The Gaising or Gaiziņkalns, at 1,022 feet (311,94) above sea level, is the highest point in Latvia. It is situated a short distance to the west of the town of Madona, central Vidzeme.
Although only relatively low, Gaiziņkalns has been developed into a skiing area with three slopes and several guesthouses. In order to rival Suur Munamägi - the highest point of neighbouring Estonia at 318 metres - a tower was built which exceeds the latter in height. Although the construction work was not finished, the tower became a popular tourist attraction, which led to its closure due to the serious risk to safety. The tower was demolished in December 2012, and the rubble removed. There is a nearby multilingual sign marking the high point, but nothing at the natural summit itself.