Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
Latvian Riflemen Monument
Latvian Riflemen Sq, on the other side of the Occupation Museum, was once home to Rīga’s central market. Today the square is dominated...
Touristy Rātslaukums is home to the postcard- worthy Blackheads’ House, built in 1344 as a veritable fraternity house for the Blackheads...
Facing the Blackheads’ House across the square is the town hall, also rebuilt from scratch in recent years. A statue of Rīga’s patron...
Old Rīga’s second beer garden after No Problem recently came to life after the removal of an old Soviet office building. It’s a cosier...
Remember 500 years ago when potatoes weren’t the heart and soul of Latvian cuisine? We don’t, but Rozengrāls does – this candlelit haunt...
Lonely Planet review
The Latvian government has done an admirable job of razing all traces of Soviet oppression (ie ugly utilitarian structures), but they left one hideous reminder behind to purposefully contrast the rest of Rātslaukums’ ornate architecture. The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia ironically inhabits this Soviet bunker, and carefully details Latvia’s Soviet and Nazi occupations between 1940 and 1991. Some of the exhibits have been curated to shock visitors – dozens of gruesome photographs depict murdered and mangled Latvians. Captions are in a variety of languages, although they can sometimes be difficult to follow without a basic knowledge of Latvia’s recent history. Audioguides are available for supplemental information. Allow a couple of hours to take it all in.