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Sigulda, Krimulda and Turaida

N 579.189', E 2451.235'
2015-07-05
http://www.sigulda.lv
Our rating: 7.00
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Sigulda is a great option for a day trip from Riga. In a small area there is a huge number of attractions. It's a paradise hikers and this place has left the best impression of Latvia.

From the railway station of Sigulda follow the beautiful Raina street.

Sigulda, station
Sigulda, station Yuriy Buriak


Sigulda
Sigulda Yuriy Buriak


Sigulda
Sigulda Yuriy Buriak


Sigulda
Sigulda Yuriy Buriak

Go to the intersection with the Cesu street where starts descent to the river. To the left is a park with walking sticks, cable car and a wooden staircase to the river. To the right is a Lutheran church, a palace and a castle. At first, we took pictures of the church.

Sigulda Lutheran Church
Sigulda Lutheran Church Yuriy Buriak

Then, watched the palace (1878-1881), the castle (1207-1226) and went to the Sigulda cable car.

Kropotkin palace-castle in Sigulda
Kropotkin palace-castle in Sigulda @


Castle in Sigulda
Castle in Sigulda @

On the way, visited the park with walking sticks, a symbol of Sigulda.

Park of walking sticks in Sigulda
Park of walking sticks in Sigulda Yuriy Buriak


Park of walking sticks in Sigulda
Park of walking sticks in Sigulda Yuriy Buriak

The cable car, the only one in the Baltic States, is open from 10 am (timetable), 5 euros one way.


River Gauja
River Gauja Yuriy Buriak


River Gauja
River Gauja Yuriy Buriak

The second station is in Krimulda. Here is an old Palace (XIX c., http://www.krimuldaspils.lv) and the various ancient buildings, the whole village.

Sigulda
Sigulda Yuriy Buriak


Krimulda Palace
Krimulda Palace Yuriy Buriak


Krimulda Palace
Krimulda Palace Yuriy Buriak


Wooden cabins near the palace in the Krimulda
Wooden cabins near the palace in the Krimulda Yuriy Buriak


Krimulda
Krimulda Yuriy Buriak


Krimulda
Krimulda Yuriy Buriak


Krimulda
Krimulda Yuriy Buriak

Next, we headed in the direction of Turaida castle. Passed near ruins of Krimulda castle (XIII century), they are a step away from the cable car station.

The ruins of the Krimulda castle
The ruins of the Krimulda castle Yuriy Buriak

Then, got down by the wooden stairs. In general, the hiking trails here are well-equipped.

Tourist infrastructure
Tourist infrastructure Yuriy Buriak


Tourist infrastructure
Tourist infrastructure Yuriy Buriak

Continue along the lakes and visited several caves, the main of which Gutman's Cave, the largest in the Baltic States. Although for experienced travelers, it looks funny :)

Gutman's Cave
Gutman's Cave Yuriy Buriak

After the cave, walking trail is interrupted and you need to walk up the road for about 700 meters. Turaida castle (formerly Treiden castle, http://www.turaida-muzejs.lv/) has been restored since 1953.

Turaida Museum Reserve
Turaida Museum Reserve @


Turaida Castle
Turaida Castle Yuriy Buriak


Turaida Castle
Turaida Castle Yuriy Buriak

Around the castle is an architectural reserve with a lot of interesting buildings.

Turaida
Turaida Yuriy Buriak

Stone park is popular with the tourists from Japan.

Turaida
Turaida Yuriy Buriak


Turaida
Turaida Yuriy Buriak

Back from the castle to Sigulda we wanted to get by taxi or bus, but on this day there was an international mountain bike cup and all the roads were closed. So we got to Sigulda by foot, climbing the wooden stairs from the bridge over the river.

Sigulda
Sigulda Yuriy Buriak

Getting to Sigulda: by train or bus from Riga, travel time abount an hour, one way ticket costs ~2.5 euro, schedule is here.
Tags, Latvia: castle, mountains, palace, park, ski lift

Tags, all countries: castle, mountains, palace, park, ski lift
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2017-01-15 15:28 # 1 Alberto Calvo
Great post! I recently had the chance to visit Sigulda and Turaida, and I absolutely loved it! I was there in the middle of winter, so the beautiful scenery covered in snow was just incredible. It looked so different from your photos!

I actually wrote a post on my blog about my day trip to Sigulda and Turaida from Riga, have a look and let me know what you think :)

https://www.arwtravels.com/blog/sigulda-turaida-hike-gauja-national-park-from-riga

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