Latvian Academy of Sciences

Latvian Academy of Sciences

The most striking example of Soviet architecture in Riga is undoubtedly the building of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, rising 108 metres high. It is built in the style of Moscow's Lomonosov University, along with Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Prague's Hotel International.

The building was built between 1951 and 1961 and is nicknamed "Stalin's Birthday Cake".

Step inside the building and you will be transported back to the last century. Not much has changed here and history literally breathes from the walls.

A view of the city

But why head here is the panoramic 360° viewpoint Panorama Riga, located on the open terrace on the 17th floor of the building, 65 metres above sea level.

You can get here via the reception via the lift to the 15th floor. The next two floors must be ascended by stairs. The observation deck is not wheelchair accessible.

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The views from here are of the entire Old Town, including the Central Market.

Entrance fees and opening hours

Admission to the viewpoint is 8 eur per person. Children under 12 do not pay admission.

It is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm.

For more detailed information and the current price list, visit the official website of the

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