The name Turaida means “God’s garden” in the language of the ancient inhabitants of Latvia. When viewed from a hot-air balloon or the opposite bank of the Gauja River on an autumn evening, Turaida castle rises above the green foliage like a mighty ship built of red brick. All you have to do is walk upwards and enjoy this incredible nature and human created beauty. Walking around the defensive wall, all visitors of Turaida Museum Reserve can learn about the Baltic history and culture from the 11th century. Dainu Hill is a garden of sculptures dedicated to Latvian folklore. Turaida Church is one of the oldest wooden churches in Latvia. There are several nature trails on the grounds of the Museum Reserve, which reveal rare plants, sandstone outcrops, castle fortifications and towers from new and unusual angles.
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Source Latvian Tourism Development Agency
Here’s a sampling of major yearly recurring events in Turaida:
Summer Solstice Celebration
On the shortest night of the year you can enjoy ancient celebration rituals, traditions, folk songs and dances in Turaida. From 19:00 till sunrise every visitor is welcome to experience the solstice night feast, following the old traditions, participating in events and enjoying the magic of nature, the sun and the magic of midsummer songs.
Period: 21st of June
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