Sigulda/Turaida and Krimulda castles
Situated on both banks of the ancient valley of the Gauja, Sigulda is one of the most beautiful cities in Latvia. Three medieval castles situated in the distance of a cannon shot from each other and picturesque landscape are only few of things why it is worth to visit this city!
– The Sigulda Luge and Bobsleigh Track is a training venue for Olympic team of Latvia, and it hosts a number of international and national scale competitions every year.
– Visit Sigulda Castle, which was built in 1207 by crusaders as a “Castellum”-type fortress with a chapel. A perfect place to take memorable photos. You will also visit an open-air stage with 2,000 spectator seats, built in the castle courtyard.
– Sigulda New Castle was built for Grand Duke Kropotkin in the 19th century and is now the seat of the regional government.
– Evangelic Lutheran church was first mentioned in 1483 in the printings as St. Bertulis church that was situated in the place of the present church. In 1930, the construction of a new reinforced concrete tower was completed. It is possible to climb up the church tower.
– Walking-stick Park is dedicated to a symbol of Sigulda – a walking stick. For more than 100 years, locals have been making sticks for tourists and this tradition is still lives today.
– A great part of Sigulda area includes the Gauja National Park. It was established on 14th September, 1973 and is therefore the first and the oldest national park in Latvia.
– Gutmanis Cavern is the largest, oldest and most visited cavern in Baltic States. A signpost with the legend of Turaida rose is found in the proximity of the cavern.
– Turaida Museum Reserve is a cultural heritage site. The 42 hectares of grounds are replete with archaeological, architectural, historical and art monuments, all of which provide an account of the events from the eleventh century onwards.
– The castle of Turaida was built in 1214 under the direction of Bishop Albert. The main Tower offers the perfect opportunity to take pictures of Latvia’s uniquely beautiful wilderness.
– The museum contains Dainas Hill – a garden of sculptures dedicated to Latvian folklore. It was created in the honour Krišjānis Barons, the most distinguished collector of folk songs.
– Turaida Church is one of the oldest wooden churches in Latvia, built in 1750.
– Turaida estate was a private property starting from 1571 – 1920. Visit Carthouse, Fish cellar, Latvian Bath-house and Smithy.
– The Dome Capitol of Krimulda Castle was built at the time of Bishop Albert II supposedly in 1255. At the turn of the 16th century castle was taken over by Swedish and Polish troops. It was burned down in 1601 and never renovated after.
– Cable car – opened in 1969 – the only aerial cable-way in the Baltic States. The length of the cable-way from one station to another is 1200m, travelling in the height of (in the mid-span over the River Gauja) 40-42m. A beautiful sight of the River Gauja primeval valley is seen from the cable-way.
Price from EUR 50 per person
Included: transportation, tour guide, entrance tickets to Turaida Museum, entrance tickets to Sigulda castle ruins, entrance tickets to Bobsleigh and Luge track Sigulda, tickets for the cable car.
Duration: 6 hours, including time for transfer.