The Latvian capital is charming city that brims with architectural magnificence and historic significance, whilst blossoming smoothly as a cosmopolitan 21st century destination. From the beautiful architecture of its Old Town to its world-class museums, Riga is a fantastic city for a short break.
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It's the largest city in Latvia, and in fact the largest of the three Baltic States, but by most European standards it's a small city which can be easily covered in two days. Most of the top sights involve the city's glorious blend of Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture, as well as a chance to experience Latvian cuisine and the arts.
1. Riga Old Town
One of the most charming Old Towns in the Baltics, the historic core of this city is UNESCO protected. From the imposing spire of St Peter's Church to the gabled roofs of the merchant houses, there is no one way to explore the cobbled streets and alleyways of the quarter, instead, do so at your own leisure.
2. Riga Central Market
The city's central market is a huge, bazaar-style shopping experience where you can buy anything from local produce to street food. Events continue throughout the night with a burgeoning arts and entertainment scene taking place in adjoining warehouses.
3. Riga Cathedral
The largest church in the Baltic States, work on Riga Cathedral began in the 13th century but continued until the 18th. As a result, the church combines styles from the medieval to Early Modern era including Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque.
4. Alberta Iela
The best street for viewing the sumptuous Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) architecture that Riga is famous for. Along this road you will see many of architect Mikhail Eisenstein's most celebrated buildings.
5. Riga Bourse Art Museum
Latvia's biggest and most popular art museum, the Riga Bourse is housed in a former stock exchange building with an elegant Venetian-style façade. Within the gallery the art spans over two millennia with works from Asia, Africa, Europe and of course, a vast collection of Latvian art.