Riga in a nutshell


Riga, the capital of Latvia, is the largest city in the Baltics with 700,000 inhabitants.

The historic centre takes you back to the 15th century, when Riga was at its heyday as a Hanseatic city. But in the surrounding streets and neighbourhoods, you'll find a mix of Russian, Nordic and Western influences set in a picturesque and distinctive Baltic style. The entire historic city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

History and urban planning lovers, as well as lovers of good coffee, cuisine, culture and views, will find something to love here.

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Riga stays away from mainstream tourism, which is good on one hand. Because you have a unique opportunity to enjoy the historical centre with its picturesque streets without the crowds of tourists and tourist traps.

In summer, take a trip to the seaside resort of Jürmala, which is a stone's throw from the city centre.

Riga's size makes it ideal for a one or two-day trip or as one of the stops on a Baltic trip with Tallinn, Helsinki or Vilnius, for example.

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