In ALŪKSNE – there is the first and the last frost, the roughest winter and the shortest summer. When the lilacs already bloom in other places, Alūksne hillocks are covered with bird-cherry blossoms. When other places enjoy jasmines, Alūksne is still in the blue foam of lilacs. If you have missed spring, you can still meet it in Alūksne, as the first anemones bloom here several weeks later than in other places, but birch-trees already turn yellow when at the seaside people still seek shelter from the sun in the shade.
ALŪKSNE is a green hillock, garden and park town situated in the north-east of Latvia, at Alūksne highland, on the shore of Lake Alūksne. The name of ALŪKSNE was first mentioned in 1284 in the Chronicles of Pskov. In 1920, when the number of its inhabitants reached 2000, Alūksne received the rights of the town.
In ALŪKSNE there is no production pollution, and the environment is still clean and picturesque. The proximity of nature, explicit seasons, monuments of culture and history and the necessary infrastructure and its modernization are the advantages securing a pleasant life, and Lake Alūksne provides an original and beautiful accent to it.
The name of ALŪKSNE is closely related to the great translator and teacher, the German priest, Ernst Glück (1652 -1705) who not only translated the Old and New Testament into Latvian, but also founded the first schools for Latvian peasants’ children in Vidzeme.
We are proud of:
- the values of the German priest and teacher, Ernst Glück, preserved through the generations – Glück oaks, Alūksne Lutheran church, the Bible Museum;
- the picturesque and famous for holidaymakers Lake Alūksne with its four islands;
- the heritage of the Vietinghoff Family – the Old and the New Palace, the Manor Park with small architectural forms and various species of trees and shrubs;
- Temple Hill – an old Latgalian castle mound and place of the old town, and the Sun Bridge;
- the unique narrow gauge railway and the “little train” train commuting between Alūksne and Gulbene.
Alūksne inhabitants and visitors enjoy the romantic and colourful fountains in the park of the New Palace and the wooden bridge lit up in beautiful lights leading to Castle Island. ALŪKSNE impresses itself on the memories of town visitors with its historical places, beautiful and tidy surroundings and hospitality of the local people. Embraced by green woods, fields and meadows, reflecting in the waters of the lake or sinking in the carpet of flowers or cover of snow, both in summer and winter, it will give a warm welcome to any visitor inviting them to listen to the sounds of nature and olden times.