Sigulda Castle

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At the heart of history for centuries, enclosed by picturesque stone walls, this castle was both a residence and fortress for the nobility. Nowadays, every summer the castle echoes with the sound of classical music during Sigulda’s world famous opera festival. The proximity of the Gauja and the wild river valley form a unique backdrop for enjoyment of the works of art wrought by man and nature. The soft sounds of music from the castle garden and the reverberations from the creative quarter enliven the harmonious atmosphere of the castle. Merging with the elegant neo-gothic architecture, a visit to the castle acquires a fine and noble aftertaste.

The air around will rustle amidst the tranquility of the ancient Gauja river valley. Thus, you will feel like a castle guard on the edge of civilization, knowing that the security of the castle depends on you keeping your ears open to any danger emanating from the scenic panorama around you. And as you shoot your arrows straight and true, you’ll hear them sour into the sky with the grace on the birds on high.

 

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A Grand Duke’s Neo-Gothic Style Castle

Nowadays, the idyllic residence of the Kropotkin family, which was built for leisure and joie de vivre enclosed by the verdant landscapes of the Gauja, has magnetic appeal, recreating the refined atmosphere of days gone by, reminiscent of those once enjoyed here by artists and aristocrats.

Livonian Order Castle Ruins

Walks within the castle walls give rise to imaginary scenes from medieval life, while the primeval nature of the surroundings can be admired from the restored towers. The remaining ruins will give you an impression of the former majesty of this castle in Livonia and prompt you to dream as in the age of romanticism when ruins were considered to be art.

Concerts, Cultural Events

Venerable traditions of tea afternoons once initiated artists now continue in the form of inspiring concerts, exhibitions and creative workshops. Morning coffee acquires its own resonance, savouring breakfast accompanied by dreamlike classical music.

Creative Quarter

The old manor buildings are now occupied by talented individuals with a creative spark, whose work you can not only observe, but also try your hand at to create a special souvenir to remind you of your visit to Sigulda Castle.

Medieval Testimonies

In the presence of the old Livonian Order castle walls, you can step into the shoes of courageous medieval knights, wear armour and try out your proficiency with weapons and crossbow, giving you an idea of the daily routine and habits of the Livonian Order brothers.

Stunning Views of the Gauja River Valley

Not without reason did German knights choose to build their imposing fortress on the steep shores of the Gauja river valley. As you quietly sip tea on the castle terrace, or climb up one of the castle’s towers, your eyes will be thrilled by the sight of one of Latvia’s most beautiful landscapes.

 

 

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Excursions around the Livonian Order Sigulda Castle | Games with medieval weapons | Craftsmen’s workshops and related activities | Cultural events: Sigulda International Opera Festival, Musical Breakfasts, etc.

Nowadays Sigulda Castle is home to the county council.

Sigulda Castle is the oldest stone castle in the district and its life began in the 13th century when the Livonian Order built a fortress here. At the start of the 18th century during the Northern War, it was destroyed, never to be rebuilt. However, part of the fort has survived right through to the present day, and the castle tower has been reconstructed, from where one can now inspect surrounding nature and the castle courtyard, imagining everyday life during the Middle Ages.

 The new Sigulda Castle, which was built at the end of the 19th century in the neo-gothic style, was the residence of the family of Duke Kropotkin. During this period, Sigulda developed as a summer leisure and tourism centre, largely due to the newly built railway line.  

After the First World War when the castle was destroyed, it became a centre of creative leisure and innovation for writers and journalists and was renamed the Writers’ Castle. It was not long before the castle was renovated and became a sanatorium.

In 1937, considerable upgrading took place in the building under the leadership of architect Augusts Birkhāns. Sigulda Castle became the most luxurious and modern leisure castle in the Baltics with a unique national romanticism-style interior.

Nowadays, Sigulda Castle is home to the district council and the surrounding buildings have become a centre of creativity, in which ideas are brought to life by craftsmen and artists, creating contemporary works of art in this venerable environment.



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