Walk along the castle ramparts and explore the elements of medieval building at Turaida Castle, which means "Thor's garden" in the language of the ancient inhabitants. The red-brick castle is a cultural landmark with a special protection status. Archbishop of Riga requested the building be constructed for an order of Crusaders in 1214. As you tour the building, you'll see the original surviving fragments of a defensive wall, the main tower, a semi-rounded tower, and the western section. Learn about the history and the restoration process at exhibits inside the restored buildings. You can climb the main tower for a view of the valley. See Turaida Castle and all Sigulda has to offer by arranging your trip with our Sigulda trip itinerary builder site.
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After Cesis castle it was a disappointment. It has a nice story about Turaida Rose, but the rest is fake! It is really badly restored. Just take a bit longer trip to Cesis castle. more »
We have arrived at the castle around 18.30. The lady at the counter said that with the "evening ticket" we will be able to walk around the castle and go up to the tower. We were able to go up the... more »
We went during fall and I'm so happy we did. It was absolutely gorgeous. It was about a 20 minute wait in line to go up the tower but totally worth it. It's a spectacular view from the top.
I visited here as a day-trip from Riga. You can visit by bus or train. I got a small minivan for 2.80 which I suggest as got right outside Turaida castle. The castle itself is nice with some displays on the history of the castle in English. You can combine this trip with some other sites in Gauja national park
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