St Simon’s Church dates to 1283 and shelters a fine 19th-century organ. You can climb its church tower for a donation. Along the same street you’ll find the ruins of Valmiera Castle , founded by the Livonian Order in the 13th century.
This museum is of limited interest, but it’s a good source of information on the district…if you read Latvian. English guides are available for 15Ls.
Founded in 1209 by the Knights of the Sword, Cēsis Castle’s dominant feature is its two stout towers at the western end. To enter, visit Cēsis History & Art Museum , in the adjoining 18th-century ‘new castle’. Note the flag flying above – this was the first place in the country to fly the Latvian flag (in 1988 before the country officially broke free from the Soviet Union). The castle’s western tower has a viewpoint overlooking Castle Park , which sits along a scenic lake with lily pads. Temporary art exhibitions and chamber-music concerts are held in Cēsis Exhibition House , next to the tourist office on the same square. The yellow-and-white building housed stables and a coach house (1781) in the 18th and 19th centuries.