Set on the Baltic Sea, the Latvian capital city of Riga is considered as the cultural center. Its many museums, concert halls, wooden buildings, Art Nouveau architecture along with the trendy bars and nightclubs, give the city a youthful vibe.
Unveiled in 1935, the Freedom Monument is a memorial to the slain soldiers of the Latvian War of Independence.
Bastejkalna Parks situated on both sides of the city canal has a variety of beautiful attractions like sculptures, flower beds, and a man-made waterfall.
Standing at the Town Hall Square, you can see the Town Hall, House of Blackheads, Roland Statue, and also the stone marker for the world's first decorated Christmas tree.
Opened in the 1330s, The House of the Blackheads was famous for organizing celebrations and parties. You can still see the original vaults.
A Lutheran church in Riga, St. Peter's Church offers one of the best views in the city. The tower of the church has an elevator installed taking you up to the 2nd viewing gallery.
Riga Cathedral or the 'Dome Cathedral' on the bank of Daugava river, has a cockerel sitting atop its spire; acting as a weather vane.
Sculpture of Town Musicians of Bremen, based on the Grimm Brothers fairy-tale was gifted by Bremen in 1990. Touching the faces of animals in sequence, is said to give you good luck.
Riga was originally protected with a mighty wall and 8 gates to control the entry. The Swedish Gate is the only surviving gate.
Vermanes Garden has formal gardens, exotic trees, playgrounds, cafes, an elegant fountain, and an outdoor stage for music and dance performances in summer.
Latvian National Opera and Ballet is a neoclassical theater. You should check the listings when you are in town and join the crowd for a beautiful experience.
Riga Central Market is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Famous for its gastronomic specialities; you can also check the arts and entertainment zone in the repurposed former warehouses along with the market stalls.
Ethnographic Open Air Museum has 118 traditional Latvian buildings from 4 provinces transported and rebuilt to give you an idea of life from the medieval times.