River Gauja in Sigulda

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Sigulda is a small town in Latvia.

Situated only an hour ride away from Riga, the capital of Latvia, it’s the most popular day trip destination in Latvia for tourists and locals alike. And nature is the number one reason for many to visit Sigulda. There are plenty of hiking trails near Sigulda. The longest hiking trail in the Baltics – the Forest Trail – passes through Sigulda, and there are many other outdoorsy things to do in Sigulda.

Here’s a half day hike idea for your next trip to Sigulda.

Add it to your Sigulda travel itinerary.

1. Half Day Hike Around Sigulda: Basics

It isn’t a single trail going around the town.

This is your route — Sokolade shopping center – Sigulda train station – Sigulda cable car station – Bridge over river Gauja – Vikmeste trail – Krimulda – Maza Velnala cave – Gauja Pedestrian bridge – Keizarskats – Sokolade shopping center.

OUR ROUTE:

TIME & DISTANCE: around 11 miles / 17.7 km (around 4 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 a few times. Another thing to take into account is that for Latvia it’s a hilly walk.

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. Half Day Hike Around Sigulda: Our Experience

River Gauja in February
River Gauja in February

What to do in Sigulda?

Go for a walk in the nature. It’s the number one thing most will recommend you to 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 and it didn’t look the prettiest. At the same time it meant less people on the trails. Time well spent.

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

Stairs down the hill
Stairs down the hill next to the Sigulda cable car station
Vikmeste trail
Vikmeste trail

Winter hiking in Sigulda

Hiking trail near Sigulda in winter

Winter hiking in Latvia

Walking to Krimulda
Walking to Krimulda

Forest trails near Sigulda

Maza Velnala cave
Maza Velnala cave, Sigulda

Cliffs near Sigulda

Frozen waterfall, Sigulda
Frozen waterfall, Sigulda

Frozen river Gauja

View from Gauja pedestrian bridge
View from Gauja pedestrian bridge
View from Keizarskats
View from Keizarskats
Keizarskats, Sigulda - Eglupe Hike
Keizarskats (on a sunny day)

See also: Sigulda – Eglupe Half Day Hike

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