As firearms evolved, medieval fortifications gradually lost their initial purpose. Nowadays, an open-air stage with 2,000 spectator seats is one of the main event venues. You can view what is happening in Sigulda castle ruins through a web cam.
The new Sigulda castle was built in 1881. After World War I, the central manor was taken over by the Latvian Press Society, and the modifications affected all structures and interiors. Following World War II, the Soviet Ministry of Health Protection set up a sanitarium in the central manor. Today, Sigulda Town Council occupies the castle. The castle tower provides a splendid view of the surrounding landscape.