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Cēsis Castle Park

The most magnificent Cēsis Castle Park is a romantic leisure place created a long time ago by count Carl Gustav von Sievers.

Built in the 19th century by the owner of Cēsis Castle Manor Carl Gustav von Sievers, the Cēsis Castle Park with its imposing travertine steps, artificial pond, boat pier, and romantic gazebos makes for a picturesque leisure place all year round.

Here you can retrace the footsteps of the once prominent Sievers family, which owned several real estates around Cēsis and elsewhere in Latvia.

The castle ruins built during the rule of the Livonian Order (14th–16th century), Riekstu Castle Mound, where the first inhabitants of Cēsis — the vends — once lived (11th–13th century), the Byzantine style Transfiguration of Christ Orthodox Church of Cēsis and the old brewery can all be found in the park.

Count Sievers built the park for his family, naming many parts of it after his family members. For instance, Mindoras Hill carries the name of his eldest daughter, while Kārļa Hill near the pond was named after himself. At this place the count’s son later erected his father’s bust in bronze in honour of his efforts to improve the surrounding environment.

In summers the Cēsis Castle Park is filled with music of the many concerts that take place on the outdoor stage. In the warm season you can enjoy a boat ride on the pond on board Kārlis and watch the white swans and ducks living in it.

The Castle Park park is exceptionally picturesque in wintertime when you can enjoy various winter activities here — sled down the hill slopes or ice-skate on the pond at the bottom of them — all while surrounded by the snowy fairytale.

Free of charge

 

 

Additional services

  • Park visit is included in the Old Town excursion organised by Castle Visitors' Centre with prior booking (address: Pils laukums 9, Cēsis, phone: +371 28318318; e-mail: info@cesis.lv)
  • Information about the concerts on the park stage: turisms.cesis.lv
  • In the summer season you can enjoy a boat ride on the pond on board Kārlis while listening to the captain’s exciting stories (phone: +371 20042775, website: www.kugitiskarlis.lv)

For your convenience

  • Free car parks:
  • next to Pils laukums with entry from Lenču street (nearest buildings No. 6 and 9)
  • next to Cēsis Art School (Palasta iela 11) with entry from Bērzaines iela
  • at Pils laukums
  • Restrooms at Baznīcas laukums 1 (entry from Torņa iela) and Castles Visitors' Centre (Pils laukums 9)
  • Accessible to people with disabilities from the junction of Lenču iela and Palasta iela

 



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