Welcome to Latvia
The palaces and castles of Riga, Rundāle, Cēsis, Turaida, Bauska and others have played an important role in Latvian, Baltic and even European history. Formerly, they served as a base for German crusaders; more recently, famous architects and craftsmen from all over Europe have added their touch to them, leaving excellent creations for the generations to come.
Only about a 40 minute walk from the centre of Riga, arriving at the left bank of the Daugava River – in Pārdaugava – it seems that you have arrived into a different place. No trace of urban crowds, of modern architecture, but, on the contrary, it feels like having arrived in the 19th century.