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Riga Travel Information

Latvia’s charming capital city is a wonderful blend of old and new. With a history stretching back more than 800 years, there’s a picturesque medieval centre to explore, and architecture from every century since to discover. Riga’s Old Town is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, recognizing the importance of the medieval buildings, and also the Swedish, Polish, Russian and German influences that came later. If you like Art Nouveau buildings, then you’ll love Riga. Riga is home to one of the largest concentrations of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe.

However, there’s much, much more to Riga than fabulous architecture. Today Riga is a buzzing city, constantly evolving, that retains an irresistible historical charm. Whether you’re looking for festivals, concerts, wild nightlife, folk music, opera, museums, art galleries, or shopping, a city break to Riga will not disappoint.

If you’re after a cultural city break to Riga, there are plenty of options. Riga is the home of the Latvian National Opera. As well as opera, you’ll also find ballet performances take place here. Riga hosts the annual Riga International Opera Festival and Baltic Ballet Festival, centred around the world class opera house You’ll find classical concerts at various locations throughout Riga.

Riga is built on both sides of the River Daugaya, just 15km from the Baltic Sea. Its strategic location has meant that Riga has been an important trading centre throughout its history, acting as a link between East and West. This role has continued to the present day, and Riga continues to be an important business centre for the Baltic region.

On a Riga holiday, you’ll discover a wonderful city, elegant and interesting, full of stylish restaurants, modern bars, and fantastic shopping. In the summer people live outside, with outdoor dining and beer terraces the norm. In winter, when the temperatures drop, you’ll find ice rinks and cafes in which to warm your toes.