Cēsis is truly not only one of the oldest but also one of the most Latvian towns. Rich in picturesque landscapes and testimonies of the past, it embodies both an intriguing sense of antiquity and modern self-esteem. Cēsis and its district are among the most attractive temptations for travellers in Vidzeme. In all seasons people who appreciate the historical and cultural heritage, natural beauty of the landscape and the peaceful small town life rhythm, visits Cēsis.
Since long ago Cēsis is known as the town rich with its cultural and historical heritage, art treasures and excellent cultural traditions and it has not been concealed from the eyes of travellers. The values on which the district of Cēsis bases its future is culture, education, tourism and creative entrepreneurship.
Cēsis – it is a celebration – contemporary art exhibitions during Cēsis Art Festival time, medieval activities and knights in Medieval festival, and the warm summer evening concerts on open-air stage in the Castle Park. Cēsis – one of the most beautiful towns of Latvia. In summer it tempts with the unspoiled nature of the Gauja Valley, breath of the Middle Ages and modern art, and in winter - invites us to visit the largest ski centre in the Baltics which impresses with its variety of tracks and the longest descents in the region.
Cēsis was founded in 1206 and it is the third oldest town in Latvia. According to the evidence, Cēsis was inhabited from the fourth century. It experienced a rapid growth in times of the Livonian Order, when the town became the capital of Livonia and the main centre of development of Vidzeme. In 1323, Cēsis obtained town rights. Since the 14th century, Cēsis is a member of the Hanseatic League. Since the end of the 19th century Cēsis is known as a centre of art culture and recreation, and now Cēsis is an important cultural and artistic centre on the regional and the national level. The cultural environment of Cēsis is influenced by cultural and historical heritage, made up by Cēsis Medieval castle, the Old town of Cēsis with the remaining street network, masonry, ancient manors and wooden villas built on the banks of river Gauja.