Sigulda

Sigulda is administratively in the Riga region, however culturally a part of the Vidzeme region. The city is some 50 kilometers to the east of Riga. It is at the south-western end of Gauja National Park. Located in the picturesque Gauja valley, with its steep banks and cliffs, Sigulda has become known as the 'Switzerland of Latvia'.

Get in

Sigulda New Castle.
Turaida castle

By train

The train from Riga takes about 1 hour 15 minutes, and a day return ticket costs about €5 (September 2011). Timetables at 1188.lv.

By bus

The bus also takes about 1 hour 15 minutes from Riga.

By car

If going by private transport, be wary of traffic jams during nice summer weekends - lots of people go there during season, and sometimes it's better to take the train.

Get around

By foot

Sigulda is a small town, and every major sight is easily accessible on foot. In winter, some hiking paths are even cleared of snow.

By bus

A local bus goes to Turaida and Krimulda every day and takes about 10 to 15 minutes.

Itineraries

Walk the wooded trails to Turaida. Take the cable car across the valley, then up and down a variety of paths and steps to Turaida village and castle, before returning along the river valley and a visit to Gutman's Cave. Distance is around 10 km.

See

Wariors welcome you in Sigulda.
How about trying to wear these?

Do

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

Buy

Eat

In the centre of town (Pils Iela) there are two large buffet cafés opposite the main shopping area that are open throughout the day all week from breakfast until late evening. There is also a Hesburger outlet behind the bobsleigh course, but this is a good walk from everything else.

In Turaida there are no food options for lunch beyond a microwaved hot dog at the village store.

Drink

Sleep

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