Vidzeme: The North East / Der Nord-Osten Cycling between Riga and the Estonian border / Radfahren zwischen Riga und ...
[LV2/EE] Riga-Tallinn by bicycle
< h1>Riga-Tallinn by bicycle [LV2/EE1] Riga-Paernu-Tallinn (via the Islands)On this route you will see: Main sights Riga Sigulda / Gauja ...
[LV3] Latgale by bicycle
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Hints, Links, Background Latvia, History of Latvia
The Coat of Arms The coat of arms combines symbols of Latvian national statehood (three stars, the sea and the ...
in Riga Starting from May until October we are running Daily Bike Tours at 12:00 and 15:00 from R?tslaukums, opposite ...

Latvia’s cycling routes on the OpenStreetMap / OpenCycleMap
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