Valmiera is the largest town in Vidzeme. It lies on the crossroads of several important motorways, only about 100 km from the capital city of Latvia – Riga and about 50 km from the Estonian border. Valmiera and its surroundings have been one of the longest-inhabited regions of Latvia. Archeological evidence indicates the site was inhabited 9,000 years ago.
The city is divided into two parts by one of the most beautiful rivers in Latvia – the Gauja. Not far from Valmiera lies Zilaiskalns (Blue Hill) that is the highest point in the northern part of Latvia.
Livonian castle ruins and the remains of the Middle Age fortification system near the Gauja give evidence of the town centre of the 13 th century. The fortification was destroyed during the Northern War. The castle ruins are now a very popular place for local inhabitants and tourists. During the summer season many cultural events are held in the historical centre of the town.Travel Jam