This small resort and winter-sports center, with castles perched above a valley, is just 30 mi/50 km northeast of Riga. It boasts a variety of sights, including several castles.

Another popular site is the grave of the Rose of Turaida, a local beauty who is said to have died in 1721 defending her honor. Versions of the legend vary; ask about her magic scarf.

The region also has plenty to offer in the summer, from hiking to trail riding to bungee jumping.

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