SITES TO VISIT
Riga, the capital of Latvia is an amazing place for tourism, wild weekends and everyday living. Often mentioned as “Paris of the North”, Riga is well known for its architectural and cultural values. Riga is located on the both shores of Daugava River, about 15km (9mi) from its mouth in the south-eastern corner of the Gulf of Riga.
Centuries-old German buildings are strewn throughout the historic quarter of Vecriga (Old Riga), and taking the lift up to the spire of St Peter’s Church for an aerial view of the neighbourhood is one of the highlights of a visit. Riga Castle dates from 1330, when it was built as the headquarters of the Livonian Order. It’s now the home of Latvia’s president. With as much history as Riga has, it is difficult to decide where to begin the exploration of it all.
Today there are 28 museums, 7 professional theatres, 12 cinemas, 4 concert halls as well as the circus and zoo in Riga. Every year many cultural activities take place in the city: Days of Art, the assembly of Vanguard Fashion, ‘Arsenals’ film festival, National Folk Song and Dance Festival. Besides, there are 277 amateur art groups in the city.
Every year thousands of tourists from various countries of the world visit Riga. Both the advantageous geographical position and cultural potential enable the city to become a flourishing centre of tourism. Infrastructure that promotes the development of tourism is being created, numerous entertainment and cultural programmes are offered, adequate information and service systems are being created.
A variety of restaurants, clubs and cafes are distinguished by their pleasant atmosphere and original interior. The guests are welcome to visit the National Opera House, Philharmonic Hall or spend their time visiting Ethnographic open-air museum in the open air.