WHAT TO SEE IN RIGA
The monument city, the contrasting city of Riga, the capital of the Baltic state of Latvia, is comfortably located on the shores of the Baltic Sea. Riga is a beautiful old town where you can have a great rest, be filled with impressions, taste traditional dishes in cozy national restaurants and have a good time. One thing is that the Old Town of Riga, with its pearl – the historic Town Hall Square – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, already says that every self-respecting traveler should definitely visit here.
Riga is a great place for a weekend trip. For a couple of days you can explore the main local attractions, and you will not be bored at all! It’s best to start your trip to this beautiful city, of course, from the Old Town and the Town Hall Square. The 26-meter Powder Tower, which performed protective functions in the 13th century, and now adorns the city, is noteworthy here. The construction with stone walls three meters thick was part of the city citadel, and today the tower has an exposition of the Military Museum.
The world famous Dome Cathedral, the building of which appeared in the 13th century, was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt in different eras. It reflects a variety of styles of architecture. The cathedral has a concert hall with the world’s largest organ and museums: navigation and historical, dedicated to the city.
The current Lutheran Church of St. Peter, in which you can listen to the service, and using the elevator, climb to the roof to enjoy the amazing view over the city. And, of course, take some great instagram photos!
The House of the Blackheads is an old historical building of the Renaissance period with a functioning concert hall. This hall is famous for the fact that Ferenc Liszt and Joseph Wagner once performed in it. Today the House also serves as the temporary residence of the President of Latvia.
Schwab House, famous for the fact that it was the first in the city that was equipped with communal amenities. Now the building has an interesting local history museum.
The legendary House, on the facade of which there is a golden eagle with open wings, and on two symmetrical towers two black cats with arched backs are walking. The building has a jazz restaurant and casino “Black Cat”.
Three old mansions, united in a composition called “Three Brothers”. In one of the houses there is an exposition of the architectural museum.
The largest museum of Latvia – art, located in the center of the Latvian capital, in the Esplanade Park. The museum has an extensive collection of paintings by Latvian and European masters of painting.
Museum of cars with the largest collection in Europe. It is definitely worth a look at what Koba and Leonid Brezhnev rode on, see the first models of Rolls-Royces and Mercedes, unusual designs of motorcycles and fire engines.
The open-air ethnographic museum in which buildings and objects (mills, huts, taverns) are collected or recreated, showing the best of old Riga.
Shopping center “Gallery of Riga”, notable for the fact that on the last eighth floor of the building on the terrace there is an observation deck with a superb view of the city. Here you can be happy to spend more than one hour sitting in a cafe, bar, or restaurant, and admire the beautiful Riga.
The 300-meter TV tower, the tallest in Europe and looks like the Eiffel Tower. There is also a viewing platform, allowing you to see the city from a bird’s-eye view.
The main market is another attraction of Riga. It is considered one of the oldest and largest markets in Europe and is famous for the unusual forms of pavilions with long tunnels connecting them. In the market you can not only buy souvenirs, but also eat deliciously, authenticly.
Nature lovers should take a walk along the Bastion Hill – the famous city park with beautiful nature and the opportunity to ride a pleasure boat.