Daugava River, Riga
The river that floats through Riga is called Daugava. The origin of Daugava is in the Valdaj Mountains (in Russia) and the mouth is in the Golf of Riga. The river is 1020 km long. In Latvia there are three hydroelectric dams in Daugava.
Daugava was used by the Viking when they started their journey to Constantinople, and during the medieval times it was used by the Hanseatic league, making Riga an important trading city.
The first bridge in Riga, across the Daugava, was built in 1701.
Dienvidu Tilts (South Bridge) is the most expensive project in Riga for years. It connect Ķengarags neighbourhood with Pārdaugava, more particularly to Ziepniekkalns.
The cost of the Bridge was more than a half billion euro and the bridge itself is less than 500 meters long.
The Daugava or Western Dvina is a river rising in the Valdai Hills, Russia, flowing through Russia, Belarus, and Latvia, draining into the Gulf of Riga in Latvia, an arm of the Baltic Sea. The total length of the river is 1,020 km (634 mi).
It is connected by a canal with Berezina and Dnieper rivers.
Though it's not the cleanest one I've ever seen....
The River Daugava is quite wide and has even some islands. Took a cruise on one of the river boats by the old town peer. The boat went just up to the TV tower and back and it took about a couple of hours. Lager beer and snacks were available on the boat. The weather was nice so it was ok but you can certainly see the same sights also just by walking along the river banks. It's just a bit nicer to lean back and let the scenery glide slowly by while enjoying the local lager.
Address: River bank at 11. Novembra
Don't miss a walk over to the West Bank of the River Daugava, If for no other reason than to get the views back over the river to The Old City of Riga. We left The Old City and crossed over the suspension bridge (The Vansu Tilts), then made our way around the canal before returning to the river bank of the River Daugava to take our photo's before returning to The Old City of Riga over the next bridge south, The Akmens Tilts. Be warned, this is considerably further than it looks but still is a nice walk !!
The Daugava is the river which flows through Riga, and splits Vecriga from Kliversala. In winter it is usually frozen, and the ice apparently thick enough for people to walk on and also to drill holes through in order to do some ice fishing, seemingly a popular pastime in Riga and its environs. There are three main bridges over the Daugava in the centre of Riga with one being a rail bridge and the other two being road bridges including the Vansu tilts - a rather impressive suspension bridge.
Well boys and girls! Now I can proudly inform that this year during August 10th to 13th here in Riga will be Cutty Shark Tall Ships Races!!!! Hurrey!!!! Unfortunately our city council didn’t managed to finish all works necessary for this regatta, but one is sure – during three days those who are interested in sailing ships will find Riga as a heaven!
For now we know that here will gather about 70 ships from all around the world. Those three days will be accompanied by mass of parties and cultural events.
Informations will be updated weekly.
This bridge connects touristy old Riga with the reality of the town’s western part. Although showing some neoclassical elements, it was just finished in 1957.
Directions: Leading from Town Hall Square / Latviesu Strelnieku Laukums to the west bank of river Daugava
In winter, brave the minus 20 temps to cross the huge river on foot.
Don't be scared, the ice is over a metre thick.
If you have time, I would recommend to walk by the river. There are some benches, people gathering to spend time, houses worth your attention around and some new constructions like this bridge.
The Vansu Bridge is a modern suspension bridge which spans the Daugava River from Kipsala on the west, into Riga's Old Town on the east.