Riga Tours, Vacation Packages & Travel Experiences
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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