Frequent Riga flights have made the city easy to reach and, in recent years, its lively night life has also made it a popular destination for hen and stag parties.
Riga, is a great place to visit, with more of a 'big city' feel than its Baltic cousins, Vilnius and Tallin. The city offers something for everyone, with many historic sites in its Old Town reflecting its origins that go back as far as the 13th century.
There are flights to Riga (RIX) from airports throughout the UK. Reaching the city centre is easy, with Bus 22, from opposite the terminal, which takes about 30 minutes. If you are in a group, taxis take around 15 minutes. Make sure the cab has the tariff posted in the inside of the passenger door.
As a port in strategic location, Riga has been an important trade centre since ancient times. As such, it has been subject to many influences, particularly those of Sweden Germany and Russia. As capital of Latvia it was part of the Soviet Union 1945-91, but its historic city centre, east of the Daugava River and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, reflects its membership of and important contribution to of the Medieval Hanseatic League.
Make sure you visit the cities churches, particularly the Dome Cathedral, St Peter's Church and the smaller but equally beautiful St Jacobs Church. Visitors to the city also like to have their photograph taken beside the statue of Riga's patron saint, St Jacob.
Riga is not just about churches though, visit the Central Market, biggest in Europe, then wander round admiring the art nouveau masterpieces of architect Konstantins Peksens. Before you leave have a look at the Swedish Gate, along the line of the old city wall and Liuu Laukurns. The National Museum of Art is significant not just for its fine collection of art, but is also housed in two historically significant buildings. The city's Ethnographic Open Air Museum is the largest outdoor museum in Europe and no trip to Riga is complete without seeing the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, which commemorates the contribution of Latvia's Freedom Movement.
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