Riga Sightseeing

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RĀTSLAUKUMS SQUARE

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Opposite the stone bridge

there is an important square

in Old Riga – the town

square or Rātslaukums.

In the Middle Ages it also

served as an open air market.

During World War II the square

was completely destroyed.

However, today the town hall

has been completely restored as

have the Blackheads (Melngalvju

Nams) and Schwabe’s House,

and the statue of Roland. Here

one can also see the 1970s

Soviet Era building that houses

the Occupation Museum.

Rātslaukums

THE HOUSE OF

BLACKHEADS

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The House of Blackheads

(Rātslaukums 7) built in

14th century belonged

to the Guild of Unmarried

Merchants. At the

time it was the richest and most

prestigious venue in the whole

city. It was severely damaged and

pillaged during WWII, but was rebuilt

again in 1999 as an exact copy

of the original with a magnificent

Dutch Renaissance facade and

amazing ceiling paintings inside.

Rātslaukums 6

ST PETER’S CHURCH

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St Peter’s Church

(Skārņu iela 19) is

another imposing red

brick church, first built

from timber in 1209,

then rebuilt in stone. A lift inside

the spire takes visitors to two

viewing platforms providing a

fantastic panoramic

view over the red

roofs of the Old

Town and across the river

Daugava.

Skārņu iela 19


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NATIONAL OPERA

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The pride of Latvian musical

and cultural life is the National

Opera, which is located next

to the city canal. The building

was constructed in 1863

as the German Theatre. In 1995 a full

restoration was completed. The opera

has excellent acoustics and houses

world class opera, ballet, and pop

music performances. The building’s

exterior resembles Moscow’s Bolshoi

Theatre. The interior is finely decorated.

Aspazijas bulvāris 3

THE FREEDOM

MONUMENT

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The symbol of Latvian

independence and Riga’s

major landmark is the

Freedom Monument.

Standing on the main street

– Brīvības iela it can be seen from far

away. Its three stars rise above the

trees of the central parks. To the north

of the freedom monument near the

city canal is one of Riga’s sand hills –

Bastejkalns, which is a part of the park

green belt around the Old Town.

LĪVU SQUARE

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Livu Square (Līvu laukums)

is relatively new, built in the

middle of the 20th century

after World War II. An

interesting complex of 18th

century residential buildings has been

preserved here, as well as, the 18th

century built Large Guild (merchant

association) and Small Guild (craftsmen’s

association) buildings in which one can

see rich, decorated interiors. In the

summer a number of outdoor cafes

operate in Livu Square, and in the

evenings there are live outdoor concerts,

restaurants, clubs, and never a shortage

of people.


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DOME SQUARE

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In the heart of Old Riga is the

largest square, Dome Square

(Doma Laukums), around

which are situated the city’s

best outdoor cafes and bars.

The square’s current appearance goes

back to the 1930s when only a portion of

its medieval buildings were torn down.

On the edge of the square one can see

the Dome Cathedral (Doma laukums 1).

It was built as Bishop Albert’s Cathedral

in 1211 and rebuilt several times since,

so today exhibits a mixture of late

Romanesque, early Gothic and Baroque

architectural styles. The cathedral is

famous for its organ which is used in

many concerts and recitals.

ART MUSEUM

RIGA BOURSE

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The building is an architectural

monument of national

importance. It was built from

1852 to 1855, following

Venetian renaissance palaco

forms symbolizing wealth and abundance.

The building was completely restored

and now houses the Art Museum.

Splendid interior with plenty of gilded

surfaces and artificial marble makes

the Art Museum Riga Bourse one of the

must see sites in Riga. The permanent

exposition features Western European

paintings from the 16th to the 19th

century and Western European porcelain.

Doma laukums 6

THREE BROTHERS

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Three Brothers (Mazā Pils

iela 19) is a charming group

of residential houses each

from a different century, the

oldest dating back to the 15th

century.

M. Pils iela 17, 19, 21


CITADELES IELA

Z.A. MEIEROVIC

11.NOVEMBRA KR

SAKARU IELA

AUSEKĻA IELA

ELIZABETES IELA

VĪLANDES IELA

RŪPNIECĪBAS IELA

PULKVEŽA BRIEŽA IELA

EKSPORTA IELA

KRONVALDA BULVĀRIS

KRONVALDA PARK

KRONVALDA PA

MIĶEĻA IELA

EKSPORTA IELA

KRONVALDA BULVĀRIS

MUITAS IELA

EKSPORTA IELA

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MUITAS IELA

K. VALDEMĀRA IELA

CITADELES IELA

NOLIKTAVAS IELA

JĒKABA

LAUKUMS

JĒKABA IELA

JACOBS

SQUARE

TORŅA IELA

RA IELA

VANŠU TILTS

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DAUGAVAS GĀTE

POĻU GĀTE

PILS

LAUKUMS

CASTLE

SQUARE

CITADELES IELA

ANGLIKĀŅU

IELA

ARSENĀLA IELA

AKLĀ IELA

KLOSTERA IELA

M. PILS IELA

MŪKU IELA

MIESNIEKU IELA

KLOSTERA IELA

M. MIESNIEKU

IELA

PILS IELA

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M. PILS IELA

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JĒKABA IELA

DOMA

LAUKUMS

DOMS

SQUARE

M. TROKŠŅU

IELA

SMILŠU IE

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11.NOVEMBRA KRASTMALA

BĪSKAPA GĀTE

HERDERA

LAUKUMS

JAUNIELA

ROZENA IELA

Daugava

PALASTA IELA

JAUNIELA

M. JAUNIELA

KAĻĶU IELA

LATVIEŠU

STRĒLNIEKU

LAUKUMS

LATVIAN

RIFLEMEN

SQUARE

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RĀTSLAUK

TOWN H

SQUA

AB DAMBIS

TRIJĀDĪBAS IELA

KUĢU IELA

AKMENS TILTS

STARAJA RUSAS IELA

TRIJĀDĪBAS IELA

VALGUMA IELA VALGUMA IELA

KUĢU IELA

KLĪVERU IELA

RAŅĶA DAMBIS

MŪKUSALAS IELA

RAŅĶA DAMBIS

UZVARAS BULVĀRIS

KUĢU IELA

AKMEŅU IELA

DZEL

VALGUMA


ALDARU IELA

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MEDNIEKU IELA

N.RĒRIHA IELA

ALBERTA IELA

STRĒLNIEKU IELA STRĒLNIEKU IELA

KALPAKA BULVĀRIS

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ELIZABETES IELA

ANTONIJAS IELA

JURA ALUNĀNA IELA

DZIRNAVU IELA

ANDREJA PUMPURA IELA

K. VALDEMĀRA IELA

JERUZĀLEMES IELA

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ANTONIJAS IELA

ZAĻĀ IELA

ELIZABETES IELA

EMIĻA MELNGAIĻA IELA

DZIRNAVU IELA

SKOLAS IELA

HANZAS IELA

K. VALDEMĀRA IELA

ĢERTRŪDES IELA

LĀČPLĒŠA IELA

SKOLAS IELA

BAZNĪCAS IELA BAZNĪCAS IELA

BRĪVĪBAS IELA

STABU IELA

BRĪVĪBAS

ĢERTRŪDES

AKAS

BLAUMAŅA IELA

KALPAKA BULVĀRIS

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TĒRBATAS IELA

ESPLANĀDE

BRĪVĪBAS BULVĀRIS

TĒRBATAS IELA

DZIRNAVU IELA

RAIŅA BULVĀRIS

A BULVĀRIS

ELIZABETES IELA

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TIRGOŅU IELA

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TORŅA IELA

TROKŠŅU IELA

ŠĶŪŅU IELA

ASTMALA

ZIRGU IELA

M. SMILŠU IELA

AMATU IELA

GRĒCINIEKU IELA

ŪDENSVADA IELA

LAIPU IELA

MEISTARU IELA

KAĻĶU IELA

ZIRGU IELA

KUNGU IELAKUNGU IELA

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PELDU IELA

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SMILŠU IELA

MĀRSTAĻU IELA

LĪVU

LAUKUMS

LIVU

SQUARE

VAĻŅU IELAVAĻŅU IELA

SKĀRŅU IELA

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GRĒCINIEKU IELA

MĀRSTAĻU IELA

PEITAVAS IELA

KAĻĶU IELA

R. VĀGNERA IELA

Z.A. MEIEROVICA BULVĀRIS

GLEZNOTĀJU IELA

KALĒJU IELA

ALKSNĀJA IELA

JĀŅA IELA

MUCENIEKU IELA

AUDĒJU IELA

MINSTEREJAS IELA

KALĒJU IELA

PASTA

I ELA

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BASTEJKALNS

TEĀTRA IELA

KALĒJU IELA

VECPILSĒTAS IELA

ASPAZIJAS BULVĀRIS

ALBERTA

LAUKUMS

ALBERTS

SQUARE

13.JANVĀRA IELA

VAĻŅU IELA

OPERAS

SKVĒRS

OPERAS

SQUARE

AUDĒJU IELA

RĪDZENES IELA

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VAĻŅU IELA

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ASPAZIJAS BULVĀRIS

INŽENIERU IELA

PRĀGAS IELA

CENTRĀLTIRGUS IELA

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ARHITEKTU IELA

RAIŅA BULVĀRIS

K. BARONA IELA

RADIO IELA

13.JANVĀRA IELA

PŪPOLU IELA

VĒRMANES

PARKS

VERMANES

SQUARE

PŪPOLU IELA

MERĶEĻA IELA

SPĪĶERU IELA

GAIZIŅA IELA

SPĪĶERU IELA

MASKAVAS IELA

GAIZIŅA IELA

PRĀGAS IELA

GOGOĻA IELA

ALFRĒDA KALNIŅA IELA

STACIJAS

LAUKUMS

STATION

SQUARE

K. BARONA IELA

ELIZABETES IELA

SATEKLES IELA

TIMOTEJA IELA

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MARIJAS IELA

TURGEŅEVA IELA

ZCEĻA TILTS

KRASTA IELA

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TURGEŅEVA IELA

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RIGA CASTLE

10 the Riga Castle,

TOne of the most

striking features

of the Old Town’s

classic skyline is

which has served as the seat of various

rulers throughout the centuries. After

independence was restored in 1991, the

castle became the primary workplace of

the President of Latvia.

Pils iela 1/3

THE POWDER TOWER

11 originally called the

The Powder Tower

(Pulvertornis) is one

of Riga’s fortification

towers and was

Sand Tower. It dates back to 1330.

Rebuilt numerous times, it gained its

current name in the 17th century when

they began to store gunpowder in the

tower. Since 1919 it houses the Latvian

War Museum.

Smilšu iela 20

RIGA’S NATIVITY OF

CHRIST CATHEDRAL

12 restaurant during the

The biggest Orthodox

church in the city.

Having served as a

planetarium and a

Soviet period, the building is completely

restored as a church and holds regular

Orthodox services.

Nativity of Christ Cathedral, as a symbol of

architecture and stability, is often visited

by the highest representatives of foreign

countries, and all those who seek solace

and sanctuary.

Brīvības bulvāris 23


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LATVIAN NATIONAL

ART MUSEUM

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The Latvian National

Art Museum offers

one of the best

opportunities

to witness the

development of visual art in Latvia,

the Baltics and Russia from the 18th

century to the present. The works of

the Latvian-born, avant-garde, Soviet

propaganda artist Gustavs Klucis are well

represented, as are those of the Russian

mystic Nicholas Roerich and his son

Svetoslav.

K. Valdemāra iela 10a

ART NOUVEAU

14 premier Art Nouveau

One third of Riga’s

city centre is built

in this attractive

style, making it the

destination in Europe. Many of the best

examples are located on Elizabetes

and Alberta streets, some designed by

well-known architect Mikhail Eisenstein,

father of the famous Russian filmmaker,

Sergey Eisenstein.

THE CENTRAL MARKET

15 food pavilions located

The Central Market

is one of the largest

and oldest markets

in Europe with five

inside vast converted Zeppellin hangars.

In stalls around and between them,

everything from clothes to flowers is

sold. It’s always bustling and a great

place to observe

local people,

try local produce

and buy some

bargains.


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THE SPĪĶERI

CREATIVE QUARTER

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The Spīķeri creative

quarter is now home

to more than a dozen

cultural, creative

groups. Located a

stone’s throw from the Central Market

by the shores of the Daugava River,

Spīķeri hosts regular art exhibitions

organized by the kim? creative group, as

well as high-calibre music concerts in

the concert hall. Restaurants and cafes in

Spīķeri are also worth visiting.

THE BERGS BAZAAR

stylish Bergs

Bazaar, an historical

pedestrian quarter

originally constructed

17The

between 1887-1900

by Kristaps Bergs, has been carefully

restored by the Bergs family and, today,

is one of Riga’s premier shopping and

dining destinations. Explore boutiques

offering both local and international

items, discover local clothing designers

and artworks, dine at one of the popular

restaurants or cafes – both casual and

up-market, or simply go for a stroll

through this oasis in the city center.

Elizabetes iela between

K. Barona and Marijas iela

KALNCIEMA IELA

QUARTER

18 renovated wooden

Across the river, in

Pārdaugava, lies

the Kalnciema iela

quarter of freshly

houses. This began as a private

initiative to renovate several neglected

but stately wooden buildings on both

sides of Kalnciema iela, one of the main

streets in Pārdaugava. Riga’s wooden

architecture is considered to be a

valuable, cultural heritage by UNESCO,

and the Kalnciema iela quarter is a good

place to witness it in its renewed glory.

Kalnciema iela 35, 37


Riga Tourist Information Centres

Rātslaukums 6. Phone: +371 67037900;

Kaļķu iela 16. Phone: +371 67227444;

Riga International Coach Terminal

Prāgas iela 1. Phone: +371 67220555

Working hours

9.00-19.00

10.00–18.00 (Oct-April)

info@rigatic.lv

Riga Tourism Development Bureau

Tērbatas 14, Rīga, LV – 1011

E-mail: feedback@liveriga.lv

www.LiveRiga.com

Photos:

from the archives of Latvian Tourism Development Agency

and Riga Tourism Development Bureau

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