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Cēsis Medieval Castle

The emergence of Cēsis can be found in the distant past 800 years ago. Its origins are connected to the Cēsis Medieval castle, around which in the 13th century a town was built. Over the centuries the castle shared its destiny with the city of Cēsis in battles with Russian, Polish and Swedish troops. Repeatedly rebuilt and expanded the castle got its present architectural appearance at the beginning of the 16th century. The access to the castle was blocked by ditches and three broad castle - front, surrounded by strong stone walls.  The first serious damage the castle sustained was during the Livonian war, but at the beginning of the Great Northern war it was abandoned and never has been used for military purposes again. Today the castle is the most impressive eyewitness of local history, and also attracts many guests with its romantic charm of the medieval architecture.

With the map and candlelight taken from the Cēsis Castle visitor centre, you can view the Western Tower, and also the living room of the Master which contains unique interiors dating from the 16th century with splendid stellar coves, vaulted consoles from artificial stone and fragments of wall paintings. From the attic of the tower a spectacular view opens to the other side of the castle garden, park and the whole Cēsis town. The Southern Tower, which is the most magnificent tower from the outside, allows visitors to go downstairs to the basement of the tower, to view one of the former dungeons of the castle. In castle garden together with medieval people in summer season it is possible to try a variety of medieval games, to explore ancient craft skills and visit medieval garden in which vegetables and spices for Medieval kitchen were grown.

More information and ancient legends you will hear during excursion with guide - excursion in the Cēsis castle, Old town and surroundings. Excursion have to book by calling +371 64121815 or +371 26576111 or by e-mail

Brochure about Cēsis Medieval castle here.

Photos from Cēsis TIC archive

Pils laukums 9, Cēsis

Cesis Tourism Information Center

Address: Baznīcas laukums 1, Cēsis

Latvija, LV-4101

Tel. +371 28318318

Working hours:

Tuesday - Friday 10.00-17.00

Saturday - Monday CLOSED