Travel Blogs from Sigulda
... guys said the 25km would take 3 hours if you paddle really hard all the time. Either I went through a wormhole or I was going faster than I thought. I must've passed the Brasla River inlet and not even noticed it.
With 2 hours until I was to be picked up, I had some time to kill. So I turned around and paddled back upstream for a bit. Boy was that harder than downstream! I went probably close to a km back upstream before beaching on another beach. I got, wandered for a bit ...
... and 70s unearthed the remains of a lot of the castle, including the archbishop's palace. Several interesting exhibitions are now housed in the castle buildings, and you can climb the main watchtower to over 37m above the ground to get a 360 degree panorama of the region (well it was a watchtower!).
As I left the castle, the rain started up again. I made my way back down to the valley floor (a lot faster than going up let me tell you!) and started an even longer climb ...
... Brothers or Brotherhood who were the knights of the Bishop but he lived in the castle at Taurida which you could see across the valley. The knights and the bishop did have a few problems with each other, wanting each other's land and fighting each other on occasion. The castle at Taurida was quite rich with farms and lakes and the river went by for catching fish and there was hunting in the forest so often it was attacked.
In Sigulda lived ...
... in the company of steroid enhanced staff and signed for the car, following the usual drama about upgrading insurance cover. We ended up with a Citroen instead of a Renault which we were told was an upgrade, but clearly wasn't. The next day we drove through the Abava Valley, passing Sablile on our way to Kuldiga, which is on the Venta River. This town, with medieval origins, is built around three town squares. The first church here was built in the ...
... or Poles. Hmm. We also succeeded at getting thoroughly lost in thick pine forest (thank goodness we brought the compass) and learnt the hard way that direction signs are not to be trusted in the least.
Cesis, a larger town further into the national park (how you can have towns in a national park I don't know) has a partly rebuilt castle. Here our entry fee got us a candle lantern to ...
Other places to stay in Sigulda
4b Malpils St, Sigulda | 4 star hotelfrom $94
Stacijas 6, Sigulda | Hotelfrom $59
Pils str. 6, Sigulda | 3 star hotelfrom $77
Pulkveza Brieza 55, Sigulda | Hotelfrom $43
Ventas 1b, Sigulda | Hotelfrom $68
Siguldas pagasts, Ezeri, Sigulda | 3 star hotelfrom $68
Pils street 4 b, Sigulda | 3 star hotelfrom $59
Kalnjani, Sigulda | Hotelfrom $59