Riga – Schmuckstück im Baltikum
Riga – Schmuckstück im Baltikum


A Jewel in the Baltic

Published: 27 July 2023, 14:30

The Latvian capital is no longer an insider tip!

With over 600,000 inhabitants, the Baltic metropolis is not very small, but it’s the perfect place to explore on foot on a city trip. Most of the sights are close to the centre – and what a lot there is here within a small area! Architectural gems, a beautiful old town and charming squares that invite you to stay and take everything in. The streets, with a total of around 800 impressive art nouveau buildings, particularly impress visitors with their elegant façades, ornate balconies and imaginative details. 

In addition to its historical heritage, Riga is also a vibrant young city that has become a hotspot for art, culture, music and a diverse foodie scene in recent years. From renowned cultural institutions to alternative creative locations, from cosy pubs to hip electro clubs, from snack bars with hearty local fare to starred cuisine – Riga delights its visitors with innovative concepts and bubbling energy.

Numbers, data, facts

  •  Time difference: + one hour
  •  Population: 612,000
  •   Official language: Latvian
  •  Currency: Euro (EUR)

Ten Riga highlights

Art nouveau, wooden houses, brick Gothic:

Riga’s architectural diversity

The city’s turbulent history is also reflected in its architecture – from brick Gothic to art nouveau to socialist and modern architecture, Riga offers a real treasure trove of well-preserved buildings from different eras. In addition to the magnificent art nouveau buildings, which are mainly located in the two streets Elizabetes iela and Alberta iela, a stroll through the Latvian capital will take you past numerous buildings that represent a unique mixture of styles, shapes and colours.

The most beautiful and unusual buildings in Riga

Latvian from BER

Five travel tips for …

  • Discover restaurants, bars and galleries in the former Spikeri granary
  • Experience street art in the hip artists’ district Andrejsala
  • Visit the famous opera house 
  • Enjoy creative diversity and lively nightlife on Miera iela
  • Get to know the alternative creative scene on Riga’s streets

  • Visit the Latvian Museum of Natural History
  • Take the plunge at Līvu Aquapark adventure pool just outside Riga 
  • Go to Riga Zoo 
  • Romp around the 7,000 sqm playground in the city centre
  • Have fun and learn at the child-friendly Railway Museum

  • Eat piragi, dumplings filled with minced meat, cabbage or mushrooms
  • Drink sweet and refreshing birch sap
  • Try traditional Līgo cheese with caraway seeds
  • Enjoy cold soup with beetroot, potatoes and meat
  • Snack on some Laima chocolate, produced in Riga and available all over.

Title image: The impressive Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ is the largest Orthodox church in the Baltic States. © Lukas/stock.adobe.com

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