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Sightseeing in Riga

The city of Riga is the capital of Latvia and is small, but beautiful. There are only just over 700.000 people living here making it one of the smaller capitals of Europe. There is a fair bit to see and the well restored buildings makes the old town attractive and it is easy to see why Riga has been declared UNESCO world heritage.

The most recognizable sight of Latvia is the house of the Blackheads which is located on the main square. It has a distinct look and is quite different to the rest of the city. One place which is a must visit is the St. Peter's church. It is possible to climb the bell tower and get a birds eye view over the historical city of Riga. There are a few other churches worth seeing such as the St. John's, the Dom cathedral and the Russian orthodox cathedral. One place which is very beautiful is the Latvian national opera which has a small park next to it. The final place worth mentioning is the central market which are hangars that have been converted, but allow a view of some of the local traditions. All of these are located close to each other, so there is no rush to see them all.  

If besides its older buildings you want to see some of its communistic heritage, the Latvian Academy of Sciences is a good example. It is built in a typical wedding cake style similar to those found in Moscow. There are a few other monuments scattered around the city which are a reminder of former Soviet times. 

There are a few possibilities for day trips from Latvia. These include the beaches of Jurmala or the castle at Cesis. A tour that is offered is a visit to Sigulda, Krimulda and Turaida to see the castles and the nature around it.

Latvia is connected by rail, bus and plane to many other cities so getting in should not be a problem. Getting around is easy enough as well as the city is small enough to walk everywhere and explore every street. To get from one side of town to the other does not take more than 20 minutes. The best time visit is the summer as the weather is hot and the city is a lively place. In the winter months you can expect freezing cold temperatures.   


Riga travel photo gallery

 
Academy of sciences and the central market.

Academy of sciences and the central market.

 



Central market in Riga.

Central market.

 
Academy of sciences.

Academy of sciences.

 


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Soviet style academy of Sciences in Riga.

Soviet style academy of Sciences.

 
Little church in Riga.

Small church.

 



Russian Orthodox cathedral.

Russian Orthodox cathedral.

 



Russian Orthodox cathedral in Riga.

Russian Orthodox cathedral.

 
Entrance to the Russian church.

Entrance to the Russian church.

 
Garden of the Russian orthodox church in Riga.

Garden of the Russian orthodox church.

 
Dome of the Russian orthodox church.

Dome of the Russian orthodox church.

 



Building in Riga's old town.

Building in Riga's old town.

 
Large stone statue in Riga.

Large stone statue.

 
Part of St. Jacobs church.

Part of St. Jacobs church.

 
Valsts Makslas Museum.

Valsts Makslas Museum.

 



Historical buildings.

Historical buildings.

 



Church courtyard.

Church courtyard.

 
Building of Latvias Krajbanka.

Building of Latvias Krajbanka.

 
Statue from soviet times.

Statue from soviet times.

 



National theatre in Riga.

National theater.

 



Old buildings in the historical city centre of Riga in Latvia.

Old buildings in the historical city center.

 
Old church.

Old church.

 
White and blue church in Riga.

White and blue church.

 
St. Jacob church in Riga.

St. Jacob church.

 
Very old buildings in the city centre of Riga.

Very old buildings in the medieval city center.

 
The tower of the dome cathedral in Riga.

The tower of the dome cathedral.

 



Riga's old town.

Riga's old town.

 
Dome cathedral.

Dome cathedral.

 
Doma Laukums, the main square of Riga.

Doma Laukums, the main square.

 
Historical building.

Historical building.

 
House of the blackheads.

House of the blackheads.

 
St. Peters church and the house of the blackheads.

St. Peters church and the house of the blackheads.

 



Riga town hall.

Riga town hall.

 
St. Peters church and the house of the blackheads in Riga, Latvia.

St. Peters church and the house of the blackheads.

 
The front facade of the town hall in Riga.

The front facade of the town hall.

 



Church entrance.

Church entrance.

 



View over Riga from St. Peters church.

View over the city from St. Peters church.

 



Skyline of Riga.

Skyline of Riga.

 



View from St. Peters church on Riga's town square.

View from St. Peters church down on  the town square.

 
The Russian styled tower of the Academy of Science in Riga.

The Russian styled tower of the Academy of Science.

 



Latvian national opera in Riga.

Latvian national opera.

 
Freedom monument.

Freedom monument.

 
House of the blackheads on Riga town square.

House of the blackheads on the town square.

 



Monument at the Daugava riverfront.

Monument at the Daugava riverfront.

 
Old building in the historical city centre of Riga.

Old building in the historical city center.

 

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Last update: 04/09/2013