Population – 9126 (at the beginning of 2019)

Area – 7.83 km2

Talsi

town of nine hills, in which the quiet, cobbled streets, the old wooden houses and ancient parks live in harmony with the future that can be sensed from children’s chatting, driving car sounds and building facades. On the hills apple trees blossom during spring, sounds of music flow in Talsi City Festival and in Dižmāra Farmers’ Market during summer, the hills are covered in colourful blankets of leaves during autumn, and snowflakes are playing hide and seek during winter…Maybe this is the reason why Talsi is loved by so many artists and musicians – depicted in countless works of art and mentioned in songs. The word “Talsi” was first mentioned in 1231 in a contract between Baldwin of Alna, envoy of the pope of Rome, and Curonian tribes’ elders. In 1917 Talsi received town privileges. The town’s historical centre is located between Talsi and Vilkmuiža lakes and it is an urban construction monument (16th to 19th century). Because of its relief diversity and gorgeous scenery Talsi is a unique town, no similar to any other. The rich nature, hills and lakes, complement the landscape full of small buildings. There are two-story household buildings at the courtyards, between the wooden buildings you can also see two-story and three-story masonry buildings as well as gable roofs with chamfered ends. These roofs are most characteristic of Talsi from all towns in Courland. The rich nature, hills and lakes, complement the landscape full of small buildings.

Nine hills – Talsu pilskalns (Talsi Hillfort), Ķēniņkalns (King’s Hill), Leču kalns (Leču Hill), Tiguļu Hill, Sauleskalns (Sun Hill), Baznīckalns (Church Hill), Krievragkalns Hill, Vilkmuižas kalns (Wolf Manor Hill), Dzirnavkalns (Mill Hill) – create the original structures and scenery associated only with Talsi.

In Talsi there are Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist and Seventh-day Adventist churches, and all these parishes collaborate when organizing religious events. Talsi is the county’s administrative centre with state and municipal establishments, various businesses and non-governmental organisations. In the past Talsi was a town of merchants; bigger and smaller stores are still operating on the streets of this town. Nowadays various manufacturers have also successfully become a part of the town’s environment.