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Gulbene is a town (population about 9000) in Vidzeme, Latvia.

Understand[edit]

Map of Gulbene
  • 1 Tourist Information (Visitor Center), Ābeļu 2, +371 4497729. Information on attractions in the region is available from the local tourist association office.

Get in[edit]

1188.lv provides up-to-date bus and train schedules, route planner and prices.

By bus[edit]

Several buses leave from Riga each day to Gulbene. Trip times vary, but it generally takes about 3 hr.

By train[edit]

There is a train connection between Gulbene and Riga, but fewer services run than by bus.

Get around[edit]

Exploring on foot is the preferred choice. The narrow gauge railway station is just 1 km north of the centre.

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Do[edit]

Narrow gauge railway engine
A swan fountain in a park in Gulbene

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Eat[edit]

There are a number of cafés around town, including:

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Go next[edit]

  • Alūksne – The destination of the narrow gauge train and located at the picturesque Lake Alūksne.
  • Cesvaine – This nearby village of is home to the eclectic 19th century Cesvaine Palace, and ruins of medieval castles. The oldest palace in the country, its magnificent landscapes of pine forests are cut by Gauja river.
  • Lake Lubānas – In the far southeastern corner of Vidzeme. The largest lake in Latvia by area, but also one of the shallowest ones with average depth just 3 m. A great place for windsurfing and under-ice fishing in winter.
  • Madona – A scenic town surrounded by hills, forests and lakes, and a winter sports centre.


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