800 years old
Come to 800 year-old Riga and you can expect a World Heritage Old Town, extensive Art Nouveau architecture, cobbled streets and winding alleys, open, green public spaces – all topped off by a sea view. In short, Riga is here and waiting to be explored.
|Time zone:||GMT +2 hours (GMT +3 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||2 hours 30|
|Holiday type:||City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 9.9°C
Rainfall: 669.1mm a year
The Old Town, or Vecriga, is where to begin any serious exploration of the city. Bank on spending at least half a day there, including the cathedral. Round Vecriga you’ll find a whole zone of elegant 19th Century buildings that give the whole city centre a rather elegant feel.
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The Russian influence is still very much here, thanks to Traktieris. As well as traditional Russian fayre (which comes in supersized portions) there’s plenty of vodka to try.
Must be there for:
The International Festival of Animation – or Bimini - comes to town every April, where it takes over a screen at the local multiplex for a whole week to screen over 200 animations, long and short.
- Take a trip to the Observation Deck of the 97-metre Radio and TV tower for a breathtaking view of the city and its hinterland.
- If you’re into architecture, you’ll probably agree with UNESCO that the art nouveau buildings here are unparalleled anywhere else. Alberta and Elisabetes streets are the places to see them.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Latvia.
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