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Cēsis Medieval Castle

Visiting Cēsis Medieval Castle is a travel back in time with tours around the historic building and hands-on experience in enjoying entertainment and activities of ancient people.

The castle was once the main castle of the Livonian Order, where the landlords made all the important decisions and where the master of Order once lived; it was also a place of imprisonment of high-rank officials and war prisoners.

The guided excursion with a castle servant will take you around the castle with bright lanterns in your hands. The basement of the Cēsis Medieval Castle is the former jail. You will be also shown the Western Tower and the living room of the master,  proud of unique interior from the 16th century with a luxurious star vault. The attic reveals a breath-taking view over the rest of castle ruins, castle-front, park, and the town.

The people had handed stones for the construction of the castle from hand to hand. By touching the wall of the castle you might feel the power of their hands or you might even hear the steps of the initial inhabitants of Cēsis — the vendi — and the voice of the mighty master of the Order.

The ancient activities can be experienced and observed at the ancient jewellery smithy and the castle garden. You can try the making of jewellery, arm-wrestling, bowling, and other ancient activities, and, should you wish so, also the medieval food.

 

 

 

 

Facts and figures

  • Cēsis Medieval Castle is the mightiest medieval Livonian fortress and the best preserved and most impressive ensemble of castle ruins in Latvia.
  • Around 1213, the Order of the Brothers of the Sword commenced the construction of the castle which is seen nowadays.
  • In 1481, the Cēsis Medieval Castle became the permanent residence of the Livonian masters. Wolter von Plettenberg was among the most common masters, who improved the protection level of the castle to protect it from fire guns.
  • The castle has undergone several wars, and it has been the residence of the Polish army, Russian army under the lead of Tsar Ivan the Terrible, and the Swedish army.
  • More information about the Medieval Castle see on www.cesupils.lv.

Extra services

  • Guided tours in Latvian, English, Russian, German, and French.
  • Souvenirs.
  • Upon request and for special charge topical performances and medieval food is available.
  • Family game “Backpack of activities” with exciting tasks to be carried out in the Cēsis Medieval Castle.
  • Ancient jewellery smithy

For your conveniences

  • Free parking
  • WC
  • Access for disabled persons
  • Wireless internet (Wi-Fi) access in the visitor centre of the castle

 



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