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Welcome to Valmiera, a charming Hanseatic town in the north of Latvia, just 100 km from Riga and 50 km from the Estonian border. The city’s name translates to “a city where peace reigns,” reflecting its tranquil atmosphere. With a population of around 28 thousand, Valmiera offers a quiet provincial European experience. Legend has it that the city, constructed using stones from the local forest, faced destruction and restoration 11 times.
To reach Valmiera from Riga, hop on a bus departing every 30-60 minutes from the central bus station, with the journey taking approximately 2 hours. Alternatively, a train departs four times a day from Riga’s central railway station, also taking around 2 hours.
St. Simeon and Livonia Order Castle Ruins: Explore the St. Simeon church, built in the late 13th century, and witness the nearby ruins of the Livonia Order castle. The Valmiera Museum on the castle grounds offers insights into the city’s history.
Valmiera Museum of Local History: Dive into the city’s history at the Valmiera Museum of Local History, founded in 1959. With over 60,000 objects, including art, archaeology, and photographs, it’s a treasure trove of Valmiera’s past.
Theatre of Drama: Experience the unique atmosphere of the Theatre of Drama, reflecting the city’s long-standing love for the performing arts.
Ruins of Livonia Order Castle: Marvel at the historic ruins of the Livonia Order Castle, a testament to Valmiera’s former glory.
Valterkalnins Mountain: Climb to the top of Valterkalnins Mountain for breathtaking panoramic views of Valmiera. This natural vantage point provides a serene escape and a perfect spot for reflection.
Rates Varti: Indulge in traditional Latvian cuisine at Rates Varti, offering a delicious and well-served dining experience.
Vecpuisis: Savor local flavors at Vecpuisis, where tasty dishes await budget-conscious tourists.
Cafe Bastions: Enjoy a meal at Cafe Bastions, known for its cozy atmosphere and delightful Latvian cuisine.
Valmiermuiza Beer Kitchen: Delight your taste buds at Valmiermuiza Beer Kitchen, a restaurant associated with the famous brewery.
Panda Sushi and Pizzerias: For a change of pace, try Panda Sushi for Japanese delights or visit pizzerias like La Pizza Veloce, Krizdolis, and Čili Pica for a variety of pizza options.
Park of Sensations: Take off your shoes and immerse yourself in nature at the “Park of Sensations” along the Gauja River. The path, adorned with stones, glass balls, and natural elements, offers a unique sensory experience. In summer, feel the earth beneath your feet by walking barefoot on fir-needles and moss.
Valmiermužas Alus Brewery: Explore the renowned Valmiermužas Alus Brewery, known for its quality beer. Witness the beer-making process from start to finish and savor a refreshing brew in the brewery’s welcoming atmosphere.
Active Tourism: Embrace an active lifestyle with trekking, hiking, cycling, and winter cross-country trails. For a thrilling experience, try river rafting on the Gauja.
Oak Tree With Nine Branches: Seek out the ancient Oak Tree With Nine Branches, touching it for a supposed infusion of heavenly power, energy, and youth.
Gauja River Canoeing Adventure: Embark on an exciting canoeing adventure along the Gauja River, immersing yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds Valmiera.
While English is understood, locals may be more comfortable with Russian. A few basic Latvian phrases can also enhance your interactions and show appreciation for the local culture.
Given Valmiera’s emphasis on walking and nature, pack comfortable shoes suitable for both urban strolls and exploring natural paths.
Plan your visit between July and September for the most enjoyable weather. This period aligns with local recommendations for the best months to experience Valmiera’s charm.
Be mindful of bus schedules, as there may be occasional breaks between services.
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Professionally educated in sports and tourism management, Iveta is passionate about encouraging guests to explore the Northeastern region of Europe in the most attractive way. She has been working in the tourism industry since 2013, assisting customers from 64 countries, and she loves doing it!