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Riga Region Off The Beaten Path

  • Take a boat till the "Sea Gate"

    There are several boats in Daugava near the Old Riga. Take boat "Vecriga" at 19.00 every day and its take you till the "Sea Gate" - the place where Daugava river flows in to the Gulf of Riga (the Baltic sea). Take war coat with you, because it is evening and may be cold. If you have no coat, staff will give you warm rug. It is possible to buy...

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  • Take the bus out of Riga,then...

    Take the bus out of Riga,then you will see the real life.If you are able to hire or borrow a care, bevare of where you park.you might find the car missing ,or weels or other things ripped off, if yoy are going away for a while.Try Ceres.

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  • Jurmala

    Jurmala is only 25 km from Riga and it lies between the winding River Lielupe and the sea. In fact it is so convenient that many visitors prefer to base themselves in the town's pleasant hotels, rather than in the city.

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  • Coal

    I took the ferry to Stockholm. On the way out of Riga there are two things I found quite interesting. One were the spits at the edge of the Baltic Sea where families and couples waved us goodbye. The other was the massive coal piles with brightly coloured cranes. Admittedly, the colours lost a little (ok, a lot) in the translation from reality to...

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  • Jurmala

    When in Riga why not get on the Train and go to Jurmala which has a lovely beach in the summer. I went there to go to this special restuarant that my friend wanted to take me to so i saw the beach also. This Turtle is near the beach and if you touch it and make a wish it should come true...!

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  • The world knows Latvia by…

    The world's smallest mechanical camera, the Minox, and its inventor Walter Zapp (1905-2003)In 1937, the State Electrotechnical Plant (Valsts Elektrotehniskā Fabrika-VEF) began production in Riga of the world's first functioning miniature camera, the VEF Minox, invented by Walter Zapp from Riga. This was an entirely novel kind of camera, which,...

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  • Walking along the river Daugava out of...

    How to get to this place: take the tram Nr.7 or 9 from the centre. The station of these trams is near the National Opera house. You have to go until the end station and take the write side. Just 300 m along the river and you’ll see swans.

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  • Swans, doves and ducks

    The boats station in the river Daugava became of swans, doves and ducks gathering place. This place is in the eastern region of Riga – Kengarags. If you decide to come here don’t forget the white bread. It would be the nice treat to all these birds.

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  • Car of J.Stalin

    In the 1930’s-1940’s the garages of Kremlin possessed quite a large number of luxuries upper-class foreign cars made mostly in the USA. J.Stalin favourite ones where Packard’s limousines. In the middle 1930’s the production of the first upper-class limousines ZiS-101 was launched in Moscow car-building factory named after Stalin.

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  • Memorial automobiles – collection of...

    The gallery of celebrities in the museum was started in the 1980’s when the museum received several upper-class presentable models made in exclusive series from the Moscow automobiles factory “ZiL”. The wrecked L.Breznev’s Rolls-Royce “Silver Shadow” was the first memorial automobile what came into the collection at the beginning of the 1980’s from...

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  • Moskvich from Soviet times

    Very popular automobile in USSR was Moskvich. It was made for “middle class” of soviet society (if middle class was possible in that kind of society?...)Moskviches and Zhiguli and Volgas you can see in Riga's Motor Museum.

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  • Motor Museum (Rigas Motormuzejs)

    Fans of unique automobiles should not miss the great opportunity to see the car once owned by Stalin, Brezhnev and the Russian writer Maxim Gorky. The museum has a Latvian motor sport department with antique motorbikes and stories about them.Open: 10.00-18.00, Mondays 10.00-15.00

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  • One of the eldest buildings

    The eldest buildings in Riga you can see in Vecriga (Old Riga), but walking down Citadeles street out of Vecriga to the Riga’s port side you can see yellow building what built date is 1210.

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  • Alexander Pushkin and Anna Kern

    In the patio of former Orthodox Cathedral and nowadays concert hall “Ave Sol” (see my tip “Scandalous church building”) you can find romantic couple of sculptures. Woman’s head belongs to Anna Kern’s monument and the stone plate cites Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin’s famous poem line: “I’m remembering amazing moment…” (Ya pomnyu chudnoye...

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  • Scandalous church building

    This church built as Orthodox cathedral, but on 1939 was signed contract between Latvian government and Orthodox Church about the building selling. The history of Latvian state was dramatic and on 1940 Latvian Independence lost. As the result, Orthodox Church lost this building and didn’t get money. Former church building was used as concert hall...

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  • The horsy police

    I cannot imagine practical meaning of the horsy police, but the aesthetic side of it seems pretty and a little bit romantic. You can see Riga’s horsy police everyday in The Park of Kronvalds and in the Bastejkalns on weekends.

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  • Latvian National Television.

    The building of Latvian National Television made in the period of time when Latvia was the part of USSR. There are many Latvian state’s television companies in this building now.

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  • The Fragment of Berlin's Wall

    One more historical monument. This fragment of Berlin's Wall is in the centre of Riga in Elizabet's str. in the Kronvald's park.

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  • Riga Castle-changing of the guard

    I'm not sure how often it happens, we happened to be there when they were changing the guard in front of the Riga Castle. I wouldn't go out of my way to see this, it's a pretty simple ceremony that involves the two guards being relieved of their duties by two other men and 1 more to escort them, I guess.Right before they passed thru the door back...

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  • St. Saviour's church

    I think this is St. Saviour's church, it is very close to Riga Castle.If it is, it was built in 1857 by a group of British traders on 30 feet of British soil brought over as ship ballast.

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  • Sapju Dievnmates basilica

    I'm not sure if that's the right name for this church or not, if it's not, please let me know the correct name. It's located very close to the Riga Castle.

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  • Soviet architecture

    Built by the Soviets during the time when Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union, the Academy of Science building was the only one I saw that reminded me of Soviet architecture, resembling Stalin's seven sisters in Moscow. Although some people find this style of architecture unappealing, I think it is quite grand. Local nicknames for this building...

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  • Reval Hotel Latvia

    Here is Reval Hotel Latvia from which 25th floor you can see a wondeful panorama of Riga. The building is quite big, so you will easily notice it from downtown.Direction: find the Freedom monument, then cross the bridge near it and go straight a little bit.

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  • Daytrip-Rundale Palace

    The last thing you expect to see in the middle of nowhere is this fabulous canary yellow confection of a palace, designed by Rastrelli, the man responsible for the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg.This is a little harder daytrip to do from Riga, if you are traveling by public transport you have to take a bus to Bauska and then catch a bus to...

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  • Panorama of Riga

    For to see that you need to find "Reval Hotel Latvia" close to downtown. Then use two glass elevators for to get up to the 25th floor. Actually you won't find 25th floor's button in these elevators, so push 24th floor button and then use stairs to the 25th floor. There you'll find a cosy area with a view through the window to all Riga.

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  • Mentzendorff's House

    17th century house showing how wealthy Latvians lived, visitors can visit several floors with period furnishings and some history of the Mentzendorff family.Closed Monday

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  • Bremen musicians' monument

    OK. It was dark enough while taking this photo, but I hope you still can see something behind my boyfriend and me.:) I'm not sure if you know the story about the Bremen musicians, as I don't know it either. :) I just saw the cartoon of them in my childhood. So, it was cute to have a photo near the monument of them in an Old town of Riga, almost in...

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  • The church in Chiekurkalns

    This is the entrance of the Lutheran church in Chiekurkalns. The church and interenting stylish flowerbeds you can find in Riga, taking the tram Nr.6.

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  • Mosaics

    There are many fantastic mosaic from different coloured glass. In the picture are Adam and Eva, I think.

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  • The monument

    Near of the church in Chiekurkalns you can see a strange monument. It is a symbol of different religions. There are words about christian religion, David star and title "Take off your shoes" like in buddist churches.

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  • Gaudi style architecture in Riga

    My favourite architector is Gaudi and I fond of his art. Gaudi style is in one of Riga's churches. It is in the Riga's district "Chiekurkalns".

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  • Art Nouveau archicture

    Art Nouveau or often also refrred to as Jugendstil in there regions, is one of the styles that dominates Riga's architectural heritage. Spread thraoughout the city, but you will find the most expressive specimens concentradet on the mentioned streets (Alberta str., Elizabetes str., Vilandes str., Strelnieku str.). Most of these buildings are...

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  • Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

    Authentic houses, farmsteads, windmills, wodden churches, and fishermen's villages that represent different regions of Latvia of 16th to 19th centuries.Situated in the pine forest by the lake Jugla, it occupies an area of about a 100 hectares. On weekends you can watch traditional craftmen at work.Count on spending an entire day here. A MUST!

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  • Experience the REAL Latvia!

    If you have more than 2 days to spend in Latvia and want to see something else besides beautiful girls and architecture in Riga, I would advise to try out the Latvian countryside. Go to http://www.celotajs.lv/ and check out listings of guest houses that are located in the coutryside. I would suggest LATGALE region, esle called as "Lake Land". You...

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  • Riga by Night

    Certain places in Riga change their look by night! Start at Congress Hall near Colored Fountain (all colors of rainbow). Then walk down to the Old Town through the Basteja Park and enjoy lights from lanterns. Pass the Freedom Monument and Laima Clock, the central meeting point in Riga. Cross the Old Town on Kalku Street and enjoy the view of...

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  • Jurmala

    Take a localtrain to Jurmala seashore. There´s a 20 km long (!) sandy beach where you can enjoy a nice swim or just a looong walk if you prefer... Little towns by the beach have beautiful really old houses, nice cafes, restaurants etc. It´s a nice daytrip.

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  • Riga's Central Market

    Riga's Central MarketSmoked pork, smoked meat, smoked eeels, smoked mackerels, smoked trouts, smoked salmons, smoked lampreys.... everything seems to be smoked before selling in the Riga Central market! The market itself, beside a large non-food section, offers a wide range of cheese, vegetables (well, not so great a choice in winter.... of...

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  • The Cat House (and before you...

    The Cat House (and before you ask, no, it isn't THAT kind of cat house!! LOL)This is an interesting building that was named forthe 2 black cats standing on the tops of the towers. The sculptor of the cats died while erecting them. Then, about 100 years ago the owner of the building, when he was excluded from the the powerful Guild across the street...

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  • When buying gifts like the...

    When buying gifts like the local amber-jewellery, compare shop prices with street merchants. They will most likely have lower prices. Prices are presumably fixed. Street-merchants concentrate around churches.In Riga, foreign currency is accepted at reasonable rates, escpecially for USD and DeutschMark (now Euro).

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  • To the west of Riga, there is...

    To the west of Riga, there is a beachside city called Jurmala, with camping, hostels, hotels, and fabulous beaches. Just take a microbus from the station in Riga. We stayed at a campground (they also have cabins) at Nemo water park in Jurmala. Nemo Atbalss iela 1, Vaivaritel: 773 6392e-mail: nemo@apollo.lv

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  • Old part of Ryga. There you...

    Old part of Ryga. There you can find a lot of monuments, nice squares. Like this one. Really i don't remember exactly place, but it was in some square in intersect of some streets..

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  • 'Moscow suburb' Academy of...

    'Moscow suburb' Academy of Sciences is a building which you expect only too see in Moscow. There is also a market and a memorial in this big suburb.

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  • Three Brothers...

    The tradition that members of one handicraft live on one street was in full force and effect in medieval Riga, too. So we can find three dwelling-houses surviving from the former Backer Street side by side to each other, perhaps this is the reason why these houses are called Three Brothers.The oldest brother was built at the end of the 15th...

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  • In Riga is reconstructed The...

    In Riga is reconstructed The monument of DeTolli (Russian General who fought against Napoleon in 1812)

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  • If you are going to Riga for...

    If you are going to Riga for quite a while, you defenately should spend some time out of town! Visit Jurmala, the 'Latvian Riviera' or Sigulda, so called 'the Switzerland of Latvia', which are not so far from Riga and easy accesible by train.

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