Welcome to beautiful Malpils! Just as two rivers, the Suda and Mergupe, meet each other creating the river Lielā Jugla in the territory of Malpils near Sidgunda village, so also different ages meet with the things created and built by the inhabitants, thus forming Malpils modern face.
The name of Malpils has changed several times over the centuries. The local inhabitants gave it the Latvian name Malpils. The German name Lehmburg (lehm 'clay', burg 'castle') can be found in historical documents. Moreover the German name could have stemmed from the Livonian name Lemburga (lembit 'chief', urga 'river'). The inhabitants know the legend about a girl named Mara who was buried alive in a wall of the local church, so the settlement of Malpils had also another name Mārpils in Latvian or Marienburg in German (Māra's castle).
The rural municipality of Mālpils is situated in the eastern part of the Riga region, 60 km from Riga, 19 km from Sigulda, 45 km from Ogre. The municipality occupies an area of 22 000 ha, about half of which is covered with forests. The centre of the municipality is Malpils village. There are 4300 inhabitants living in the whole municipality, which includes 2200 in Malpils village, 430 in Sidgunda, 170 in Upmalas, 50 in Vite, 40 in Bukas.