Latvia Favorites

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  • Personal Observations
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  • Personal Observations
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Latvia Favorites

  • Architecture

    Riga Favorites

    When going along many main streets in Riga, you will see 19th century wooden buildings - one-storey - two-storey - most decorated with exquisite details. There are 23 such buildings on Kalnceima Street alone. I found myself fascinated with these wooden structures and first saw them when we took Tram #7 to the LIDO Saturday night and again when I...

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  • Tourism

    Riga Favorites

    With more than 693,000 inhabitants, RIGA is the largest city of Latvia and also its capital. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava River. Riga was founded in 1201 and its historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and noted for its Art Nouveau and 19th century wooden architecture. Riga is also the 2014 European...

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  • Bastejkalns Park

    Riga Favorites

    After spending a pleasant hour or so wandering the Central Market it was still a bit too early, even for me, for a beer. Heading back into the Old City, through the underpass in front of the Stockman shopping mall, took me through this little park. For some reason I had a sudden urge for a coffee. This turned out to be a friendly little place...

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  • Personal Observations

    Riga Favorites

    To Riga on a cruise I came to Riga on a cruise in June 2014 and I had a great time there exploring this lovely town on my own as an easy walk from the ship. I will just post these few photos here at the moment.

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  • Daugava River

    Riga Favorites

    The DAUGAVA RIVER flows through Russia, Latvia and Belarus and drains into the Gulf of Riga. The total lenthe of the river is 1,020 kms or 630 miles. The Daugava forms part of the international border between Latvia and Belarus. Many bridges cross the Daugava including the Vansu Bridge - Southern Bridge - Island Bridge - Railway Bridge and the...

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  • City and Events Guides

    Riga Favorites

    I have HORSCHECK to thank for introducing me to the 'In Your Pocket' series of tour guides, which we first had the opportunity to 'road test' in Tallinn (when the hotel we stayed in provided a copy of Tallinn In Your Pocket in each room). For my money, it's a much more useful travel guide than the Lonely Planet or Rough Guides that we tend to use...

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  • For The Best Views

    Riga Favorites

    Hubby and I really love aerial views, so we found three spots that are excellent for this: - the Skyline Bar in the Hotel Latvija (see my restaurant tip) - the tower of St. Peter's Church (unfortunately closed until October 2007) - the TV Tower (which we did not visit, though) When in Riga, be sure to try at least one of these locations - you...

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  • Money

    Riga Favorites

    As of January 1, 2014, The Latvian National currency is the EURO. One Euro contains 100 Euro cents in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 and Euro coins in 1 and 2 Euros. Banknotes are in denominations of 5 - 10 - 20 - 50 - 100 - 200 - 500 Euros. ATMs are numerous and scattered throughout the city. Currency exchange Boots are also plentiful in...

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  • Old Town

    Riga Favorites

    It is not so hard to see where old town starts and where ends – the main borders are parks. Crossing parks from old town's side you see the centre and vice versa. Parks are full of flowers, statues, fountains, birds - Is that I liked very much in Riga. One of the nicest parks is Bastejkalns (Bastion hill).

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  • Swedish Gate

    Riga Favorites

    During its mediaeval heyday Riga was fortified by its city walls and access was through well-defended gates. The only remaining gate is this one which has become known as the Swedish Gate. Local legend has it that the name was bestowed by Peter the Great after the Russian capture of the city from the Swedes in 1721. Peter had been impressed by the...

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  • New Town

    Riga Favorites

    The 'New Town' of Riga is very near the Old Town... a few steps away, just beyond the semi-circle of parkland which once was the city limits wih the city walls. it's an interesting area - and worth a visit for the wide avenues and the tourist-free shops and restaurants. Across the Daugavariver, just opposite the Old Town, the New Town becomes quite...

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  • St Jacobs Church

    Riga Favorites

    Located at Jekaba Iela 9, very near to the "Three Brothers", is ST. JACOB'S CATHEDRAL or its Latvian name, SVETA JEKABA KATEDRALE. Also known as St. James, the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Riga, is dedicated to Saint James the Greater. Dedicated in 1225, the Cathedral is of early Gothic style. During its history, the Cathedral has been Lutheran...

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  • House of Blackheads

    Riga Favorites

    Perhaps one of the most photographed buildings in Riga is the wonderful HOUSE OF BLACKHEADS - MELNGALVJU NAMS. Personally, I took many photos as I just couldn't get enough of it. Located in Town Hall Square at Ratslaukums 7, the original House of Blackheads was built in 1334, in the 14th century. Built as a meeting venue for different social...

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  • Jurmala Beach

    Riga Favorites

    Throughout this century, Jurmala has been Riga's playground, from the elegant days of the 1930s to the years of occupation. Jurmala was also the ultimate destination for the Soviet Union's elite retirees. It might cheer you up to know that the beaches at Majori and Bulduri have been awarded the coveted mark of any self respecting beach community...

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  • Language

    Riga Favorites

    Below few words that you can use while traveling in Latvian: Arrive: Pienâk Depart: Atiet What is the time, please?: Trîs biletes uz Tallinu, lûdzu Where i can pick up my luggage?: Kur es varu sanemt manu bagâpu? Where is the closest money exchange point?: Kur ir tuvâkais valûtas mainas punkts? I would like to order a taxi please: Es gribçtu...

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  • St Peters Church

    Riga Favorites

    Located on Skarnu Iela 19, in the historical center of Riga SAINT PETER'S CHURCHis one of the oldest examples of medieval architecture in the Baltics. The present-day church was reconstructed in the 15th century. During World War II the church was demolished - the steeple and the roof were burned and the entire interior was destroyed. Restoration...

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  • Tourist Information Offices

    Riga Favorites

    If you seek good advice on travelling and accomodation go to the Riga Tourist Information Centre on the square with the blackheads house. The staff is always super friendly and they speak English as well as German sometimes. They can give you info on all areas of latvija and call for you at hotels if you ask with a smile.

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  • Freedom Monument

    Riga Favorites

    Riga's Freedom Monument emphasises the Latvian people's sense of pride of place; not just because of its physical location in the heart of the city, but for the fact that it survived the post-World War II Soviet re-occupation of the country. The monument was constructed in the early 1930's, being unveiled on 18th November 1935, to commemorate the...

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  • Walking

    Riga Favorites

    On my random wanderings I came across this building with its interesting-looking little courtyard. Being a nosy sort of a person I had to have a quick look around, just in case there might have been an off-street pub. The courtyard turned out to be an upscale little shopping precinct with the statue of a Gold Knight as its centrepiece. In the...

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  • Powder Tower

    Riga Favorites

    Located on Smilsu Iela 20, the POWDER TOWER or PULVERTORNIS is one of Riga's fortification towers. The tower dates back to 1330 and has been rebuilt many times, with the latest reconstruction from 1937 to 1940. Its wall thickness is an amazing 3 metres. It gained its current name in the 17th century when gunpowder was stored in the tower. Since...

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  • Latvian Beer

    Riga Favorites

    These days I rarely do much advance research on a place I've decided to visit. I'll usually have a reason for visiting (but not always) and maybe one or two things I want to do once there. On this visit to Riga my main reason for going was to catch-up with my VT friends whilst I was en route to St Petersburg. I do enjoy a beer or two on my travels...

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  • Three Brothers

    Riga Favorites

    There are a group of residential houses on Maza Iela 17 - 19 - 21, each from a different century, the oldest of the three being #17, and dating back to the 15th century. The other two #19 and #21 were built in the 17th and 18th century Their name THREE BROTHERS - TRIS BRALI was given a long time ago. According to legend, the buildings were...

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  • Town Hall Square

    Riga Favorites

    The very heart of Riga is TOWN HALL SQUARE - RATSLAUKUMS. In the middle ages there were open-air markets held here. Today you will find a great mix of buildings and monuments. In the middle stands the Statue of Roland, Riga's patron saint. The original was erected in the Town Square in 1896. The one seen now is a replica and the original is kept in...

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  • Soviet Riga

    Riga Favorites

    One thing I really liked, in Riga, was the Soviet architecture that could be still seen around town. Some really interesting Soviet buildings are to be seen along the river Daugava, in the outskirts of the old town - past the central market hangars. My fascination comes from a simple consideration: each of the massive grey-concrete buildings can...

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  • Riga Castle - Rigas Pils

    Riga Favorites

    During our last days in Riga, Hans and I wanted to see the CASTLE OF RIGA - RIGAS PILS so we took a walk along the Daugava River until we got to the castle located at Pils Iela 1/3. We were a bit disappointed as the Castle was under reconstruction and covered with scaffolding. Apparently there had been a large fire there. The Castle was founded in...

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  • Musicians of Bremen Monument

    Riga Favorites

    Located on Skarnu Street between St. Peter's Church and the Convent Yard, is the whimsical TOWN MUSICIANS OF BREMEN Sculpture. The sculpture of four bronze figures - donkey - dog - cat - rooster, - all standing on each other's backs - is based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. The sculpture was a gift from Bremen, Germany, Riga's twin city....

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  • Orthodox Cathedral

    Riga Favorites

    Located at Brivibas Bulvaris 23, The ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL- NATIVITY OF CHRIST was built in a Neo-Byzantine Style between 1876 and 1883. It is the larges Orthodox Cathedral in the Baltics. The impressive looking cathedral is renowned for its beautiful icons and holds regular Orthodox services.

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  • Riga Cathedral

    Riga Favorites

    The original built in 1211, the DOME CATHEDRAL - RIGAS DOME is the largest medieval church in the Baltics. Famous for its organ, the Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral of Riga, has undergone many modifications in the course of its history.

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  • Cat House

    Riga Favorites

    The CAT HOUSE or KAKU MIJA is named for the two black cats perched on the building's towers. Legend has it that about 100 years ago, the Latvian owner of the building was excluded from the BIG Guild by ethnocentric Germans. A little miffed, the owner ordered the cats to be turned around, backside up, as an insult to his detractors. They were...

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  • Lielais Kristaps - Big Christopher

    Riga Favorites

    It's always been a maxim of mine to never to let the truth get in the way of a good story. Riga's legend of Big Christopher, Lielais Kristaps, therefore appeals perfectly to my sense of propriety. The story goes something like this: In times of antiquity when the river was much shallower than it is now, and the settlement on it was a primitive...

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  • Harbour and Cruise Dock

    Riga Favorites

    Riga harbour is the 2nd largest Latvian seaport. It is located in the the River Daugava, and the terminals of the harbour are along the riverbanks and channels. It is said to be one of the last remaining dockland areas in Europe to be redeveloped, so the size will increase in the future. Passenger ferries are traveling to Riga from Lubeck in...

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  • Lachplesis

    Riga Favorites

    Attend any Latvian hockey match and you’ll undoubtedly see people wearing red and white-striped hats with furry brown ears. The ears in fact are one of Latvia’s most interesting symbols. Lachplesis (the bear slayer), hero of the epic poem of the same name, was the superhuman defender of the land from evil forces. Like all mythological protagonists...

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  • Jacob's Barracks

    Riga Favorites

    The collection of buildings along Tornu Iela 4 is known as JACOB'S BARRACKES. The barracks were built in the 18th century and have been restored many times. As the name suggests, the buildings housed many armies over the years. Today the buildings are occupied by a number of businesses, including bars and cafe's, restaurants, travel agencies,...

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  • Retro Tram

    Riga Favorites

    When heading north to Mezaparks or the zoo. You may see this tram on line 11 which costs a bit more but is good fun. For tramway fans: there is a museum in depot no. 5 which is open during workdays. I was there on Sunday which was hopeless. Ask for tramvai musei (in Russian) as people there don't speak English.

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  • Cinemas

    Riga Favorites

    Whenever you feel tired of walking or just don’t know how to spend your time in Riga, you can always go to the movies. In the very centre- between Central Train Station and Central Buss Station you can find big cinema, with many halls. Movies there are shown in English, with Latvian and Russian subtitles. http://www.forumcinemas.lv/?lang=eng

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  • Lotyšsko 2010

    Původním plánem byla klidná poznávací dovolená v mnou tolik oblíbených, severských zemích. Půl týdne Norsko, druhou půlku Riga v Lotyšsku, zpět zase přes Norsko s jednodenní pauzou a výletem k moři. A realita? No může mě někdy něco vyjít podle plánu? Můžu já mít nějaký výlet bez...

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  • Useful phone numbers

    The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...

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  • Riga, a city with very few highrise...

    Except for the Riga Radio & TV Tower, the tall structures of the bridges along Daugava River, the tall Freedom monument, the towers of the churches and several skyscrapers in the distance, the city of Riga especially the Old Town has very few highrise buildings. Most of the buildings in the city are less than ten storey high.If you visit the...

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  • Tourist Information Office, Riga Old...

    The Tourist Information Office in Old Town, Riga is located at the ground floor of the House of Blackheads at Ratslaukums 6 at Town Hall Square as depicted on our photo on the right. Beside enquiring about the places of interest in Riga, visitors are able to obtain free catalogues and maps of the city of Riga and other parts of Latvia from the...

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  • Few words in Latvian

    Below few words that you can use while traveling in Latvian:Arrive: PienâkDepart: AtietWhat is the time, please?: Trîs biletes uz Tallinu, lûdzuWhere i can pick up my luggage?: Kur es varu sanemt manu bagâpu?Where is the closest money exchange point?: Kur ir tuvâkais valûtas mainas punkts?I would like to order a taxi please: Es gribçtu pasûtît...

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  • Narvessen

    In addition to your guide book it is worth buying the 'Riga in your pocket' magazine that sums-up everything that is in the city on the month. Everything a tourist needs to know; from shops and food to operas and tours and more.You can buy it in Narvessen, (kind of UK's WH Smith) for 1.2Ls (Jan 08) Food is fantastic in my opinion. check this:...

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  • not too expensive

    its a nice place to visit, I wouldnt say the people were the most friendly but some were nice and there is many catherdrals an churches in Riga, drinking in the city was cheap in comparison to other European cities,

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  • Facts

    Language: Latvian (official), Lithuanian, Russian, other.Religion: Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox.Money: Latvian Lat (Ls) = 100 santimi. Notes are in denominations of Ls500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of Ls2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 santimi.

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  • Eurovision 2003 in Latvia!

    The winner of the 2002 Eurovision song contest in Tallinn (Estonia) was the Latvian singer Marija Naumova - Marie N.The Eurovision song competition of 2003 took place in the Latvian capital Riga. More info about Eurovision in Riga: www.eurovision.tvabout MarieN: www.marien.lv

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  • What is Latgale?

    It’s an ancient part of Latvia, almost a quarter of the whole country, where one third of Latvian population lives. Historically, Latgale was the whole region of Latvia from the River Daugava in the East to the Livian tribe’s border and the Slavs’ borders. Ancient Latgale (nowadays Vidzeme and Latgale) was under Polish rule in 16th century, and was...

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