We stayed in Riga in June 2010 at Friendly Franks guesthouse, who hyped up the bobsleigh attraction in Siguld. We decided to give it a try and unfortunately paid the high fee of 35 Lat -US$70 per person for what turned out to be a quick 45 second experience. We thought we would bobsled a few times or that we would be given more instruction or something. Anyway, this 3hr 40 min activity involves going with a local taxi driver (no English) directly to Sigulda about 1.5 hour away, you get out, they point you down the bobsleigh grounds, staff there slap a helmet on you, direct you to some missle-like, home-made cart and start pushing down a hill. We had no idea we had actually started the activity and were quickly accelerating to high speeds. 45-60 seconds later, the bobsled cart stopped and we were ushered back to our waiting taxi and were back in route to Riga to the Friendly Franks hostel. The entire activity seemed to take no more than 5-8 minutes and felt a bit like a tourist scam to be honest. We hardly had time to get our camera out before it was over, what a waste!
The actual bobsleigh was a bit thrilling and would have been great if we could have done it several times. However, that wasn't to be as they seemed quite keen to get us moving along, out of the way and back to Riga after our first and only go. Ouch!
We suspect this attraction is quite good if you are staying Sigulda and don't need to pay for the expensive (tour-service) taxis from Riga. Unfortunately as a day trip from Riga, this is a very poor way to spend your time and money. On this basis, we highly recommend you not waste your time or money on going on the half-day bobsleigh trip to Sigulda.
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