History of Mazsalaca
Mazsalaca is located in Northern Vidzeme on the right bank of the Salaca River - the upper city on the steep upper bank, but the lower city in the ancient river valley.
Mazsalaca developed in the mid-19th century while Baron Arnold Fietinghof (1833-1918) lived in Waltenberg Manor with his family.
Mazsalaca was known by its Germanic name Salisburg until 1925. The name originates with the ancient Liv castle (Salaca castle) thet was located on the left bank of the Salaca, across from Waltenberg Manor, until the invasion by the Teutonic Knights.
The modern city is named after the Salaca River and is Mazsalaca (Small Salaca) because the river is comparatively smaller flowing out of Burtnieku Lake that downstream by Salacgrīva.
The city received city rights in 1928 and the coat of arms designed by Jānis Strauts, was adopted in 1936.
Mazsalacas novada pašvaldība