Riga

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Featuring historical architecture and parks, this city is also famed for its festivals and music.

Riga is the capital of Latvia, a Baltic country in Northern Europe. The Daugava River splits the city in two, and much of what you’ll want to see is on the river’s eastern banks.

Go to the Old Town and explore the medieval streets of this World Heritage Site. At its core is Ratslaukums, the Town Hall Square. The area’s twisting lanes lead to main city attractions, including the House of Blackheads and the Museum of the Occupation. At St. Peter’s Church, ride the elevator to the top of the tower for spectacular views of the city. Admire the baroque and Gothic buildings at Dome Square, where you can enjoy a meal or drink at outdoor cafés and bars.

From Dome Square, it’s a short walk to Livu Square, which comes alive in summer as the host to a beer garden and live outdoor entertainment. In winter, kids will love the ice skating rink here. Continue to Bastejkalns Park, a tranquil green space with a canal running through it. It also has the Freedom Monument, which commemorates the soldiers that fought during the Latvian War of Independence.

Music plays a key role in Riga’s arts scene. Don’t miss an opera or ballet performance at the Latvian National Opera. The RITMI Festival is an annual jazz festival, with previous performers including Bobby Darin and Robert Glasper.

Riga’s cuisine is influenced by German, Polish and Russian flavors. Sample big plates of piragi, the East European dumpling, or pork, cabbage and potato-inspired dishes. At the Central Market you‘ll find cheap fruit and vegetables, and local delicacies such as smoked eel. The market opened in 1930 and takes place in converted Zeppelin aircraft hangars.

The city is ideal for walking as the streets are flat. There is also a cheap public transport system, with trams, buses and trolleys stopping close to all the major sights.

Where to stay in Riga

Rixwell Hotel Konventa Seta
Rixwell Hotel Konventa Seta
3.5 out of 5
Kaleju Str 9/11, Riga
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥4,394 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Old Town Riga, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St John's Church and Riga Central Market. St. Peter's Church and Great Guild Hall are also ...
4/5Very Good! (985 reviews)
I had a great stay
"I was travelling by myself and had a great stay. The staff helped me with several things including planning my trip to another town. Oh, and the bar connected with the hotel has great beers!"

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2020

Rixwell Hotel Konventa Seta
Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel
Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel
4 out of 5
11. Novembra Krastmala, 33, Riga
The price is ¥6,952 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Old Town Riga, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Latvian Rifleman Monument and Riga Central Market. Menzendorff House and Occupation Museum ...
4.4/5Excellent! (617 reviews)
"Room was spacious and modern with great river view on 5th floor. Staff efficient and helpful. Good value. Breakfast OK, would have liked real orange juice. Convenient location for old town. Recommend free guided walk at 10:00 from St. Peters Church. Lots of places to eat and drink nearby. Try ..."

Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

Wellton Riverside SPA Hotel
Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA
Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA
4.5 out of 5
Valnu street 49, Riga
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,013 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Old Town Riga, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St John's Church, St. Peter's Church, and Great Guild Hall. Powder Tower and Freedom ...
4.3/5Excellent! (977 reviews)
"It is close to the city center, good restaurant."

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

Wellton Riga Hotel & SPA
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
RIGAAPARTMENTcom SONADA Hotel
RIGAAPARTMENTcom SONADA Hotel
3 out of 5
Gertrudes Street 129, parking entrance from Valmieras street 5, Riga
The price is ¥3,353 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
This family-friendly Riga apartment building is located in a shopping district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Palladium and Riga Central Market. Berg's Bazaar and Latvian ...
4.1/5Very Good! (86 reviews)
"The stuff was nice and relax . Good location and the apartments are well equipped"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

RIGAAPARTMENTcom SONADA Hotel
Riga Lux Apartments - Skolas
Riga Lux Apartments - Skolas
4 out of 5
Skolas street 20, Riga
Located in Centrs, this golf apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Freedom Monument and Powder Tower. Great Guild Hall and Three Brothers are also ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (159 reviews)
"Friendly environment, nice and clean residency,location is very good near the centre of the city."

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Riga Lux Apartments - Skolas
Champetre StudioS
Champetre StudioS
2.5 out of 5
Riga, Šampetera iela 74, Riga
The price is ¥5,204 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 7
Located in Pleskodale, this apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from SPICE and within 3 mi (5 km) of University of Latvia Botanical Garden and Uzvaras Park. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (6 reviews)
Comfort of camping
"Stayed just one night because of an overnight layover. They didn’t seem to know we would be there and the phone number did not work so once we got the room they were nice but there was no toilet paper and since the phone did not work there was no way to get ahold of the owner so we just waited until ..."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2019

Champetre StudioS
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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