Midieval Cēsis


Not far from Cēsis, Āraiši has a number of sights worth visiting. First of all, the Āraiši Lake Castle – a restored 9th century ancient Latvian settlement on an island in the Āraiši Lake. The remains of an ancient settlement with approximately 150 buildings were discovered here, and the homes were reconstructed in line with examples found in archaeological excavations. Not far from the Lake Castle stand the Livonian Order Castle ruins, as well as the 19th century Āraiši Lutheran Church. It’s also worth paying a visit to the Vāvere Public House ensemble, which was an important meeting place for Latvian farmers and travellers after it was built in the early 19th century. The romantic Āraiši Windmill and miller’s house are also close by.

Cēsis is a picturesque town with a history spanning over 800 years. Visit the Cēsis Livonian Order Castle – the most impressive and well preserved complex of ruins in Latvia and one of the country’s first stone buildings. Next door is the New Castle, now home to the Cēsis Museum of History and Art. You can go on some interesting excursions here, for example, trying out medieval amusements like archery or tests of strength and agility. Also on the must-see list – the town’s crooked, cobblestoned streets, St. John’s Church and Rose Square, site of important public announcements and punishments in the Middle Ages.

You will need a car to travel the full route, but Cēsis can also be reached by train (www.ldz.lv) or bus (www.autoosta.lv).

Included sights

  • Cesis City history dates back to 800 years distant past. It relates to Cesis Medieval Castle around which in 13th century the city developed....
    Pils laukums 9, Cēsis
  • Cēsis is situated in the centre of Vidzeme and is one of the most beautiful towns in Latvia. The medieval castle ruins are the symbol of Cēsis and...
    Pils laukums 9, Cēsis, LV-4101
  • Cēsu Sv.Jāņa baznīca
    St. John’sChurch is one of the oldest medieval architectural monuments in Latvia. Church was built in the beginning of 13th century during...
    Lielā Skolas iela 8, Cēsis district, Cēsis, LV-4101
  • The Cēsis Manor - House or Cēsis New Castle is a monument of great architectural importance and was built in the middle of the 18th century. After...
    Pils laukums 9, Cēsis district, Cēsis, LV-4101
  • Āraiši Museum Park is a cultural historical monument situated in the Cēsis region. It consists of reconstructed buildings from the Stone and Bronze...
    Drabeši parish, Āraiši, LV-4101
  • Geidanmois is newly forming medieval Livonian manor, situated in the most charming spot on the Araisi lakeside near the Simtupe river source. The...
    Drabeši parish, Āraiši, Geidānmuiža
Last updated: 17.11.2011