Riga

Riga is the largest city in the Baltic States and is the capital of Latvia. Is built on the banks of the river Daugava, surrounded by towering walls, on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The town is a renowned architectural No.-Nouveau Ensemble and is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Monuments. The eventful history of the city dates from the 2nd century, where the town rapidly became a major shopping hub in the Baltic. The coveted Riga will mastered, will survive and fashion to stand on her feet, once in 1991. The whole of the old town, compose the high-class neighborhoods, lush parks and the towers of medieval buildings, you exude in this beautiful city, a classy style. The commercial streets are filled with romantic restaurants, trendy little café, old wooden houses, stone churches, brick factories and highways. Riga follows modern rhythms of a European city and combines with absolute success, without losing its cultural identity, modern with classic.

Attractions

Toyrainta Castle: The Castle dominates at an altitude of 80 meters, in the Gauja river valley, built in 1214 and was intended for the residence of the Archbishop of Riga. The name means, the garden of God and reflects all the history of the region. The Castle suffered at times many pillages and destructions and today is an amazing Museum, you will travel through the premises.

The old town resembles an architectural Museum. The old walls were demolished and the place has gotten an artificial channel. The only piece that is left, is the Tower Pulvertornis, where hosts and the War Museum. The old town contains the Town Hall Square, which adorned with the statue of the patron saint of the city, raises his sword and defines the geometric center of the city, the 800 year old St. Peter's Church, the House of Blackheads, with ornate statues, red bricks and gold with blue strokes and the Museum of occupations. Among the cobbled streets, the colorful graphics, faceplates, the highly decorated Windows and towers, you'll find the best café and most interesting restaurants of the city.

The Riga Cathedral is the largest Baltic Medieval Basilica, built in 1211, beside the river Daugava. This is the most famous landmark of Riga and the oldest Museum. The Cathedral has an extremely colorful stained-glass Windows, a Bell Tower 90 metres and an amazing organ pipe, 8,568 overflowing amazing melodies.

Sigulda the Sigkoylnta is a beautiful small town, situated in the Gauja river valley. The site features exceptional landscapes and is a major tourist attraction. The city was a place of great military importance during the middle ages and around her have built 3 castles. A major attraction of the area is the river cave Gutmanis, who is haunted by legends and the National Park, where you can enjoy tranquillity and fun with lots of activities.

Museums

Ethnographic Museum: The Museum is located in an amazing forest area, outside the city and was founded in 1924. The Museum is an open space that includes traditional farm houses, churches, farms, old streets and schools of the 18th century. The extent of the Museum now includes about 100 buildings and a collection of 114 000 objects, detailing the lifestyle of residents in those years, their work and their everyday life.

Museum of Occupation of Latvia: In this Museum is presented in detail throughout the turbulent history of the country, from the German occupation, until the road to freedom.

National History Museum: In the Museum, is an amazing collection of archaeological findings, such as folk art, costumes and jewelry, posing with detailed how the story of the people and the nation, as well as its traditions and culture.

Mentzendorff's House: In a characteristic 17th century building, you'll see decorated rooms of that era, such as a shop or a chapel. The home's rooms boast wonderful frescoes, places to travel in another season and features ceilings with whimsical decoration.

Move

In the city you can comfortably browse walk and get to know every corner of the place. The streets of Riga will look to move the traditional old-fashioned trams and trolley buses, but it is apt to take you safely and comfortably to any point of the city, as well as a complete and organized bus network.

Hotels

 The city boasts of prestigious hotels, which look like palaces of another century, until budget family apartments and youth hostel. Choose among the benefits you want, the amount of money you have and whether you prefer something in the Center or more out of town.

Fun

From your wanderings among the many cobblestone streets of the city, you will find typical local restaurants, cute cafés and stylish bar of Riga. The people of Riga, is welcoming, extroverted and Bon Vivant. Most cafe, the evening turned into interesting bar, with gusto until morning. The inhabitants are lovers of classical music and there are many interesting options to enjoy something different and quieter. From the city there are missing and the clubs to frenetic dance, under the musical choices of many famous dj.

Taste

Riga, is influenced by the cuisines of Armenia, Germany and Russia. Everywhere in the city you will find traditional picturesque restaurants, but all the cuisines in the world. First place in Latvian cuisine are pork, potatoes, salmon, herrings, caviar, pasty pittakia and soups. A local specialty that you should try is Russian ravioli stuffed with cheese or vegetables and sour cream. For something quick on foot try piragi, you will find them everywhere in the streets.

Shopping Guide

The central market of the city combines the authenticity of the place, with a European modernity and presents in its own way all products of the place. Among the stalls of itinerant sellers, you'll find Russian dolls, woollen goods, jewellery, traditional local beverage and folk art. Remarkable are the various handmade jewellery from amber.

 

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