The Brothers of the Sword, who controlled the left bank of the Gauja river, built the Sigulda Castle in the period from 1204 to 1209. Originally, it was a "castellum" type fortress with a chapel. Later, the castle was rebuilt into a convent-type building. The castle had a wide outer forepart, where a bustling settlement of traders and craftsmen was formed.
During the Livonian War, Russian, Polish and Swedish troops were fighting near the castle. The castle was damaged in wars and eventually lost its military importance. In addition, in the early 18th century the castle was destroyed during the Northern War and has not been restored since then.
Visiting the ruins, you can walk along the stone walls and climb the castle towers. In the northern tower you can watch exposition of medieval weapons and put on a real medieval armour.
Mighty stone walls of ruins keep many historical events and stories. It is fascinating to imagine how the knights of the Livonian Order were mastering their fighting skills in this place.
You can also try the ancient weapons and other medieval activities, going on the journey in the everyday life of the Livonian Order Brothers.
In the ruins there is an open-air stage, where visitors can experience memorable moments of annual Opera Music Festival and Blues Festival, as well as of other events.