Memorial in Around Rīga

Salaspils Concentration Camp Memorial

If you have a taste for Soviet war-themed gigantism, like the iconic Motherland sculpture in Russia's Volgograd, one of the best examples is Salaspils Concentration Camp Memorial, located just beyond Rīga's boundary…
Gallery in Jūrmala

Art Rezidence ‘Inner Light’

A visit here will surely cure any rainy-day blues. A local Russian artist runs the studio out of his home, and dabbles with a secret recipe for glow-in-the-dark paint by creating portraits that morph when different …
Historic Building in Jūrmala

Vaivari Sanatorium

On the main road 5km west of Majori, this gaudy beachfront Soviet-era sanatorium resembles a giant, beached cruise ship that’s been mothballed since the Brezhnev era. Surprisingly it still functions, catering to an …
National Park in Around Rīga

Ķemeri National Park

Beyond Jūrmala's stretch of celebrity summer homes lies a verdant hinterland of drowsy fishing villages, quaking bogs and thick forests. At the end of the 19th century Ķemeri was known for its curative mud and sprin…
Museum in Jūrmala

Jūrmala Open-Air Museum

In Lielupe, between Jūrmala and Rīga, this museum preserves 19th-century fishers’ houses and a collection of nautical equipment. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to try smoked fish prepared in a traditional Latvian manne…
Museum in Jūrmala

Jūrmala City Museum

After a pricey renovation, this museum now features a beautiful permanent exhibit detailing Jūrmala’s colourful history as the go-to resort town in the former USSR.