4b Malpils St, Sigulda, LV-2150, Latvia
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View over the Gauja valley to the Turaida castle
Sigulda Lutheran Church
Sigulda Castle Ruins
walking/cycling in guaja NP
Is it possible to walk from cesis to sigulda through the park in one day or can it be done on bikes.If not can you recommend a route that will take a day.We are stopping in riga for 4 nights in end may/june.If needed can we hire bikes in cesis and leave them in sigulda.What are the public transport links like to cesis
Re: walking/cycling in guaja NP
In May/June it is very popular to go down the river Gauja on a boat. A hike would require two full days at least. Biking may be difficult as well.
Try www.zagarkalns.lv for equipment hire and maps
Travel Tips for Sigulda
Hiking in the Gauja Valley
If you catch a day with nice, sunny weather, take a day for hiking in the Guja valley. In a day, you can see four castles, two caves and enjoy the unspoilt woods in the Gauja valley. Start at Sigula train station, walking to the north. At the northern end of the town, you will see Sigulda’s church as well as the two castles of Sigulda: The ruins of the old one, and the new one from the 19th century. Behind the ruins, take the path downhill to the bridge. After passing the bridge, use the path on the right hand side to walk through the woods. Next stop is the red Turaida castle. Spend some hours there, then make the way back to Sigulda. Use the main street (Turaidas Iela) and keep on the right hand side. Here, you will see the two caves, Viktor’s Cave and Gutmanis cave. A couple of meters after Viktor’s Cave, you will find a way uphill to Krimulda castle. Go back to Turaidas Iela or use the cable car to get back to Sigulda.
You will find signs all over this area, but a map is recommended. For details on the spots mentioned in this tip, please check the respective tips in my Sigulda page.
Green your mind in Sigulda!
Its a peaceful and restful country side scenery. You can see some cottages with interesting interior design, old farming tools and vehicles. You find an old sauna house exhibition and learn how people used to use sauna bath. You can walk along the parks and small country roads looking at beautiful flowers and trees.
This not so large, in neogothic style built castle was built in the 19th century and in that time it was owned by prince (knaz) Kropotkin. Around the castle you can enjoy nice garden, but behind it - the old castle ruins. Nowadays it houses Sigulda city council.
Down here I write how to reach the castle from parking where to left the car. In the transportation chapter I wrote where that parking is.
Sigulda Lutheran church
It was built in the 15th century as Saint Bertula church, but during wars it was destroyed, later renovated.
Near the church there is nice lake, where you can feed with bread swans.
Down here I write how to reach the church from parking where to left the car. In the transportation chapter I wrote where that parking is.
Turaida Museum Reserve
The Turaida Museum Reserve is less a museum, but more a collection of different small attactions. A dozen of old buildings with different small exhibitions will inform you about this region’s history. Further places here are the Turaida church, the tomb of Turaida Rose, Turaida Castle (see separate tip) and Folk Song Hill. The exhibtions are nice, but they are only to be seen as part of an entity. With exception of the Turaida Castle ruins, none of them is large or interesting enough to be the sole purpose of your trip. But on the other hand it should be mentioned that the museum has also won a couple of international awards.
A walk from Sigulda via Turaidas Iela will take around 1 ½ hours. That includes a small detour to both Sigulda castles. Check out my tip “Hiking from Sigulda to Turaida” for further details on that. For those who don’t like walking, there is also a scheduled bus service (No. 12) from Sigulda.
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