History of Sigulda


Not far from the centre of Sigulda are the Livonian Order castle ruins, in summer becoming an open-air concert venue which has played host to the annual Sigulda Opera Festival for the past 18 years.

Right next door is the New Sigulda Castle built by Prince Kropotkin – an impressive example of the early 20th century national style.

One of Sigulda’s most popular tourist attractions is the Gūtmaņala cave – the largest suffusion cave in the Baltic States – slightly further away from the town centre towards Turaida. The cave is famous for its enchanting legend – it was carved out by the hands of a local gardener as a meeting place with his beloved Rose. The girl was the intended of a Polish officer, but being faithful to her lover, she chose to go her death instead.

Turaida Castle is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Latvia. Every year, it draws large numbers of visitors as well as local craftsmen with their wares. The 13th century fortress is one of the most impressive monuments of the so-called Brick Gothic style in the Baltic Sea region. Fascinating excursions are available at the castle complex, which also includes Vidzeme’s oldest wooden church. At the Turaida Museum Reserve you can take a walk along the picturesque Dainu Hill – a garden of sculptures dedicated to Latvian folk songs and folklore characters.

Included sights

  • The Gūtmaņala (Goodman's Cave) grotto is the most popular and vast cave in Latvia. It was formed in the course of 10,000 years by water...
    Turaidas iela 2a, Sigulda district, Sigulda, LV-2150
  • Turaida Museum Reserve is a cultural landmark with special protection status. The Museum Reserve contains a medieval castle, a church, a manor, the...
    Turaidas iela 10, Sigulda district, Sigulda, LV-2150
  • Sigulda castle ruins are a cultural and historical landmark. The construction of the castle began in 1207. It was rebuilt and destroyed in the...
    Pils iela 16, Sigulda district, Sigulda, LV-2150
  • Gallery is located at the Turaida castle. At the gallery you can buy ancient Baltic and Scandinavian jewellery, amber.
    Turaidas iela 10, Sigulda district, Sigulda, Turaidas Muzejrezervāts, LV-2150
Last updated: 17.11.2011