More on Valka
The town of Valka shares a common history with Valga in Estonia. They were known in German as Walk, and was first mentioned in 1286. It was in Valka that the independent republic of Latvia was first proclaimed, on 15 November, 1918, following the First World War. With the creation of Latvia and Estonia, Valka was divided into two separate towns.
There are buses from neighboring Valga as well as from Riga.
Places of Interest in Valka
- Culture Park
Public recreation area. The river Pedele flows through the park between the open-air stage and the spectator area.
- St Catherine’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
One of the main churches in Valka. Its church tower that is used as a viewing tower of the town.
- Valka Local History Museum
A small museum, housed in a former teacher’s seminary, that displays documents related to the history of Valka.
- War Cemetery Memorial
Monument to Soviet soldiers who died in the Second World War.
St Catherine’s Lutheran Church, Valka
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