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Top 9 Things to do in Riga

Riga, Latvia is so interesting for its combination of strong Latvian culture and influence from the countries that occupied it. The capital of the Baltic states is sometimes called the “Paris of the North,” for its old-time charm to a techno beat.

St. Peter's Church, Riga

St. Peter's Church, Riga

This majestic church has stood, in some form, along the Daugava river since 1209. Climb to the top of its tower for an unmatched aerial view of the city.

Freedom Monument

Freedom Monument

This stunning monument was built to honor those killed in the Latvian War of Independence and has come to represent freedom for all the Latvian people.

Nativity Cathedral, Riga

Nativity Cathedral, Riga

The stunning Nativity Cathedral has a fascinating history of conversion from Russian Orthodox to Lutheran during WWI, then back to Orthodox, only to be threatened by the Soviets.

Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

It’s an absolute must, especially if you can’t make it to the Latvian countryside. Wander through the traditional Latvian houses and forest in this outdoor “living history” museum.

Vērmanes Garden

Vērmanes Garden

A local favorite, the Vērmanes Garden is the oldest park in Riga. It is the green lung in the center of the city, and it seems there's always an event for young and old alike.

Riga Motor Museum

The best antique vehicle museum of the Baltic countries is without a doubt the Riga Motor Museum. Be sure to check out the 1938 Auto Union racing car Type D.

Riga Zoo

Riga Zoo

For 6€ you can delight in creatures from the furthest ends of earth. From giraffes to tigers, there’s a critter for everyone.

Latvian Railway History Museum

Latvian Railway History Museum

This fascinating collection of USSR steam locomotives and diesel traction, signaling equipment, tools and instruments, uniforms and badges is one of the city’s hidden gems.

St. Alexander Nevsky Church, Riga

In the historic center of Riga stands this wooden rotunda church. Packed with Riga history, the building has become a symbol of unity across all denominations of faith.

Planning Your Riga Visit

Explore Old Town by Foot

This bustling district is a wonderland of winding streets that lead to quaint cafes and independent shops. Hit the bars for your first taste of the infamous Black Balsam.

Visit the Central Riga Market

Great for people watching and stocking up on huckleberries, the Central Market is housed in a bunch of WWI Zeppelin hangars.

Good to know

  • Language
    Latvian
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +371
  • Best time to visit
    Summer is the best time to visit the city, which comes to life with the warm temperatures. There's always a chance of rain, though, so plan ahead!

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What people are saying about Riga

Unforgetable because of the best guide ever!

Eva was the best guide we have ever had! She was funny, nice and told us everything we wanted to know. It seems like she was one of our local friends. She was so GREAT! tamara and the group of yesterday

From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour Reviewed by Tamara, 11/06/2019

A fantastic tour to one of Latvia's beautiful National Parks

Our guide (Rolands) was perfect and this tour was a brilliant way to get to know Gauja. We hiked through beautiful forests and wooded meadows, with plenty of chances to take photos and admire the view. We had a tasty lunch in Sigulda before visiting the stunning Turaida. The pick- up and journey was easy and the timings perfect. Highly recommend.

Our guide was knowledgeable, interesting, friendly and thorough.

We had a private tour for 4 people. The tour lasted for 4 hours and was well paced. It covered old and new Riga, with information about history, architecture and politics. We saw many interesting and beautiful buildings, walked through the park and finished the tour in the market. Our guide was superb throughout and her spoken English was excellent. This was a really good way to be introduced to Riga. We enjoyed the unexpected addition of watching the runners in the 5,10 and 13 k races go by and being waved on by young people in national dress.

Riga: Culture and Food 4-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Jane, 26/06/2018

our guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable

I would recommend this lady to anyone interested in the history and buildings of riga

Riga: Private Tour with a Local Guide Reviewed by Leslie, 28/05/2018

Wonderful day with a knowledgeable guide

Liga was a great guide and gave wonderful background to the things we were seeing. I'd high recommend this tour.

Riga: Culture and Food 4-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Rachel, 30/08/2017