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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excursions around the Livonian Order Sigulda Castle | Craftsmen’s workshops and related activities | Cultural events: Sigulda International Opera Festival, Musical Breakfasts, etc.
Nowadays Sigulda Castle is home to the county council.
Livonian Order Medieval Castle visitation price for adults is EUR 2.00
Annual events calendar
January: Celebration of winter flavours
• Easter: Swing Festival
• May: Sigulda Town Festival
• June: "Līgo in Sigulda"
• July: International Sigulda Opera Music Festival, Musical breakfast on Sunday mornings
• December: Winter concert hall in Sigulda Castle Complex
• Open-air concerts
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.