When we first decided to go to Riga we did not know a lot about the city or even Latvia. Riga has been gaining popularity in the last few years and it was the European Capital of Culture in 2014. Nevertheless it is still a quiet place for those travellers who want to avoid the crowds and have a relaxing break exploring its beautiful cobbled streets.
Riga is a small city that can be easily seen in a day or two. It is the perfect place to visit with no maps and no direction and just get lost in it. Some of the places that are worth visiting are the following:
The House of the blackheads. Probably the most iconic building in Riga. It was erected in the 14th century for a guild of unmarried German merchants. The building was destroyed by the Germans and Soviets but its reconstruction took place in 1995.
The Three Brothers are three houses that show influence from Dutch Mannerism with Gothic and Renaissance decorations.
St. Peter’s Church and its tower from where you can get a panoramic view of the city.
The Nativity of Christ Cathedral is the largest Orthodox cathedral in the Baltic states in a Neo-Byzantine style. Its domes are a landmark in the city.
The Art nouveau district. Riga is actually considered the world’s capital of art nouveau, the reason being that it has the biggest concentration of buildings in this style in the world. Over 750 modernist buildings can be found in the city.
The freedom monument dedicated to the soldiers who died in Latvia’s war of Independence.
A museum related to the independence of Latvia is the museum of the occupation of Latvia, built to educate people about the period in which Latvia was occupied by the USSR and Nazi Germany.