Valka is one of the six world cities with center at the state border. On Latvian side its Valka while on Estonian – Valga.

Smiltene is a city on the west Latvia near to highway Riga – Pskov. The town is interesting for its nature: lake Tepera, old park, Middle lake. In Smiltene suburbs in winter season are opened several ski tracks.

Extra information

Valka tourist information center: Rigas 22, Teл: +371 64 725 522, +371 26 446 602,

Smiltene tourist information center: Darza 3, Tел:+371 64 707 575,

Smiltene website

Valka website

How to reach

From Riga to Valka three times a day is going a train (to Lugazi station). Schedule on Latvian railway website. Travel time- 3h 10мmin.

The best way of getting from the city is a bus; schedule on bus station website. Travel time - 3h 15min.

There are no train from Smiltene, so the only possible option is a bus from Riga. Travel time - 2h 40min.

By car: from Riga to Valka - 2 hours, to Smiltene - 1h 50min.

Smiltene Manor

Smiltene Manor Ensemble

The first owner of the manor – governor-general of Vidzeme, but later its owners changed several times. This manor is interesting for the ruins of a Livonian order castle and cheese house that was built in 18th century!

 Valka Lutheran Church

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Valka-Lugaži Ev. Lutheran Church

The church was built in 15th century and then was rebuilt several times. In its tower is a viewing platform from which you can get a breathtaking view on two towns at once – Latvian Valka and Estonian Valga.



Hotels in Valka

Hotels, guest houses, apartments and other accommodation options in Valka.



Hotels in Smiltene

ОHotels, guest houses, apartments and other accommodation options in Smiltene.

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