Latvia

Sigulda

Sigulda

The city of Sigulda is one of the tourist centers of Latvia, it lies on the Gauja River, 50 kilometers from Riga. Sigulda is located on the lands of the national park, which occupies a vast territory, and the small town and surroundings are often called "Latvian Switzerland" for the beauty of nature.

Sigulda Travel Guide

Sigulda on map

Overview

Turaida Castle

History

The history of modern Sigulda began between the 16th and 18th centuries. Then, on the route of the future railway connecting Pskov with Riga, Sigulda gradually turned into a transshipment point and resort. The date of foundation is considered to be 1207 — the year the Order of the Swordsmen created the castle of Segevold. An eventful history has left castles around Sigulda, the most important of which is the recently recreated Turaida Castle.

Sigulda, Latvia

In 1949-1962, Sigulda was the center of the Sigulda district of the Latvian SSR. After Latvia regained its independence in 1991, the authorities of Sigulda began to preserve its heritage and develop the tourism sector. An open-air opera festival was held on the ruins of the castle, and in May the city day is celebrated, coinciding with the flowering of cherry trees. Skiing, bobsleigh and luge are popular here in winter, while bungee jumping is available at any other time of the year.

Krimluda Palace, Sigulda, Latvia

What to see

The Turaida Castle is considered the main historical and architectural landmark of Sigulda.

The Turaida Castle

Sigulda is a small town and a great place to relax, located in the picturesque Gauja National Park. Here you will find a relaxing holiday surrounded by pristine nature, nature reserves, castles and palaces of the Middle Ages, as well as places for active recreation and entertainment.

Sigulda is called "Latvian Switzerland" because of its well-developed mountain structure, ski resorts and a bobsleigh track where athletes train, but tourists can also ride.

How to get

Sigulda can be reached by regular bus from Riga, which takes a couple of hours, or by train from Riga in an hour.

Cable car in Sigulda, Latvia

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March 29, 2024

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