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Riga

N 56°56.83', E 24°6.384'
2015-07-04
http://www.liveriga.com/ru/
Our rating: 7.80
Overall rating:
Riga is a nice destination for a weekend trip. The city can be visited in one day and on the second day you can go to Sigulda or Jurmala.

Almost the entire population is fluent in Russian. Latvians use Russian language even in everyday life, at least in Riga. For us, it was a little bit surprising.

Cheap and delicious food in Riga is available at Lido restaurants, there are several of them in the city (some addresses Tirgoņu iela 6, Elizabetes iela 65, Dzirnavu iela 74/76). 7-10 euro for a dinner per person. The kitchen is traditional, Latvian.

We did not use a guide and just walked around the city. All the information can be found on the internet as almost the whole city is covered with free WiFi.

We spent the night at the Radisson (booking.com), the highest hotel, which offers the best view of the old town. Skyline bar is opened from 15:00 on the 26th floor, though everyone can use the panoramic lift to 26th floor (even if you do not go to the bar).

Radisson Hotel in Riga
Radisson Hotel in Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

Riga in the morning

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

Riga in the evening

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak


Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak


Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

Gallery Riga, with a roof terrace.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

Fire Escape ladder in the Hotel

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

In the old city we walked in the morning, when the streets are completely empty.

Square in front of the Riga Castle
Square in front of the Riga Castle ©Yuriy Buriak


Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak


Yakovlev barracks
Yakovlev barracks ©Yuriy Buriak


Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak


Three Wall Street Yard
Three Wall Street Yard ©Yuriy Buriak


Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak


Powder Tower (XIII century)
Powder Tower (XIII century) ©Yuriy Buriak


Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak


Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak


Well House in Riga
Well House in Riga ©Yuriy Buriak


Latvian National Opera
Latvian National Opera ©Yuriy Buriak


Freedom Monument in Riga
Freedom Monument in Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

Around this monument, there is a park Bastion Hill as well as few others.

Bastion Hill Park
Bastion Hill Park ©Yuriy Buriak


Bastion Hill Park
Bastion Hill Park ©Yuriy Buriak

This crow does not afraid of people at all.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

There is almost no good graffiti in Riga. This one not bad.

Graffiti in Riga
Graffiti in Riga ©Yuriy Buriak


Graffiti in Riga
Graffiti in Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

On the other bank of the river Daugava there not many buildings, although they are high.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

The new library building has a viewpoint on the upper floors.

New Library
New Library ©Yuriy Buriak

Livu square is the most beautiful in the city.

Livu Square in the Old Town
Livu Square in the Old Town ©Yuriy Buriak


Livu Square in the Old Town
Livu Square in the Old Town ©Yuriy Buriak

The house with the cat is well-known among tourists.

The house with the cat
The house with the cat ©Yuriy Buriak

But the house with the dog we found by accident.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

Funny installations.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

These figures made of granite can be bought, although the prices are extremely high.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

Jauniela Street is known by the Soviet films about Sherlock Holmes. For the people from the former USSR this movie is legendary. And Jauniela Street played the role of Baker street.

Jauniela Street
Jauniela Street ©Yuriy Buriak

We are watching the first series of the movie.

Jauniela Street
Jauniela Street ©Yuriy Buriak

And here is the home of Sherlock, "Baker Street 221B" (Jauniela 22)

Jauniela Street, 22
Jauniela Street, 22 ©Yuriy Buriak

The main dominant of the city is the St Peter's Church which is visible from everywhere.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

Funny columns.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

In the background is one of the main attractions of the city - the House of Blackheads.

Town Hall Square
Town Hall Square ©Yuriy Buriak

There is an observation deck on the bell tower of the church of St. Peter, but we did not visit it and went to the observation deck on the building of the Academy of Sciences (Akademijas laukums, 1).

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak


Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

Interesting buildings to the right are the former hangars for dirigibles and now it is Riga Central Market.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

Riga TV tower also has an observation deck, but it's not very good, according to reviews.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

From the top is visible "Spikeri" Quarter, the area of the former ghetto.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

On the Turgenev street we found a few wooden houses.

Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

"Spikeri" Quarter is now a museum and an art space.

Art Quarter
Art Quarter "Spīķeri" and promenade ©Yuriy Buriak


Art Quarter
Art Quarter "Spīķeri" and promenade ©Yuriy Buriak


Art Quarter
Art Quarter "Spīķeri" and promenade ©Yuriy Buriak


Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

In the evening, at sunset, take a walk along the AB dam which offers a nice view of the old town.

View of Riga from the AB Jetty
View of Riga from the AB Jetty ©Yuriy Buriak


Riga
Riga ©Yuriy Buriak

Do not miss:
 - Riga Castle
 - Latvian Ethnographic Museum
 - Kalnciema Quarter
 - Albert Street, with Art Nouveau houses
 - Free tour at 12:00 from the Church of St. Peter (link)

Maps and brochures of Riga can be downloaded here.

Getting there: There is a large airport in Riga. Taxi to the center costs 12 euro. Bus 22 goes to the old town (40 minutes), buy tickets in the machine. Or take minibus 222, buy tickets from the driver (2 euros). Airbaltic Airport Express is the fastest option, 20 minutes, 5 euros.
Tags, Latvia: city, observation deck

Tags, all countries: city, observation deck
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