Cēsis district

The first references to Rauna Castle in historical sources date back to 1381; however, historians agree that the castle was built here prior to this. It is noted in the literature of the 18th century that the Castle was built in 1262 following the proposal of the Archbishop of Riga, Albert II and had been one of the most important centres of the archdiocese. The main building of the castle is rectangular and covers a territory of approximately 47.40 m x 35.49 m with an inner yard, which used to be inhabited, in the middle.

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  • Raunas panorāma
  • Raunas baznīca

The Castle was demolished nine times by the Russian, Polish, Swedish and German armies. Rauna Castel ruins are one of the best preserved castle ruins in the country, and the northern part of the castle ruins are currently undergoing conservation.

Rauna Church was built in the same year as Rauna Castle following the proposal of the Archbishop of Riga, Albert II. Since the beginning of the 16th century, an evangelic Lutheran church has been operating in it.

Rauna Church has survived wars, it has been demolished and re-built several times. In the 18th century annexes were built to the Church. The last reconstruction of the church took place at the end of the 1930s. The relief “Adam and Eve”, created in the 13th- 14th century, is seen above the west portal, above the main entrance of the church is the relief “Christ on the Cross”. Famous priests such as Jānis Reiters, Ādams Jende, Pēteris Apkalns and others have served in Rauna Church.

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  • Languages spoken: 
    • Latvian
    • Russian
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  • Free parking
  • Smoker-friendly
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Last updated: 21.02.2013

The Līgatne ferry is the only remaining ferry across the Gauja River. In the 17th century there were nine ferries across the Gauja River to ensure convenient communication with Estonia and Russia. In the 20s – 30s of the last century, apart from the Valmiera and Siļķu ferries mentioned already, in the olden times, such devices were the main way of crossing rivers in Latvia.

The ferry-boat is formed of two wooden boats placed parallel according to the catamaran principle and connected by means of boards. A cable stretched across a river prevents the ferry from being carried down the river, and the ferry is transferred from one bank to the other by using the energy of the stream. 

The ferry is closed if the water level in the Gauja is too high or low, as well as when the river is frozen in winter. Further information about the ferry may be obtained at the Līgatne Nature Trails Visitors Centre or Ligatne Tourism information centre.

200 year-old cottage which has undergone an award-winning restoration. Incredible location in the centre of Cesis, on a pedestrian street opposite St John's church with views of its stained glass. Excellent base for walking and cycling trips around the region and Gauja National Park. A one minute walk from castle, restaurants, bars and shops. Wooden floor, double bedroom, living room, kitchenette and bathroom, all tastefully furnished. Parking in the yard.

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Member of Rural Tourism Association "Lauku ceļotājs": 

In the forest, 15 km from Cēsis - a guesthouse with bedrooms and a fully equipped kitchen-dining room on the 1st floor.  On the 2nd floor - a seminar room for 25, a kitchenette and bedrooms.  A party room in a separate building.  By the pond - a country sauna with a fireplace, a bedroom, a picnic spot and a terrace.  Skiing at Žagarkalns.

Not far from the "Žagarkalns" skiing slopes, at Cēsis, by the Gauja river. Tenting and caravan sites, boating camp. Large area, convenient for guest privacy. Cottages for parties, sauna. Boats and bicycles for rent. In winter - skiing slopes and services.

Kolonna Hotel Cesis is situated in the very centre of the town, near the city park.The historical scenery of the town is adorned by the Castle of the Livonian Order (1206), Cesis New Castle and St. John’s Church (1284).This hotel was built 1938 and its first name was Tērvete.Later it was renamed Hotel Cesis.In December 2005, the hotel became a member of the Kolonna Hotels Group.

Kolonna Hotels Cesis offers 40 rooms and can accommodate up to 77 guests. Hotel offers 37 standard, 1 family and 2 studio rooms. Rooms are comfortable and tastefully furnished. All rooms have private facilities with WC, bath or shower, direct phone with local and international access, satellite TV.

Cesis is one of the most beautiful towns in Latvia with an ancient history and traditions. It has is a unique combination of gardens and parks, historical buildings, narrow roadways, wooden houses and lovely squares. Cēsis is located 85 km (about 1 hour drive) from Riga. Kolonna Hotel Cēsis is situated in the very centre of the town, next to the city park.

In a quiet place, surrounded by a forest, 7 km from the main Vidzeme roads, not far from Cēsis. The guesthouse offers 5 DBL rooms, a kitchen-dining room, a seminar room for 25 pers. A room for parties in a separate building. By the pond, a wooden cottage with a sauna, a kitchen corner and a bedroom. Skiing at Žagarkalns.