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Sigulda is a town in the Vidzeme Region of Latvia, located to the northeast of the country’s capital of Riga.
Aside from being a beautiful alternative to the busy capital city, Sigulda is full of exciting activities for those who love an adrenaline rush!
How to get from Riga to Sigulda:
Sigulda is located 53 kilometres northeast of Riga.
Sigulda is reachable from Riga by car in just under an hour.
Alternatively, you can catch the train from Rīga pasažieru to Sigulda with Latvian Railways (PV) train routes 876, 874 or 864 which also takes around an hour.
The cheapest way to get from Riga to Sigulda is to catch the CATA bus (number 625, 556, 126 or 251) which takes roughly 1 hour 10 minutes.
Things to do in Sigulda Latvia in Winter for Adrenaline Junkies:
Snow, snow, snow… that’s one thing you definitely won’t miss when visiting Sigulda in winter.
And along with the snow comes plenty of fun adrenaline-fuelled snow sports.
Race Down the Sigulda Bobsleigh Track
The Sigulda bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track is 1420 meters long with 16 curves and a 200 m long braking distance. It was the training track of many Latvian Olympic athletes.
The track is also one of the few in the world open to anyone.
For €50 you can have the full bobsleigh experience, or for €10 you can take to the track in the soft summer bob. A ride on the “frog”, a soft skeleton, is also available for €20.
The track is only open on weekends between 12 and 5pm and booking is not necessary.
Just park out the front, walk through to the start of the run and hand your cash to the men there. It’s definitely a little terrifying as you’re hurtling down the run, but it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and a lot of fun!
Go Skiing in Sigulda
Other than the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton, one of the other most popular snowsports in Sigulda is skiing.
Being a very flat country, Latvia isn’t particularly known for its large ski resorts or particularly difficult runs. However, if you’re looking to make the most of the snow, Sigulda has several ski slopes for you to enjoy.
Sigulda City Ski Track is one of the most popular skiing destinations in the country, with all major Latvian competitions taking place on the slope.
There is a ski school where beginners can have lessons with professional instructors, and all equipment can be hired on site.
Things to do in Sigulda Latvia in Summer for Adrenaline Junkies:
Sigulda doesn’t just make a great day trip from Riga during winter, but it’s also a fun place to visit during the summer months too.
As well as being home to not one but THREE historic castles, ancient caves, the unusual ‘walking stick field’ and many scenic hikes, Sigulda is also a great place to visit in summer for adrenaline junkies looking for adventure.
Get High at Tarzāns Adventure Park
Tarzāns is the largest adventure park in the Baltic’s, with a treetop obstacle course, giant catapult, climbing wall, archery, go-karts and velomobiles.
Tarzāns is open to visitors at the beginning of May for the summer season.
Find out more about visiting the adventure park here.
Bungee Jump from a Cable Car
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Located in Sigulda’s Gauja National Park, Bungee Sigulda is certainly one of the most unique things to do in Sigulda for adventure lovers.
Take a cable car out to the middle of the Gauja River, then jump back out of it attached to a piece of elasticated rope. Yes, I am talking about bungee jumping out of a cable car!
Find out more about the Sigulda Bungee here.
Take Flight at Sigulda’s Aerodrome
Sigulda’s Aerodrome is an open-air wind tunnel used by skydivers to practise their flying techniques.
However, the Aerodrome is also open to those just looking to have a little fun or experience the thrill of skydiving without actually having to jump out of a plane!
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