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Siguldas Novads

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  • Day7

    Sigulda

    April 24, 2017 in Latvia

    Wij reisden naar Sigulda, een dorpje dat bij het natuurpark Gauja hoort en waar wij vandaag een flinke hike achter de rug hebben! Zo fijn in het zonnetje. Het zag er nu al prachtig en indrukwekkend uit, en dat terwijl nog alles in de knop zat. Ik snap wel dat dit een geliefde plek is voor wandelaars en mountainbikers in de zomer! Over ons heerlijke toetje in het restaurant zat uiteraard een lekker Black Balsam sausje :) Morgen treinen we terug naar Riga en stappen daar op de bus naar Tallinn, Estland.Read more

  • Day15

    To Sigulda and back

    August 26, 2017 in Latvia

    Morning bus trip to Sigulda to the east, the most popular resort in Latvia, in the Gauja River valley. We stopped at the Latvian bobsled track. You were able to walk alongside some of it.We then got on our bikes and cycled through the Gauja National Park visiting Latvia's "largest cave", Gurmana Cave. The whole cave has many carvings, ancient and new. We even had a busker there.
    Continuing on we stopped at Turaida Castle. This castle still had many out buildings and towers standing. Latvia's oldest church built in 1205 is also there.
    After lunch we headed back west mainly along the main road with a few hills and a bit windy to Saulkrasti to a private bicycle museum which was very interesting. One bike had rope for tyres and one was built entirely of wood made from an old building of significance. We popped down to the beach but was a bit cold and really rough to dip into. Had a paddle instead.
    Bussed back to Riga and we had tea as a group at The Garlic Pub. Garlic in the meal but they also did a garlic beer and garlic coffee. A few of us shared a garlic beer but didn't go for the coffee
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  • Day9

    Sigulda

    August 4 in Latvia

    Another great night enjoying the long summer evening was followed by an early morning start as I headed out of town to Sigulda for some mountain air. Sigulda is a small town overlooking the picturesque Gautama river in a national park, a heavily forested valley dotted with medieval castles, amazing views and the only bobsled track in the world open to the public, which was the clincher for the early morning effort. The train out to Sigulda went through endless forest, until I was finally deposited in Sigulda where I immediately hired a mountain bike and set off to explore the valley knowing that the bobsled track wasn’t open until after midday. Taking tracks through the forest I made my way down the valley sides until I reached the river and then followed the river upstream until I came across Gutmanis Cave, the largest cave in the Baltic’s and also the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia, evidenced by the huge number of carved inscriptions at its mouth, some dating back to the 17th century. To this day, local legend has it that the waters running out of the cave have healing properties, which explained the huge number of locals filling up water bottles while I was there.

    Ascending the opposite side of the valley, I stopped a a few view points highlighting my final destination, Turaida Castle. Turaida Castle is one of four in the immediate vascinity, but the best preserved and dominates a bluff looking out over the valley. It is also part of the larger Museum Reserve, which included a number of museums and beautiful grounds with various view points. Back on the bike it was time to head back down hill, where I got into a bit of bother following a path, which turned into a series of steep stairs, but I eventually found my way back to town, via a couple of castle ruins and lunch while waiting for the cable car, which I was hoping would allow me to avoid the climb back up the other side of the valley. That hope proved to be dashed as my bike was refused entry and so it was one last hard slog back to town where I immediately headed to the aforementioned bobsled track.

    Being summer there obviously wasn’t any ice, but you can still be taken down in a training sleigh (with wheels). Winter would have also had the added benefit of being able to ride in surplus sleds from the Sarajevo Olympics bobsled track, an abandoned track I had explored four years previously. Sigulda’s bobsled track was built in 1986 and was the only bobsled track in the Soviet Union. It is 1420 metres long, has 6 curves and has a maximum speed of 130km/h. I had heard about it the day before, and while I was sceptical that it was going to be more sedate than it sounded, I couldn’t not live out my Cool Runnings fantasy’s. It definitely wasn’t sedate! The only added safety feature was a loose lap sash and the fact you didn’t have top run and jump into the moving sleigh, but otherwise it’s just 3 tourists and a professional upfront steering. The briefing consisted of a simple command to ‘keep your neck and back strong’ and off we went. Approximately a minute later I was exhilarated, having been thrown about like a rag doll and feeling the sleigh sliding about while we were going round curves on the horizontal. It was awesome!
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  • Day20

    Sigulda

    July 5 in Latvia

    Bevor die Reise direkt nördlich ging, machte ich einen Umweg über Sigulda. Die Stadt liegt vor den Toren des Gauja Nationalpark. Die Region wird oft auch als die Lettische Schweiz bezeichnet. Zum 800. Geburtstag der Stadt, schenkte die Schweiz eine Uhr mit Wegweiser Richtung Schweiz. Einen kurzer Abstecher in das dortige Schloss lohnt sich auf alle Fälle. Auch verfügt die Stadt über eine eigene Rennrodelbahn, welche sowohl für Profis wie auch für Touristen offen ist. Tschüss Lettland und auf Wiedersehen

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    Before the journey went directly north, I made a detour via Sigulda. The city is located at the gates of the Gauja National Park. The region is often also named as Switzerland of Latvia. On the occasion of the city's 800th birthday, Switzerland donated a clock with directions to Switzerland. A short trip to the local castle worthwhile in any case. The city also has its own luge track, which is open to both professionals and tourists. Goodbye Latvia and see you next time.
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  • Day58

    Air Cableway, Sigulda, Lettland

    July 29, 2017 in Latvia

    Der Plan war eigentlich ein ganz anderer: mit der Seilbahn über den Fluss, dann sechs KIlometer wandern, zwei Burgen und eine Höhle besichtigen und anschliessend mit dem Bus zurück zum Parkplatz, wo unser Auto steht.
    Nur leider stehen wir jetzt fast eine Stunde hier rum und die Seilbahn fährt nicht. Das Warten nervt. Und als irgendwie "technische Probleme" die Runde machen geben wir auf, holen das bereits bezahlte Fahrgeld zurück und nehmen doch das Auto. Wenigsten können wir zwei Frankfurterinnen zur einen Burg mitnehmen, die dann zurücklaufen wollen.

    Am Abend lesen wir, dass tatsächlich keine Bahn mehr gefahren ist.
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  • Day58

    Kungu Rija Restaurant, Lettland

    July 29, 2017 in Latvia

    Spontan haben wir uns entschieden, nicht weiter nach Cesis zu fahren sondern in diesem Restaurant am Strassenrand zu essen.
    Es gibt leckere lettische Gerichte für sehr wenig Geld. Blutwurst mit Preiselbeeren, Grieben und Linsen, Matjes-Filet.
    Und auch hier findet eine Feier statt ...

    Wir haben es nicht bereut.Read more

  • Day3

    Unsere erste Unterkunft

    July 26 in Latvia

    Angekommen in Sigulda, dem Tor zum Gauja Nationalpark. Unsere Wohnung präsentiert sich von außen im strengen russischen Charme. Von innen lässt sie aber nichts zu wünschen übrig. Jetzt geht es ans Auspacken.
    Ach ja, und Fridtjof ist jetzt auch angeschlagen 😞 Hoffen wir, dass es schnell vorbei geht.

  • Day3

    In Sigulda

    July 26 in Latvia

    Nach dem Auspacken haben wir Sigulda erkundet. In Tarzans Abenteuerland konnten wir Sommerrodeln, Sessellift und Riesenrad fahren. Die Jungs sind aber so angeschlagen, dass jede weitere Aktivität zu viel würde 😮 Also sind wir mit Pizza nach Hause gefahren und verbringen einen ruhigen Abend.

  • Day4

    Frühstück

    July 27 in Latvia

    Amelie und Onno sind wieder gesund. Onno hat die Nacht durchgeschwitzt - offenbar war das hilfreich. Dafür ist Fridtjof noch mit Fieber dabei. Wenn alles gut geht, dürfte er morgen wieder fit sein.🙏
    Das erste Frühstück hat funktioniert. Onno hat die hiesige Fleischwurst kurzerhand zu Schweinewurst erklärt und fand sie lecker. Wir haben es sogar geschafft, Brot ohne Kümmel zu kaufen, insofern war für jeden was dabei. Nachher geht's wieder auf Entdeckungstour.Read more

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