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Sigulda's bobsled and luge track snakes its way into the valley.

Sigulda [1] is in the Vidzeme Region of Latvia, some 100 kilometers to the east of Riga. Located in the picturesque Gauja valley, with its steep banks and cliffs, Sigulda has become known as the 'Switzerland of Latvia'.


Get in

Sigulda can be reached from Riga by bus or by train. The trip takes about 90 minutes. If going there by own transport, watch out for some traffic jams during nice summer weekends - lots of people go there during season, sometimes it's better to take the train.

Get around

Sigulda is a small town, and every major sight is easily accessible on foot. In winter, some hiking paths are even cleared of snow. Local bus goes to Turaida and Krimulda every day and takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

See

  • Turaida castle is about 4km outside of Sigulda and a major sight. It's been rebuilt in the Soviet area and now houses exhibition space and a small café. It also has fabulous views over the valley and the river.
  • Gutmanis cave lies half-way between Sigulda and Turaida castle and has a little creek flowing from it. A legend states that the water in the creek emenates from Gutmanis' tears, and drinking it is supposed to be healthy and boosting one's lifespan. Try it at your own risk, or just watch people stopping by to fill entire bottles.
  • Krimulda Palace and Ruins are located about 800 m further from Gutmanis Cave up the Serpentine road. The Cable car take tourists to Sigulda side every half hour.
  • Sigulda New Castle built in the end of 19th century. Restaurant and city council is located in castle.
  • Sigulda Medieval Castle Ruins located next to the Sigulda New castle. Built in 1207 by the Order of the Brethren of the Sword. Opena air stage is located in ruins nowadays.
  • Walking-stick Square opened in 2007. Walking-stick is a symbol of Sigulda town. Locals has made walking-stick since 19th century to help tourists walk up and down the Primeval valley of the Gauja River.

Do

  • Do a canoe tour in the national park. Take care of your arms. :-)
  • Ride Latvia's only cable car across the Gauja valley and enjoy the view.
  • In winter, slide down the artificial bobsled track or ski in the mini ski resort. During summer weekends, the bobsled run is also converted for use by 'wheel-bobs'.
  • Experience a toboggan ride down the hill.
  • Amusement park Wild cat. Adventure Park Mežakaķis is a sporty activity or a walk in the trees, and it is designed for people that are fond of active lifestyle and spending time in open air.
  • Aerodium is the free flight simulator - first vertical wind tunnel in Eastern Europe. It breaks gravity rules and allows you to fly with the help of newest technologies!

Buy

  • City card Siguldas spieķis is the key to unique Sigulda experience for the individual travelers. What you will get with your City card: Free entry in main sights and museum, Money saving special offers, Choice, flexibility & convenience.
  • City card Siguldas spieķis

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