Riga

Kristine Kon
May 21
The real treasure of Latvia (and probably the Baltics) is it’s capital – Rīga. Visit it once and You will definitely come back for more.

Getting here...

Once You get to Riga, from the airport to Riga centre it will take approximately 15-25 minutes by a car. If You take a Taxi that are waiting the passengers in line by the exit, it will cost You around 15 EUR (could be more, depending on the traffic). Note that Airport taxis are the most expensive ones (Baltic Taxi and RedCabs), in the city use Panda Taxi or if You can just use the app Taxify. Other option is to take the city bus 22 that goes in to the city every 10 minutes or the minibus 222. Both cost 1.15 EUR if You get the ticket before (in the kiosk or the ticket machine), if You buy in the bus it will cost 2 EUR. The journey takes around 25-35 minutes. 

Latvia is also one of the greenest countries in the world

Are you a true nature lover? 

Start with one weekend, I would suggest spring or summer time, when You can see the green and all the other colours. Because it might get quite grey and depressive during winter and autumn. 

St Peters Church and the Old Town

Start Your Riga experience with a nice long walk around the old town – don’t worry, You wont get lost – old town is small and everybody speaks English! Youll be surprised but its true! Just enjoy the cute small streets with the amazing Art Noveau architecture. And don’t forget to always look up and pay attention to the details – You will see a lot of cool stuff! Even if Youre not an architecture freak – I promise – Youll love it!

I suggest to visit St. Peters church, even if Youre not into churches – because it has a 72 meters high viewing platform with an amazing panorama view of RIgas old town and the river Daugava. The ticket is around 9 EUR, but its worth it!

Alberta Iela and the Silent Center

If youre scared to get lost just get one of those city maps they have in airports or hotels – and follow the spots they have circled – those places are really worth to see, even if it sounds too touristic!

Next after old town is a neighborhood called The Silent Center – Rigas most expensive apartments and nicest restaurants are located there. Check Alberta street – the most famous street for Art Noveau buildings.

If you still have time You should visit Latvian National museum art which reopened its doors to visitors only since May 2016 after an extensive restoration and reconstruction. So the building itself is worth a visit – but the exhibitions will have a nice added value. 

Arriving at Dzintari (Jurmala)

If You think You’ve had enough of the old town then go to the train station and get a ticket to Dzintari – it is a train stop in the seaside city Jurmala – and it will take just half an hour and cost 1.40 EUR. When You get there just go to the most popular Jurmalas street – Jomas street – take a stroll there, see the wooden buildings, have a coffee and just enjoy the fresh air. The Seaside from there is just a couple of minutes. 

Back to Riga

In the evening go back to Riga and plan to visit Latvian National opera – the building itself is spectacular from the outside and inside. The ticket prices are very reasonable – from 9 to 50 EUR. Definitely worth to visit it and to feel like in the 19th century. 

General tips

Where to eat?

If you're a gourmand You should definitely visit different restaurants every evening, because the food is delicious and prices are very reasonable. But it's better to make a reservation because the best places are crowded on the weekends since Rigans love a nice outing in the city. To find something for Your taste check Riga’s homepage - http://www.liveriga.com/en/81-restaurants.

What to wear?

I have to admit that You need to be very lucky to experience a hot summer day in Latvia, so pack your jeans and jackets! 

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