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The Three-Castle Hike in Sigulda, Latvia

The Three-Castle Hike in Sigulda, Latvia, Sigulda, Latvia (B)

Outside of Riga, Latvia has some beautiful countryside castles in the city of Sigulda. One hiking route connects three of these ancient castles of Sigulda, Krimulda, and Turaida, along the Gauja River.

Despite the fact that it’s called the three-castle route, here you can get two for the price of one. The older one, which is basically in ruins, is the Castle of Livonian Order in Sigulda. It was built in 1207, and it’s part castle, part fortress, with accessible stairs that allow you to climb up the north tower and main gate tower. This was originally built to monitor the Gauja, so from the grounds of the Medieval Castle, you can clearly see the river valley and the other castles that are on the hiking route. Though quite desolate when I saw it in April, the castle grounds are actually used for festivals and concerts in the summer time.

In front of the Medieval castle, is the neo-Gothic New Castle of Sigulda and manor center, which was built in the 1800s as a home. It’s changed owners and functions over the years and currently houses the Sigulda District Council. Aside from enjoying the gardens of the manor, you can get the best view of the new castle from the upper tower of the Medieval Castle. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Three-Castle Hike in Sigulda, Latvia
Guide Location: Latvia » Sigulda
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Ana Montano
Read it on Author's Website: http://www.gnometrotting.com/the-three-castle-hike-in-sigulda-latvia/
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Castle of Livonian Order in Sigulda
  • New Castle of Sigulda
  • Krimulda Medieval Castle
  • Krimulda manor
  • Turaida Castle
  • Turaida Museum Reserve
  • Gutmanis Cave