The 10 Best Things to Do in Vidzeme Region, Latvia
Discover the best top things to do in Vidzeme Region, Latvia including Turaida Castle, Bobsleigh, Sigulda, Old Sigulda Castle, Cesis Medieval Castle, Sigulda Tourist Information Centre, Aerodium Sigulda, Cable Car Across Gaya, Gutmanis Cave, Gauja National Park, Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church.
1. Turaida Castle
4 based on 709 reviews
Reviewed By gmtravellers - WinnipegWinnipeg
Beautiful day trip from Riga
Turaida Castle and it’s surrounding park area is a beautiful side trip while visiting Riga.The castle itself is not outstanding but a trip up the tower stairs offers a lovely view of the river and green space below.The entire trip is made worthwhile by se
2. Bobsleigh, Sigulda
4.5 based on 202 reviews
Sigulda bobsleigh and luge track is a host of competitions in luge and skeleton. In Winter time from November till mid March rides for tourists are available in track. There are three types of attractions for tourists Soft bob - for everyone who is not scared. Five people get in and off they go Soft skeleton or Frog - two people heads forward go down the track lying on stomach, no age limit Taxibob - adrenaline ride, pilot sits in front and then 3 people are behind, max speed is around 100km/h. This activity only for people 16 and above. Not recommended if person has back, neck or heart problems, is preagnant
Reviewed By Sidewaysglance - Oxford, United KingdomOxford, United Kingdom
Wasn't on my bucket list, but great to have had this opportunity. We did the summer bob, which 'only' goes down at 80 kph - quite fast enough, thanks. It was 10 euros, which seemed reasonable for a unique experience. The winter run costs 50, but goes at 1
3. Old Sigulda Castle
4 based on 338 reviews
Originally built eight centuries ago, the Castle of Livonian Order in Sigulda reopened it's walls to visitors in 2012 and now encourages everyone to step back in time and enjoy the surroundings that bore witness to many historical events. Castle of Livonian Order in Sigulda offers explicit and historically active journey within the everyday life of Livonian Order's brotherho
Reviewed By GeysirGal - Surrey, United KingdomSurrey, United Kingdom
Difficult to find with not much signage
There isn't an awful lot to see here and the castle if quite hard to find with pretty non existent and conflicting signage. It is a fairly small complex set in a woodland setting with great views and what is left is very well preserved.
4. Cesis Medieval Castle
4.5 based on 406 reviews
Reviewed By b037 - Randalstown, United KingdomRandalstown, United Kingdom
I have been to many, many European castles in my lifetime and this one is not unlike other castles I have been to. The new bit, not really a castle in the classical sense and which functions as a museum, is generally interesting and it is good the EU have
5. Sigulda Tourist Information Centre
4.5 based on 82 reviews
Located on the both sides of the Gauja valley, Sigulda is one of the most beautiful Latvian towns. For centuries, it has been captivating visitors from around the world wishing to experience the breathtaking view across the valley and discover the unique objects that are, in large numbers, located right next to each other all across Sigulda and Gauja National Park. We offer: -Free tourist information and tips for the best experience in the region; -Exciting journeys into the past: castles, medieval programs; -Active leisure in Gauja National Park - hiking, cycling, boat tours and many more; -Unique adventure facilities; -Culture and sport events.
Reviewed By Bruce M - Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia
Very helpful with excellent visitor information
Located in the Sigulda railway station, the staff speak good English and were very helpful in offering advice and suggestions on hiking options in the Gauja national park, the worthwhile sites to fit with our time allowance, plus some great detailed maps,
6. Aerodium Sigulda
5 based on 44 reviews
AERODIUM is a vertical wind tunnel that creates a wind stream in which you can fly like a bird, even without wings. By changing body position, the laws of aerodynamics let you rise in the sky, perform various movements and feel incredible emotions. The highest point of happiness, pure joy and absolute freedom - that's what flying means! Only then can you understand that anything is really possible. A flight at AERODIUM has inspired millions of people in the world already. Anyone can fly! No previous experience needed, and you can start as young as 4 years old. All flight experiences take around 60 minutes. You will be properly guided through registration, gear up, briefing, and flying. All the necessary flight equipment will be provided. You just need to wear comfortable clothes and sport shoes.
Reviewed By dannyb122 - Belgrade, SerbiaBelgrade, Serbia
We arrived on a Friday afternoon and were nicely welcomed by friendly staff. The installations look clean, modern and safe. Our instructor was great, he even spoke Spanish. The flight was very exciting, neither difficult nor easy. We purchased 4 minutes,
7. Cable Car Across Gaya
4 based on 153 reviews
The Sigulda Cable car offers a ride over the Gauja valley, enjoying the view of a wonderful landscape over a distance of multiple kilometres. In a height of 43 m above ground the Sigulda Cable car connects both sides of the river Gauja in a width of 1020 m and excites with an excellent old valley of Gauja, three medieval castles – Sigulda, Turaida and Krimulda, and the Bobsleigh Track and Gauja bridge. The Sigulda Cable car is the oldest such type vehicle in the Baltic States. Welcome to a ride above tree tops!
Reviewed By sharonmE6679PW
Nice ride, save time to explore!
This was a nice relatively quick way to get across the Gauja valley. Nice view of the castles and ruins surrounding Sigulda but not the most breathtaking view I’ve ever seen. We regretted not making our way to the cable car earlier in the day as there was
8. Gutmanis Cave
3.5 based on 289 reviews
Reviewed By SharlsG - Traralgon, AustraliaTraralgon, Australia
Don't expect an underground cave. It's more of a hollow in a rock. It actually started forming over 10000 years ago when melt water eroded the sandstone rock after the Ice Age! The inscriptions from the 17th century are interesting as are the folklore tal
9. Gauja National Park
4.5 based on 230 reviews
Reviewed By LMOverby - Columbia, MissouriColumbia, Missouri
Stopped here for about a 45 minute hike on a tour between Riga and Tallinn ... and could have stayed much longer. We mainly did the stairway hike along the sandstone cliffs, which wends its way up to a nice view over the river. The stairs aren't bad and c
10. Sigulda Evangelic Lutheran Church
4 based on 75 reviews
Reviewed By Curly_Kale64 - United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Simple yet stunning
This a simple yet stunning church which we happened to stumble upon on our way to the cable car (which is closed until March 2017 by the way). It was covered in snow when we passed and looked like the perfect winter scene.