Gauja National Park
One of the most beautiful places in Northern Europe is Gauja National Park.
Visit Sigulda the “Switzerland of Latvia” on the riverside of the Gauja river. Romantic ruins of Sigulda Castle, Gutman caves – full of spring water and old legends; Turaida Castle museum and beautiful stone art park.
Explore the rivers, streams, soft hills, thick forests, and exquisite caves of the Gauja River valley, and old fortresses that date back to Crusades.
In the charming town of Sigulda, admire Sigulda New Castle, constructed at the end of the 19th century, and the ruins of Sigulda Old Castle, built in 1207 by the Livonian Order. Across the Gauja River in the village of Turaida, you can find an amazing open-air stone art exposition, Lutheran church, and ruins of the Turaida Castle.
Turaida Castle Museum
In Turaida’s Livonian graveyard, you can find the tomb of Maija, the legendary “Rose of Turaida” – the legend about a strong love and faith.
At Gutmanis Cave, situated on the banks of the Gauja River, you can see the biggest and deepest cave in the whole Baltic region.
The site has given rise to many stories and legends. Take the opportunity to admire some of the cave carvings that were left there by travelers 3-4 centuries ago.
Cesis – a town of the knights
Next stop in a nice town of Cesis. You can go to see another castle or just sit a nice coffee shop in the main square of Cesis.