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Tourists say, Latvia – best enjoyed slowly… Can’t deny. To be honest, Sigulda is not an exception. Visit Sigulda and you will see for yourself while traveling. Amazing landmarks and charming woods are about to steal your soul forever. Sigulda tourism will reveal all the secrets, will show you all the tempting places! The history of Sigulda started in the 11th century. This is the reason the whole region is full of Livonian traditions and culture. That is why Sigulda tourism is so special! Wait till you see the Livonian Order Sigulda Castle form the middle ages… It’s breathtaking! Well, anyway, let me ask you if you are interested in something more active? Sigulda Tourism could offer tourists winter season skiing, boating down the River Gauja, cycling or traveling to amazing parks. Visit Sigulda and find out more about Sigulda Opera Music Festival, Sigulda Blues Festival and other events. Afterall – try the one and only cable car in the Baltics – it’s truly fun. Sigulda travel guide will show how brilliant little tiny cities can be! Don’t traveling, visit Sigulda!
Population: 11 168 (2010)
Area: 18 km2
Postal code: LV-2150
Area code: (+371) 67
Rank in country: 20th in Latvia
Gauja National Park is the largest and oldest national park in Latvija. Probably, this is the one of the most popular places to visit in Sigulda. The park was set up in 1973 to protect the area of more than 90,000 hectares of the most beautiful and unique Gauja river valley, which formed by attracting ice-fields. The park territory is divided into 5 functional areas and each one is individually protected. For its natural beauty this park is often called the Switzerland of Latvia.
Turaida Museum Reserve is an area of 43,63 hectares, where you can visit the most famous castle of Turaida, the church, the Folk Song Park and many other famous visited places. The most interesting place in this reserve is Turaida Castle. The beginning of this castle construction is associated with the arrival of Christianity in Latvia. In this unique place you can see many ancient things that tell about the construction of the castle, its history and the life in the Middle Ages.
Sigulda Medieval Castle is one of the top 5 places to visit in Sigulda. In 1207 it was built in a castle fortress, which later was rebuilt into a monastery type fortress. Visitors can climb to the north and main gates tower and take a walk through the medieval palaces resembled walls of the castle. From the Sigulda Castle you will see a wonderful landscape, also visitors can take a walk in the park near this historical place, which hosts a variety of events and it is quite favorite place for walks.
Sigulda Evangelical Lutheran Church for the first time in the writings was mentioned in the 15th century as the St. Bartholomew’s Church. Sigulda parish was founded in 1225. According to historical records, it is said, that the first church was built under the castle of Sigulda. In the Soviet period from 1965 to 1990, this church was the only house of the God, used by believers of different religions. To this day, this famous place is very popular by tourists and everyone who visits Sigulda should visit here.
Walking-stick park is an unusual and special place, where you can see the symbol of Sigulda – a stick. The making of sticks in this city is an old and from generation to generation transmitted craft. Even today, all visitors can buy typical Sigulda sticks, which are made from a variety of flexible wood types, in order to fold the stick handle. Over time, the sticks have acquired various burned patterns, unique combinations of difficult colors and in branches areas – devils and animals heads. Also, on each stick you can find the inscription “Sigulda” which all masters decorate differently.
Doma is a popular cafe, where you will find various homemade burgers, barbecues and salads, served with coffee, local beer or wine. This popular and recommended place offers its customers low prices, delicious and well-prepared food and a cozy atmosphere. Come here and enjoy the wonderful food and stunning esthetics.
Mr. Biskvits is the place where Sigulda began the tradition of high quality coffee, tea, cakes, gifts and sincerely conversations. A cafe located in the very prominent place – in the center of Sigulda, in front of the railway station, focuses on the exclusive culinary products. All city guests know that this cozy cafe “Mr. Biskvits” is waiting for all with sweet baked goods, wonderful coffee and pleasant conversations.
Aparjods is one of the top place to eat in Sigulda, which attracts visitors not only with its impressive BBQ dishes and wine cellar, but also with an exclusive building and a cozy interior. Here you will find traditional Latvian dishes and the most recommended is to eat fish, delicious desserts and, of course, BBQ.
Kungu Rija which is unique in that it aims to combine traditional Latvian cuisine with other countries culinary masterpieces. It is an eternal process that aims to create original dishes and amaze the customers. In this place is recommended to eat a leg of lamb, roast veal, venison or pork, stuffed duck or goose and smoked catfish.
Kaku Maja Bistro is one of the best place for those who want to visit a genuine traditional Latvian cafe. You can choose from a variety of meat, fish or even vegetarian dishes. Also here is the summer terrace which is open from mid April until late October. This is the place where you can eat tasty and quite cheaply.
Enjoy the feeling of adrenaline in Bobsleigh and Luge Track where not only professional athletes can enjoy extreme speed but also every visitor. This is the only route of this type in the Baltic countries. The 1460 meter long track can be tested not only during the summer, but also in winter. The whole route consists of 16 directions and in some places you can reach even 125 km/h speed.
Have fun in the adventure Park Tarzan which is the largest amusement park in the Baltic Countries. It is an active resting place where you will find a wide range of obstacle stretches in the trees, rodeo tracks, lifts with chairs, catapults and trampoline for children. Visit Adventure Park Tarzan is the best thing to do when you arrive in Sigulda with your children.
Go to Gutman’s Cave formed 10,000 years ago and to this day there is a protected geological object, which in ancient times was a place of cult. This cave is the deepest in Latvia, located near the Gauja coast, in the Gauja National Park. Until now it is one of the oldest and most popular tourist place.
Try the flight in Aerodium which is the first vertical wind tunnel in Eastern Europe. It is one of the best things to do in Sigulda. Gliding in the air you can rise upwards, do a variety of movements and experience the best emotions. The minimum flight duration is 2 minutes but for the first time it is recommended to fly from 4 to 6 minutes in order to experience the maximum feelings.
Move through the valley of Gauja with Aerial Cableway which in 7 minutes you will reach the other side of the Gauja – Krimulda. You will travel the 1200 meter long route at the altitude of 43 meters and you will also see an amazing view of Turaida castle, Krimulda Manor, Bobsleigh and Luge Track and other charming places.
Sigulda visitors enjoy the fact that there you will find entertainment and interesting activities any time of the year. Do not forget that this city is often titled the Latvian winter sports capital, due to the mountain skiing and bobsleigh tracks running there.
It is not necessary to leave tips in the cafe, but it will be greatly appreciated if you leave 10-20% of the bill.
Though one very popular proverb states, that “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” Being sure that during your trip through Venice’s water labyrinths or visiting best Gelato café in Florence you will not stay with only wind in your pocket gives more confidence. So, it is obvious that making small research on city you plan to visit prices and the trip cost and how much you might spend overall will not get worse for you and will not take too much time and even could be done for you by others. How much you will have to spend, depends on the local food and beverage service prices as well as the trip cost. As many tour agencies provide their clients with pretty various vacation deals, it is always 100% possibility that you shall find a trip by a good price which suits you the most.
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Professionally educated for sports and tourism management - is encouraging our guests to explore the Northeastern region of Europe in its most attractive way. Working for tourism industry since 2013 Iveta is assisting customers from 64 countries. And she loves doing it!