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Valmiera: A Closer Look

Valmiera is a city of about 28,000 people located 100 kilometers to the northeast of the Latvian capital of Riga and 50 kilometers south of the Estonian border.

Valmiera was founded in 1224 and is the largest city and cultural epicenter of the Vidzeme region.

Like Liepaja, Valmiera is home to a Latvian Olympic center which is appropriate for a town that has produced more than its fair share of Olympians.

Valmiera is home to 1932 race walking silver medalist Janis Dalins, and more recently 2008 BMX gold medalist Maris Strombergs who became the sports first ever Olympic champion.

Population: 28,000
Area: 18.1 sq km
Distances: Riga (100 km), Liepaja (320 km)

Valmiera: Getting There

By plane:
The closest aiport to Valmiera is Riga International Airport, the biggest airport in the Baltic area which is situated 13 km southwest of Riga city. The airport directly connects Riga with 60 destinations in 30 countries serving 3,690,549 passengers in 2008, a 17% increase compared to 2007.
Riga International Airport RIX
Information: tel. (+371) 29311187 - fax (+371) 6 7211 767

By car:
The A2 and A3 cover the 110 km that lie in between Riga and Valmiera.

By bus:
Approximately 20 buses per day go from Riga directly to Valmiera Bus station. The Approximate travel time is 2 hours.

Valmiera: Venue

Name: Vidzeme Olympic Center
Capacity: 1,200
Rigas Street 91, Valmiera, LV-4201


Contact person: Mr. Zigmunds Ezergailis, Manager, e-mail:, phone: +371 26100 227

Mr. Andis Indriksons, Marketing manager, e-mail:, phone: +371 64220 659


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