Lettland für Reisende“Latvia for Travelers”, Latvian government brochure, ca. 1937.

Travel guide cover. The original measures 8 inches by 10 inches and contains fifteen pages.

Here is an official travel guide to Latvia—as indicated by its printer: Lettische Staatspapierdruckerei, Riga, L. Maskavas ielā 11., that is, the Latvian State Printers.

The guide does not indicate a year of publication; however, it does mention the year 1936, proudly announcing that the new Ķemeri sulphur baths spa sanatorium building had just opened, featuring all the latest facilities and amenities. That the war was only few years away makes these memories of Latvia's first period of independence all the more poignant. Ķemeri's subsequent history has been a microcosm of Latvia's. The invading Nazis pillaged the facility. The returning Soviets refurbished the facility, at first dedicating it to the recuperation of Red Army veterans, then later to become the spa of choice reserved for the Communist Party leadership and apparatchiks. Even today, twenty-six years after the collapse of the USSR, Ķemeri continues to be a favorite among Russian clientele.

We have made the guide available in both digitized and facsimile formats. Below, a gallery of photographs in the brochure.

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Heldenfriedhof bei Riga.
Rīga military cemetery, Brāļu kapi.

Das Freiheitsdenkmal zu Riga.
Freedom Monument.

Tor zum Heldenfriedhof.
Gate to Brāļu kapi cemetery.

Gruppe vom Freiheitsdenkmal.
Group from the Freedom Monument

Der Rathausplatz zu Riga mit dem Schwarzhäupterhaus.
Town Square with the House of the Blackheads.

Die National-Oper zu Riga.
National Opera in Rīga.

Old Rīga.

Im Rigaer Hafen.
Port of Rīga

Der Rigaer Zentralmarkt.
Rīga's Central Market

Frühling in Lettland.
Spring in Latvia

Autumn harvest.

Die Burgruine von Koknese.
Ruins of Koknese.

Lettische Jugend beim Volkstanz.
Latvian folk-dancing.

Harvest time.

Fischersleute vom lettischen Strand.
Coastal fishermen mending nets.

Volkstanz um’s Johannisfeuer.
People dancing around the bonfire.

Erntedankfest des lettischen Volkes
National celebration.

Sommer-Sonnwende in Lettland (23./24. Juni). (Das Lihgo-Fest.)
Summer solstice Līgo festival, 23-24th June.

(Train and plane routes to Rīga.)

Der Rigasche Strand (Rigas Jūŗmala)
Rīga beach

Der Rigasche Strand (Rigas Jūŗmala)
Rīga beach

Kurhotel im Moor- und Schwefelbad Ķemeri.
Ķemeri sanatorium, mud and sulphur baths

Ein Baderaum in der Kuranstalt von Ķemeri.
Spa bath room at Ķemeri

Sommer am Rigaschen Strande (Rīgas Jūŗmala).
Summer at the Rīga beach.

View of Rīga
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