The ‘Grantsbedres’ recreation area is a picturesque area on a bank of the Daugava, opposite to the Dignāja ancient hill settlement.
The Dignāja ancient hill settlement is one of the few hill settlements on the banks of the Daugava that has not been grown over by trees and bushes, appearing as a typical ancient hill settlement in the surrounding landscapes. The hill was inhabited over multiple periods, although it reached its heyday in the 5—9th centuries when this settlement became an important hub. Findings show that the ancient hill settlement in Dignāja was a home for Lettigalian tribes. After an invasion by the crusaders, an order castle was built on the hill, although it has not survived until today. There are legends of an underground tunnel under the hill. Beautiful sights of the Daugava valley can be seen from the hill. First World War trenches have been preserved at the hill. There was a prehistoric village at its foot.
The ‘Grantsbedres’ recreation area offers a visit to the house of a blacksmith, while the natural path, a walk through the trenches of the First World War. There are camping sites with grills, firewood, a bonfire area, and a carpark next to the Daugava, which must be booked in advance.
Average object visiting time: 2 hours
Visiting the ‘Grantsbedres’ recreation area and the Dignāja ancient hill settlement requires booking in advance.