Full Day Hike in Sigulda

Walking across a snowy field

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Sigulda is a small town in Latvia.

Located in the Gauja National Park, the largest and oldest of the national parks in Latvia, Sigulda has a lot to offer to outdoor enthusiasts. Being only an hour’s ride away from Riga, it’s the most popular day trip destination in Latvia for tourists and locals alike. Are you planning a trip to Sigulda?

Here’s a full day hike idea for your next visit to Sigulda.

Add it to your Sigulda travel itinerary.

1. Full Day Hike in Sigulda: Basics

There are a lot of hiking trails in the area.

This is just one way how you can go on a full day hike in Sigulda.

It isn’t a single trail, but several separate hiking trails. This is the route — Paradise Hill (Paradīzes kalns) – Kraukļu cave – Satezele canyon – Satezele castle hill – Peteris cave –  Witches’ pot (Raganu katls) – Dauda waterfall.

OUR ROUTE:

TIME & DISTANCE: around 13 miles / 20.9 km (around 4 – 5 hours).

TIPS: bring some snacks and water, as there are no shops once you leave the town. Take into account that you’ll be walking up and down the stairs quite a few times. Another thing to take into account is that for Latvia it’s a hilly walk. Be prepared that it might be a muddy and slippery walk, if you’ll be coming during spring, autumn or winter.

2. How to Get to Sigulda from Riga

Boarding a train to Lielupe

Boarding Riga to Sigulda train

There are both buses and trains going from Riga to Sigulda.

If you’ll be coming by bus, take into account that buses stop in two different places. Some of them are going to Sigulda bus station, others that are only passing by stop on the highway near Sigulda. The bus stop next to the highway is a 15-minute walk away from the train station, while the bus station is right next to the train station.

My preference is train when possible.

I find trains more comfortable. It’s also easier to do this particular hike. You can start hiking right from the train station, and shorten the walk a bit. If you plan to take a bicycle with you to Sigulda, like I do sometimes, it’s much easier to travel by train with a bicycle in Latvia than by bus.

3. Paradise Hill – Krauklu Cave – Satezele Canyon – Peteris Cave – Withche’s Pot – Dauda Waterfall: Our Experience

Cave near Sigulda

Krauklu cave, Sigulda

Go for a walk in the nature.

It’s the best thing you can do in Sigulda.

If you enjoy being in nature just as much as we do, don’t just go on a day trip to Sigulda. Stay in Sigulda for a few days instead, just like we did this time.

We booked a cheap and nice room in MyHostel VOYAGE.

And we went on a few hikes in Sigulda.

It was the end of February. The snow had started to melt. Everything was slippery. The sky was grey for most of the time and it didn’t look the prettiest. At the same time it meant less people on the trails.

Here are a few photos from this Sigulda half day hike.

Walking to Paradise hill in Sigulda

Walking to Paradise hill in Sigulda

View from Paradise Hill in Sigulda

View from Paradise Hill

Walking down the stairs near Paradise hill

Walking down the stairs near Paradise hill

Krauklu cave, Sigulda

Krauklu cave, Sigulda

Cave near Sigulda

Krauklu cave, Sigulda

Peteris Cave, Sigulda

Peteris Cave, Sigulda

Tall cave near Sigulda

View from inside the Peteris Cave

View from inside the Peteris Cave

Slipper stairs to Withche’s Pot

Slipper stairs to Withche’s Pot

Slippery stairs in Gauja National Park

Walking trail in Gauja National Park

Walking to Withche’s Pot (Raganu katls)

View of the Withche’s Pot

View of the Withche’s Pot

Withche’s Pot, Sigulda

Walking on a rural road near Sigulda

Walking to Dauda waterfall

Rural road near Sigulda

Old building near Sigulda

Rural road in Latvia

Snowy fields near Sigulda

Snowy fields near Sigulda

Dauda waterfall during the winter

Dauda waterfall during the winter – frozen waterfall

Frozen waterfall - Dauda waterfall

See also: Sigulda – Eglupe Half Day Hike, Half Day Hike Around Sigulda

Have you been to Sigulda? Did you go hiking in Sigulda? What was your experience?

1. Book Your Flight. Find cheap flights using Kiwi.com, Momondo.com. Or subscribe to Dollar Flight Club, if you don’t want to be searching for the flights yourself. Momondo usually is my first choice.

2. Book Your Accommodation. Booking.com, Agoda.com and Airbnb. I use Booking and Agoda at least a dozen times a year, and Airbnb – when looking for a long-term stay. My best tip is to ALWAYS compare the price. Sometimes the same hotel is cheaper on Booking.com, other times – on Agoda. Always compare the price!

3. Buy Your Travel Insurance. World Nomads and SafetyWings are two companies I can recommend. World Nomads offers some extra benefits, that will be important for those doing some higher risk activities, while SafetyWings is significantly cheaper. SafetyWings is only $9.25 / week.


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