“TheCeļotājs” –
Saldus – a "Drop of Honey" in Courland
 
   
Ciecere River, Ciecere Nature Trail and Bridges –
Lat: N56.66715, Lon: E022.49023
 
              
 
    
 
The Ciecere River flows for 51 kilometers along the right bank of the Venta into which it ultimately flows. It flows from Ciecere Lake and collects the waters of 52 tributaries. The largest of these are Dicmaņu Brook, Krimelde, Bukupe and Paksīte. The river’s span averages 10 meters and its winding path creates several islands. Within town limits, several artifical waterfalls have been created in the river. The Ciecere River flows for six kilometers through the town thus creating a wide green area in the town center with romantic and enjoyable areas. 
 
              
 
Upon observing the river today, it is hard to imagine that it was navigable during the 17th century. Historical records tell of the transportation of goods from various parts of Saldus Region during the reign of Suke Jacob. At the end of the 19th century, entrepreneur Vicinskis even built a pleasure boats, the Frauenburg, which cruised alone the Ciecere from the town to Upesmuiža. 
 
 
Ciecere Nature Trail, the nature and walking trail meanders along the Ciecere River from Kuldīgas iela to the children`s playground. Because of the low relief and the limited territory on the banks of the river, a part of the trail was built as a plank-way, which is also reachable for visitors with prams and in wheelchairs. Signs with information on plant species growing along the riverside are placed near the trail. 
 
Bridges of Saldus, the Saldus Region is connected to the banks of the Ciecere River by 14 bridges.
 
It is not known which bridge is the oldest. It is known, however, that until the 18th century, wooden bridge were built and only later were they constructed from bricks and rocks. Natural materials were replaced by man made metal and concrete in the 19th century. After World War II, bridges were constructed from aerated concrete. 
 
Five road bridges cross the Ciecere within the town of Saldus. The oldest bridges in Saldus were built before World War II, the bridges by the Post Office and the rectory. Fortunately they survived the weight of two nation’s tanks during the war.
 
The bridge at the end of Skrundas iela, also known as Vicinskis Bridge, was built at the start of the 20th century. Bridges built later by the new road lead ot Ciecere Elementary School Dormitories and Upesmuiža Mill. The bridge by Saules iela is still being planned. 
 
Pedestrians can cross over nine wooden bridges. Some are quite romantic and invite one to stop and dream. “But, you must make a wish when crossing a bridge for the first time and it will come true, if you truly believe”! 
 
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