Near the town of Sigulda are in the valley of the River Gauja several caves. The largest of them is Gutmana Ala (English: Gutmanis Cave). Although the length of the cave is 19 m, width 12 meters and height 10 m, Gutmana Ala is the largest cave in Latvia. The cave is a unique natural creation. On the cave walls there are various inscriptions, some dating back to 17th century. According to legend, the water flowing from the cave is healing and reduces wrinkles.
The cave was formed by the river Gauja, which cuts through a sandstone layer and forms a picturesque gorge with several river caves. Thats why this area is called “Latvian Switzerland“.
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