The gem of Baltic States, Riga is the capital of Latvia, situated on the Gulf of Riga, an inlet of the Baltic Sea bordering on Latvia and Estonia, on the mouth of the River Daugava in Eastern Europe.
Riga travel Guide
Riga, the largest city, a major Baltic port, a rail junction, a military base, and an industrial & cultural hub of Latvia, is one of the most coveted tourist destinations of the world.
Riga is known for offering the most vivacious nightlife in the Baltic States, which has made the city the most popular destination for the stag nights, stag parties, and stag weekends.
Riga is the perfect place for the ceaseless fun loving tourists whose fun hours do not stop at 6:00 PM. Riga is home to numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs, featuring entertainments that can satisfy the substance of any taste. The Old R?ga booms with its open-air cafés and beer gardens in summer, and the central Liv Square gets highly popular for ice skating in winter. The Old Riga is exceedingly vibrant, and remains alive at midnight, and even after.
Riga is also home to numerous concert halls, museums and art galleries. The city is one of the greenest cities in Europe with countless parks and gardens.
The city of Riga is known for its extensive art nouveau architecture. The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Riga is also famous for religious tourism. The Dome Cathedral, St Peter’s Church, St Jacob’s Cathedral, and Synagogue in Old Riga are highly reverend places in Riga. The Dome Cathedral, considered the largest church in the Baltic States.
The major attractions of Riga include The Dome Cathedral, Riga Castle that houses the Museum of Latvian History and the Museum of Foreign Art, St. Peter’s Church, with its 72m high tower, The Powder Tower, The Latvian Museum of War, Wooden Architecture, The Latvian Academy of Sciences, University of Riga, The Hanseatic Schwarzhaupter House, and The old section, or Hansa town, of Riga that is circled by a park-lined moat and includes the ancient castle of the Livonian Knights.
Facts about Riga
• Area: 307.17 km²
• Population: 889,500
• Currency: Latvian Lats (LVL). £1 = 0.97LVL (approximate). Latvian Lat (Ls) = 100 santimi. Notes are in denominations of Ls500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of Ls2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 santimi.
• Languages: Latvian is the official language. It is an Indo-European, non-Slavic and non-Germanic language and is similar only to Lithuanian. Russian is the second language, but English & German also also spoken.
• Ethnicity: Latvian 57%, Russian 30%, Belarusian 4%, Ukrainian 3%, Polish 3%, other 3%.
• Religion: Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Russian Orthodox and Jews.
Climate in Riga
Riga summers are usually warm, around 22C, with long daylight hours and the winters are cold, snowy with temperatures around -5C.
Traveling To Riga
Riga International Airport is the major gateway to the city. The airport is 15-20 minutes run, 7km (4 miles) from the city. The airport receives flights from numerous destinations of world including London, Munich, Oslo, etc. (Europe), Tel Aviv (Middle Eastern), New York City (U.S.) etc. The airport offers duty free shop, car hire, restaurant, and bar/café.
Ryanair Offers cheap flights to Riga from Dublin, Frankfurt-Hahn (Germany), London’s Stansted and Liverpool (England), Stockholm’s Skavsta (Sweden) and Tampere (Finland).
Lufthansa offers flights to Riga from Munich. LOT offers flights to Riga from its hub in Warsaw. There are a myriad of other airlines offering convenient flights to Riga.
Taxis, trams, buses, trolley buses, and trains are some options for traveling around the city.