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From medieval castles to trendy cafes, Cesis (Cēsis) will delight travellers seeking the bold and the beautiful.
With over 800 years of history, Cesis is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in the Baltics.
Fanning out from the square surrounding legendary St. John’s Church, the narrow streets of the Old Town have preserved their centuries-old layout and entice visitors with creative shops and cosy cafes.
Cesis Medieval Castle and its surrounding park is a superb place to enjoy nature and history, as well as pop, folk and classical concerts in summer.
The castle offers a fascinating historical exhibition, a workshop making traditional Latvian jewellery as well as archery and other medieval activities. And after dark, don’t miss a chance to see the castle on a spine-tingling torchlight tour.
Cesis has a talent for complementing its ancient heritage with cutting edge creative events.
The new Cesis Concert Hall is the musical centre of the Vidzeme region, and the adjacent Insignia gallery offers exhibitions by Latvian and foreign artists.
The annual Cesis Art Festival is a month-long feast of theatre, cinema, music, visual arts and performance events held at locations throughout the town.
Top things to do around Cesis
The countryside around Cesis offer a rich array of exciting activities.
Cīrulīši Nature Trails
Discover the pristine beauty of the Gauja River together with cliffs, springs and caves at the Cīrulīši Nature Trails just outside Cesis.
Araiši Lake Castle is a unique archaeological site just south of Cesis boasting a reconstructed wooden fortress inhabited by the ancient Latvians over 1,000 years ago.
Just 10 km from Cesis, Ungurmuiža is the only surviving wooden manor house in Latvia renowned for its romantic walks and al fresco summer concerts.
Explore exciting Vidzeme!