How about visiting Riga, in Latvia?

Just like you awesome travel lovers out there, I, too, am always looking for weekend getaways! I think they help rejuvenate and pace up life, and offer new opportunities to feel amused and surprised by different cultures, history, and landscape. Isn’t it? The thought of discovering unseen places and planning an itinerary is an absolutely delightful food for my tiny neurons 🙂 S prefers not to have an agenda, and loves to have the city unfold its wonderful secrets itself. That could be nice too, when the place is not heavily packed with activities to do or things to see. And we thought that Riga, the capital city of Latvia, is one such place!

Living in Stockholm, we are quite close to the countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. These are popularly known as the Baltic countries, due to their coastal lining along the Baltic Sea. Ferries, especially the ones run by the company TallinkSilja, are a common and comfortable way of transportation between Riga and the nearby shore cities of Tallinn and Helsinki. For us, this trip was a part of our midsummer weekend holiday to this picturesque town of Tallinn, which I happily shared in my previous post 🙂 So we just took a 50 minutes AirBaltic flight from Tallinn to arrive into Riga, to make the best of our time. You could also read about the Part 1 of our Baltic trip by following the link below 🙂

Read: You wouldn’t want to miss this Old Town in Tallinn, Estonia

With just a day to spend in Riga, we kept it fairly relaxed and flexible. We just strolled around with no aim to reach a destination, and let the place magically draw us into its character and charm. And surprisingly, we met with a number of delightful views! Here are a few shots around the town :

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Railway Bridge on Daugava River, Riga. The river originates in Russia, and flows through Belarus and Latvia, before falling into the Gulf of Riga.
House of Blackheads in the Riga Town Hall Square (Rātslaukums). In medieval times, Blackheads was a Brotherhood of unmarried German merchants in Riga
Musicians performing at the Town Hall Square
Monument of Red Latvian Riflemen, who fought against Germans in the World War I
The Freedom Monument, a symbol of Latvian National Sovereignty

Russian Orthodox Cathedral, with a dome-roof architecture
At Central Market in Riga

St Peters Church in Riga is a great viewing platform to catch a birds’ eye view over the old town, the river, and the rest of the central market. It’s attractive 123 meters high rustic-green soaring spire can be spotted from most directions while browsing through other Old Town attractions. They take you up to the second gallery at a height of 72 meters through an escalator, and charge €9 for it. A little expensive in my opinion, but we were ready to do it hoping for some impressive views. When we arrived, they had unfortunately shut the ticket window for some unexplained reason resulting in long queues of people waiting to buy their ticket. We didn’t have a lot of time on hand, so we just decided to skip it. But I would imagine it is totally worth it on a clear sky day. Don’t miss it if you get a chance!

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St Peter’s Church, Riga. It’s impressively tall tower makes it one of the city’s signature structures.

If we had more time, we would have possibly found more cultural and historical gems in the city. Yet, it was extremely rewarding to explore the highlights of the place and gain knowledge on the history of Latvia.

The Riga Town Hall Square was completely destroyed during the World War II, and was rebuilt later by its citizens. I always wonder how it would have been for people who once lived there, and marvel at the efforts put into resurrecting a city and pumping back life into it. Not easy, I’m sure.

Another Old Town which went through massive destruction during the World War II, but was splendidly re-built later lies in the city of Gdańsk in Poland. You might like to read about it here.

Read: This Old Town in Poland will sweep your ground

How was your experience in Riga?

Happy travels!

20 thoughts on “How about visiting Riga, in Latvia?

  1. avramster 15/10/2017 / 11:14 PM

    You’re really taking the Baltics by storm! 🙂

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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    • Shagun Gupta 16/10/2017 / 7:47 AM

      Hi Cristian, thanks for reading! After Scandinavia, its the next best place easily accessible 🙂

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  2. Jesper, The Biveros Effect 15/10/2017 / 11:17 PM

    Nice photos 🙂
    It sure is nice to have easy access to both Riga and Tallinn here in Stockholm. 🙂
    If you return to Riga, I can really recommend a daytrip to Sigulda 🙂

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  3. Pooja @lostinprettyeurope 16/10/2017 / 11:10 AM

    I haven’t been to Riga yet but it has been on my radar for years. It’s just that I never found time for it, and there are no weekend flights from Poland to Riga hehe. Definitely looks lovely and worth a visit! Looks like you had a great time there.

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    • Shagun Gupta 16/10/2017 / 10:47 PM

      Making an isolated trip to Riga is a little unheard of. People generally want to combine it with a trip to other places like Tallinn or Helsinki, to get the most of that region. I hope you are able to visit sometime in future 🙂

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  4. belgiantravelcouple1 17/10/2017 / 11:34 PM

    We’ve been planning on visiting Riga soon! We really like the pictures! Can’t wait 😃

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  5. Forestwoodfolk 29/10/2017 / 11:38 AM

    Amazing architecture. I had to chose between going to Riga or Talliin and Talliin won out. So it is nice to see Riga here on your blog.

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    • Shagun Gupta 29/10/2017 / 11:42 AM

      We had a short time to see Riga, so I’m sure there would be much more to explore. Hope you get to travel there another time 🙂 But you definitely didn’t go wrong with Tallinn. Tallinn Old Town is beautiful too! 🙂

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      • Forestwoodfolk 29/10/2017 / 9:35 PM

        Yes going to the Old towns is like walking into a time warp with people from our era!

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  6. Lizziesrestlessfeet 01/01/2018 / 7:12 PM

    Oh wow, it looks absolutely beautiful ! I have had Riga on my list for a few years now, but I think this post has put it right to the top of the list! 🙂

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    • Shagun Gupta 02/01/2018 / 8:57 PM

      Just wait for the climate to get better so you are able to walk around in comfort 🙂 And then go for it! It was a short visit for me, so I feel there would be much more to explore. Night life seemed to be great in this capital city 👍

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  7. Amitesh Jasrotia 10/03/2018 / 6:05 PM

    Great pictures. I plan to visit Riga this June for 4-5 days. However, not sure, which other cities I should combine it with – Vilnius or Tallinn or both? Any suggestions?

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    • Shagun 11/03/2018 / 7:38 PM

      Thank you for reading through my journeys, Amitesh 🙂 Riga in June is a great choice, as it will be quite lively at that time. A trip to Riga can be easily combined with Tallinn, due to some great bus and flight connections. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the most beautifully preserved in Europe, and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring it. I haven’t been to Vilnius but I have heard it’s a quirky, off-the-edge city, and it’s there on my travel list too. AirBaltic has great flight connections between all these Baltic capitals. Whichever you choose, I hope you have a lot of fun! Happy travels!

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  8. pedrol 03/12/2018 / 6:45 PM

    dear Shagun, it was nice to read your impressions and photos of Riga 🙂 I lived in latvian capital for almost 1 year and, to be honest, it was a huuuuuge challenge, as it was, mostly, during winter time and I am from this southern country called Portugal ahah but it was lovely, I had the chance to travel a lot and meet different people, and to be honest I came with a positive sense 🙂 happy travels, PedroL

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    • Shagun 31/12/2018 / 7:50 PM

      Hi PerolL! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, it was really pleasant reading your message. Apologies for a delayed response, I was on a long vacation at home. I’m glad you enjoyed your time in Riga. I agree with you to bits regarding challenges on adjusting to a colder climate when you originally belong to a warm country. I am from India, and I live in Sweden. Kind of in the same boat, isn’t it? 🙂

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      • pedrol 04/01/2019 / 6:56 PM

        eheh hope you´re having a great time in Sweden, it is a huge difference from India but a good challenge 🙂 PedroL

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