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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. Explore Medieval castle and its towers!

With the map and candlelight taken from the tourist information centre of the castle, 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.

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Family room in Cēsis History and Art Museum

What did the Grand salon look like when a real ball was held there? Which Knights put on their armour and who left their marks in the Middle Ages? These are questions to which the answers can be found in an interactive way by all!

For families who are visiting the museum we offer a specially designed family room. This is a special room where family members of all ages can relax before continuing their tour. Adults can discuss with their children what they have already seen and their plans and we have installed special interactive room and behind the doors a special surprise.   Children can also draw or play some board games.

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Activity backpacks for families

Cēsis Medieval castle offers informative and entertaining adventure for families with children – exploring castle garden, towers, and dungeons with the activity backpack.

That is made especially for families with children 5 to 10 years old. With the help of backpack it is possible to reveal secrets of this powerful castle. This backpack is filled with illustrated activities and task pages – materials, collected by the bat Walter.

Ask for Activity backpack in castle information centre.

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Medieval Play area

During the summer season, visit the play area built in the garden of the Castle to give children an opportunity to acquire a variety of children’s favourite medieval games and plays that exercise their skills, strength and mind under the guidance of the Castle games master. In the play area, the games masters have provided appropriate activities for both children and adults.

Walk on wooden legs, play pulling games, play mills, try on real armour and participate in many other activities which are depicted by the 16th century Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel in his painting “Children’s Games”.

The medieval play area can be visited by purchasing a ticket for viewing the Cēsis Medieval Castle. The Castle games master can be met in the medieval play area in the summer season from 1 May to 30 September.

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Science center Z(in)oo

Z(in)oo offers interactive exhibitions for their visitors to explore the art of science, to try different technologies and examine the laws of nature! Release the curiosity!

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Children playground, Skatepark, Bicycle park

Maija (May) Park is especially suited for relaxing together with children. During the summer time, lit up fountains and couple of black swans delight every visitor of the park.

Children playground, trampolines, go-kart rental, skate park and bicycle park for active recreation for children.

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Medieval run

Medieval run is a set of tasks and questions connected with history, literature, art ingenuity and concentration, and answers can be found in Cēsis city streets.

Route includes the most important historical places in Cēsis. Start and Finish are at the Cēsis Tourism information centre, the amount of points will be written in commemorative diploma.

Medieval run is more interesting if company is divided in two or more teams, and it is turned into kind of a competition.

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Adventure park "Supervāvere"

“Supervāvere” is a park with three obstacle courses in three different levels. It is located in Ozolkalns – in the trees with a wonderful view to the Gauja valley. There are more than 60 obstacles in the park

Tracks are suitable for anyone who has reached 110 cm in height – from children to seniors. Two of the tracks end by a “free fall”, but the longest – Adventure track stand out with an extra-long cable-descent, which reaches 250 meters. The park opens in late March and runs until the end of October. To start the route, everyone has to accomplish the training with an instructor.

Parallel to the visit of the Supervāvere you can have a picnic by the bon-fire.

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Camel Park "Rakši"

In "Rakši" you will be able to experience what is the feeling to ride a camel, touch an alpaca fur and go for a relaxing walk through the forest with a faithful companion lama.

They have more than 80 brisk and friendly animals, which you can feed from the hand or take in a selphy. In the century, when a large part of the information we learn from the Google, this is a great way to switch off from a technology and surrender to the natural joy of the presence of animals and the spirit of the new adventure.

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Farmhouse Bakery

Maizes māja (Bakery) is the place to participate in real procedures of baking the farmhouse bread, to make dough and bake pies, to study the grain, grain products, Latvian strength marks and explore the bread-related traditions.

The hosts also offer extended life skills program with the soup made in the fire, adventurous tour in the Gauja National Park, campfire bread, sleeping in their own tents and enjoy the heart shaped pancakes made by the hostesses.  During the events for adults, there is an opportunity to taste the owner’s home-made wine in the ancient barn. For nearly 100 years the bread with the taste of freedom is baked in the oven of the farmhouse – the cheerful hosts of the farmhouse will tell you all that best of all.

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Contacts

Cēsis Tourism information center

Pils laukums 9, Cēsis

Latvia, LV-4101

Tel. +371 64121815, +371 28318318

info@cesis.lv

From 1st of October to 30th of April

Monday closed

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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