Sigulda Travel Guide

  • View to Turaida from Sigulda Castle
    View to Turaida from Sigulda Castle
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    Exhibit in Turaida Castle
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    Part of Sigulda Castle
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Sigulda Highlights

  • Pro
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    Inguuna says…

     you can catch here all colors in one place 

  • Con
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    Raimix says…

     Need to prepare better this place for tourists. 

  • In a nutshell
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    histamin32 says…

     A place for summer and winter 

Sigulda Things to Do

  • Gutman Cave

    The touristic attraction of Sigulda is the Gutman cave, only 19 metres deep but the largest cave of the Baltics. The parking is 1 Lats (1,4 euro). It's the most written cave of Latvia. There's a nice legend (saga) about this cave wich romantic people will like to hear.

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  • Turaida and Sigulda castle

    I really suggest to take you a tour to Turaida and Sigulda castles! I would like to say a very big "Thank you!" to a tour guide Sabine from a company Latvian Tour Guides, who took me and my friends to Turaida, Sigulda and Krimulda and did all her best to make that a perfect day tour to us! If you go to Sigulda stop at restaurant in city centre...

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  • Krimulda Palace and Estate

    The manor house was built in the middle of the 19th century. It was turned into a tuberculosis hospital and it is today a sanatorium for children. In front of the manor house is a long wooden summer pavilion. There is a café which is open every day during summer and only on Saturdays and Sundays the rest of the year. It was closed when I visited.

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  • Turaida Castle

    The most beautiful castle in this region is the red brick Turaida castle, dating back to the 13th century. Its construction began in 1214, making it as old as the old Sigulda castle. The name Turaida means garden of Tor (a god known to many tribes of northern and central Europe). During the cursades, Turaida castle served as a base of the...

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  • Turaida Castle

    The Turaida museum, established in 1947 received the status of museum reserve in 1989. The exhibitions illustrate the history of the Turaida Castle, parish and the Gauja Livs. Visitors are time-warped through many centuries, beginning with the exhibition of domestic objects dating back to the time of extinct tribes of Balts and Livs.

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  • Birini Palace

    Birini Castle isn't very far from Sigulda, so if you're discovering this region, don't miss this georgeous palace.The first information about this inhabited locality dates back to the 13th century and can be traced down in old legends and chronicles. Birini Palace was built from 1857 – 1860. The building’s architectural style is more neogothic but...

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  • Turaida Museum Reserve

    After leaving Gutmanis Cave, we headed toward Turaida. Although we saw a couple of directional signs, once again the path at some point is not well marked. We ended up walking along the shoulder of the main road at some point, you could see the castle from the road along with all kinds of signs saying not to climb up the hill to get there whether...

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  • Turaida Castle

    The castle is the highlight to the visit to the Turaida Museum reserve especially the climb up the tower and the view over the Gauja Valley. There is an exhibition in the tower as well.The castle was built in 1214 by the Archbishop of Riga on the site of a Liv stronghold. It was burnt down in 1776 (the tower survived). Some restoration has taken...

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  • Sand caves

    The sand caves in SIgulda are formed around the river Gauja. Take a nice walk along the river to admire the huge caves.

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  • Sigulda castle ruin

    The Sigulda castle ruin dates back to the 13th century. The original castle was built by the Teutonic Order.

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  • Small wooden Turaida church

    This church is one of oldest wooden church left in Latvia; it was built in 1750, so at year of 2000 it had commemoration of 250 years. Really impressive. It is pity, there was no opportunity to see interior of this building. Maybe another time :)

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  • Turaida Rose monument and story

    Monument (garve) for Turaida rose have special story too. It is legendary story about one young girl (her name was Maija) who was killed, because she loved the man not from her class. That means, man was simply richer than her, had bigger possession.

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Sigulda Hotels

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  • Prieka Pietura

    Stacijas 6, Sigulda, LV 2150, Latvia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Aparjods

    Ventas 1b, Sigulda, 2150, Latvia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Ezeri

    Siguldas pagasts, Ezeri, Sigulda, Latvia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Sigulda Restaurants

  • Tris Draugi

    After seeing the sights around in Sigulda, Turida and Krimulda I went to Tris Draugi to eat. It is a canteen-style of a restaurant and you choose by the counter what you want to eat. As I was very hungry I took a big plate. The woman behind the counter put the food I chose on the plate and weighed it. I had rice and pork. And when she put it on the...

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  • Café in front of Turaida Castle

    Just on the other side of the road, there’s a café where you can grab some snacks and drinks. It is nothing special (the only special thing may be its 1970 soviet charme), but you’ll get the basic things to fill your stomach and kill your thirst. A small outside terrace is available to rest and enjoy what you have bought.

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  • Great coffe/tea/hot choc and cakes

    On those cold Winter days there can be nothing better than the lovely Tçja, kafija restaurant. the name simply means tea, coffee, but inside there is a cosy atmosphere, the staff are very friendly and it feels like 'home'.I recommend the Kakao (hot Chocolate) and some local cepumi (cookies), but if you prefer they have various differnet types of...

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Sigulda Transportation

  • Easiest way To Sigulda with Latvian Tour...

    I had the oppotunity to go to Sigulda with a Latvian tour guide company. They offered a good trip. The price was 17 Ls included transport (it was Chrysler Voyager 7seater) to Turaida castle, a map of city and a bottled water + they gave a good tips what to see and experience there. The guide was knowledgeable and we had a good guided tour of Riga...

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  • To Riga and From Riga

    From Riga and to Riga better to use train, it goes few times per day and takes about 1,5h. About transportation in Sigulda and Turaida - you can take local bus if you don’t want to walk some 2 kilometres. If it goes from Sigulda, it stops just near castle in Turaida.

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  • Going around Sigulda

    Sights in Sigulda are spread out over a large area. If it is nice weather and you have the time there are nice long walks you can do, but if you are short of time as I was, a good option is to take a bus. After arriving to Sigulda I first went to the tourist office where I got a good map and a time table for the bus to Turida and Krimulda. The bus...

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Sigulda Local Customs

  • Love padlocks

    When I walked on a bridge over River Gauja I saw many padlocks locked to the bridge. It is a tradition for newly married couples to put a padlock on a bridge railing and then throw the key in to the water below. Many of the padlocks are engraved with the names of the couple. It is a way of declaring the bond between them forever. This custom is...

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  • Weddings

    While you are in Sigulda, don't be impressed if on Sathurday you see weddings and weddings around.It's a local tradition to get married on Sathurday, and i counted 11 weddings in one day!It seems that everyone who gets married comes to Sigulda to celebrate.

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Sigulda Warnings and Dangers

  • Select carefully Your eataing places

    We tryed not much eating places in Sigulda, but one of them was bad: avoid soviet-time dinner places looking not clean and very cheap. We discovered one in Turaida near parking lot. Don´t remember the name but the pace was on second floor; prices where very cheap, but after we discovered flourworms we left this place very quickly... But summer...

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  • Turaida bus stop

    We sat for awhile at what we thought was a bus shelter across from Turaida, it looked like one and had a schedule posted on the wall. A kind local woman that didn't speak much English alerted us that we would never get a bus there, make sure you are standing near the sign with a picture of a bus located a short distance from the shelter.

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  • Avoid the A frame toilets!

    I made the mistake of thinking it might be Ok to use one of these that I found along the path, trust me when I tell you not to go in if you have a weak stomach or have recently had lunch.Visit the woods or hold it until you get to Turaida where there is a lovely pay toilet (don't forget your receipt!) to take care of nature's call.

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Sigulda Tourist Traps

  • Don't loose your way as we did! :)

    HHahahaha...one of the biggest impressions from this travel! :) We were walking the touristic path near Small, Gutmanis caves, and later just decided to turn a bit to not-tourism path (path just near Gauja river). So, by this way we wanted to reach Tuiraida castle. It was very funny, when village-style road became mostly as a swap, we watched not...

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  • Turaida Castle

    This is real tourist trap: parking for fee, some souvenir sellers on the way, cheap ticket to castle and climbing up to the tower to see around.

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Sigulda Off The Beaten Path

  • Summer or winter - always good for a...

    The best way to explore Gauja valley and it's sites is on foot - good footpaths along the river and through the forests provide great views on the river and it's small streams, and will take you to the castle ruins and caves in a pleasant way. Even in winter most trails offer good walking, though some stretches can be a bit icy.

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  • 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.

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  • Dauda waterfall

    Before going here, I just wanted to say, that here in Latvia you won't find high waterfalls like on other places in Europe. This waterfall, which one can see here, falls from two meters' height and you can get to the waterfall closely. Of course, it's very beautiful.You must go via road A 2 to Sigulda, through it. As you drive out from city (road A...

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Sigulda Sports & Outdoors

  • by histamin32 Updated Feb 12, 2005

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    Sigulda boasts several skiing tracks. They are lit during nights and are open late during weekends, that is until midnight or even 1am.
    Kakiskaln is the steepest track in Latvia.

    Equipment: Skiing equipment (skis, boots and poles) can be rent directly at the skiing stations. English is spoken, so no problem ...

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Sigulda Favorites

  • 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,...

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  • 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...

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  • Few words in Latvian

    Below few words that you can use while traveling in Latvian:Arrive: PienâkDepart: AtietWhat is the time, please?: Trîs biletes uz Tallinu, lûdzuWhere i can pick up my luggage?: Kur es varu sanemt manu bagâpu?Where is the closest money exchange point?: Kur ir tuvâkais valûtas mainas punkts?I would like to order a taxi please: Es gribçtu pasûtît...

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Turaida red castle
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Gutmanis cave
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Small cave (or Maza ula in Latvian)
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Gauja river - second longest in Latvia!
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Notch up yet another castle ... the 'new' castle
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Turaida Castle: a facelift gone too far
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Sigulda castle ruins - much more to my liking
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The Turaida Rose
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Walking-stick Square
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Turaida Church
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Museum at Turaida Castle
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Turaida Castle
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Sigulda Lutheran Church
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Sigulda Castle Ruins
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New Sigulda Castle
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Krimulda Medieval Castle
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To Sigulda from Riga, and back
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Bobsleigh and sleigh track Sigulda
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Toboggan track
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Cable Car
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Visiting Turaidas Pils castle
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Krimulda Castle
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Viktor’s Cave
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Gutmanis Cave
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Turaida Museum Reserve
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New Sigulda Castle
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Old Sigula Castle
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Sigulda Church
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Turaida Castle
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Cave
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Train
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Ice Track
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Turaida Castle
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Take the cable car
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Air tram / Gaisa tramvajs
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Sigulda castle
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three castles route
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Turaida castle
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Sigulda Lutheran church
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Sigulda castle ruins / Siguldas pilsdrupas
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