Valmiera Things to Do
Valmiera manor is known from 1624; here already a beer was sold. In the second half of 18th century here a hunting lodge in baroque style was built.
As it was a place, that located just on the road from Western Europe to St. Petersburg, it became popular as a relax place for monarchs of different countries. Nowadays the place is not so glorious, most buildings are gone, but it still popular for a beer, here a new brewery was built to produce Valmiermuiza beer, they organize beer degustation and excursion in new brewery (I have tried light and dark one, these were nice).
As we visited this Latvian region (central – north Latvia) with an organization, responsible for youth tourism, it was nice to visit Youth leisure time center that is also located in not so new building. As architecture looks quite tsarist, it was probably built in the second half of 19th century – beginning of 20th century.
There are different classes of young people: for making models, for constructing, playing different musical instruments, dancing, and so on. It was nice to see that young people come to learn something new even after regular school classes and be here till the evening.
Valmiera has a fragment of medieval street, dating back to end of 16th century – begining of 17th century. It was made from bigger stones. Nearby there is a structure, looking like remains of defensive wall, probably here was a boundary of Valmiera medieval town.
The fragment was found accidently in 2006.
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Valmiera Off The Beaten Path
Cesis was first time in documents was mentioned in 1323, but already from 1206 it was known as Wenden, later still in 13th century having strong castle and spacious church. As Cesis was a residence of Livonian Order also, so city developed rapidly in medieval style, had defensive walls and gates.
Nowadays here you could see old and new castle, medieval church, small old part of town.
Cesis is about 32 kilometers from Valmiera.
Favorite thing: It was pity to see that most of historical center of Valmiera was destroyed. Mainly it happened in period of Northern War (after that castle stood forbidden), anyway, big part buildings of 18 – 19th centuries were destroyed in Second World War (around 30 percents).
In the photo I added you see former plan of medieval town, here was defensive wall, gates, the castle, Valmiera, as it is usual, also had town hall.
When I visited Valmiera it reminded me also Siauliai town in Lithuania, it is bigger one, but also lost so much of old architecture during Second World War.
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