Valmiera has long been a crossroads of trade, business, busy life, roads and thoughts. In Valmiera, as a strategically important Hanseatic city, money, languages and ideas exchanged. It started back in 1283, when one of the symbols of Valmiera was built in the city center - St. Simon's Church, it continues and will never end, because Valmiera has always had a human attraction. The Gauja River flowing through the city has, with its rapidity, encoded the love of nature in people, giving energy and energy to implement ideas, not to be afraid to be the first, somewhat new beginners.
Valmiera has always been a youthful and ambitious city. The spirit of cognition and discovery prevails both in kindergarteners and pupils, as well as in university students and adults. The Gauja River is in the blood of the people of Valmiera, therefore sports and culture are an integral part of the city. Great people in the world have started their professional careers here. Here is proud of every resident who makes Valmiera the best place to live, work, study and relax.
Valmiera has always been a cultural center. One of the few professional theatres outside Riga is located in Valmiera and gives the city a spirit of freedom of thought and challenge. The theatre enters the city and the lives of residents and city guests both literally and figuratively. A special event has also become a tradition - the Valmiera Summer Theatre Festival, which annually gathers spectators with new performances and theatre “stages” in unusual places in Valmiera.
Valmiera honors its roots, celebrates today and looks to the future with enthusiasm and confidence. In Valmiera - we live green!
Valmiera is proud of its dynamism and at the same time peace. The Gauja River flows through the city for 8 kilometres, the shores of which are popular with Valmiera residents and city guests for leisurely walks or bicycle rides.
Take a bike ride through the city and learn about industrial Valmiera, tales and legends, as well as get to know boys of Valmiera! There are also routes where you have to complete tasks along the way! Printed versions of the routes are available at the Valmiera Tourist Information Center (Rīgas Street 10).
Choose one of the routes and go on an adventure:
Valmiera has a Green Railways, which leads along the well-maintained former narrow-gauge railway line to Ainaži (85 km). In 2020, a new, scenic cycling route along Valmiera and Beverīna region was created in the length of 25 kilometres. Other cycling routes are also available on the Valmiera side, such as Valmiera-Cēsis and others. See them here: http://visit.valmiera.lv/en/what_to_see_and_do/tours_and_routes/
Unforgettable holidays for families
In Valmiera families are always welcome to relax and spend an unforgettable holiday! We invite you to enjoy the pleasures of water and SPA Recreation area in Valmiera swimming pool.
Not far from the Iron Bridge is the 440-meter-long Ģīme Nature Trail, which is designed with various interactive elements, but in summer we invite you to listen Valmiera stories on a special Valmiera float – Gauja River Tram.
Pearls of culture and history
Valmiera is one of the oldest cities in Latvia. In 1702 the city was completely destroyed by the Russian army. During 1770s it was severely damaged by several fires. At the dusk of the World War II, in September 1944, almost whole historical centre of Valmiera completely burnt down. Only few buildings remained intact – the Valmiera St. Simon’s Church, ruins of the Livonian order Castle and the building complex of the Valmiera Museum. The peculiar image of the city is also shaped by sculptures and environmental objects, particularly ones connected with the works of the famous sculptor and initiator of the stone sculpture symposium Andris Vārpa:
Guidebook “Architecture and art in Valmiera”