Top things to do in Northeastern Latvia

Top Choice Castle in Sigulda

Turaida Museum Reserve

Turaida means ‘God’s Garden’ in ancient Livonian, and this green knoll capped with a fairy-tale castle is certainly a heavenly place. The red-brick castle with its tall cylindrical tower was built in 1214 on the sit…
Top Choice Castle in Cēsis

Cēsis Castle

Cēsis Castle is actually two castles in one. The first is the sorrowful dark-stone towers of the old Wenden castle. Founded by Livonian knights in 1214, it was sacked by Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible in 1577, but o…
Top Choice Cafe in Sigulda

Mr Biskvīts

Mr Biskvīts' candy-striped lair is filled with delicious cakes and pastries, but it's also a good spot for a cooked breakfast, a lunchtime soup or sandwich, and an evening pasta or stir-fry. The coffee's great too.
International in Sigulda


Aparjods’ elegant restaurant gets a special mention for its delectable assortment of cuisine served among charming clutters of household heirlooms and gold-embroidered seating. A roaring fire warms the dark-wood din…
Cafe in Cēsis

Mākslas Telpa Mala

A truly heart-warming place inside an old wooden house featuring an antiquated tiled wood stove. Cheapish lunch food is on offer, along with craft beer, Latvian cider and fruit wine. We also liked the Latvian rock c…
Church in Cēsis

Russian Orthodox Church of Transfiguration

The hilltop Russian Orthodox church of Transfiguration was built by the von Sievers at their family cemetery (like many Germans on Russian service they converted to Orthodoxy).
Gardens in Sigulda

Daina Hill Song Garden

The garden is dotted with sculptures dedicated to epic Latvian heroes immortalised in the dainas, poetic folk songs which are a major Latvian tradition.
Park in Cēsis

Castle Park (Pils Park)

Has a pond inhabited by the sweetest paddle steamers that takes people around for €2.20.
Cafe in Cēsis

Vinetas un Allas Kārumlādes

Some 1970s nostalgia is in the air, enhanced by photographic wallpaper and chocolate cartoon characters on sale. This dessert shop is primarily targeting local grannies, but anyone will enjoy its blueberry Pavlova m…
Supermarket in Cēsis

Maxima Supermarket

A well-stocked outlet of a pan-European supermarket chain.