What to Do and See in Riga

General Information About Riga | What to Do & What to See

What to Do and See in Riga
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In addition to being the capital of Latvia, Riga is the largest city of both Latvia and the Baltic countries. It is also the country’s cultural, political, educational, financial, commercial, industrial and tourism center. From this information, you can understand that Riga is a great city. The surface area of Riga, which has a population of 632.614, is 324 km2.

Riga, which Daugava River divides into two; Due to its nature, active social life, cultural wealth and location, it is the pearl of the region. They gave the city of Riga the title of Paris. The people of Riga have built the opera house, which is a source of pride for them, with an emphasis on their cultural values even when their country is under difficult conditions. In architectural works in Riga, you can see the most outstanding and spectacular examples of architectural history.

In this article, we have gathered for you the places to see, universities, nightlife, shopping, economy, social life, and much more in Riga.


Milda Monument

Milda is the monument of freedom in Riga city center. The three stars on the monument erected in the city centre during the period of independence between the first and Second World Wars represent the Kurzeme, Vidzeme and Latgale regions and freedom of Latvia. [1]

Milda Freedom Monument in Riga
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Riga nightlife is quite fun and active. In the city where many night clubs operate, Club Essential and Fashion Club, which are famous for their techno music, are popular venues. These places where Latvian youth go frequently attract the attention of tourists. If you want to spend time outside instead of a night club, the best address for you will be old Riga. You can have a pleasant time in this active place day and night.


Shopping in Riga

The most convenient place to shop in Riga is the old airship hangars. These hangars were converted into closed market places in 1930, and you can easily find everything you’re looking for here. Alternatively, you can go to Riga Berga Market, it is quite large and where you can find everything.

Local Market in Riga
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What Can Buy from Riga?

You can buy Riga Black Balm, which is the national drink of Riga and known to treat various diseases. There are amber products in many street vendors and shops in the city. Amber jewelry is very widely used in Riga.


Places to Visit in Riga

Riga House Facade Art Nouveau
Via monikawl999 / Pixabay
  • >>> St. Peter’s Church
  • >>> The Statue Of Liberty
  • >>> Riga Central Market
  • >>> Riga Cathedral
  • >>> Blackhead building and Town Square
  • >>> Riga Castle
  • >>> Brothers ‘ Houses
  • >>> Cat House
  • >>> Art Nouveau Quarter
  • >>> Swedish Gate
  • >>> Open-Air Museum Of Latvian Ethnography
  • >>> Russian Orthodox Church In Riga
  • >>> Museum Of The Occupation Of Latvia
  • >>> National Opera and Ballet building
  • >>> Riga Motor Museum
  • >>> Jela Avenue In Alberta
  • >>> Riga Zoo
  • >>> St. James’s Cathedral
  • >>> Vermanes Park, Bastelkanj
  • >>> Berga Bazars
  • >>> Esplanade Park
  • >>> Jurmala District
  • >>> KGB Museum
  • >>> Parliament
  • >>> Riga Bourse Art Museum


Riga Economy

Riga is one of the most important economic and financial centers of the Baltic countries. Almost half of the companies in Latvia are in Riga. It accounts for about half of Latvian exports. Sectors such as wood products, green energy, IT, food and beverage production, medicine, transportation and metallurgy are important sectors of exports. Riga Port is one of the largest ports of the Baltic Sea. It broke 34 million tons of cargo records in 2011 and has future growth potential with new port developments in Krievu Sala.

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Although Riga is a northern city, the weather is warm in summer. It is hot between June and August. However, if you are going to be in Riga during the winter, it is important to be prepared for the cold. During this period, temperatures may drop down to -25 °C. Rainfall is more intense in August. While the average temperature in summer is 23 ° C, the average temperature in winter is -8 °C.


History of Riga

Although Latvia has been an independent country for 100 years, its history goes way back. Especially Riga has a history of 800 years. German knights, Swedish kings, and finally Soviet commissars left deep marks in this city. [2] Today, Riga is the capital of Latvia and one of the most important metropolises in Europe.

The architectural works in Riga are truly breathtaking. The interesting and fascinating silhouette of the city, Gothic towers, fantastic sculptures carved on the buildings on the magnificent boulevards are worth seeing. Also famous for its cobblestone pavements, the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site besides its magnificent scenery.


Riga Universities

Riga Universities
The main building of the University of Latvia / Photo: Toms Grīnbergs
  • >>> University of Latvia (LU)
  • >>> Latvian Academy of Arts (LMA)
  • >>> Riga Technical University (RTU)
  • >>> Riga Stradiņš University (RSU)
  • >>> Riga Law School (RGSL)
  • >>> Riga Stockholm School of Economics (SSE Riga)
  • >>> BA Business and Finance School (BA)
  • >>> Transport and Telecommunications Institute (TTI)
  • >>> Riga International School of Economics and Business (RISEBA)
  • >>> University of Turiba

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Igors Krumins

Igors Krumins continues his activities as a commercial and international lawyer within the body of “Jurmala Invest”. He has more than 10 years of experience, especially in the investment sector, and has provided consultancy services to numerous companies with his legal expertise. He successfully completed his undergraduate studies at Baltic International Academy and graduate studies at Latvijas Universitate. Apart from his native Latvian language, he can also speak Russian and English fluently.