Sigulda

Sigulda’s cable car

The cable car is only this type of vehicle in the Baltic countries, so kindly we ask you to ride over the treetops!

The idea of ​​a cable car occurred siguldietim Aivars Janelsītim. One evening, when the bridge over the Gauja after a damaging war had not yet been restored, he sat on the left bank of the Gauja River, Sigulda side and thought, even as he could birdie pārlaisties across to Krimulda, where a sanatorium for Nurse worked his beloved Genoveva. A few years later, when Aivars with Genoveva was already married, a magazine had published an article about passenger cableways Georgia mountain town of Chiatura.

Aivars Janelsītis while working in the Riga District Executive Committee of the Municipal Head of Department from 1954 to 1974 began a conversation with the cableway author G. Panceluju. District management was drawn up a proposal for the ropeway construction across the Gauja valley, asked to support the republic level Cabinet of Ministers, made the project, Sigulda 750 th anniversary admitted Georgian delegation, and Georgians announced that they will donate Sigulda technical design and equipment, so that there was no longer where step back. However, the work was stopped in 1961 and resumed only in 1965. Ropeway mechanism was made in Leningrad, Russia, the cable car with a capacity of 22 people – Riga wagon factory. So that we might be ropeway, worked on it more than 200 people. Technical project as developed by 20 people.

In early 1969, playing the orchestra, 1025 meters long ropeway over the valley was unveiled. Suspension cable without middle supports connecting the Gauja valley banks between Sigulda and Krimulda about 40 meters above the river.

In the first year a cable car carried 270 000 passengers, among them were both locals and visitors to the city. Cable car in the coming years the number of passengers reached almost 300,000 people a year, becoming not only a symbol of Sigulda, but also very popular among tourists visiting the object. It is estimated that the first car 40 years of its existence it traveled about 6 million people.

From the cable car it offers an outstanding landscape of the Gauja valley, three medieval castles – Sigulda, Turaida and Krimulda, bobsleigh track and, of course, the Gauja bridge. Cable car serves as a unique means of transport, it runs on a schedule and Vizin passengers across the valley on average once every half hour. During the summer season weekends extreme feeling lovers invited to check the courage to bungee jumping. Air cable car stops right in the middle of the Gauja – close your eyes and Take a step into the void!