Rīga Castle

Rīga Castle information

Rīga , Latvia
Address
Street Pils laukums 3
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Lonely Planet review

In the far corner of Old Rīga near the Vanšu Bridge, verdant Pils laukums sits at the doorstep of Rīga Castle. Originally built as the headquarters for the Livonian Order, the foundation dates to 1330 and served as the residence of the order’s grand master. The striking bastion (which doesn’t look very castley when viewed from Pils laukums) is now home to Latvia’s president.

The castle also houses the History Museum of Latvia , which traces the history of Latvia and its people from the Stone Age to the present day. Displays are only captioned in Latvian, although English brochures can be purchased at the ticket counter.