Talsi – a town on nine hills

The name of Talsi was first mentioned in1231 in the agreement between Aina Balduin, the envoy of pontiff and the elders of Cour tribes. The historical centre of Talsi is situated between Lake Talsi and Lake Vilkmuiža, including the ancient streets.

  • Gaisa balons
  • Talsu tautas nams
  • Talsu panorāma - Talsu ezers

Today the King’s Hill (Ķēniņkalns) – one of the places where the dreams of Talsi inhabitants come true – has gained a new meaning and importance. During the times of the first free state of Latvia the town of Talsi ordered the sculptor Karlis Zemdegs a sculpture named "Koklētājs" – in dedication to heroes -  freedom fighters.

Every city has its own charm, spirit and life sweep, its own past, present and future.  In Talsi everything is nearby and close, twisted in a colourful picture. Nine hills and both lakes cherish the history of many centuries.  

Nine hills – Castle hill (Pilskalns), King’s hill (Ķēniņkalns), Leci hill (Leču kalns) , Tiguli hill (Tiguļu kalns), Sun hill (Sauleskalns), Church Hill (Baznīckalns), Krievragkalns, Vilkmuizas hill, Dzirnavkalns –generate specific characteristic building and landscape you may find only in Talsi.  The most beautiful season in Talsi comes when cherry trees and apple trees bloom. The most welcome celebrations are the City Festival in the first week of July, the renewed Dizmaras fair at the end of August, the rally racing in May, Art Days in April-May, Poetry days in September and some other activities.

Talsi Castle Hill is the heart of this town and the very beginning of everything. It rises 32 m above the level of Lake Talsi. The white and stately Talsi Evangelical Lutheran Church stands on the top of Church Hill (Baznickalns) and can be seen from a distance. The sphere on top of the tower reminds of the spread of Christianity in the world, but the rooster calls to preserve vigilance and clean conscience. 

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Last updated: 02.09.2014