Karlamuiza Country Hotel

Hidden in Noble Silence

Walking Place

Zvarte Rock has situated only 5 km from the Karlamuiza Country Hotel.

Zvarte Rock is located on the left bank of the Amata River and is one of the most picturesque rock exposures in Latvia. There are lovely hiking trails in the area. The name of the rock is borrowed from the neighbouring ‘Zvarte’ house. The Footbridge connects the banks of the Amata River.

The height of the vertical red rock top reaches 35 m. The inspiring valley scenery can be observed both from the river and the rock, which can be achieved by climbing the wooden stairs.

Witch’s Place

The rock is surrounded by numerous legends and tales that talk about witches and demons, who were active in the neighbourhood, especially during the winter and summer solstice time. You’d better not show at Zvarte on the Midsummer, Whitsun nights and New Year’s Eve, as it said that till the first rooster crows the Sabbath of demons’ and witches’ takes place there. Witches from Ziluzi and Vikaste deep forests used to fly on their brooms and rally there. Still, if you are not afraid of the witches, take a chance and go there – there’s much to see!