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Lake Būšnieki has become a wonderful destination for all active leisure lovers. The outstanding natural beauty here is now accessible not only to those who enjoy swimming and boating, but also to cyclists, runners, ornithologists and those who love hiking. Everyone can now enjoy the new nine km long nature trail, which stretches around the entire lake. 10 information stands with exercise descriptions have been installed along the route so that active leisure fans of every age group can practice along the way. A 187 m long wooden boardwalk with an observation platform for birdwatching with benches and an information board with pictures of birds that can be seen at Lake Būšnieki is located in the marshy shore zone of the lake. Information stands on the nature reserve and its flora and fauna have been installed along the cycling stretch of the trail. The coast of Lake Būšnieki is a nature reserve that was established in 2004 to protect various biotopes of European significance. It is 49 hectares wide and is included in the European Protected Areas Natura 2000 network. There are well-equipped swimming and picnic areas, bicycle stands, as well as boardwalks for the convenience of all those who also enjoy active water sports.

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Location: Nature Reserve: The Coast of Lake Būšnieki, Ventspils
Suggested starting point: Lake Būšnieki Boat Base (70 Staldzenes Street)

Starting poing of the trail in the map: Lat:57.45294, Lon:21.62905


Hiking time: 2h

Distance: 9 km

Marking: Marked with special signs – small wooden boards indicating the distance accomplished after each km

Type: Loop


Trail surface: gravel, wooden boardwalk, asphalt


 (At Boat Base, during the tourism season)

Viewing platform

Getting there:  by car, by bus

Rules to follow: 

 (forbidden at the swimming area of the beach)

Trail administrator: Municipal Authority – Communal Administration, +371 29478091,

Info: Ventspils Tourism Information Centre, 6 Dārzu Street (Ventspils Ferry Passenger Terminal, 1st Floor), +371 29232226,,

Closest shops and gas stations: Ventspils