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With so many national parks across Eastern Europe, it can be hard for one to stand out. The Gauja National Park is not only one of the oldest and largest parks in the region, it is also home to a staggering array of wildlife, landscapes, and cultural landmarks. Established in 1973, the Gauja National Park stretches over more than 90,000 hectares and includes a section of the Gauja Valley along the Gauja River, between between Valmiera and Murjani. The park features magnificent sandstone outcrops, rocks, cliffs and vast caverns such as Gutmanala, the most spacious grotto in the Baltic states; Kalejala, which is the longest; as well as the popular Velnala in Sigulda. Formed between 350-370 million years ago, the reddish, yellow, and gray sandstone cliffs are some of the biggest tourist attractions in the park, with numerous cliffs edging over the Gauja River. The Gauja National Park is also home to over 500 cultural and historical monuments. Dotted along the Gauja River, there are 19