Top attractions in Riga
Riga, Latvia is so interesting for its combination of strong Latvian culture and influence from the countries that occupied it. The capital of the Baltic states is sometimes called the “Paris of the North,” for its old-time charm to a techno beat.
This majestic church has stood, in some form, along the Daugava river since 1209. Climb to the top of its tower for an unmatched aerial view of the city.
This stunning monument was built to honor those killed in the Latvian War of Independence and has come to represent freedom for all the Latvian people.
The stunning Nativity Cathedral has a fascinating history of conversion from Russian Orthodox to Lutheran during WWI, then back to Orthodox, only to be threatened by the Soviets.
It’s an absolute must, especially if you can’t make it to the Latvian countryside. Wander through the traditional Latvian houses and forest in this outdoor “living history” museum.
A local favorite, the Vērmanes Garden is the oldest park in Riga. It is the green lung in the center of the city, and it seems there's always an event for young and old alike.
The best antique vehicle museum of the Baltic countries is without a doubt the Riga Motor Museum. Be sure to check out the 1938 Auto Union racing car Type D.
For 6€ you can delight in creatures from the furthest ends of earth. From giraffes to tigers, there’s a critter for everyone.
This fascinating collection of USSR steam locomotives and diesel traction, signaling equipment, tools and instruments, uniforms and badges is one of the city’s hidden gems.
In the historic center of Riga stands this wooden rotunda church. Packed with Riga history, the building has become a symbol of unity across all denominations of faith.
This bustling district is a wonderland of winding streets that lead to quaint cafes and independent shops. Hit the bars for your first taste of the infamous Black Balsam.
Great for people watching and stocking up on huckleberries, the Central Market is housed in a bunch of WWI Zeppelin hangars.
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- Summer is the best time to visit the city, which comes to life with the warm temperatures. There's always a chance of rain, though, so plan ahead!
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We had a fantastic day trip into Gauja National Park including a highly informative visit at the Turaida museum reserve. First we had a nice trail hike/walk through the beautiful naturally reserved forest of Gauja National Park, enjoying stunning views into the Gauja Valley and on the well restored medieval castles. Our Guide Rolands was "human encyclopedia", highly knowledgeable and a skilled story teller. We enjoyed this walk so much. After Lunch break with traditional home made Latvian food we went with the Cable Car to Krimula manor house, which comprises in fact very a small village (the area were the Manor and his servants used to live). The village is still inhabited today and thus serves as an "inhabited museum". Finally we visited the Turaida museum reserve, which is a heritage site with a medieval castle, a 1700s wooden church & a park with folk-song sculptures. We also learned about the specifics of a traditional Latvian Sauna, which follows a 500-year old procedure.
We had the marvelous opportunity of having a private tour with Līga, a very dedicated native from Rīga, who exceeded all our expectations and presented us with an unforgettable and worthwhile 4 hour tour in the beautiful city of Rīga! Līga tailored the tour exactly to our needs and wishes, answered all our questions spot-on, showed us all the little details and told us all the stories you need to know about the Old Town, the Art Nouveau District and the Central Market, where you can taste original Latvian products for small change. We highly recommend this tour and guide to everyone who wants to learn more about Rīga and likes exploring cities on foot.
We had a private tour for 4 people. The tour lasted for 4 hours and was well paced. It covered old and new Riga, with information about history, architecture and politics. We saw many interesting and beautiful buildings, walked through the park and finished the tour in the market. Our guide was superb throughout and her spoken English was excellent. This was a really good way to be introduced to Riga. We enjoyed the unexpected addition of watching the runners in the 5,10 and 13 k races go by and being waved on by young people in national dress.
We really enjoyed this tour with lots of cultural stops and breathtaking views. The day before the tour we realised we made a mistake and booked a one-way trip when we had thought we booked a round-trip (our mistake!). We called up the company and got it sorted very easily for a small charge. Very well served! We really enjoyed the trip and had a wonderful guide. Would recommend!
This tour is guided by a local that shows you places and buildings that refer to the dark periods of war and sovjetregime in which Latvians suffered. It's a part of history of Riga which was crucial for its present place in the world. We really recommand it. The Sovjectbuffet is not included in the price, instead you got very good advice about local restaurants.