riga City Breaks
A city which has been described as
Get to know the narrow cobbled streets of the picturesque old town with its mixture of architectural styles. Nearby is the splendid and much photographed Art Nouveau quarter, centered round Alberta Street. The Freedom Monument is a memorial which honours soldiers killed during the Latvian War of Independence from 1918 to 1920. Nearby lies the beautifully landscaped Bastion Hill Park (Bastejkalns) with its narrow paths, rock garden and water cascades. St Peter’s Church tower has an observation platform which affords breathtaking views over medieval and modern Riga, the River Daugava and the Gulf of Riga.
Riga has a rich cultural heritage which can be admired in its many excellent museums and galleries. Museums include The Bourse – the Art Museum of Riga which is set in the former stock exchange, the Riga Art Nouveau Centre and the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia. Riga Cathedral hosts world class organ concerts and Riga’s modern cultural scene is also very vibrant.
Eat and Drink
Try Pelmeni – a tasty dish of Russian ravioli stuffed with meat or vegetables. Pork dishes are the mainstay of Latvian cuisine and cabbage in various guises also plays a major part in many meals. The famous drink of Riga is Black Balsam and the best place in town to sample this is in one of the many atmospheric bars in the old town.
Shopping in Riga’s Central Market is a must. The five large halls which contain the market were originally used as Zeppelin hangars. Here you can buy all sorts of fresh produce including vegetables, meat, fish and dairy produce. Local crafts, food and alcohol all represent good value for money and can be found in Shops scattered throughout Riga , with the highest concentration in the Old Town.
Just a short bus ride away from the city centre lies the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum – one of the oldest and largest open air museums in Europe. Located on the banks of Lake Jugla, the museum showcases houses, farmsteads, windmills and even churches in a beautiful woodland setting.
Take a local train or a riverboat to the seaside resort of Jurmala, less than 30 kilometres away from the centre of Riga. This attractive resort is characterized by its long beaches of silvery-white sand and historic wooden buildings built in a variety of styles including Art Nouveau, Romantic and Functional.
Moderately warm summers, cool springs & cold, often stunningly clear winter days.
Any time of year: this city always represents good value.
Goes well with
The other Baltic capitals of Tallinn and Vilnius.
Impressed by a buzzing, progressive city which also offers the visitor a memorable mixture of history and culture.
In Our Opinion
A cosmopolitan city with a historic heart and medieval charm running through its veins...
Combining with a stay in Tallinn or Vilnius
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