The Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum is one of Europe’s oldest outdoor museums. It’s a great opportunity to see typical ancient Latvian farm dwellings and learn about their lives and traditions. At around 88 hectares, the museum has gathered 118 ancient homes from all four Latvian regions: Vidzeme, Zemgale, Latgale and Kurzeme. Various household and work implements, as well as decorative items are on show here. Craftsmen work in the territory and Latvian traditional annual festivities are celebrated here, as well as regular Ancient Craft Days, introducing visitors to Latvian crafts of yore. The largest fair in the Baltic States, held here on the first weekend in June, has been the museum’s biggest annual event for the past 40 years. Latvia’s best craftspeople, farmers and folklore groups all gather for the fair. The Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum is located just inside Riga’s boundary, on the shores of the Jugla Lake in Berģi. It can be easily reached by car, and parking is also convenient. There are two public transport options to choose from: a No 1 bus will take you straight to the museum, while No 6 trams stop at Jugla and you can walk the last three kilometres. A bike path from the very centre of Riga also leads to the museum.
If travelling by car or bicycle, it’s worth stopping off at the Riga Motor Museum on the way back You’ll find a unique collection of historical motorcars, the largest in the Baltics.