Riga Things to Do

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    Nativity of Christ Orthodox Cathedral
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Riga

  • 1. St Peters Church

    ‘Cock-a-doodle-do’ or ‘The tale of seven roosters’. When viewing the Riga skyline you will notice that the tops of Riga’s oldest churches - Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s, St. John’s and St. Jacob’s...

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  • 2. Freedom Monument

    4 out of 5 stars

    While it is not the largest monument in Riga (the Soviet Victory Monument takes that honour, by a long shot), the modernist Freedom Monument, dominating the view as you head east along Brivibas iela...

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  • 3. Old Town

    The Old City of Riga has a collection of small squares, each worthy a visit in its own right. One of, if not, the oldest of these squares is the cobbled Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums). This has...

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  • 4. House of Blackheads

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Without doubt the colourful House of Blackheads, a Gothic building with a Dutch Renaissance façade, is the greatest crowd puller and most photographed building in Riga. The current reincarnation of...

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  • 5. Art Nouveau Buildings

    Riga is justifiably famous for its Art Nouveau buildings and decorations, the most spectacular, flamboyant and ornate of which can be seen in Alberta and Elizabetes ielas and surrounding streets, a...

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  • 6. Central Market

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    One of the things I most enjoy doing in any place I am is visiting as many local markets as I can fit in. In Riga I managed to get to two – Central Market and the much smaller though no less...

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  • 7. Riga Cathedral

    If you have not already done so, I recommend you read my separate review on Riga Cathedral prior to this review. The cross-vaulted gallery cloister, which connected Riga Cathedral (Dome) with a...

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  • 8. Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

    4 out of 5 stars

    Thankfully most of us have not lived in situations where we have been oppressed for most of our lives. We have not had our freedom taken away by tyrannical regimes, been incarcerated or exiled for...

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  • 9. Daugava River

    The last 15kms or so of our ferry trip from Stockholm to Riga took us up the Daugarva River, through the present day port area of Riga which lines both banks of the river from the Baltic Sea to the...

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  • 10. Powder Tower

    Dear Ladies, and Gentlemen as appropriate, Riga’s Powder Tower is not a fashionable place to powder your nose. Rather, it part of the Latvian War Museum but more on that later. The captivating, ivy...

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  • 11. Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ - Orthodox Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The brickwork and gilded cupolas make this neo-Byzantine Russian Orthodox Cathedral one of Riga’s most beautiful buildings and, unlike other churches in the City, while it has had a number of uses, it...

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  • 12. Bastejkalns Park

    ‘Love locks’ – padlocks which sweethearts lock to a bridge or similar public structure to symbolise their love for each other - are thought to date back, in one form or another, to an old Chinese...

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  • 13. Swedish Gate

    Riga’s medieval city walls had eight gates. Today only one of those gates, that giving access to Jacob’s Barracks from the Old City, Swedish Gate, remains. I mentioned in my Riga City Walls review...

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  • 14. Riga Castle - Rigas Pils

    Riga Castle is the official residence of the President of Latvia though, as I have indicated on my House of Blackheads review, the President currently resides there (Jan 2016) and has done so since...

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  • 15. Academy of Sciences

    It would be pretty difficult to visit any part of Riga south of the Old City and not notice this massive building to the south/south-east of the Central Market. Buildings do not get any more Soviet...

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  • 16. Three Brothers

    Tucked away in Mazā Pils iela you will find the Three Brothers – three Medieval to Baroque period houses, in a terrace like format. In medieval times houses at this location would have been on...

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  • 17. National Opera

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The distinctly neo-classical building that is now the Latvian National Opera and home to the Latvian National Opera and Ballet was designed by St Petersburg architect Ludwig Bohnstedt and built in...

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  • 18. St Johns Church

    Located in the shadows of the much larger St Peter’s Church is St John’s Church which, like St Peter’s, dates back to the early 13th century. On the original site of the palace of Bishop Albert of...

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  • 19. Cat House

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Cat House takes its name from two angry black cats, one perched on each of the two turrets of this rather grand 1909 Medieval / Art Nouveau styled house, located across the road from the Great...

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  • 20. Out Of Town

    Latvians love their rye dark bread and LACI has been baking breads since 1993. To bake Laci bread, the skills of masters are used. Our wonderful VT organizer, Rita (Ritaz) arranged the LACI BAKERY...

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  • 21. St Jacobs - St James - Church

    A word of caution to my female reader, if I may? Should you have been unfaithful to your beloved I caution you not to visit or get to close to St. James's Cathedral, commonly referred to as St...

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  • 22. Latvian Riflemen Monument

    Ever since my first (and indeed only) visit to the former Soviet Union about 30 years ago I have had a fascination and liking for the brutalist style monuments and sculptures found there and in other...

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  • 23. Moscow District

    While walking around the Moscow District make sure you do not omit dropping into this small flea market on Sadovņikova iela. I love this sort of place. It's one of those places where you can...

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  • 24. Bastion Hill

    4 out of 5 stars

    This small hill within what is now called Bastion Hill Park (Bastejkalns) is an artificial hill created between 1857 to 1863 when the city ramparts were dismantled after the Crimea War. By this stage,...

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  • 25. Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    ......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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