Riga Travel Guide

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Riga Highlights

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     Small, but cosy and beautiful old town, big centre, jugendstil, great river Daugava 

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     Taxi's and nightclubs can be a rip off. 

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     Art Nouveau grandeur, museums, churches, great cocktails. 

Riga Things to Do

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  • 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 been rebuilt several times. The last big hit the church took was from artillery shells during World War 2. This knocked down the steeple, and it...

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  • 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 Hanseatic, with the odd reminder of the middle ages dotted in between. The whole place can be encompassed in an afternoon, but you'll want to walk around it...

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  • 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 is from the Soviets. When those same Soviets came back after World War 2, they didn't destroy it. It was scheduled for demolition, but for some...

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  • New Town: Great Views

    For decent coffee with an outstanding view, you should head straight for the Skyline bar. The prices are also sky high, but it's worth ordering a coffee and cheesecake (or a cocktail later) to sit down and enjoy the Old Town from 26 floors up.It's in the Reval Hotel, and it feels like you might be doing something wrong when you wander in there...

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  • Old Town: Italian

    Excellent Italian food with an interesting clientele, at least when I was there. I spent a good lunch listening a French and an American woman talking about jewelry, from the history of silver making in Mexico, to the special market in Budapest. They seemed like regulars too, and enjoyed their meal as much as we did.In the evenings the place is...

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  • Old Town: Indian

    Indian food in the Baltics sounds about as likely as snow in the Sahara, but it works. In fact it more than works, it's excellent, putting many English restaurants to shame. Despite the friendly waitress being as blonde as a Latvian can be, I spied Indians in the kitchen, and the food tasted fresh and authentic. You won't find any surprises on the...

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Riga Nightlife

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  • best site for gentlemen's

    if you want to get some sex in Riga,dont go to old town or some clubs.Expensive and not safe.More much better takea look in internet pages,www.intimmeitene.lv ,www.kurtizanka.lv ,www.bumper.lv ,there are a lot of girls who invite you to their places.Prices are not high.

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  • The best Gentlemen's Club in Riga! Must...

    Friday night we were going to essential, when decided to stop to Royal before! Very cosy place, gives a strange feeling as you are somewhere you have been before. Personal is extremely friendly. Girls performers were just amazing, the show was going each 10 or 15 minutes, but not girls were dancing show! Prices were surprisingly normal, as for...

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  • Blues leaves me feeling red!

    Saw a great performance by the Latvian Blues Band @ Bite's Blues Club in Riga. The band was great. The joint sucks. Half of the beers in the menu were not available, also missing were many of the food items. Just like in Soviet times -- 50 items on the menu, only 2 available! Worse of all was the management of the place. Blatantly smoking in their...

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Riga Transportation

  • Public Transport

    Riga has a good system of public transport, including trams, busses and trolley-busses. Currently a ticket costs 0.6 LVL, and you can buy these from the driver, although they are slightly cheaper when bought in advance. A 24 hour ticket can be bought for just 1.9 LVL.Getting around is pretty easy, with most of the vehicles having electronic boards...

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  • Air

    Riga has turned itself into the main Baltic air hub, and with its own airline, Air Baltic, covering extensive destinations, you can fly direct to Riga from many parts of Europe, and often quite cheaply. Ryanair also uses Riga as a hub to over half a dozen different countries. There aren't many destinations outside of Europe, although Uzbekistan...

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  • Train

    Unfortunately trains in this part of the world aren't all that useful. For starters, Latvia uses a different size (Russian) gauge to most other EU nations, meaning that the train must stop and change its wheels at the Polish border. Even connections to neighbouring countries using the same gauge are not easy, for example travelling from Tallinn...

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Riga Shopping

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  • SOUVENIRS

    Located just across the square from the house of the Blackheads are two good souvenir shops.Suveniri is a tiny shop, stacked full of souvenirs and all types of gifts at pretty reasonable prices. The quality was good, and this was where I bought my souvenirs from, and I was real happy with what I bought. Souvenirs include ceramics, glass bottles and...

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  • AMBER

    The best souvenir to buy in Riga would be Amber.The locals find it washed up along the Baltic coast where they collect it to sell to tourists. This amber has made the region renowned amongst jewellery lovers, traders and archaeologists.Amber dates to 20 to 50 million years old and is fossilised resin of ancient conifer trees, formed by pressure and...

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  • Flowers...24 hours a day!

    This was a pleasant and very enjoyable place to visit - lots of flowers available, and the stall holders very feiendly and always on the look out for a sale.The market is open 24 hours a day and demonstrates the need and desire for northern Europeans to enjoy the fruits of the sunshine no matter when in the year takes their fancy! Flowers of...

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Riga Local Customs

  • Have purely farmers lunch - Rye Bread

    If you are starving and can not wait anymore for diner, thats would be for you. Try Latvian rye bread with smoked gammon!!! Usualy when i leave Latvia for a longer time i take one with me. Once i didn't and that was too bad - i never thought that one can miss bread as I did and my friends. It can last fresh for a weeks, but that doesnt mean that...

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  • Some Soviet relicts left

    Not much soviet relicts left in Riga till this time. Even pavement from Soviet Union times is removed and new put in the central part of the city. But some things left and it is because (I guess) that Latvia was a part of Soviet Union and you can’t change it, it is a part of history. Near the Daugava river you can see old sculpture from Soviet Era.

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  • Thing about Orthodox churches

    It is as interesting to me as in other towns I see much different religion churches in old town. In Riga old town there are mostly Lutheran and some Catholic churches. The main Orthodox Russian Cathedral is in centre, Brivibas iela. Surely, in Riga much Russians by percents live (about 35%), but I haven’t had that feeling as I heard mostly Latvian...

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Riga Warnings and Dangers

  • General Safety

    Riga's got a bit of a reputation for crime. It once had the highest murder rate in the EU, and at and at a rate of 18 in every 100,000 that was as high as many cities in the US. The recent economic downturn had the Finns running home and complaining about a crime wave in the city. I've read some real tales of actual crime, and most of the Embassy...

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  • Mind your step.....

    Riga's old town is lovely...but it *is* old. Consequently, its streets are cobbled (large, flat modern cobblestones or bumpier, older cobblestones or, in some places, flat-surfaced chunks of rock). When the sand which is brushed between the cobbles is washed away by heavy rains, it's very easy indeed to catch your foot in the gap.Apart from that, I...

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  • If you are flying with Ryanair.....

    .....read my tip about the 4.92 Lat (this will change in Jan 2013 when Latvia adopts the euro...maybe 7 or 8 euro?) security charge you will have to pay before you go through security.Other airlines include the Riga security charge in their airfare. Ryanair does not. This means that you have to pay it separately...or you won't fly home.Click here...

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Riga Tourist Traps

  • Dont exchange your paper money for...

    Happened to the Old Riga district,suddenly a man that seemed desperate,appeared from nowhere and asked if we could exchange 10 Lats (his in coins of 2) with paper money.In our acceptance we found our selves (later understood) that those coins were Lietuvas and not Lats.All those are pretty simmilar nowdays-Euros-Lats-Lietuvas-Turkish lires etc...

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  • No problems about Riga's panorama

    At first sight, it is hard to think where to find place to see panorama of Riga. Riga's central part is on plain grounds - no mountains, or even smaller or bigger ups and downs when walking. But no problem about it! I suggest you three places from where you can see very different and nice panoramas: >>> Another bank of river Daugava,...

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  • Interesting park bridge

    I think you will be wondering why they put such locks on this bridge. At first I wrote that Latvians lock bikes there, when just coming to the centre (mostly for work, shopping). But for real, it is really nice tradition - when Latvians merry each other they put the lock on the park bridge with their names and after locking they throw keys into the...

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Riga What to Pack

  • Another Travel Guide Riga

    I was presented a copy of "Another Travel Guide Riga" by my Latvian colleagues. It is a great book and useful guide. It is full of commonsense comments and tips for places to visit and sights to see across the city of Riga.

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  • Riga in your pocket!!

    This is a complimentary tourist guide, well worth using as it has a range of maps, tips and suggestions for your visit to the city.

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  • Riga guide book

    I was very happy having guide named "Riga this week", you can take it somewhere in Riga old town for free, or, let’s say, in bus station, airplane station. Another good choose is "Riga in your pocket", but this one costs about 1,5 euro.

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Riga Off The Beaten Path

  • The Museum of Latvia's Jews

    This is a very small museum and I suspect it may easily be overlooked, which is why I placed it in the 'off-the-beaten-path' section.The museum is based on the (largely) document collection of Zalman Eleson and Margers Vestermanis, both Holocaust survivors and both based in Riga. it has been open since 1989.Before the war, 11% of Riga's population...

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  • A particularly twiddly bit of Art...

    I was very impressed by this particular building which, I suspect, will be missed by many who visit Centrs to look at the Art Nouveau/Deco/Jugendstil architecture because it's some way away from the streets where most of that interest lies.It's a building used for offices and i think it's always been a business building. It dates from 1901 and has...

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  • Wooden houses

    Although Riga's Art Deco/Nouveau/Jugendstil buildings are well-known and well-promoted (especially those in the Centrs area) I was, if I'm frank, at least equally taken with the wooden buildings I came across whilst wandering that district.There are older wooden buildings, mostly houses, dotted about in other areas of Riga too. I passed quite a lot...

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Riga Sports & Outdoors

  • Bobsleigh

    While we had a holiday in Riga, we had booked bobsleigh in Sigulda.We booked it with travel2riga.com. They organise different travel packages and sport activities as well.If you enjoy quick extreme and speed, bobsleigh is for you. Sporty, warm and comfortable clothes.

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  • Pool

    I know Latvians like ice hockey and football, but the only sports I noticed in Riga besides beer drinking was pool ;-)

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  • Football in Riga

    Established in 2006 – Riga United FC is hungry for foreign opposition to dazzle and astound with their footie skills and panache?! A cosmopolitan team made up from signings around the world, Riga United FC will endeavor to play with 100% commitment although dependent on the previous nights activities gambling activities and Riga antics might...

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  • Toilets

    Riga's old town does have toilets, although most are of the 'temporary erection' variety.You'll find a double row in the car park just off Ratslaukums, at the end of Jauniela, and similar types in Livu Laukums and 3 sets in Bastejkalns park. They're free to use, unisex and clean enough, with a washbasin, paper and paper towels within the...

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  • Riga In Your Pocket: highly recommended!

    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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  • Old town surrounded by parks

    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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Central Market
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House of Blackheads
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Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
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Dome Cathedral
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Art Nouveau Buildings
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Daugava River
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New Town: Daugava River
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New Town: Freedom Monument
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St. Jacob's Cathedral
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Latvian Parliament
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Dome Cathedral
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Riga City Hall
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St. Peter's Cathedral
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House of the Blackheads
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Old Town
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The Best of Riga
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Anna Alma Pole
Off The Beaten Path
Easily-missed in Riga's old town..
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A row of heads.
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Domu Jama (Devil's Seat): AIDS memorial
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If you make only one trip.....
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Bigger than the biggest thing in Bigland!
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Art Nouveau..but not the 'best' known.
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Art Nouveau...Jugendstil...Art Deco....
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An essential visit.
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Remember to look up..and to look closely.
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Wander the streets and enjoy the architecture.
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Useful landmark
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Jekaba baznica: St James' Cathedral
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Jana baznica: St John's Church
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Enjoy the parks 2: Esplanade
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Enjoy the parks1: Bastejkalns/Pilsetas Park
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Lovely stained-glass
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Walk the riverside......
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Pleasant place to people-watch
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Local, atmospheric, comfy, potentially noisy!
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Ryanair passengers 2: VERY IMPORTANT!
Transportation
Ryanair passengers take note 1.
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Bus 22 from the airport.
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