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Riga (Rīgas)

Riga Aerial View



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Description of Riga

Riga is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. It is the largest city in the Baltic States and home to more than a third of the population of Latvia, and is the largest cultural, educational, political, financial, commercial and industrial center of the Baltic Sea region. The city is located in the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava River. It has an area of ​​307.17 km² and is located on a sandy plain between 1 and 10 meters above sea level.

Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former member of the Hanseatic League. The historic center of Riga, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, stands out for its art nouveau architecture and its 19th century wooden buildings. The city was designated European Capital of Culture in 2014, together with Umeå in Sweden. The city is communicated by air thanks to Riga International Airport, the largest airport in the Baltic States.

Riga is a member of Eurocities, the union of the Baltic cities (UBC) and the Union of Capitals of the European Union (UCEU).


Travel Destinations in Riga


Old Town of Riga

Riga Castle (Riga)


Saint Jacob's (Saint James) Cathedral (Riga)

Mazā Pils iela


Museum of the Occupation (Riga)


Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts (Riga)



Saint Roland Statue (Riga)


Latvian National Opera (Riga)


Central Market (Riga)

Saint Peter's Cathedral (Riga)


Old Warehouses (Riga)


Freedom Monument (Riga)


Swedish Gate (Riga)


Powder Tower (Riga)


Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation (Riga)


Līvu Laukums (Riga)


Latvian National Theatre (Latvijas Nacionālais teātris) (Riga)




New Town

Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum (Riga)

National Museum of Art (Riga)


Valdemāra iela 10a

Tel. 2732 4461

Open: 11am- 5pm Wed- Mon



Jewish Community Centre (Riga)

Skolas iela 6

Tel: 2728 3484

Open: Museum 12pm- 5pm Sun- Thu








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