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Riga is the capital of Latvia more than eight hundred years. Maybe it's not as large as many European capital cities, but Riga has its own charm and beauty. Riga's ancient centre is Old City, where you can feel all the history from ancient times to nowadays. Mostly it is an architecture where is seen German, Swedish and also Russian influence. Walk through Old Riga and you'll see Baroque, Gothic, Art Nouveau and many other architectural styles which live together. The history also reflects on Old City's street names which show an ancient inhabitants' occupation. There are Kaleju (Blacksmiths') street, Gleznotaju (Painters') street, Meistaru (Masters') street and many other which have interesting names.
But not only Old City is famous. There are also boulevards and parks which take an interest. And if you don't want to stroll around, then you may go to some museum, gallery or sit in cozy restaurant or cafe.
Old Riga is included in UNESCO World Heritage site list in the same way as Latvian Song Festival.

...if I were tourist in Riga, I would...

* discover Old City
* see the Art Nouveau buildings in town
* taste the "Laima" chocolate
* go to St. Peter's Church and see Riga from birds-eye view
* or in the evening to Skyline bar and watch Riga at night

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Chocolate tastes good :)
  • Cons:A little bit touristy in summer :)
  • Intro Updated May 31, 2014
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2015 at 5:46 AM

    Great updates and new tips to your excellent page about Riga. I will return to the Latvian capital in about two weeks after my first visit 13 years ago. Things have probably changed a lot since then.

    • Inguuna's Profile Photo
      Sep 7, 2015 at 1:25 PM

      Definitely but I think you will like it. But maybe you will like Tallinn better. Let's see :-)

  • slothtraveller's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2015 at 1:12 PM

    Great tips, Inguuna! Thanks for the virtual tour of Riga. I hope to visit the city in person later in the year. :)

    • Inguuna's Profile Photo
      Jul 22, 2015 at 1:32 PM

      Thanks a lot! It's much more to see here, don't have so much time to write about everything. But I really hope you'll like it :) If you need some help or have some questions, just ask.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    May 27, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    Inguuna, you have conveyed the city atmosphere and all the sights, thanks a lot!

  • MITNIC's Profile Photo
    Jun 1, 2009 at 10:51 PM

    Very informative page with a lot of good photos. trip to Baltic countries will start at 15 of June :-)

  • Mar 20, 2009 at 10:54 PM

    hello planning to visit in april mid how will the weather be thanks udan

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 28, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    Riga looks like a nice city! I'm going there for a few days in December and I'm really looking forward to it. Great tips!

  • RickinDutch's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Great Riga tips! Birthday greetings from Alaska!

  • pure1942's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Hey Inguuna. Great page on Riga with some lovely photos. Looking forward to exploring your beautiful hometown when I visit next February! Thanks for sharing...Brian

  • Toshioohsako's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    Hello, I came to your HP for Riga and in this picture, you mentioned a view of Riga from the SAS is good. I am a member of this hotel and will consider to stay here when I go to Riga. Thanks

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Hello, Inguuna! Wonderful city to visit! But too far from here! I'd love to visit some day....


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