Holidays to Riga, Latvia

Why Travel to Riga, Latvia?

Riga is the capital city of Latvia, perched on the coast of the country at the mouth of the River Daugava. Overlooking the Gulf of Rīga in the Baltic Sea, this cultural haven is an often overlooked holiday destination that promises plenty of brilliant architecture and fascinating history.

The Old Town in Rīga is a real highlight, gaining UNESCO World Heritage status thanks to its Art Nouveau style and medieval buildings. It’s a wonderful city just to walk around, with a fascinating blend of old and new buildings influenced by centuries of stories, from the events of World War One to Soviet occupation.

It’s beautiful in Rīga all year round, whether you want to enjoy this Baltic city in the snow or the sunshine. If you’re only in Latvia for a couple of days, it’s a great place to get a full flavour of the country before travelling on to other nearby destinations such as Tallinn in Estonia and Vilnius in Lithuania.

Highlights of a Trip to Riga

Rīga’s Old Town is undoubtedly a highlight, and we recommend that you book an organised walking tour to learn more about this part of the city and see all of its most interesting buildings. The Art Nouveau architecture in this part of Rīga is also a must-see, but you can spot it elsewhere around the city in the beautiful building decorations and edifices.

For some serious food shopping head to the Rīga Central Market, which is known as one of the best places for fresh produce in Europe thanks to its humongous size. Once you’re full, head to Bastejlalna Park to sit and digest whilst enjoying the scenery, sculptures and some famously elaborate birdhouses.

There’s more than enough to keep you occupied over several days in Rīga, even if all you want to do is sightseeing. The city also has a pretty lively nightlife scene, which is a great way to spend your evening after enjoying some traditional Latvian food.

Tours and Holidays in Latvia & The Baltics

If you want to visit Riga, along with plenty of other lovely towns and cities in Latvia, one of the best ways to do this is on a guided tour. We offer brilliant Riga travel packages as part of our tours and holidays in Latvia and the Baltics, led by local tour leaders who can offer exclusive insight into the places you visit. Enjoy Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius and see the highlights of these fascinating and relatively undiscovered countries.

Places You’ll Visit in Riga on Our Group Tours

  • Art Nouveau district
  • Riga Old Town
  • Riga Cathedral
  • Riga Castle
  • Three Brothers Houses
  • Saint Jacob’s church
  • Brotherhood of the Black Heads
  • Cruise on the Daugava River

Discover What To Do in Riga Old Town

The Old Town is one of the most popular places to visit in Rīga. Here’s what you can get up to in this area when you visit.

Visit Town Hall Square 

Town Hall Square was completely destroyed in the Second World War, but has since been rebuilt to form a popular meeting place in the Old Town. The Town Hall itself still has a historic facade and the famous House of the Blackheads is another very popular attraction.

Explore Riga Cathedral

Rīga Cathedral is a large Lutheran cathedral in Rīga that was once the central cathedral of the ancient Livonia region before it collapsed in the 1500s. It’s a popular place for old local concerts and art exhibitions, but is still definitely worth a visit even if nothing organised is taking place.

Have a Drink at a Cafe

Like many historic European cities, Rīga is home to plenty of lovely independent cafes. You’ll find several of these in the city’s Old Town, offering the perfect place to stop for a drink and have a rest before continuing your tour of the ancient streets and buildings.

Learn at the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia

Latvia has quite a turbulent history of occupation, and the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia houses a collection of over 60,000 items that tell the stories of how its people have fought for independence. It’s quite a sobering experience to visit, but nevertheless, an important one that will teach you plenty about the history of the country.

Marvel at The Three Brothers

The Three Brothers are a famous trio of buildings in Rīga that are known for being the oldest houses in the city. With pastel-coloured facades and a Gothic design that are found in many Hanseatic towns in the Baltic Region, it’s an iconic spot that is great for photographs and definitely one to tick off your sightseeing bucket list.

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FAQs About Holidays in Riga

Is Riga worth visiting?

If you’re visiting Latvia for the first time then Rīga is definitely worth visiting. It’s known as being one of the liveliest and most interesting cities in the Baltics, as well as having some truly stunning architecture and a rich past, providing plenty for visitors to do during their stay.

What is Riga popular for?

Riga is probably most popular for architecture and history fans who are attracted to the city’s UNESCO World Heritage rated Old Town. There are also plenty of beautiful examples of Art Nouveau design around the city, so it’s also popular with fans of this period.

How many days do you need in Riga?

If you’re just visiting Rīga then we recommend that you stay for 2-3 days. This gives you long enough to explore different parts of the city at a good pace without trying to cram everything in, and is also a great length of time if you’re travelling as part of a tour of Latvia and the Baltics.

Are there beaches in Rīga?

Whilst Rīga is on the coastline of Latvia, there are no beaches in the city. There is a beach resort in the nearby city of Jurmala which has a beach resort, so if you’re really angling after a day by the sea you can catch the train to visit this destination along the coast.

Is Rīga safe to visit?

Rīga is a relatively safe travel destination to visit, with a similar level of risk as most other large European countries. Crime rates in the city are low, so whilst tourists may fall victim to things like pickpocketing or theft, there’s no real risk of this as long as you remain vigilant and make sensible choices during your stay.

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