Congratulations! You’ve reached the landing page of trail run series’ “Roe buck” second race of the season!
Sigulda remains as one of the most visited sightseeing locations in Latvia! Its charm consists of the picturesque river Gauja’s ancient valley sights, rich variety of reliefs, interesting architecture and its undeniable artistic vibe and cleanliness.
The race centre and registration of participants: will be located in the territory of Sigulda's New Castle built by Prince Kropotkin in the 19th century! GoogleMap here!
Race programme:: HERE! (coming soon)
Detailed distance maps:: TraceDeTrail
“Tour guide – Gauja National Park”:: EnterGauja.com
The fence built of torn boulders in the historical center of Sigulda manor surrounds the buildings built in the 18th and 19th centuries: Summer Castle, New Castle, White Castle, vagars house, manor’s servant house, barn, laundry, the root and fruit cellars. The new Sigulda castle was built in the 19th century by the manor owners Princess Olga and Dmitrijs Kropotkin from the boulder wall typical of Vidzeme next to the old wooden manor house. Legend has it that when Sigulda Castle was built, lime was mixed with the milk of the surrounding farms, which is why it is so strong.
However, the “Roe bucks” will also have to be strong, as for the second year in a row, during the August race, Latvian championship medals in the ultra-long trail running distance are fought for (~83 km “Garmin Fēnix Wolf”)!
This year, the participants of the longest distance are expected to run along the conditional East Bank of river Gauja, starting the distance on the stage of Cēsis Castle Park, but finishing – in Sigulda!
"The Enter Gauja Trail or Devon-era rock and roll is planned as a three-year cycle of trail races, during which participants will run and get to know both forest trails of the Gaujmala, the exceptionally scenic Gauja National Park, and once every three years complete the trail's 120-kilometer circle!" says organizer of the race Rimants Liepiņš.
Meanwhile, even for the participants of the shortest distances, Devon-era rock and roll will appear in all its glory, as every moment in the Gauja National Park is saturated with the presence of nature. This is no ordinary park – this is a park where going on adventures while wandering and exploring every moment becomes a unique experience. The largest national park in the Baltics was established more than 40 years ago. The Gauja National Park protects the richness of the river Gauja’s ancient valley and its surroundings (Gauja region), as well as the extensive diversity of plant, bird, and insect species.
The origins of the river Gauja ancient valley can be traced back to more than 350 million years ago, but it acquired its current form at the end of the ice age when the melting waters of the glaciers washed away the ancient ravines. The park itself is crossed by the longest river in Latvia – Gauja.
Distance constructor Artis Ločmelis (SK Burkānciems) only has to clap his hands: “Gauja has its own magic, there’s no doubt! Distance as a river character. At times fast, at times calm. Both the mystery of the ravines and the beautiful rock outcrops. Meadows, forests, trails, trails, and people.”
See you in Vidzeme’s own Switzerland!!!
Artis Ločmelis (“VSK Burkānciems”) still tirelessly helps the “Roebuck” with the trails in the heart of Vidzeme! Special thanks to the responsive Sigulda municipality and the enthusiastic Dace Preisa for supporting us!
Each moment spent in Gauja National park is saturated with the essence of nature. This is not your average park – this is a place where you seek adventure, explore, gain knowledge, and where each moment becomes a unique experience. The largest national park in Baltics was established more than 40 years ago. GNP protects the treasures of the Gauja region, including a varied selection of plant, bird, and insect species.
The beginnings of Gauja valley can be traced back 350 million years, but its current form was created at the end of the Ice age when melting glaciers washed out the valleys. The park itself is wired through by Latvia’s longest river Gauja.
Built by Prince Kropotkin in 1878, Sigulda's New Castle has retained its neo-Gothic style from the outside, while inside, in 1937, the Writers 'and Journalists' castle has become a pearl of national romanticism. Today, the buildings of the castle's creative quarter house craftsmen and artists, in whose workshops and salons it is possible to learn new skills and buy souvenirs.
In the 11th-13th century, Sigulda was ruled by the Livs of Gauja, who formed wooden fortifications on the tops of castle mounds. The first stone building was built by the Order of the Sword Brothers in 1207-1209. At the beginning of the 17th century, during the Polish-Swedish war, the castle of the Livonian Order was destroyed, and the territory of the castle became a manor, which in the 18th century became part of the Vidzeme province. In 1780 the manor became the property of the Borch family. In 1867, Olga, the daughter of Alexander Borch, became the wife of Prince Dmitry Kropotkin, and the Sigulda manor was a part of Olga's dowry. The marriage was followed by the construction of Kropotkin's summer residence – Sigulda's New Castle – from 1878 to 1881.
Sigulda is a city in Vidzeme and the centre of the Sigulda region. Located on the banks of river Gauja, 53 km from Riga and 36 km from Cēsis. An important Latvian tourism centre. Its territory also includes the ancient centres of Turaida and Krimulda. One of the most Latvian cities. Due to the ancient valley of river Gauja and the beautiful surroundings, Sigulda is called the Switzerland of Vidzeme. The surroundings of the city are part of the Gauja National Park, with its administration located in Sigulda. The most important tourist attractions are Gūtmanis Cave, where inscriptions have been preserved even from the 17th century, Turaida Castle, Devil's Cave, the ruins of a medieval castle and the New Castle, Kraukļi Gorge and many others. The city hosts opera festivals, the artificial Sigulda bobsleigh and sleigh track, regular World Cup bobsleigh races and various other winter sports events, which make Sigulda the main winter sports centre in Latvia. An aerial cableway, which has been operating since 1969, leads across the ancient Gauja valley. Nowadays, the aerial cableway is also associated with the attraction of bungee jumping (it is possible to jump with rubber from the car).
The exterior of the New Castle of Sigulda built by the Knyaz Kropotkin family in 1878 has retained its neo-Gothic style, meanwhile, its interior became a pearl of national romanticism in 1937, when it hosted the Latvian Union of Writers and Journalists. Nowadays, the manor center buildings host workshops and salons of craftsmen and artists, where new skills can be learned, and souvenirs can be purchased.
The Livonian Order Castle of Sigulda was built in 1207 as a castella type castle, however, it was later rebuilt into a convent type building. A contemporary seeker of the medieval aura can climb the northern and main gate tower of the castle. An open-air stage located in the centre of the castle hosts concerts and festivals, including the International Sigulda Opera Music Festival.
In the ancient Gauja valley, shaped by the River Gauja and its tributaries, dozens of stone castles were erected and occupied in addition to the many castle mounds that were built by earlier locals. This area has the greatest concentration of castles not only in Latvia but also in Eastern Europe.
Castle of the Riga Capitulum, built around 1255, was the smallest of the three castles at the Gauja valley. The castle was not renewed after burning down in 1601.
During the 13th century, the left bank of the Gauja river was governed by the Order of the Brethren of the Sword, (later known as the Order of Livonia), while the territories on the right bank were under the domain of the Archbishop of Riga. Krimulda castle belonged to the Riga High Council which was a group of twelve high priests who advised the archbishop.
Krimulda castle was built on the edge of a high bank on the right side of Gauja near the Vikmeste castle mound and the village of Livs. This placement made it nearly impossible to conquer. On one side it was protected by the steep valley wall of Gauja river, two additional sides were obstructed by the Vikmeste river, which had equally steep banks, and the fourth side bordered on a man-made ravine with a draw-bridge leading into the forecastle. The deep valley of the Vikmeste River also provided a natural borderline between the lands of Krimulda and Turaida.
A viewing spot at the high Beite ravine. They acquired their name after the Russian Emperor Alexander II visited Sigulda.
Since the 19th century, tourists in Sigulda have visited the overlook spots where one can view the ancient valley of the Gauja river. These overlooks are titled the Emperor’s chair and the Emperor’s View both named for the visit of Alexander II, Tzar of Russia. Prior to the Tzar’s visit, many areas of Sigulda and Krimulda underwent improvements. In addition to the overlook points, a serpentine trail and a temporary wooden bridge were built. It is believed that both the Tzar and his wife each planted a linden tree during their visit. The Tzar was so moved by the magnificent scenery that the overlook was thereafter called the Emperor’s chair.
Vikmeste River used to be the natural border between the lands of Turaida and Krimulda. A number of picturesque sandstone rock outcrops can be found in the valley.
In the past, the Vikmeste river was the natural border of the lands of Turaida and Krimulda. Several picturesque sandstone rock outcrops are hidden in the valley. Approximately 3 km long trail, which starts at the parking lot on the edge of the Turaida-Ragana road, opposite the Reiņa track (Gravzaķi) and leads to the Krimulda serpentine road. The trail is scenic and beautiful, with sandstone outcrops.
Piķene cliff is about 1km long and 70-80m high on the right bank of the Gauja river, with nearby small gorges. Walking along the route, you can see several sandstone outcrops and a small waterfall. In some places, especially during the leafless period, from the top of the Piķene cliff, you can see the river Gauja old valley.
Piķene Cliff is covered in forests of slopes, which are protected habitats. Pre-dominated by oaks, linden trees, maples, and hazel-trees. A suitable place to watch ferns, flowers, moss, lichen, and mushrooms. Along the bank of the primeval valley of the River Gauja, there are many large decayed trees (home to larvae, door snails, mushrooms, and insects), deadwood.
Gauja sandstone outcrop in the ravine at the left bank of Vējupīte. A small triangular cave has formed in the rock wall. The highest point in the ravine is 11.5 meters/~34 feet. A small triangular cave has formed in the rock wall. The high vertical walls are covered with visitors’ names, dates, and random drawings.
A small triangle-shaped cave, about 5 meters/15 feet deep, has formed in the wall. There is an old story about Raven’s ravine. In the old days, there was a very kind “vagars” – a supervisor of serfs. He treated the serfs with dignity and would even defend them in the face of a baron. For this reason, the barons could not stand him and threw him down in the ravine. So the man disappeared and people could not find him until they saw a flock of ravens flying over the ravine. Then they descended down and found the body of the poor man and ever since then this ravine has been called Raven’s ravine. Please, remember that all caves are located in the territory of the Gauja National Park, and please respect the ancient geological nature monuments that keep the history of land formation!
A narrow gap in a red sandstone wall. The cave is 6.5 m/21 ft, deep, 2.2m/7ft wide, and 5.3m/17 ft high. Legend has it that a farmer named Peter was hiding in this cave during the Swedish War. The steep valley walls and deep ravines with their forested creek areas add to the charm and mountainous feel of the Gauja valley. The Vējupīte valley cuts the left bank of the Gauja uncovering impressive bedrock reveals, small waterfalls, and a cave. On the left side of the Vējupīte River is a hidden cave named Peter’s cave.
It is a narrow, high crack formed in the red sandstone high above the water level. You might almost call it a cross between a small gorge and a cave. The cave is 6.5 m/21 ft, deep, 2.2m/7ft wide, and 5.3m/17 ft high. In the back wall of the cave, there is a large 2m/6ft crack opening which is .5 m/1.5ft wide. A booklet from 1924 predicted a landslide would bury this cave leaving just an insignificant dent. Thankfully this prediction has not yet come true and you have the opportunity to view this cave today.
Do you remember your childhood dream - to fly like a bird? In the wind tunnel "Aerodium" it is possible! “Aerodium” is the first vertical wind tunnel in Eastern Europe. The wind flow is so strong that it lets you lie down and fly without wings! By changing body position, the laws of aerodynamics let you rise in the sky, perform various movements, and feel incredible emotions.
The entire flight time you will be together with an instructor, who will keep you above the wind flow at a safe height, as well as when you are relaxed – together with you will rise in the air at a height of several meters.
Sigulda cable car offers a trip over the Gauja old valley, overlooking a charming landscape of several kilometers, including Sigulda and Turaida castle, Krimulda manor house, as well as the Bobsleigh and luge track "Sigulda". The cable car connects both riverbanks in a width of 1025 meters.
From the cable car, there is an outstanding view of the Gauja River old valley, three medieval castles – Sigulda, Turaida, and Krimulda, the Bobsleigh Track, and, of course, the Gauja bridge. The cable car serves as a unique means of transport, it runs on a fixed schedule and rides passengers across the valley on average once every half hour. In the summer season lovers of more extreme feelings can check the courage at bungee jumping and in the ride with the attraction zipline “Zērglis”.
The Bobsleigh and Luge Track Sigulda is one of 18 constructions of this type in the world. In comparison with other tracks, this one is unique, since it is accessible for visitors and tourists for attraction rides. International competitions are held at the track every year. 1420 meters, 16 curves and a 200 m long braking distance - these parameters of Sigulda bobsleigh and luge track can be experienced not only by professional athletes but also by every visitor of Sigulda.
The design of the modern artificial ice track was carried out by Leipzig sports buildings’ scientific-technical centre. The building works were carried out by Yugoslavian company “Graming” based in Sarajevo. The first round of the track was commissioned in 1986. The maximum possible speed 125 km/h.