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Turaida Castle

Sigulda, Latvia
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Ranked #3 of 13 attractions in Sigulda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Traveler Description: Turaida Medieval Castle was built in 1214 according to the Bishop Albert’s directive. Gradual expansion and building continued until the 16TH... more »
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Moscow, Russia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

If you go there by public transport, be prepare to walk about 6 kilometers from Sigulda bus / railway station. The local bus exists but I saw it only once in a whole day. Nice views from tower, nice place to learn about the local history, but nothing really special.

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Riga, Latvia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Pay 1.5 euro parking, pay 5 euro entrance and watch the worste crap castle you have seen in your life....

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Helsinki, Finland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The castle is mostly rebuilt to a standing ruin so you get a good idea of how the castle used to be like. The castle grounds are beautiful and extensive. The climb to the tower for the panoramic view is well worth it. The museum is large, consisting of many buildings, but does a poor job at giving you an... More

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Sydney Australia
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123 reviews 123 reviews
38 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Try not to on a very hot day as there is not a lot of shelter. It is very interesting though.If you have the energy, climb the 136 steps of the tower for a great view.

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Mumbai
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17 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Probably the most important tourist site in Latvia. A very interesting experience exploring this great castle and its grounds.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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103 reviews 103 reviews
46 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Castle is definitely over-hyped, over-rated, & over-priced! I felt that I had wasted my time & do not recommend as a site to visit.

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Athens, Greece
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6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

One of the oldest visible castles in Latvia is Turaida castle - it is built in 1214. Few buildings in Latvia are located in such a splendid landscape - castle is set on some 80 metres high strip of land between two ravines at Gauja River. There is marvellous view from its 27 metres high tower over the forested Gauja... More

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Klaipeda, Lithuania
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

A little bit overpriced but still fun to see. Enjoyed the nice scenery from the tower and inside the park territory.

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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72 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Think about my advise, it is not worth to spend your time and money for this castle, choose some other castle! As an example, I can recommend you Cesis castle, it is much more authentic place. If you are castle fan and it is a must for you to visit every castle around then you will surely skip my advise... More

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Grapevine, Texas
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Great place to visit if you have the opportunity, it's a day trip out of Riga. It is about 90-120 minutes from Riga, depending on traffic. The castle is quite interesting, and the view from the tower is exceptional. There is a nice park, you could spend a few hours visiting and walking around the grounds. Coming from the 'new'... More

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