A place where is a unique opportunity to be in the city centre at the same time in two countries.With one leg standing in Latvia, with the other in Estonia, holding “ice cream” in one hand, in the other hand “jäätis”. Which ice cream will melt more quickly – in the north of Latvia or in the south of Estonia. Listen, the frogs are fluttering in Latvian or Estonian language.
The Open-air stage for song and dance festivals was built in 1969. Its architecture is emphasized by the river Pedele, which flows between the stage and the audience.The attractive, well-maintained surroundings are a great settig for cultural and sports events. Stage has places for 2000 people and audience about 2000 seats.
The first written record of the church dates from 1477. Different historical styles can be seen in the exterior in the church, it is due to the church had to be rebuilt and repaired after frequent wars.The church is currently active. The church tower nowadays is used as view platform with splendid view of Valka and Valga- one city, two countries
At the end of the 19th century in this building Jānis Cimze taught the first Vidzeme Parish school teacher training seminary. Because of this, popularizing cultural heritage of lecturer and choir culture founder Jānis Cimze and his students, has become museum’s main mission. Museum’s special offer – exhibition”Valka-Latvian independence cradle” has been opened in honour of Latvia’s 100th birthday.
Jaani Church, located right in the heart of the city, was built in 1816 according to the design of architect Christoph Haberland and it is the only church in Estonia with an oval ground plan. The unique organ has been preserved in its original shape and it is the only instrument built by Friedrich Ladegast still left in Estonia.
Railway station building called Walk was inaugurated in 1889. It was a red-brick building in Historicist style. The historical railway station was destroyed in the battles of World War II. The new station building was completed in 1949. From 2017, the magnificent Stalinist railway station building is under heritage protection.