There is a good reason why Riga is becoming an increasingly popular destination lately. Since 1991, when Latvia regained its independence, Riga has flourished like no other city in the Baltic region. The vibrant and cosmopolitan city that that you see today has little to no resemblance to Latvia’s old capital during the Soviet occupation. If you have ever visited Riga before the 90s, you will most likely not recognize it today: great museums, fashionable restaurants and a very rich cultural life. There is so much to see do in Riga to keep you entertained. Its medieval Old Town is filled with winding alleyways and charming squares, elegant buildings and fancy shops. Here is a list of recommendations for the best things to do in Riga:
1. Exploring Riga’s Central District
Almost all tourist attractions, historic buildings and hotels are contained within the borders of Centra rajons (the Central District), which includes the Old Town as well. The area is relatively small and easy to walk. Old Town is the historical and geographical center of Riga and is by far the most attractive part of the city. Walking through its narrow alleys cobbled streets is like traveling back in time. Young girls dressed in traditional Latvian costumes playing different instruments, or dancing will make you feel like you are in the Medieval Era.
Up in the Baltic region, on the banks of the Daugava River, lies an undiscovered treasure: Riga, Latvia’s long-enduring capital. Till about 20 years ago, Riga didn’t make the list of desirable European destinations. The destruction suffered during WW2 followed by the Soviet occupation left the city in a dismal state. After the collapse of the Soviet Union when Latvia regained its independence, Riga went through an extensive transformation. Its historic buildings, churches and squares have been rebuilt and the Riga was brought back to its initial splendor. Today Riga has one of the best-preserved historic centres in Europe, with over 800 majestic Art Nouveau buildings. Here are some of the amazing buildings, squares and monuments that you must see in Riga: Continue Reading