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Some 800 years old, this charismatic and bustling city was the European Capital of Culture in 2014, so expect to see even more cultural delights than ever before. Sitting on the River Daugava, with its heels splashing in the Baltic Sea, Riga is a stunning place to spend some time, and its popularity continues to soar as visitors share tales of their time spent in this lovely part of the world.
The Old Town is the place to see architecture of the ages, with even the most mundanely-used structures attracting the gaze of visitors. The churches and cathedrals are particularly interesting, but look out also for the undeniably modern glass buildings shooting up all over Riga that symbolise confident strides towards a glittering future.
Enjoying an affordable stay in Latvia doesn’t mean compromising on quality as you’ll find many cheap hotels in Riga that offer excellent service and comfortable rooms. To save money on your hotel, booking early is advised.
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There are many modern hotels in Riga, though you'll also find many Riga hotels within the gorgeous confines of centuries-old buildings, where style and comfort have not been compromised despite the history on show. Well-known brands also have several properties in the city. You'll find hotels from Radisson Blu, Maritim and Best Western.
Riga is a large and sprawling city. The place to stay to be close to the attractions is Vecriga, which is the most historical part of the city and located on the eastern banks of the river. Most of the destination's tourist hotels are situated here, with a great mix of budget hotels, mid-range rooms, and luxury hotels. There are a couple of notable exceptions when you hop across the river, though stay close to the water to gain easy access to things to see and do.
Take a journey into Riga’s past as you tour these popular attractions…
Top five attractions
The largest religious building in the Baltics with walls two metres thick – it’s an epic structure.
Occupation Museum of Latvia
This brilliantly thought-out museum delivers a thorough understanding of Latvia and its people when they were under the rule of the USSR and Germany.
This is a peaceful park that is famed for its romantic “Lovers Bridge”, where couples toss keys into the water to pledge eternal commitment.
A huge landmark on Freedom Boulevard, which commemorates the soldiers who died in the Latvian War of Independence (1918-1920); this is often used as a focal point for festivities – and for holidaymakers who lose their travelling group.
A large 900-year-old fortress, only some parts are open to tourists as it is the official residence of the Latvian President.
Riga flaunts its cultural prowess during the city’s best annual events. Here are just of few of the most popular crowd-pleasers…
International Baltic Ballet Festival; April: Every ballet genre is included in this glamorous yearly homage to the world of dance. Sublime and surprising performances are around each corner in a city-wide event that attracts some of the world's best dancers.
Riga Opera Festival; June: Launched in 1998, this annual gathering of talented singers has quickly risen to be one of the biggest opera events on the music calendar. There are plenty of free performances around the city, but make sure you book tickets early for the main events.
Contemporary Folk Music Festival; November: One of Europe's most charming yearly festivals, this attracts mainly locals but foreign visitors are made especially welcome. Look to the bars later in the day for some stirringly passionate performances of traditional Latvian songs.