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.
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.
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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