What to See in Riga
It is almost impossible to list all the things to see in Riga, a weekend is simply not enough time to see and experience what this amazing Baltic city has to offer. Riga is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Old Town, known locally as VēcRīga. The cities foundation dates back over 800 years. Some buildings still stand from the 16th century, with the 3 brothers providing great example of different periods of construction.
The large Dome Square (Doma Laukums) proudly sits next to Riga’s Dome Church, home to one of the grandest pipe organs in the world. The square itself takes on a new lease of life in the summer time when it is packed with beers gardens and places for eating al fresco. In the winter, the beer gardens make way for Christmas markets and outdoor art exhibitions.
No visit to the Old Town is complete without seeing the Occupation Museum, an in-depth look into Latvia’s history and the impact that its occupiers have had on shaping the people and its culture. The museum is free to visit for a donation, however it is closed on Mondays. (The Occupation Museum is currently under going expansion; as a result the museum is exhibits are now located at Raina Bulvaris 7).
One area that should not be missed out is the Art Nouveau district; with over 500 Jugendstil style buildings Riga has become a living, working museum to this design. Otherwise know as the ‘Quiet Centre’ a day wandering around and enjoying the cafes and laid-back atmosphere is certainly recommended.
If you are pushed for time, then taking one of our Segway or Bike tours is the perfect alternative. Take in the sights of the Old Town and the ‘Quiet Centre’ in only a couple of hours with our sightseeing guide.
One of the best places to visit is the Skyline bar at the top of Radisson Blu Latvia. Located on the 26th floor, The Skyline offers some of the best views of the city from its floor to ceiling windows. The best time to visit is for sunset; however finding a table can be a little tricky. After sunset The Skyline shifts its tempo with some groovy beats and a trendy atmosphere, take one of our Riga Nightlife Tours to experience one of the hippest bars I town.
In 2014 Riga will become the European Capital of Culture, during this time there will be numerous cultural events from small art exhibitions to large-scale concerts and events. We will be hosting all information on our Riga2014 page; if there is something that you are particularly interested in then please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Authour Graham Williams