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Riga

Riga is the gem of the Baltics. It is situated at the mouth of the Daugava, on the shores of the Gulf of Riga on the Baltic. Riga has an ancient history and rich cultural heritage. As Riga has always been located at a juncture of trading routes, it is a multicultural city which means there are things to see here: a weekend in Riga is a great way to gather new impressions and to relax.

  • Old Riga
  • A view of the Opera House
  • Photo: V.Balckare
  • Old Riga at night
  • The Riga Central Railway Station
  • Photo: Stūrmanis
  • House of the Blackheads
  • Photo: Kristina Stalnionyte
  • Riga Central Market
  • Riga Castle and Vanšu bridge from a bird's flight
  • Photo: Vita Balckare
  • Monumen of Freedom
  • Photo: Ints Vikmanis

Travellers can admire the diverse architecture of Riga, especially the art nouveau buildings. Riga has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the collection of art nouveau buildings that is one of the largest in the world, as well as a city in whose architecture the entire history from 1201 to the present day is reflected. It is also valued as a city with a unique collection of wooden developments in its central section.

In the course of history, Riga has traditionally served as a crossroads for trade and business between east and west. In 1282 it became a member of the Hanseatic League and remained an active member until its disintegration some 300 years later.

Riga has an active cultural life. The Dome Cathedral is renowned throughout the world for its acoustics and giant organ. It is worth attending one of the organ music concerts it offers.

Various music festivals, from early music to opera to jazz and rock, take place in Riga, especially in the summer months. One can also visit a vast array of exciting museum exhibitions and contemporary art galleries in Riga.

Riga is distinguished by its great air, rail and road connections which render it the largest tourist centre in the country.

Read more about sightseeing sites in Riga here.

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