Cēsis (Wenden) was first mentioned in 1206. At the turn of the 14th-15th centuries, due to close proximity to the Gauja River, Cēsis got involved in trade and joined the Hanseatic League. In the Middle Ages the city had its own currency, and in the 20th century it was even the capital of Latvia for two days. On of the oldest breweries in Northern Europe – “Cēsus alus” still operates in Cēsis.
Modern Cēsis is a cultural centre where the past in basis for present times’ creativity. The greatest treasures of Cēsis are the Old City and the well-preserved ruins of Livonian Order’s castle. In the Old City you can meet the Old Man of Time. He holds one of the symbols of Cēsis – a lantern that helps to switch on various lamps of the Old City.