Riga Region Things to Do

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  • St. Peter's Church
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  • St. Peter's Church
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Riga Region Things to Do

  • St. Peter's Church

    4 out of 5 stars

    Riga Things to Do

    This Lutheran church in the centre of Riga's old town is one of its most impressive buildings. A church was first built here in the early 13th century but almost nothing of that structure remains today. Like other buildings in Riga, St Peter's has suffered several destructions or partial destructions due to fire and warfare, and the church has...

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  • Central Market

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    There is a very interesting fresh produce market near the bus and train station. Inside there are many wonderful things such as an Uzbek bakery which produces one product only - naan/non breads - which are cooked on the walls of a big fire oven. There were cheeses, smoked fish, sausages, pickled cabbage and gherkins, the biggest pomegranates I have...

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  • Old Town

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    We love history and architecture, especially old architecture. So the Old Town of Riga was very special and beautiful to our eyes. Riga is on the banks of the Daugava River. There are places of worship of various faiths and denominations, including Jewish, Catholic, Russian Orthodox. Many of the old buildings in Riga were built by various...

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  • House of Blackheads

    4 out of 5 stars

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    This beautiful building stands on the main square in Riga's old town. It was used by bachelor members of the blackheads merchant guild. The original building was completed in 1344. Over the centuries it was expanded and embellished. However, it was completely destroyed in the bombings of 1941. The building was completely rebuilt and was finally...

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  • Freedom Monument

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Riga has an old town and a new town and they are separated by a green area of parkland. The freedom monument is located in the parkland. The freedom monument is a woman standing on top of a tall column holding three stars in her hands. These represent the three historical regions of the country: Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Latgale. Locals affectionately...

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  • Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Located at Raina Bulvaris 7, the MUSEUM OF THE OCCUPATION OF LATVIA reveals Latvia's history from 1940 to 1991, when the occupations by the Soviets and Nazi Germany, took place. In the expositions, one can see documents, photographs and museum objects. Open every day May 1 to September 30 - from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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  • Dome Cathedral

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Definitely this is the one of remarkable buildings both in the Old City and in Latvia. Its beginning goes back to the 13th century when bishop Albert consecrated the ground where nowadays stands the Cathedral. Later he was buried here. In the course of time the Cathedral has changed its appearance many times. The same the spire which at the...

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  • Art Nouveau Buildings

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    Riga is famous for its large number of well-preserved (or more often, well-restored) Art Nouveau buildings. These are dotted across the city, but there is a particular concentration of them in one area on and around Elizabetes and Alberta streets. We spent part of a morning strolling these streets and could easily have spent longer. Art Nouveau,...

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  • Three Brothers

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    The Three Brothers refers to three houses that are next to each other, but each one comes from a different architectural period and style. These three houses are the oldest stone houses in Riga. The oldest house is N°17. This house dates back to the 15th century. The other two date from the 17th and 18th centuries.

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  • Orthodox Cathedral

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    This has to be one of the most striking buildings in Riga, especially on a bright day when the gold of its many onion-shaped domes gleams in the sunshine. Unfortunately I never managed to make the time to go inside but I certainly enjoyed seeing the exterior, whether from the nearby streets, from a passing bus or, as in photo four, from the tower...

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  • Powder Tower

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    Like so many of Riga's apparently historic buildings, this is a reconstruction, but one carried out not after (and as a result of) World War Two, but before that, in 1937. It was originally a part of the defensive system of the town and as the name suggests, was used to store gunpowder. It dates originally from the beginning of the 14th century,...

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  • Cat House

    4 out of 5 stars

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    As a major cat lover, I really wanted to see this house. It is called the cat house because there are two statues of angry black cats on the roof of the house. It is located at Meistaru10/12. Legend states that the owner of the house was a wealthy merchant who wanted to join the Great Guild opposite his home. At that time the guild was controlled...

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  • Daugava River

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    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 normally see. Many people were out on the snow, with sleds, snowmobiles, and just on foot. Some had even written messages in the snow, all watched over...

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  • St. John's Church

    4 out of 5 stars

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    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 from the same period. Over 400 years of services in Latvian have been held in this church. A part of the fortification wall which was 11 metres high...

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  • Latvian Riflemen Monument

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    In the Ratslaukums near the Museum of the Occupation is this very solid-looking, brutalist-style granite monument dedicated to the Latvian Riflemen. The Latvian Rifles was a division of the Soviet Army formed during the First World War to try to repel the advances of the German Army. After German occupation of Latvia they fought in the Russian...

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  • Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    ......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 etc). The inn is at the entrance though, and the museum is very extensive..... To get there, take bus 1 to 'Brivdabas Muzejs' (Riga's buses all have...

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  • Swedish Gate

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    The Swedish Gate (or Zviedru vārti in Latvian) is the sole surviving gate of Riga’s old city wall. It was built by ruling Swedes in 1698. One legend suggests that the building was owned by a rich (and rather mean) merchant. He cut through his property to create this gate, thereby avoiding having to pay tax every time he took the goods into...

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  • Academy of Sciences

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    Riga like many former Communist countries has removed lots of traces of its Soviet past. The Academy of Sciences Building survived. Locals nickname it Stalin's Wedding Cake. I rather liked it myself. There are still some hammer and sickle emblems on it. The building is 65 metres high. There is an observation deck on the 17th-floor. This is open in...

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  • Musicians of Bremen Monument

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    The “Town Musicians of Bremen” is a folktale from the collections of the Brothers Grimm, in which four animals (a donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster) leave their farmyard homes and set off for Bremen where they hope to spend their declining years as musicians. On their way they encounter some robbers in a cosy cottage and (to cut a long story...

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  • St. Jacob's Church

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    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. Today it retains its Catholic status, and is the seat of the Arch-Bishop of the Latvian Catholic Church.

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  • National Opera

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    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 has produced great artist like ballet star, Mikhail Baryshnikov. The National Opera building was the first given renovation after independence in...

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  • Jurmala Beach

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    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 cheaply by utilising the shared minibus system (see transport tip). It's certainly not cheap at 11 lat for a four-hour visit, but it is simply one of...

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  • Town Hall

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    Riga’s Town Hall dominates one side of the square that bears its name, the Ratslaukums or Town Hall Square. It looks pretty old but is actually an early 21st century copy of the 17th century neo-classical original which was completely destroyed in the Second World War. The facade is decorated with the emblem of the city and has a statue of Themis,...

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  • Riga Castle - Rigas Pils

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    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 then, the Castle has been renovated and rebuilt a few times. During the renovation between 1495–1515, two towers were altered, and above the gates,...

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  • Bastion Hill

    4 out of 5 stars

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    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 beds or just sit and relax on many of the benches located at the park. I think the photos will manifest itself. A memorial stones were placed at the park...

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  • Great and Small Guild

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    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 the 14th century is no longer standing, instead a newer English Gothic building from 1857 is standing in its place. It is now used by the Latvian...

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  • Bastejkalns Park

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    This lovely park was created in the late 1800s on the site of Riga's old town walls and, in effect, divides the old town from the newer (but not new) Centra district. It is divided by Brivibas Bulvaris (although the canal continues underneath the road) where you will find the Freedom Monument. The Pilsetas canal snakes through Bastejkalns...you...

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  • Latvian Parliament Building

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    The scene of many demonstrations in recent years, you will know you are near the parliament when you see the armed guards posted on Jakeba Iela. This is the Latvian parliament: the seat of the country's government, and has been since Latvia gained independence. Last year, in 2009, about 20 thousand people demonstrated against the government, and...

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  • Roland Statue

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    The statue of Roland is located in front the House of Blackheads in the Town Square. It was erected in 1896 in honor of Charlemagne's nephew, Roland and to symbolize of free medieval cities of the Hanseatic League. Again like the House of Blackheads the statue is a copy of the original.

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  • St. Saviour's Anglican Church

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    St Saviour's Anglican church was built specifically to meet the needs of the British traders who were based in the city in the 19th century. I'd assumed it was much older than its construction date of 1857, but the building is quite care-worn. The church is literally built on British soil. A shipload was sent across from the UK to be placed under...

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  • Jacob's Barracks

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    These barracks are the longest building in old Riga and once long time ago - in old Europe too. It stretches mostly in all right side of the street. They were built in 18th century. Very charming street just to walk, it is said, in Christmas there are religious decorations are put and Christmas market takes place.

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  • Moscow District

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    One morning in Riga Isabel and I took the number 7 tram (from opposite the Opera House) to the to-us fascinating district of Latgale, more usually known as Maskavas forštate or the Moscow District. This is a traditional working class area with a mixed population (Russian, Latvian, Jewish and more). The architecture is a mix of faded Art Nouveau...

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  • Riga Motor Museum

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    You will find a lot of pre war cars from Germany (Mercedes, BMW, Horch, Opel and others) the United States (Packard, Buik. ..), Russia (ZiS, ZiL, Wolga...), a Rolls wrecked by Breshniev ond others as well as trucks army vehicles (a Volkswagen amphibius car, a NSU motorcycle tank....) old bikes and bicycles. It is quite far fromthe enter. Get there...

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  • Jewish Life

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    While most museums in Riga are closed on Sundays or Monday, this museum is closed on Saturday and Sunday, so this museum on one floor and over three large rooms is also a good choice when other places are shut up. Given the events of the Second World War and the fact that only 1000 Jewish people were left alive after it in Latvia, missing this...

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  • Museum of Decorative and Applied Art

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    The Museum of Decorative and Applied Art is housed in the former St George Church, a church that dates back to 1208. It opened up as a museum in 1989 and there are three exhibition rooms, one for temporary exhibitions and two for the permanent exhibition. Here you can see fine examples of Latvian art and among the items are wall hangings, pottery,...

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  • Laima Clock

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    Hard to say for me why Laima clock is famous in Riga, but anyway it was nice to see how it looks. This clock was donated by Laima chocolate manufacturer, and the main thing people like it as it is famous meeting place in Riga centre, near Freedom monument. This clock was built in first half of 20th century.

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  • Konventa Seta - Convent Yard

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    We went into the lovely Convent Court (Konventa Seta) in search of the Porcelain Museum - which we never did find. We did, however come upon the Amber Museum which is also a shop. For 1 Ls you get a "tour" of this one room museum with a full explanation of the exhibits. The room is a copy of the amber room in St Petersburg. The young lady who...

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  • Alexander Nevski Church

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    In the center of New Riga we came across this bright yellow building which we discovered was Riga's Alexander Nevsky Church. When we were in Riga the city was covered in snow, but this building definitely brought some color to the street.

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  • Vansu Bridge

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    This is a bridge over Daugava river. Finished in 1982, it must have been one of the most avantgardist bridges of its time. It is part of Kr.Valdemara iela, linking the northern part of the old town with the western parts of Riga. It’s spire has a height of 109 meters. With around 1/3 of Riga’s car traffic over Daugava river, it is the second...

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  • National Theater

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The National Theatre is located in an Art Nouveau building with figures of Atlantis near the entrance. This building was constructed in 1902, as the second Russian theatre for the city. The National Theatre was opened on November 30, 1919, and was made up largely of performing artists from the Working Theatre. It was on the stage of the National...

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  • Akmens Tilts Bridge

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    The Stone Bridge (Akmens tilts) is a low, road and pedestrian bridge that offers great views of the old town, and takes you to the AB Dam on the opposite bank, which has even better views. Despite its name, the Stone Bridge is not very old, dating back only to 1955. The original name of October Bridge is more fitting, but maybe not politically...

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  • Soviet War Memorial

    I was very impressed with the sheer size of this memorial, the monuments' towering presence in the midst of beautiful parkland is well worth seeing. It was erected in 1985 to remember the fallen soldiers of the Soviet Army and their victory over Nazi Germany 1941-1945I walked there as mentioned below, but I understand you can take tram no: 5 from...

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  • Sigulda & Turaida Castle

    An excellent day out from Riga is to visit Sigulda and Turaida Castle. The train from Riga main train station takes about an hour and a quarter and at 2011 the cost of a return ticket was approximately 3Lt.The little village around the train station is quaint with nice buildings and a couple of nice cafes.From Sigulda station you can walk to...

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  • Freedom Monument

    The symbol of Riga really, the Freedom Monument was erected to honour those killed during the Latvian War of Independence between 1918 and 1920 and was unveiled in 1935.The three stars at the top represent the three regions of Latvia: Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Latgale.Guards change every hour, on the hour from 09-00 to 18-00Surrounded by a very nice...

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  • Latvian Railway Museum

    If you have an interest in railways, the Latvian Ralway Museum has some very nice exhibits: steam locomotives, diesels, rolling stock, all very well preserved. There are a couple of things to see inside the hall, old photos etc, but the main exhibits are all outside so try and choose a nice day.To get there I walked across the bridge from the old...

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