Useful phone numbers
The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom in addition to their other emergency numbers.
Here are some useful phone numbers that you might need while in Latvia:
Gas leaks: 04
Old Sigula Castle
Only ruins remain of this 13th century stronghold. Built between 1207 and 1226, it was destroyed in the Great Northern War. A new castle was constructed just a few meters away. Today, the old castle is a popular tourist destination. Concerts often takes place in the ruins, but beside that, it is just a tourist destination. The castle ruins are accesible to the public day and night, no entry fee is required.
From this castle, you can enjoy a view on Turaida castle, the most famous and beautiful castle in this region. You may ask yourself why there are two castles so close to each other. It is because The Gauja river fromed the border between two powers. On one side the Germans, which built this castle. On the other side the Archbishop of Riga who has Turaida castle built.
When you walk up from the road to the castle you will pass a small wooden church, the Turaida Church. When I visited the church was renovated and the lights were on in the church. I hoped I could visit, but a worker entering when I arrived carefully closed the door. The church is open for visitors only between May and October and then on Wednesdays - Sundays. There is service in the church twice a month.
The church was built in 1750 and used to be surrounded by a Medieval church yard. Now days only the grave of the Rose of Turaida remains.
Caves start! - Smal cave (or Maza ula in Latvian)
Thats so unusual for me to see caves in Latvia (there are no such naturally formed caves in Lithuania). First one I saw on way to Red Turaida castle, is Small Cave.
Here is nice road leading to Red castle - one side of it is caves and sand walls, another side is Gauja river, small streams, swamps.
Krimulda Medieval Castle
The castle in Krimulda was built between 1255 - 1273 and then belonged to the Riga Dome capitul, when Albert II was bishop. It was mostly used as a guesthouse for dignitaries on visit. In 1601 it was taken over by the Swedes and soon after it was burned down. It was never rebuilt and what you can see today is only ruins.