Latvia's top spot for enjoying golden autumn, the self-proclaimed capital of winter sports, and gateway to Gauja National Park - a favourite among hikers, cyclists, foragers and boaters. Sigulda is a much-loved travel destination with multiple picture-perfect attractions on the forested shores of the river Gauja. It's also home to approximately 19 000 permanent inhabitants who benefit from nature on their doorsteps, an active business environment, world-class sports facilities, a busy cultural agenda, and proximity to capital city Riga and its airport.
“At less than an hour's drive from Riga, Sigulda is an excellent location for small conferences, teambuilding and corporate entertainment programmes. There are no big distances and traffic jams to interfere with spending a day rich in emotions and one-of-a-kind activities,” says Dace Preisa, director of the Sigulda Development Agency.
Sigulda adventures for outdoor enthusiasts and adrenaline seekers
Indeed, locals and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to active pursuits. Sigulda bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track is open not just to athletes, but also daring amateurs. Mežakaķis and Tarzāns outdoor adventure parks have obstacle courses and ziplines among the trees. Teams can bond and compete for adrenaline at Aerodium wind tunnel or the Sigulda bungee jump from a cable car.
Cultural heritage lives on, and contemporary venues add to the mix
Along with its reputation for sports and active recreation, the town and Gauja National Park are known for culture and history. Sigulda Medieval Castle is one of the most popular sites and a striking venue for concerts and gatherings. Technically just beyond the town's borders, Turaida Museum Reserve and Krimulda Manor offer meeting spaces with a historical ambience and views across the scenic river valley.
Sigulda county is the first in Latvia to consider not just the positive economic impacts of organising events at cultural heritage attractions, but also how to lessen any potential negative impacts on the environment and infrastructure. The council took part in “The impacts of events on cultural heritage” (ZEN) project within the European Union’s INTERREG programme.
Newer venues add diversity. Devons is a purpose-built arts centre opened in 2018. Baltais flīģelis is a music venue designed to resemble and named after a grand piano. The Jāņa tirgus market brings street food culture to Sigulda and celebrates local producers. Its black timber pavilion is a stylish addition to the town centre.
A soothing environment for medical treatments and recovery
Sigulda is also known for its medical facilities and services, particularly bariatric surgery at Sigulda Hospital, and the CyberKnife® M6 technology at the Radiosurgery Centre Sigulda.
Though close to the capital and endowed with all the features of a full-blown city, Sigulda is a serene and scenic setting for events. If that sounds like the right fit for your plans, contact the tourism information centre for a proposal!
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