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Travel Guide
St. Peter\'s Church which includes a city and landscape views

The city of Riga is a beautiful city with a historic old town, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Featuring historical architecture and parks, this city is also famed for its festivals and music. Riga is the capital of Latvia in the Baltics, located in the north east of Europe.

The Old Town is undoubtedly the city’s best attraction. Explore the medieval streets of this World Heritage Site and visit the Ratslaukums, the Town Hall Square right in the centre. Follow the area’s twisting cobblestone streets lead to attractions like the House of Blackheads and the Museum of the Occupation. Visit St. Peter’s Church and take the lift to the top of the bell tower for spectacular views over the city. Admire the baroque and Gothic buildings at Dome Square and enjoy a bite to eat or a drink at an outdoor café or bar.

From Dome Square, take the short walk to Livu Square, which comes alive in summer with a beer garden and riveting live outdoor entertainment. In winter, the children will love the ice skating rink here. Be sure to take a moment to relax in the tranquil Bastejkalns Park, a beautiful green space with a canal running through it. Take a moment to observe the Freedom Monument, which commemorates the soldiers that fought during the Latvian War of Independence.

Music is a big part of in Riga’s arts scene. Catch an opera or ballet performance at the Latvian National Opera or come for the RITMI Festival; an annual jazz festival, which has seen such big name performers as Bobby Darin and Robert Glasper.

Riga’s cuisine is a incredible melting pot of influences, with input from nearby German, Polish and Russian flavours. Taste big plates of piragi, the East European dumpling, or pork, cabbage and potato-inspired dishes. You‘ll find cheap fruit and vegetables, and local delicacies such as smoked eel at the Central Market. The market opened in 1930 and takes place in converted Zeppelin aircraft hangars.

The city is ideal for walking as the streets are flat. There is also a cheap public transport system, with trams, buses and trolleys stopping close to all the major sights.

Where to stay in Riga

Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa
Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
33 Kaleju Street, Riga
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £51 per night from 8 Aug to 8 Aug
Located in Old Town Riga, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St John's Church and Riga Central Market. Latvian National Opera and Menzendorff House ...
4.3/5Excellent! (995 reviews)
"Excellent property. Convenient location, walking distance to major attractions. Clean room and generous breakfast."

Reviewed on 9 Feb 2021

Wellton Centrum Hotel & Spa
Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel
Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel
4 out of 5
11. Novembra Krastmala, 33, Riga
The price is £60 per night from 26 Aug to 26 Aug
Located in Old Town Riga, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Latvian Rifleman Monument and Riga Central Market. Menzendorff House and Occupation Museum ...
4.4/5Excellent! (607 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel, brilliant value for money, great location in the old town and beside train station. Spa beautiful too, staff very friendly, would definitely return"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel
Neiburgs Hotel
Neiburgs Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Jauniela 25/27, Riga
The price is £96 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Old Town Riga, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cathedral Square and Riga Central Market. Town Hall and Riga Cathedral are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (986 reviews)
Perfection fun Riga Old Town
"Beautiful, clean, well presented hotel in perfect setting."

Reviewed on 9 Dec 2019

Neiburgs Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
3 out of 5
Gertrudes Street 129, parking entrance from Valmieras street 5, Riga
The price is £42 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
This family-friendly Riga apartment building is located in the shopping district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Palladium and Riga Central Market. Berg's Bazaar and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (85 reviews)
A bit too far from the centre
"A bit too far for a walk to the centre of the city especially with kids. And very big contrast with neighbourhood buildings. But overall the apartment and service are very good."

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2019

Champetre StudioS
Champetre StudioS
2.5 out of 5
Riga, Šampetera iela 74, Riga
The price is £43 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Pleskodale, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from SPICE and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Latvia Botanical Garden and Uzvaras Park. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)
Comfort of camping
"Stayed just one night because of an overnight layover. They didn’t seem to know we would be there and the phone number did not work so once we got the room they were nice but there was no toilet paper and since the phone did not work there was no way to get ahold of the owner so we just waited until ..."

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2019

Champetre StudioS
The Fortress
The Fortress
2.5 out of 5
42 Avotu iela, Riga, Centrs
The price is £45 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Located in Latgale Suburb, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of St John's Church, Powder Tower and Great Guild Hall. St. Peter's Church and Small ...
4.2/5Very Good! (6 reviews)
"Very clean, pretty comfortable furniture, not bad location..."

Reviewed on 12 May 2019

The Fortress
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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