Walking-stick Park in Sigulda
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Walking-stick Park in Sigulda

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B: Sigulda Medieval Order's Comture Castle ruins

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D: Tourist resting place in Sigulda

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E: Bridge over Gauja River in Sigulda

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F: Under the bridge over the Gauja River in Sigulda, Latvia

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Under the bridge over the Gauja River in Sigulda, Latvia

G: Railway station Sigulda

by Martins Strubergs, 1.0 km away

Railway station Sigulda

Railway station Sigulda

I: Krimulda Castle Ruins

by Uldis Bardins, 1.4 km away

Krimulda Castle Ruins

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