Get to Know Valmiera with an Audio Guide


Do you know how the St. Simon’s Church got its name or what was previously situated in the current town hall building? Can you imagine what a Livonian Order Castle with 10 m high walls looked like, with only ruins remaining nowadays? Did you know that the first music school in Latvia, outside of Riga opened its doors in Valmiera in 1920? You will find answers to these and many other questions in the Valmiera audio guide.

In order to make information about the history, nature, and tourist attractions of Valmiera more accessible and easier to perceive to visitors from other places in Latvia and abroad, work on extending the offer of the audio guide is being continued in Valmiera. Now, there are special audio guide signs installed at the 12 most important attractions in Valmiera Old Town. The signs include information on how to use the audio guide, a phone number (phone: +371 25440011), which you can call to listen to the narration about the particular attraction. A QR code is also placed on the sign, which can be scanned to obtain further information about Valmiera.

It should be emphasized that the audio guide service in Valmiera has been available for several years now and includes 46 special stories about the city, sights, tourist attractions, their historical origins, and importance today. Stories about Valmiera, its people, history, achievements, and adventures are available in Latvian, English, Estonian, Russian and German. More information is also available at the Valmiera Tourism Information Centre and the city tourism portal –

In order to popularize the city of Valmiera, its cultural heritage, traditions and to share the historical significance of the city, the Valmiera Tourism Information Centre, in cooperation with the society “Teātris jauniem cilvēkiem”, has created a video that lets everyone enjoy the special taste of the Hanseatic times in Valmiera, “to enjoy” the food, community, music, environment and schedule a visit to Valmiera to learn more about the city.

Check out the video about Valmiera – Hanseatic City:​

Information signs of the Valmiera audio guide and the video about Valmiera as a Hanseatic City have been prepared within the framework of the project “Hanseatic Approach to New Sustainable Alliances” co-funded under the Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020.