104. Riga, Latvia

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Why

Riga is Latvia in what is called the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). This region is quite beautiful and is totally worthy of your visit. The city is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Riga, Latvia

Riga, Latvia

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Where

Riga, Latvia is located in the Baltics sitting between Estonia in the north and Lithuania in the south with Russia to its east. The river Daugava runs through the city; it is the capital of Latvia.

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How To Get Here

By Ferry

There is ferry service from Stockholm, Sweden and Travemünde, Germany to Riga.

Riga, Latvia - Ferry

Riga, Latvia – Ferry

By Train

There is train service from neighboring Estonia.

By Plane

The closest airport is Riga International Airport (RIX), home of AirBaltic (BT).

Riga, Latvia - Riga International Airport (RIX)

Riga, Latvia – Riga International Airport (RIX)

The following airline serve the airport:

Aeroflot (SU), AirBaltic (BT), Belavia Belarusian Airlines (B2), ELLINAIR S.A. (EL), Finnair (AY), Hahn Air (7R), LOT Polish (LO), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Norwegian Air Shuttle (D8), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Ryanair (FR), SAS (SK), Turkish Airlines (TK), Ukraine International (PS), UTair (UT),Uzbekistan Airways (HY) and Wizz Air (W6).

By Bus

Ecolines has service to Tallin and there is also service from LuxExpress.

By Car

If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.

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Where To Stay

Accor, Choice Hotels and Radisson Blu are the three major chains you’ll find here. The rest are local brands that are quaint and charming. You do have a large portfolio from which to choose though.

Riga, Latvia - Hotel

Riga, Latvia – Hotel

==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.

==>> Try Airbnb.

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Where To Eat

There are many places to eat here in Riga.

Riga, Latvia - Potatoes

Riga, Latvia – Potatoes

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

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What To Do

Definitely visit Old Riga and walk around the city and explore. There are palaces and medieval castles to visit as well. Be sure and visit the central market as well as the local museums.

Riga, Latvia – Vansu Tilts Riga Bridge

 

Riga, Latvia - House of the Blackheads in the Old Town

Riga, Latvia – House of the Blackheads in the Old Town

Riga, Latvia – Hansa Banka Bldg

 

Riga, Latvia – Old City

There is also a statue of the Town Musicians similar to the one in Bremen, Germany.

Riga, Latvia – Statue of the Bremen Town Musicians in Riga

==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.

==>> Check out some tours from Viator.

==>> Lonely Planet has some additional information.

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Additional Information

Language: Latvian, Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian, Polish and Lithuanian

Currency: Euro (EUR)

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Riga, Latvia - Village

Riga, Latvia – Village

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