Latvia Things to Do

  • St. Peter's Church
    by littlebush
  • St. Peter's Church
    by littlebush
  • St. Peter's Church
    by littlebush

Latvia Things to Do

  • St. Peter's Church

    Riga Things to Do

    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 Things to Do

    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

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • House of Blackheads

    Riga Things to Do

    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 lavish parties attended by the rich and famous across the region, including Russian tsars. The building was destroyed during World War 2, and the...

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  • Central Market

    Riga Things to Do

    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 1920s. Each is filled with 'stalls' (more like mini-shops without roofs), some hangars with a second level, selling all the foods you can imagine,...

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  • Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

    Riga Things to Do

    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 much reading and docuementaries and films etc, I actually had to go and hide in the ladies loos and sob at the end of my visit here such I guess the...

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  • Dome Cathedral

    Riga Things to Do

    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 an order of monks. The monastery and courtyard that was once attached have long gone, and since been replaced by the Museum of History and Navigation...

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  • Art Nouveau Buildings

    Riga Things to Do

    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) but the whole district is stuffed with twiddles, twirls, gargoyles, dragons, screaming faces, naked ladies and goodness knows what other decorative...

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  • Daugava River

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Academy of Sciences

    Riga Things to Do

    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 academy opens the 17th floor observation deck to visitors who would like to enjoy the view. It is certainly worth the 2 Lat admission fee on a clear day.

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  • Powder Tower

    Riga Things to Do

    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 part of the Museum of War.

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  • St. John's Church

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Swedish Gate

    Riga Things to Do

    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 named because it was built by ruling Swedes in 1698. It's the only gate to the city still standing, and separates a quiet part of the Old Town from the...

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  • Musicians of Bremen Monument

    Riga Things to Do

    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 to Riga and the statue is a 1990 gift from the german town It is a bronze statue with the figures of four animals from the Musicians of Bremen's...

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  • National Opera

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Riga Castle - Rigas Pils

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Cat House

    Riga Things to Do

    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 hall to protest, but later he had to turn it back. I have to admit - great way to protest.

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  • Orthodox Cathedral

    Riga Things to Do

    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 constructions between 1881 and 1891. Saint Vladimir in Kiev, Naval Cathedral in Kronstadt and St. Micheal in Kaunas share the same style. The cathedral...

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  • Jurmala Beach

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • St. Jacob's Church

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Latvian Riflemen Monument

    Riga Things to Do

    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 Revolution of 1917. It is one of the few Communist symbols left in Riga and not everybody is happy to see it still standing today! Why, Well, some say it is a...

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  • Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

    Riga Things to Do

    ......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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  • Great and Small Guild

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Three Brothers

    Riga Things to Do

    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 and early 16th century. The other two no 19 and 21 are the younger brother which dates back 17th and 18th century respectively. The three buildings...

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  • Bastion Hill

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Riga Motor Museum

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Museum of Decorative and Applied Art

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Roland Statue

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Laima Clock

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Jacob's Barracks

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Bastejkalns Park

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Konventa Seta - Convent Yard

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • St. Saviour's Anglican Church

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Latvian Parliament Building

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Town Hall

    Riga Things to Do

    Towering over the main square of Ratlauskums is Riga's neoclassical town hall. Built in the 17th century, it was totally destroyed in World War 2, but an exact replica was rebuilt in its spot as recently as 2003. The building's facade is decorated with the emblem of Riga, and Themis, goddess of divine justice.

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  • Moscow District

    Riga Things to Do

    I would recommend checking out the central market. It opens everyday from 8am until about 5pm and you can find locals shopping in large zepplin hangers and also little market stalls buying everything from smoked fish to pigs ears and beyond! A little behind the market you will find the science academy, also know as stalin's wedding cake. You can...

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  • Akmens Tilts Bridge

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Jewish Life

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Vansu Bridge

    Riga Things to Do

    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

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • Alexander Nevski Church

    Riga Things to Do

    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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  • bobsleigh!!!......oh my god......yikes!...

    The Bobsleigh / luge track at Sigulda run wheeled bobs in the summer. Even if you are not around at the prescribed times you can get hold of the people who run it and they will make arrangements.They drive and break whilst you sit in the middle and get scared. It's actually incredibly smooth so you don't notice the G's your pulling so much. A cool...

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  • Art Museum Riga Bourse

    this fabulous museum houses many paintings , carvings & sculptures from western Europe to China ,Egypt & India its well worth a visit a most enjoyable experience

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  • St Peter's Lutheran church

    it is believed the church is around 800yrs old & is the center piece of riga's skyline it also has a beautiful spire which you can visit via a lift the views of the old town of riga are breath taking . it was 1st mentioned in the records in 1209 making st peter's riga oldest church it had 3 major construction peroids from the early 13th century &...

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  • Latvian photography museum

    this wonderful museum display everything from photo's of latvia in the 20's up till the separation from communist russia to an array of camera's from photography's early years to the miniature minox camera

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