Distinctive spots in the centre of Riga


One of Riga’s most recognisable sights is the symbol of Latvian unity and independence - the Freedom Monument. At its base, watch the guard of honour change hourly. Two minutes walk from here, you’ll soon spot the Byzantine-style Nativity of Christ Cathedral – the largest Russian Orthodox church in the Baltics. Close by is the 5-hectare Vērmane Park. During the summer, city dwellers are often treated to free concerts on the park’s open-air stage.

Intriguing amateur chess tournaments also take place here. Along one side of the park stretches Riga’s most popular flower market, or Sakta – fragrant bunches of flowers can be bought here at any time of the day or year. The Riga Cinema, pre-war Latvia’s grandest picture house, stands nearby.

The courtyards between Elizabetes, Barona and Dzirnavu ielas hide Bergs Bazaar – a small quarter developed as a pedestrian shopping arcade 100 years ago. It is still a location for restaurants, shops, various events and organic produce markets. The greatest pride of Riga’s architecture is its UNESCO World Heritagelisted Jugendstils (Art Nouveau). The houses at Elizabetes, Tērbatas, Brīvības and Skolas iela are mainly of the Jugendstils and Romanticism periods, while quiet Alberta iela is Europe’s most famous example of Jugendstils architecture. The Riga Jugendstils Museum is also located here.

Included sights

  • The park is located in the city centre at the crossing of K. Barona, Tērbatas and Elizabetes streets. In summer there are concerts held on the...
    K.Barona, Elizabetes, Tērbatas iela, Rīga
  • Riga Art Nouveau Museum is the youngest museum in Riga – its opening took place on 23 April 2009. The museum is located in an apartment...
    Alberta iela 12, Rīga, LV-1010
  • The Freedom Monument rises in the centre of Rīga, the capital of Latvia, on Brīvības Boulevard near the old town of Rīga. It was built to honour...
    Brīvības bulvāris (pie Vecrīgas), Rīga, LV-1050
  • Splendid Palace is a film theatre of 3 auditoriums with a total of 863 spectator seats; its programme features quality works of experimental cinema...
    Elizabetes iela 61, Rīga, LV-1050
Last updated: 02.12.2011