The 10 Best Things to Do in Cesis, Vidzeme Region

Cēsis (Latvian pronunciation: [tseːsis] ( listen)), (German: Wenden, Livonian: Venden, Estonian: Võnnu, Polish: Kieś) is a town in Latvia located in the northern part of the Central Vidzeme Upland. Cēsis is on the Gauja River valley, and is built on a series of ridges above the river overlooking the woods below. Cēsis was one of the candidate cities for the title of European Capital of Culture 2014 (Riga was the Latvian city that won the title).

1. Cesis Medieval Castle

Pils Laukums 9, Cesis 4101, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Castles
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 406 reviews

Cesis Medieval Castle

Reviewed By b037 - Randalstown, United KingdomRandalstown, United Kingdom

Frustrating

I have been to many, many European castles in my lifetime and this one is not unlike other castles I have been to. The new bit, not really a castle in the classical sense and which functions as a museum, is generally interesting and it is good the EU have

2. Raksi Park

Petera St., Cesis, Latvia Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Excellent
81%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Raksi Park

Reviewed By sir_meeshoo - Gdynia, PolandGdynia, Poland

Fun for children

Plenty of lamas walking everywhere, rabbits, goats, donkeys, camels (that felt out of place) - all within reach. Children simply loved that. Arrive no later that 3 pm, animals need to rest.

3. Araisi Lake Dwelling Site

Araisu Ezerpils, Araisi, Drabesu Pagasts, Latvia, Cesis 4101, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Araisi Lake Dwelling Site

Reviewed By Ana_L_23 - Navan, IrelandNavan, Ireland

A must see in Cesis

I'm glad I read Trip Advisor and decided to visit this site. I think it's even more interesting than Cesis old town. On the day I visited, there was a special day, and they were celebrating with traditional music and food. Entrance was for free, but norma

4. St. John’s Church

Liela Skolas iela 8, Cesis 4101, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Excellent
39%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
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4 based on 92 reviews

St. John’s Church

Reviewed By LMOverby - Columbia, MissouriColumbia, Missouri

worth a brief stop ...

... if you happen to be passing through Cesis, as I was on a tour between Riga and Tallinn. Not a whole lot to see in the church, but its simple style is typical of Reformation styles.

5. Maiskiy Park

Cesis, Latvia Nature & Parks
Excellent
46%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Maiskiy Park

Reviewed By DeanMurphy2020 - Orlando, FloridaOrlando, Florida

Walk in the park

Our Overseas Adventure Travel tour group visited the Castle, and later took a walk in the park. For a small town, this is a surprisingly wonderful park. Gravel paths meander around the lake with fountains, and statues/sculptures without descriptive plaque

6. Erglu Cliffs

| Priekuļu Pagasts, Cesis, Latvia Nature & Parks, Geologic Formations
Excellent
38%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Erglu Cliffs

Reviewed By 19Ross85 - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

Lovely Sand Cliffs with scribbled names, where perhaps you can scribble yours.

Ērgļu cliffs are one of the most significant tourism objects in the Gauja National Park, well-equipped for examination (sightseeing platforms, trails stairs). Majestic view that stretches wide across Gauja opens up from the sightseeing place above the cli

7. Svetavots

Atputas iela 12, Cesis 4101, Latvia Nature & Parks
Excellent
50%
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50%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Svetavots

Reviewed By tatjanab737 - Riga, LatviaRiga, Latvia

Ненадолго

Мы ехали мимо и решили заехать. Место симпатичное. Но туда необходимо ехать по договорённости. Мы приехали нас конечно не выгнали, но побубнели на эту тему. Цена 3 евро с человека. В целом небольшой парк с двумя озёрцами. Кафе нет. Можно просто пройтись и

8. Zagarkalns

Murlejas 12, Cesis 4101, Latvia Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Ski & Snowboard Areas
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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4 based on 14 reviews

Zagarkalns

Reviewed By 11JimD - Dublin, IrelandDublin, Ireland

Limited but fun

If you're a decent skier or boarder, don't waste your time here unless you are in Cecis for another reason. I'm an ex ski teacher and spent 2 hours and quite enjoyed the experience which cost buttons! Imagine it as a local dry ski slope with snow or a goo

9. Rozu Square

Rozu laukums, Cesis, Latvia Sights & Landmarks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Excellent
26%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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4 based on 38 reviews

Rozu Square

Reviewed By Who M - South Wales UKSouth Wales UK

Great atmosphere!

Well if you are lucky when visiting this place you might like we did listen and watch Country & Western Music while seeing Line Dancing performed by a group of Latvian men and women who love performing as the atmosphere was electric and you could not help

10. ZINOO Cesis

Jana Poruka iela 8 | (entrace from Lapsu iela (street)), Cesis 4101, Latvia Museums, Children's Museums, Science Museums
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

ZINOO Cesis

ZINOO cesis is a curiosity and science center for kids, teenagers and families. We offer 200+ scientific exhibits and games. This is one of the best places to visit for families with kids when visiting town of Cesis. We have also shop of creative gifts. In our center you can see the first rocket of the Latvioan space mission. Free Wifi - wireless internet available. Coffee, tee and soft drinks available for purchase. Our guides are fluent in English. You are warmly welcome!

Reviewed By Jon B - Birmingham, United KingdomBirmingham, United Kingdom

Great place potentially but too many things not working

An excellent learning centre for the kids but several of the things were not working. There are some things to do with English written instructions but the majority were only in Latvian. Considering there are many non Latvians visiting then it would be gr

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