Riga Things to Do

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  • St. Peter's Church
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  • 1. St. Peter's Church

    Its slender, tiered steeple is one of Riga's most eye-catching sights, and forms part of a beautifully renovated late medieval Gothic church. The church, and especially the tower, has burned down and...

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  • 2. Old Town

    Riga's old town dates back to medieval times, but little remains of that, unlike Tallinn. What the old town does have in abundance, however, is wonderful mix of towering Art Nouveau and gabled...

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  • 3. House of Blackheads

    In the main Ratslaukums square, you'll find this elegant Hanseatic building belonging to the Guild of the Blackheads. This was a unique guild of unmarried merchants, and ship captains, who would host...

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  • 4. Central Market

    I knew Riga's Central Market was big but I had not idea quite how vast...and large in area...it actually is. There are 5 huge hangars, originally Zeppelin hangars and re-erected on the site in the...

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  • 5. Freedom Monument

    Probably the most amazing thing about the Freedom Monument is that it exists at all. Unveiled in 1935 to commemorate the Latvian soldiers who died in the Latvian War of Independence, independence that...

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  • 6. Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

    A MUSEUM MUST SEE....Of all the horror museums, such as HOlocaust museums and sites at Dachau and Auschwitz, the museums about the Burmese railway and immense cruelty inflicted by the Japanese and as...

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  • 7. Dome Cathedral

    Just by mere fact of its central location, presiding over the wide Dome square, the Dome Cathedral (aka St. Mary's) feels like Riga's main church. Like St. John's, the Dome was originally a home for...

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  • 8. Art Nouveau Buildings

    Do allow yourself plenty of time to walk around Centrs. Of course the 'most important' or 'best' examples of this style of architecture are to be found on Elizabetes iela and Albertes iela (probably)...

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  • 9. Academy of Sciences

    The Academy of Sciences, known by many as "Stalin's birthday cake," is a classic example of Soviet-era Social Realist architecture. While the building itself is nothing to write home about, the...

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  • 10. Daugava River

    Normally a wide expanse of blue, the Daugava River had been frozen so long by the time I arrived the first time, it was knee deep snow. This gave it a magical look, with a smooth surface you won't...

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  • 11. Powder Tower

    The Powder Tower (Pulvertornis) it was part of the defensive system of the town and was originally called the Sand Tower. In the 17th century the tower began to store gunpowder. Today the building is...

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  • 12. St. John's Church

    St. John's Church is a Protestant church in Riga. Built in 1297, this old Church was used as the chapel of a Dominican abbey. The church was destroyed several times, so not all the architecture is...

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  • 13. Orthodox Cathedral

    One of the most beautiful churches I have seen, it is Neo-Byzantine style (this style was preferred church style in Russia during Alexander II of Russia and it replaced Russo-Bysantine) with main...

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  • 14. Swedish Gate

    The Old Town of Riga used to be surrounded by walls on all sides, but now-days, not much is left. The Invaders tore must of them down in the 1800s. The Swedish Gate is an attractive city gate, so...

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  • 15. Musicians of Bremen Monument

    The Musicians of Bremen Statue is strategically placed between three major churches in Riga, Saint Peter's, Saint John's and Saint George's churches. The German city of Bremen, by the way, is twinned...

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  • 16. Cat House

    Not every house has a cat in the roof :) But in Riga - yes, it is :) The house surely has the Cat name after two black cats put on the roof. The owner of the house turned cats’ tails into the Guild...

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  • 17. National Opera

    Latvian National Opera. The impressive white building surrounded by beautiful park was built in 1860-63 to house German speaking theatre and eventually Latvian artist also performed here. The Latvian...

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  • 18. Jurmala Beach

    If you fancy something of a change from the city, then I can very well recommend a visit to the water park at Jurmala. It must be a good 20 miles out of town, but you can get there very quickly and...

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  • 19. Three Brothers

    The buildings in the photo are known as Three Brothers. There are three buildings located in Maza Pills Street, no 17 is the white building being the oldest which dates back in the late 15th century...

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  • 20. St. Jacob's Church

    Another Catholic cathedral in this ethnically and religiously mixed city, but despite this it is famous for being the first church to preach the reformation and the first to accept Lutheran services....

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  • 21. Latvian Riflemen Monument

    The Red Riflemen Monument is another impressive monument and also a very controversal! The monument was built in 1970, to honor the Latvian red Riflemen who guarded Lenin during the Russian...

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  • 22. Riga Castle - Rigas Pils

    Riga Castle was built in 1330 in the old Town as the residence for Master of Livonian Order. Originally the castle was fortress-like 3 story building with an inner courtyard and four towers. Since...

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  • 23. Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

    ......make it to this lovely, forested place. You could take a picnic if the weather's good, although there's an original inn which serves beer, coffee, soft drinks etc and food (grey peas, cake etc...

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  • 24. Great and Small Guild

    Located next to each other in Riga, is the Small and Great Guild Halls, both impressive buildings. The Great Guild [1354], was a Merchant's organization for German merchants. The first building from...

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  • 25. Bastion Hill

    The Bastion Hill (Park) located near the Old Town and Freedom monument. It is nice park to stroll along after sightseeing the Old Town of Riga. Great spot to meander along the canal and see flower...

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