A walk through Valmiera is like a journey through its history with sensations of the little altered nature and the hectic pace of modern urban life. Year 1283 has been dated as the historic start of Valmiera when the construction of Saint Simon's Church was initiated, however archaeological excavations show that people have lived in the surroundings of Valmiera already 8000 years ago. During the course of time and the ruling of different monarchs the name of the city has had various endings – Wolmar, Woldemer, Wolmahr, Wolmaria. Wars and fires have destroyed the city many times, but the hard-working residents of Valmiera have always built it anew. Valmiera's most beautiful adornment the Gauja River winds through the city in the length of 8 km and divides it in two almost equal parts. In the past it used to be an important component of the city's economic development; nowadays the Gauja is a delight to the eye and a solace for the soul yet simultaneously it offers great possibilities for recreation. Valmiera leaves a strong impression as a venue of cultural and sporting events; it also offers good shopping and entertainment opportunities and allows everyone to leisurely enjoy the atmosphere of cosy cafes and comfortable lodgings. Valmiera is a nice place to visit – come and assure yourselves.
Rīgas iela 10, Valmiera, LV-4201
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