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  • 1 Old Riga or the Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kalku Iela LV - Riga

    The delights of the old town of Riga lie between the Daugave and the Pilsetas canal, bordered to the north by K. Valdemara Street and to the south by 13. Janvara Street. In its maze of little streets are fine restored houses recalling the city's hist..

  • 2 The Three Brothers Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Maza Pils Iela 17-19-21 17-19-21 LV - Riga

    These three adjacent houses recall the Hanseatic history of the city when Riga's merchants prospered. The narrowest of them, n°21, is also the youngest, dating from the 18C. The next was built in 1646 and is embellished by a Baroque doorway added a c..

  • 3 Latvian National History Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pils laukums 3 LV - Riga

    An unmissable atraction, this museum has nearly a million objects, tracing the nation's history from its origins to the Soviet era. There is so much to see, it is hard to focus on any one object: archaeological finds from 9000BC; a rich collection of..

  • 4 Riga Museum of History and Navigation Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Palasta Iela 4 LV - Riga

    Housed in the old cathedral chapterhouse, which has undergone significant remodelling over the years, most significantly in 1779, when architect Christoph Haberland designed the Column Hall, this museum retraces the history of the capital and its por..

  • 5 Museum of the Occupation Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Ratslaukums LV - Riga

    This museum deals with the periods of foreign domination experienced by Latvia's capital, largely to the city's detriment. Gulag deportations of political opponents, the extermination of the Jews, purges of Baltic nationalists in the late 1940s... Th..

  • 6 Mentzendorff House Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Grecinieku Iela 18 18 LV - Riga

    This house bearing the name of its last owner was built in 1695 for a master glazier called Jürgen Helms, and subsequently long occupied by a pharmacy. Following restoration works which have revealed wall paintings, it has been furnished using pieces..

  • 7 Gauja National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    LV - Sigulda

    This national park, lying northeast of Riga and covering some 90 000ha, encompasses the varied topography of the Gauja Valley. It includes forests, prairies, rivers, lakes and marshland, punctuated by impressive rock formations and caves, not to ment..

  • 8 Lake Ezezers Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    LV - Ezernieki

    Known for its bays, 69 sandbanks and islands covered in silver-birch brush, this lake is superb. Several saunas on its shores instil the urge to dive into its waters. A wood is the setting for a designated picnic area. If nobody else is around, walki..

  • 9 Rundale Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    LV - Pilsrundale

    A fine French-style garden is the backdrop for this palace (1735-1765) where the elegance of the exterior is matched by the richness of the interior. The east wing was the setting for public events, while the west wing housed the private apartments o..

  • 10 Baznicas Street Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Baznicas Iela LV - Kuldiga

    After visiting the tourist office on arrival in Kuldiga, don't leave this street before admiring its fine wooden houses, especially nos7, 10 and 17. A definite photo opportunity.

  • 11 Ventspils Castle Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Jana Iela 17 LV - Ventspils

    It took this castle three centuries (13C-16C) to assume its current aspect, but the rooms within offer a longer historical perspective, ranging from prehistory to the 19C and explaining the region's development through a rich collection of tools, jew..

  • 12 Open-Air Maritime Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Rinka Iela 2 LV - Ventspils

    Beyond the exhibition hall dedicated to the region's nautical life, the park has fishing boats displayed under awnings, as well as fishermen's cabins constituting a veritable village (with windmill and beehives). There are explanatory panels in Engli..

  • 13 Cape Kolka Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    LV - Kalinkavicy

    This point lying between the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga is magical. Cape Kolka seems a world away, in a place at land's end, where nature's elements reign supreme. Here the sea is dangerous, and the wind is not just a gentle breeze, but it is a ..

  • 14 Majori Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jomas Iela LV - Jurmala

    The lively and charming heart of Jurmala, Majori has enough shops and restaurants running along Jomas Street to satisfy the most exacting of window-shoppers and gourmets. But a gentle stroll around the area reveals more culturally attractive features..

  • 15 Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Brivibas Iela 440 LV - Bukulti

    Set in 87ha of pine forest, this museum founded in 1824 reconstructs the living conditions of the various populations and ethnicities living in Latvia's four main regions (Latgale, Vidzeme, Zemgale and Kurzeme). In order to do so, it has amassed a co..

  • 16 Salaspils Memorial Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    LV - Salaspils

    In these woods near the mushroom centre of Salaspils, the Nazis ran a concentration camp of 39 barrack buildings which from 1941 to 1944 housed thousands of inmates. Jews and resistance fighters from Riga and elsewhere in the occupied areas were mass..

  • 17 Smilsu Street Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Smilsu Iela LV - Riga

    Smilsu Street will delight lovers of early-20C architecture with its ensemble of buildings encompassing eclecticism and Art Nouveau, as typified by n°2, designed in 1902 by Konstantins Paksens and decorated with peacocks.

  • 18 Riga Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    LV - Riga

    Although the cathedral was first built in the 13C, its original appearance has long been obscured by Gothic, Baroque, neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau additions. Beautifully lit by late-19C stained glass windows, the interior has a magnificent carved wood ..

  • 19 House of the Black Heads Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Ratslaukums LV - Riga

    The trade body of merchants known as the Great Guild was all-powerful in the busy port of Riga during its membership of the Hanseatic League. This house was built in the 14C as its headquarters, and down in the basement there remain vestiges from tha..

  • 20 Church of St Peter Interesting

    Religious buildings

    LV - Riga

    This large brick church built in the Gothic style has had a turbulent history and experienced several phases of rebuilding. Its wooden bell tower, standing like a lighthouse on the Riga skyline, dominates the city from a height of 123m, 1.5m of which..

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