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The beautiful capital of Latvia
At the mouth of the Daugava River on a flat and sandy plain, the city is home to more than 600,000 residents, making it the largest among all the Baltic countries. Riga's architecture perfectly combines history with modernity. Riga serves as Latvia's financial and cultural centre, with its oldest part boasting UNESCO World Heritage status.
Is Riga worth visiting?
There are many reasons to visit the Latvian capital. Riga has a lot to offer a mix of history and modernity, art centres and many parks and restaurants.
How to get to Riga
Riga is accessible to travellers from Europe and the UK. The nearest airport is about ten kilometres from the city, served by regular flights from Europe and the world. Travel from the airport to the city by bus line 22 or hop in a taxi.
Must-see attractions in Riga
Latvia's capital city has plenty of unique landmarks and things to do, so you can fill your days with fun. The historic old town is home to a network of pretty winding streets, galleries and independent restaurants and bars. Whether you love architecture or are a keen foodie, make the most of your time in this beautiful European gem.
St. Peter's Church
St. Peter's Church is one of the oldest buildings in the city and a significant attraction in Riga. There's an observation deck on the adjacent tower. Head to the top via the stairs or lift to enjoy a panoramic view of the Latvian capital rooftops.
Modern National Library of Latvia
12 levels of books and exhibitions await you at the National Library of Latvia in Riga, a cultural, national and educational centre. The distinctive building is visible from the other side of the River Daugava.
Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia
Latvia's oldest botanical garden is in Riga, a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Visitors can see more than 6,000 different plant specimens over an area of more than 15 hectares.
The botanical garden is green year-round, delighting gardening enthusiasts and anyone wishing to spend their leisure time in peace and beautiful surroundings. Learn more about the flora through the information displayed on plaques around the gardens.
More beautiful parks in Riga
A visit to the park is an excellent idea for those who enjoy cycling, running or walking outside. Riga's most attractive green spaces include Kronvalda Park, the Esplanade, Vērmanes Garden, Bastejkalns Park and the Quiet Garden.
The House of the Blackheads
The House of the Blackhead Brotherhood is one of the best-loved landmarks of Riga. The building was modified in the late 16th and early 19th centuries before suffering total destruction in World War II. Reconstruction was completed in 1999. The fairytale venue has been open to visitors since then.
Where to eat and drink in Riga
Want to discover the city's gastronomy? Find many of Latvia's best restaurants, cafés and bars in Riga, open day and night. Try traditional Latvian cuisine in Riga, from hearty dumplings to smoked mackerel with cheese, caviar, broth with meatballs, breaded pork chops or babka with raspberries.
Fancy a drink? Enjoy traditional Latvian tipples like Black Balsam, a herbal liquor with a bitter yet sweet taste.