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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of our best decisions on our 40-day Eurotrip!

We enjoyed our excursion tremendously - lots of scenic views and sights along the hike. We explored everything from castles to caves to ruins. Richard, our guide, was knowledgeable, personable and a joy to spend 7 hrs with. Would definitely recommend if you're looking for something different during your stay in Latvia.

Great fun and a nice way to explore Old Town

We had a blast rolling around Riga with these "tarrain" Segways. Cobblestone and curbs were no match. The segways were easy to ride, and quick to learn how to control. A lot of fun riding through the parks close by. Friendly guide at the office, and no problems with reservations etc.

1-Hour Segway Rental Reviewed by Øyvind, 10/29/2015

Amasing experience, with a very nice guide.

This was a good way to see Riga, Everyone in the group loved it! And we had fun at the same time.

1-Hour Segway Rental Reviewed by Maria Sathini, 06/15/2015

Our tour was amazing and our guide Ilse was excellent.

The visit of Sigulda, Krimulda and Tureida was amazing. Our guide explained everything very well and answered our questions. The impressions of these places couldn't be paste in words. We enjoyed everything without any hurry. Besides our guide gave us many information about the culture and traditions of the Latvians. Here german was quite excellent, too.

Good trip and I was pleased from our guide

Our guide has been honest and wasn't too much touristic and that's was good for us. However, he didn't have charisma. He told us that he can't drive and guide us together and asked us to ask him questions concerning Sigulda and we didn't know what to ask. His English was good.

Day Trip to Sigulda Castles from Riga Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/11/2013

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