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General Information

While the potential that Baltic states have had as travel destinations has been relatively slow to materialize since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a recent uptick in tourism to the region is a good omen. Riga for one, is a good reason to add a country like Latvia to your future travel plans. With a UNESCO World Heritage old town, the capital of the Republic of Latvia is a wonderful city to visit.

With notable Art Nouveau architecture and dramatic landmarks that dot a fabulous cityscape, the city on the river Daugava is a cosmopolitan home to over 700,000 people. The medieval center, still intact enough to hint at Riga's affluent status from the 13th to the 15th century, draws the lion's share of visitors. The city is also replete with many fine parks and recreation areas that host festivals and events throughout the year, often within close proximity to the attractive banks of the Daugava.

Riga History

  • Freedom Monument – Monument topped with a female bronze Liberty that was off limits during the Soviet days and placing flowers at its base was considered a crime punishable by deportation to Serbia.
  • Saint Peter’s – Gothic cathedral that has been around for about 800 years.
  • Swedish Gate – Built into the city walls to celebrate the Swedish occupation in 1698. To the east is the Powder Tower from the 1300s.
  • Saint Roland – Riga’s patron saint.
  • Old Town – A lovely place to visit, with many buildings that resemble Paris, Rome or Berlin.

Riga Art & Culture

  • Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum – Farmhouses, windmills and churches that give a peek into the bygone country life. In early June, it also hosts festivals and the National Fair of Applied Arts.
  • Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation – Housed in a cloister.
  • Museum of the Occupation of Latvia – Recounts the Nazi and Soviet occupations during the last 65 years.
  • Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts – Housed in a restored church from the 1200s and includes a wonderful assortment of local textiles, tapestry and china.
  • National Museum of Art – Russian and Latvian art displayed among the grandeur of Soviet net curtains, red carpets and marble columns.

Riga Shopping

  • Jāņa sēta - Offers just about every map under the sun, as well as reference books on the country other travel guides.
  • A&E Gallery – Looking for art or amber? This is a favourite spot in Riga to find both.
  • Upe – Has traditional folk music and instruments and a small selection of local rock music.
  • Globuss – Local bookstore with English-language magazines and novels.
  • Rimi – The biggest supermarket around.

Gay & Lesbian Riga

  • Golden Bar – Stylish place where you can enjoy the bar, lounge area or dance floor.
  • Varaviksne – First gay sauna in the country.
  • Spot Cafe – Friendly atmosphere to meet new people and enjoy something to eat or drink.
  • Purvs – Popular club open daily.
  • XXL Club – Modern glamorous club in Riga.
  • Erot Boy – The place to go for an erotic massage.

Riga Outdoor

  • Lido Atpūtas Centrs - Activities include an outdoor ethnographic park, ice-skating rink and lots of buffet restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine.
  • Central Market – Historic and timeless Soviet-style market, very colourful and the biggest one in Europe.
  • Esplanade Park – The designer of this lovely area, George Kuphaldt, was expelled by Germany and accused of being a spy for having a telescope in his garden.
  • Mežaparks – Forest Park is a pleasant area in Riga with large, gorgeous houses.
  • Līvu Laukums – Offers beer gardens during the summer and an outdoor ice skating rink during the winter.

Riga Sport

  • Catch a local basketball game by the Barons LMT in the Daugavas Sporta Nams arena.
  • Make a trip to the Daugava Stadium to see the local athletic competitions.
  • Catch an exhilarating hockey game from the Dinamo Riga team at the Arena Riga.
  • Enjoy tennis matches at the Ice Arena.
  • Stop by the Skonto Stadium to see a football game with the Skonto FC.

Attractions

  • Riga Cathedral
  • Art Nouveau Architecture on Alberta Street
  • St. Peter's Church
  • Riga Zoo
  • Riga Castle

Activities

  • International Festival of Traditional Music
  • Riga Opera Festival
  • Latvian Song and Dance Festival
  • Winterfest
  • Riga International Film Festival

Restaurants

  • Arbat
  • Fabrikas
  • La Boheme
  • White Dune
  • Shalom

Nightlife

  • Lounge 8
  • Roxy
  • Voodoo
  • Martini
  • Depo

Climate

Riga straddles the line between a maritime and humid continental climate. As such, the city and region experiences four seasons, with cold winters and warm summers.

  • Winter (November to March) -8-4°C
  • Spring (April to May) 1-16°C
  • Summer (June to August) 10-22°C
  • Fall (September to October) 4-16°C

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Hotels in Riga

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1 Garden Palace Hotel Riga

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews

Grecinieku Street 28 Map

Early deal!

Garden Palace Hotel Riga offers quality accommodation in a 19th century building in the heart of Riga. The hotel is an ideal place to stay and get acquainted with Latvian culture. Tourists can... More

Great Location
Very good Location, great restaurants pubs are very near . Good value of money.
2 Dec 2014
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2 Avalon Hotel Riga

4 stars
4.6 / 5 5 reviews

13. janvara str. 19 Map

Free WiFi!

Boasting an ideal location with excellent accommodation and friendly service, the Avalon Hotel Riga offers you a unique experience and loads you with memories that you can treasure for life. ... More

Excellent place to stay!
Place is my regular place to stay, so I can say it is very good. Also easy to exit even close to old town.
15 Dec 2014
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3 Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel, Riga

5 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

24 Kugu Street Map

Offering first-class service and excellent accommodation, this attractive property is the right choice of accommodation, while visiting Riga. GeneralWith 13 flexible meeting rooms, ranging from... More

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4 Opera Hotel and SPA

4 stars
4.3 / 5 8 reviews

33 Raina blvd. Map

Free Spa access - see attached information!

Combining comfort and elegance in a 19th-century architecture, Opera Hotel & Spa Riga makes for an ideal haven for chic travellers looking for cultural homestay in the Latvia capital. This city... More

Four Star - Nice SPA hotel
-SPA could have been larger, but overall it was ok. -There was noise from other room TV during the first night, what kept us awake. +Hotel crew spoke english very well +Late-Check-Out price was...
26 Nov 2013
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5 Wellton Centrum Hotel and Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5

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Savvy travellers looking to explore the historic Latvia capital find strategic base at the centrally set Wellton Centrum Hotel and Spa. This plush Riga hotel positions tourists close to landmarks... More

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6 Wellton Centra

4 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

Audeju iela 1 Map

Price include SPA entrance at Wellton Centrum

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Nice hotel
Nice hotel with good facilities in a very good location. As there are different discos nearby i did not sleep one minute.
25 Nov 2014
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7 Wellton Old Riga Palace Hotel

4 stars
4.2 / 5 12 reviews

Minsterejas str. 8/10 Map

Free Wi-Fi and Gym use

Old Riga Palace Hotel is close to the Daugava River, within walking distance from public institutions and banks. Some of the area attractions include Riga International Exhibition Centre, St.... More

Getting away for a long weekend
No place to sit outdoors at daytime (patio outside the bar was closed at daytime). Would have been nice to sit outside enjoying the after breakfast coffee. Room was very small - but ok.
17 Jun 2015
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8 Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel, Riga

4 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

Elizabetes Street 73 Map

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9 Monika Centrum Hotel Riga

4 stars
4.1 / 5

21 Elizabetes Street Map

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10 Old City Boutique Hotel Riga

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

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Combining quality accommodation as well as professional service, Royal Old City Hotel Riga is the place for guests' business and relaxation needs. Stockman Shopping Centre one of the points of... More

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