Dzintaru Forest Park Watchtower – Jūrmala, Latvia - Atlas Obscura

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Dzintaru Forest Park Watchtower

Jūrmala, Latvia

This seaside pine grove features an exclusive watchtower that presents amazing views.  


This tower stands over 100 feet tall (33.5 meters) and reaches over the treetops with a large viewing platform. On the way up there are 12 additional balconies in every direction where visitors can stop, look around, and take a breath of the fresh forest air.

From the tower, one can also catch a glimpse of the sea in the distance. Jurmala is a neighboring seaside resort town to Riga, the capital of Latvia. When taking a look in the right direction, the Riga skyline can also be spotted. 

Arnis Kleinberg’s designed the tower and it first opened to the public in 2010. It has been considered among the most beautiful watchtowers due to its architectural design. The structure blends with the pine forest but still looks contemporary.

The Dzintaru Forest Park is structured with different raised footpaths and other architectural objects. It offers both a viewing experience for visitors and protection for the natural surroundings. 

Jurmala is best known for its popular beaches and beautiful wooden Art-nouveau mansions that dot the seaside forest areas. The watchtower and other forest park structures bring a new and modern look to these surroundings.

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Jurmala can be easily visited by taking a short train ride from Riga.

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