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Rundāle Palace
Country Latvia
Place Turaida
Short Description Turaida brick castle is the main dominance of Turaida Museum Reserve and its visually most impressive element.
Visitors 2010 192227

Turaida brick castle is the main dominance of Turaida Museum Reserve and its visually most impressive element. Turaida Museum Reserve is welcoming everyone to get acquainted with the wide diversity of nature, material and intangible cultural heritage of Turaida historical centre having been formed within the period of thousand years.


About the Heritage Site

  • Country: Latvia
  • Location: The castle is situated in Turaida, Vidzeme region of Latvia, on the opposite bank of the Gauja River from Sigulda. About 50 km north-east of Riga.
  • Type of location: The Castle, built in the 13th century became known by the old Liv name of Turaida. The castle's importance as a defensive system began to decline in the 17th century, which lead to its decay. Since 1976 regular archeological escavations were carried out which were followed by restauration and conservation works as a result castle regained a part of its initial shape.
  • Experience offered: Today it is part of the Turaida Museum Reserve and in the rebuilt castle there is an exhibition about the castle building, the Archbishopric of Riga and events in the Turaida castle district connected to Latvian and European history.
  • Website:
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  • Postal Adress:
Turaidas iela 10, Sigulda, Siguldas novads, LV-2150, Latvija
phone: +371 67972376; fax: +371 67973628

Accessibility of Heritage Site

  • Opening times:

Turaida Museum Reserve is open daily without days off!

Winter season (November-April) from 10:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Summer season (May-October) from 9:00a.m. – 8:00p.m.
Exhibitions in the territory of Turaida Museum Reserve are open from 10:00a.m.-6:00p.m.
Open-air exhibitions, the Main Tower in the Castle and Tower-shaped South Block are open from 9:00a.m. – 10:00a.m. and 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m.

  • Entrance fee :

Price list May 1, 2012 - October 31, 2012

Full admission fee: Ls 3.50
Admission fee for pensioners - Ls 3.00
Admission fee for students - Ls 2.00
Admission fee for pupils - Ls 0.80
Admission fee for disabled persons - Ls 0.50
Admission fee for boarders, orphans and tenants of social care centre - Ls 0.20
Admission fee for a family (2 adults, 2 and more pupils 7-18 years old) - Ls 8.00
Admission fee for a family (1 adult, 2 and more pupils 7-18 years old) – Ls 4.00

  • How to get there
Turaida Museum Reserve is located about 50 minutes drive by car from Riga and 8 minutes drive from the centre of Sigulda.
Traffic by railway from Riga to Sigulda takes 70 minutes.
Buses from Riga central bus station to Sigulda leave regularly.
Local buses from Sigulda to Turaida leave every hour.

Size/capacities of Heritage Site

  • The territory of Turaida Musem Reserve is 42,25 ha

Number of visitors in Heritage Site

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
201 695 244 982 245 225 183 919 192 227 207 472

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Marketing etc.

  • Marketing efforts: In order to promote Turaida castle services and become more attractive, the museum uses following:
  • Printing material: The map – guide “Specially protected cultural monument – The Turaida Museum Reserve”, printed in 10 languages – Latvian, English, German, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Lithuanian, Estonian.
Legend about the Rose of Turaida, printed in 4 languages – Latvian, English, German, Russian.
And other promotional matherials. As well as books about history of the castle, archaeological excavations and architecture.
  • Participation in tourist fairs: Balttour (Latvia); in co-operation with local tourism centre Vivattur (Lithuania), Tourest (Estonia), MITT (Russia), ITB (Germany), MATKA (Finland)
  • Social media:!/turaidasmuzejs
Information about museum services and events is sent straight to the tourist companies.

  • Cooperations: Turaida Museum Reserve is a member of the Association of Castles and Museums Around the Baltic Sea.
In 1996 the Hill of Dainas (Turaida Museum Rsereve) was included into the list of Sculpture Parks and Gardens of the World (Washington).
In 1996 Turaida Museum Reserve participated in European Museum Forum, which took place in Barcelona and was awarded a special Diploma for achievement and European Museum Year Winner’s Badge which was presented to 10 the best European museums.
In 2012, Turaida Museum Reserve as one of the first has received the Latvian tourism quality system „Q-Latvia” award, which attests the high quality offer of tourism services in Turaida Museum Reserve.


Facts about Rundāle PalaceRDF feed
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CountryLatvia  +
Heritage Site CategoryCastle  +
PlaceTuraida  +
Reference Year2010  +
Short DescriptionTuraida brick castle is the main dominance of Turaida Museum Reserve and its visually most impressive element.
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Visitors 2006201,695  +
Visitors 2007244,982  +
Visitors 2008245,225  +
Visitors 2009183,919  +
Visitors 2010192,227  +
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