More than 800 years old and hosting a third of Latvia’s population, the capital city of Riga has become an increasingly popular destination. With the world’s largest concentration of German Art Nouveau and an old town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Riga makes for a splendid getaway. Riga International Airport
is the busiest in Eastern Europe, seeing more than 5 million passengers per year. Buses and taxis make the journey from the airport to the city in less than half an hour.
Riga is divided into two parts by the Daugava River with the old town on the east side. Restoration of this area after World War II has led it to become one of the most complete old towns in Europe. Architecture is heavily influenced by the Germans who inhabited the city throughout the majority of its history. A walking tour is undoubtedly the best way to take in the city, and the streets of Alberta and Elizabetes as well as the area around Freedom Monument
are the best areas to see Art Nouveau. Russian influence can be seen in the Moscow Suburb as well as other areas of the city that reflect back to the time of Soviet occupation. The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
details the country’s time under both Nazi and Soviet occupation, and the National History Museum of Latvia provides a look into the country’s past. Riga Cathedral, the Three Brothers, and the Swedish Gate are but a few more of the city’s top sites.
Be sure to check out the interactive map of Riga for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.