You land in Riga and you find yourself surrounded by azure blue skies and a historical atmosphere stretching from the Middle Ages to the still visible spectres of the Soviet Union. So warm, welcoming and beautiful, one can effortlessly slip into the easy camaraderie and laidback ambience of this exotic haven.
Nevertheless, don't let go of the explorer in you as Riga has much to offer in terms of its sights, attractions, adventure, and cultural activities. Riga continues to increase as a popular destination for a city break with much to explore so read on for our list of the best Riga tourist attractions and sights that you cannot miss at any cost:
The symbol of Latvia (Freedom Monument)
Having a long history of being occupied by foreign powers, freedom happens to be of important value for the Latvians. The 42-meter tall monument is recognized by every Latvian, a young lady Milda holding three golden stars which symbolize the provinces of Kurzeme, Latgale, and Vidzeme.
Situated in the centre of the city, the monument is built to honor soldiers who were killed during the Latvian War of Independence (1918-1920). This magnificent monument is now the main meeting spots in the city.
Admire the view from St Peter’s church
The number of churches and even cathedrals in Riga are quite numerous, but the view from the St Peter’s spire gives you a view that's totally parallel to none. In heading to the top a flight of stairs and an old, seldom crowded lift will take you to the very top, where you can admire the cobbled streets and red roofs of the Old Town. You can also catch a bird's eye view of the beautiful, cerulean Daugava river separating the city’s right and left banks. You can also wander through the church, to have a glimpse of the temporary art exhibitions present.
Take a Walk around the Art Nouveau district
Discover unbeatable architecture in the art nouveau capital of the world. Here the red brick and gray stone of the Old Town is replaced by tall, stunning late 19th-century buildings with a wealth of Riga’s hidden art nouveau gems, often of Classical influence.
Relax in the Park
Personally, I love green areas in very large cities. It’s like a breath of fresh air, away from all the hustle and bustle of the streets. In Riga, the park has a canal that runs through it and a bridge with love locks. It’s a nice place for relaxation, a picnic, or even a boat ride. In the winter, you can have fun feeding the ducks that live on the canal.
Visit the Sun Museum
One of the rather unique museums of the world dedicated to showcasing how different countries and cultures view the sun. Although the sun plays a very significant role in traditional Latvian culture, seeing the massive collection of about 400 depictions of the sun is sure to surprise anyone. But for what's worth, the Sun Museum is an entirely charming little place for some astonishing astronomical learning.
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