Attractions

Top Choice Architecture in Rīga

Alberta Iela

It's like a huge painting, which you can spend hours staring at, as your eye detects more and more intriguing details. But in fact this must-see Rīga sight is a rather functional street with residential houses, rest…
Top Choice Castle in Sigulda

Turaida Museum Reserve

Turaida means ‘God’s Garden’ in ancient Livonian, and this green knoll capped with a fairy-tale castle is certainly a heavenly place. The red-brick castle with its tall cylindrical tower was built in 1214 on the sit…
Top Choice Market in Rīga

Rīga Central Market

Haggle for your huckleberries at this vast market, housed in a series of WWI Zeppelin hangars and spilling outdoors as well. It's an essential Rīga experience, providing bountiful opportunities both for people-watch…
Top Choice Church in Rīga

Rīga Cathedral

Founded in 1211 as the seat of the Rīga diocese, this enormous (once Catholic, now Evangelical Lutheran) cathedral is the largest medieval church in the Baltic. The architecture is an amalgam of styles from the 13th…
Top Choice Castle in Cēsis

Cēsis Castle

It is actually two castles in one. The first is the sorrowful dark-stone towers of the old Wenden castle. Founded by Livonian knights in 1214, it was sacked by Russian tsar Ivan the Terrible in 1577, but only after …
Top Choice Church in Liepāja

St Nicholas Maritime Cathedral

The stunning cathedral, with its bulbous cupolas, shines like a precious stone through the grey concrete of the decrepit Soviet apartment blocs that surround it on all sides. It was built in 1901 in the Russian revi…
Top Choice Historic Building in Rīga

Blackheads House

Built in 1344 as a veritable fraternity house for the Blackheads guild of unmarried German merchants, the original house was decimated in 1941 and flattened by the Soviets seven years later. Somehow the original blu…
Top Choice Museum in Rīga

Art Museum Rīga Bourse

Rīga’s lavishly restored stock exchange building is a worthy showcase for the city's art treasures. The elaborate facade features a coterie of deities that dance between the windows, while inside, gilt chandeliers …
Top Choice Gallery in Rīga

Arsenāls Exhibition Hall

Behind a row of spooky granite heads depicting Latvia's most prominent artists, the imperial arsenal, constructed in 1832 to store weapons for the Russian tzar's army, is now a prime spot for international and local…
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…