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  • Riga at nightime
  • Riga's  town hall square is always a popular photo opportunity during your Latvia vacation.
  • Panorama of Riga city
  • Riga and Daugava River

Riga, the largest city in the Baltic States and rich in culture and architecture has a lot to offer the visitor on a Latvia vacation. Interestingly enough it was the European Capital of Culture in 2014. Riga is divided by the Daugava River. The Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies on the right bank and is, not surprisingly, the most visited part of the city. Much of it has been reconstructed and restored after being damaged during WWII. Take time to stroll around the area through the narrow winding cobblestone streets and note the wonderful 19th Century wooden architecture as well as many Art Nouveau buildings. Riga has the finest and largest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in the world. Two other neighbourhoods which are both located on the left bank of the river are Agenskalns and Tornakalns. Both are picturesque districts with interesting old 18th and 19th Century buildings plus a number of parks and gardens.

Some of  the sights to look out for include the imposing Riga Dome Cathedral, the city’s largest church with a 6768 pipe organ, St Peter’s Church dating back to 1209 with a viewing tower, the House of Blackheads, an old Guild House dating back to 1334 and which has a wine cellar in the basement, the Wagner concert Hall dedicated to Richard Wagner who lived in Riga for a number of years and the Three Brothers, a collection of the oldest houses in the city dating back to the 15th Century.

For culture on a Latvia vacation, there is no lack of museums and art galleries. For art, there is the Museum of Foreign Art, the Arsenal Museum of Modern Art and the National Museum of Art which is situated in Esplanade Park. Some of the more notable museums are the Museum of Occupation of Latvia depicting the periods of both Nazi and Soviet occupation, the Natural History Museum of Latvia, the Museum of the History of Riga, the Porcelain Museum with its collection from the 19th and 20th Centuries and the somewhat unusual Sun Museum with its history of sun mythology. 

During certain holiday periods such as Midsummer, Christmas and Easter, central squares are turned into huge fairs and outdoor markets which are very lively. One interesting fact about Riga is that Mikhail Baryshnikov, the famed ballet dancer was born here. 

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Latvian vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from  a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Latvia.

 

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Riga, Latvia

  • Riga Stopover

    Take a break from your continental travels and head to Riga, Latvia's capital and one of the most picturesque cities in Eastern Europe. Tour the Old Town, seeing the spires of Riga Castle and the elaborate red-brick ornamentations of the Brother of Blackheads building, before hitting up the nightlife in Livu Square and taking a day trip to the coastal resort town of Jurmala.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 447
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks
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  • Riga: Courland, Kanada, Sabile and Kuldiga Full Day Tour

    Take a full day to go into the heart of Courland and explore the region surrounding the Latvian capital. See the Hunting Manor of Jaunmokas in Tukums, tour one of the world’s most northerly wine regions in Sabile, and explore the medieval city of Kuldiga, with its characteristic buildings with wood-carved doors, skylight windows, and tiled roofs.
    Duration:
    8 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Riga: Gauja National Park Full Day Tour

    Take a private tour of Gauja National Park, a remarkable stretch of hills, rivers, and castles. Visit castle ruins in Sigulda, explore the massive sandstone structure of Gutman Cave, and climb to the ruins of Turaida Castle, a partially-reconstructed castle from 1214 that was damaged in an 18th-century fire.
    Duration:
    6 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Riga: Jurmala Half Day Tour

    Escape on a half day getaway to the beaches of Jurmala, one of Latvia’s most famous sea resorts. Perched on the edges of the Baltic Sea, Jurmala offers warm temperatures, white sand beaches, and charming wooden summer houses perfect for making summer dreams a reality.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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  • Riga: Old Town Walking Half Day Tour

    Explore Riga’s Old Town on his private tour through the city centre. Learn about a city that dates back 800 years, walking its cobblestoned streets, admiring its iconic sites like the Brother of Blackheads building and the Dome Cathedral, and exploring its most happening areas, like Livu Square, with its wealth of bars and restaurants.
    Duration:
    4 Hours
    Prices:
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Day Trips
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