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The biggest metropolis in the Baltics, Riga perfectly blends timeless tradition and cutting edge cool. Riga is the beating heart of the whole region, worth being explored on its own – and our suggestions will help you get the best out of your visit!
It's charm comes in many guises: from the dainty houses of the Old Town and the art-nouveau grandeur of the historic centre, to hip spots around Miera iela and the wooden gems of Pārdaugava. Season it with local slow-food and craft beers or take a dive into Riga’s world-class cultural offering, for the perfect memorable package.
Amazing architecture and history
A Nordic blonde with a fiery heart, there’s much more to Riga than meets the eye.
In its 800 years of turbulent history, everyone from German knights to Swedish kings and Soviet commissars have left their footprints, and today Latvia’s capital is an exciting European metropolis at the crossroads of eastern and northern Europe.
Riga’s astonishing skyline tells the story, as the timeless Gothic spires in the Old Town mingle with the fantastic facades of one of the world’s richest collections of Art Nouveau on the grand boulevards.
Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage site of cobblestones and breathtaking river views, as well as Europe’s Wifi capital with almost 1,000 spots to get online for free.
Bread, beer and balsam
Riga is an adventure for the taste buds too. The enormous Central Market is a treasure trove of earthy sausage, cheese and black bread, smoked fish, and much more. Sample the goods on a picnic in one of Riga’s lovely parks, or enjoy a hearty meal in many great value bistro and cafes.
To wash it down, sample intriguing local beers in the brew pubs along hipster strip Miera iela, or a cocktail with the mysterious Riga Black Balsam in fun-filled bars across town.
Some popular daytrips
This city of 700,000 ingabitants has enough to keep you busy for days, but it’s also compact enough for easy daytrips to the beautiful Latvian countryside.
Explore the natural paradise of Sigulda with its fairytale castles, romantic vistas and adventure sports, stroll along miles of pine-fringed sandy beaches in the seaside playground Jurmala, and marvel at the Baroque and Rococo splendor of Rundale Palace.