Because of its location at the crossroads of the biggest trade routes Straupe was one of the most significant Hanseatic towns for 300 years. However, during the Polish-Swedish War the town was completely destroyed. According to the Swedish Plough Inspection in 1638, only two residents had survived.
HANSA cities have developed “Explore HANSA” Apps to smooth the visit to the 9 enchanting Hanseatic cities rich in heritage and tradition – Visby in Sweden, Pärnu and Viljandi in Estonia and Cēsis, Koknese, Kuldīga, Limbaži, Straupe and Valmiera in Latvia. The Apps allow to immerse in the city with all the necessary information in your pocket.
In March 7–11, 2018, the project will participate in one of the largest tourism trade fairs – ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) in Germany to introduce the international audience to our cities and our products.
The power of the Hansa during medieval times is well-known. But it is kind of a secret gem that the Hansa is a living network today: 190 cities in 16 countries are members. The Hansa carries the label of certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe and thus focuses on cultural tourism.
Cēsis (Wenden) was first mentioned in 1206. At the turn of the 14th–15th centuries, due to close proximity to the Gauja River, Cēsis got involved in trade and joined the Hanseatic League. Modern Cēsis is a cultural centre where the past is fundamental to the present times’ creativity. The greatest treasures of Cēsis are the Old City and the well-preserved ruins of Livonian Order’s castle. In the Old City you can meet the Old Man of Time. He holds one of the symbols of Cēsis – a lantern that helps to switch on various lamps of the Old City.