From big city sophistication to heartfelt country hospitality, Latvia has a warm welcome for every visitor. Discover ancient castles, wander through stunning valleys or laze on miles of beaches in this Baltic gem. Here are some things to do in Latvia and places to see!
The largest and most exciting metropolis in the Baltics, Riga will inspire you. Architecture from Gothic cathedrals to world-class Art Nouveau, buzzing cafes and bars and delicious dining from haute cuisine to local market produce are all yours for a price tag that will add to the pleasure. Read more about Riga
Gauja National Park
The Gauja National Park is the perfect place to destress. Wander miles of stunning hiking trails, explore fascinating medieval castles or thrill to bungee jumping, bobsleighing and other adventurous activities. Read more about Gauja National Park
Just 20 minutes’ drive from Riga, Jurmala (Jūrmala) is a seaside resort like no other. If you’re looking for fun, there’s vibrant life on the beach and in the unique spas, offering a tempting menu of mud packs and massages.
But Jurmala is also a great place to return to nature, strolling the miles of pine-fringed shore or admiring beautiful summer timber cottages.
Drift back to a gentler age in Kuldiga (Kuldīga), an ideal destination for a romantic weekend or family vacation. This beautiful town offers a mixture of Baroque splendour and soulful timber houses, Europe’s widest waterfall, enchanting restaurants, and guesthouses to ensure a magical stay.
Rundale Palace and Museum
Nicknamed the Baltic Versailles, Rundale Palace (Rundāles pils) will transport you to an age of splendour. Designed by Francesco Rastrelli, the architect who also created St. Petersburg’s Hermitage, Rundale is a superbly restored Baroque and Rococo masterpiece packed with art treasures and surrounded by a delightful rose garden.
Turaida Museum Reserve
Latvia is a land of ancient traditions, and the best place to experience them is the Turaida Museum Reserve near Sigulda.
Explore the medieval castle and its intriguing museum, connect with Latvia’s musical heritage on Folk Song Hill, and take sweeping views of the lovely Gauja River Valley.
Cesis (Cēsis) is a town with an intriguing mixture of hipness and history. Savor the timeless ambiance of the old town, get into medieval life at the ancient castle, enjoy cute cafes and soak up diverse artistic and musical events.
Known as the "city where the wind is born," Liepaja (Liepāja) is a port with uncommon attractions. Architecture from Art Nouveau pearls to historic churches, the Soviet brutalist Karosta military port district, a magnificent beach and rich musical traditions are yours to savor.
Latgale is an off-the-beaten-track gem that deeply rewards visitors. From a museum to the legendary artist, Mark Rothko to the awe-inspiring Aglona Basilica, Latvia’s eastern region is packed with surprises. Stunning lakes, fascinating traditions, timeless handicrafts and heartfelt hospitality will make this a place you will never forget.
The port of Ventspils is a town with the sea in its veins and a delightful destination for the whole family. Enjoy street sculpture, let the kids run wild in the city’s fun parks, discover the interactive medieval castle or relax on the Blue Flag beach.