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The capital of Latvia is on the Daugava River, near its mouth on the Gulf of Riga.

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Riga Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Riga.

Accommodation in Riga, Latvia Travel Guides, Museums in Riga, Visiting Riga.

Visiting Riga

Probably founded in the 12th century, Riga developed into a commercial and craft centre.

Riga passed to Poland in 1581 and was taken by Sweden 40 years later.

In 1721 it was ceded to Russia after Sweden was defeated in the Great Northern War, and it was briefly occupied by the Germans in World War I.

Picturesque Riga is the most cosmopolitan of the Baltic capitals, a pleasure to visit with its art nouveau buildings, historic churches and museums, while further afield medieval castles, long sandy beaches and unspoiled countryside await exploration.

A moat surrounds the old part of Riga, with its several medieval buildings, including a 13th-century cathedral and guild halls from the 14th century.

Live Riga:
The Riga Tourism Development Bureau thought they needed a new brand to promote tourism in Riga and this is what they came up with.

Riga International Airport: (RIX)
The airport is to the west of the city. Bus 22 leaves from Abrenes Street for Riga International Airport and takes about 30 minutes. Taxis are quicker but also charge more.

Virtual Riga:
Sponsored by Riga City Council and the Soros Foundation.

Visiting Riga:
How to get to Riga and much more from the In Your Pocket guidebook series.

Accommodation in Riga

Hotels in Riga.

Grand Palace Hotel: Riga.
Pils Iela 12.

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Grand Palace Hotel.

The Grand Palace Hotel is located in the cobble stoned 15th century old city, surrounded by ancient monuments, central to most major businesses and near Riga's vibrant shopping and business community.

High class and column comfort come together in the sophisticated Grand Palace Hotel; built in 1877 as a State Bank.

This boutique hotel, with its eclectic-styled facade stands out for the simplicity and elegance of its interior design.

The atmosphere is warm and inviting thanks to the precious and brightly coloured upholsteries, especially in the hall and in the bar, where guests can spend an enjoyable time among period pictures and large vases of hydrangeas illuminated by crystal chandeliers with brightly coloured drops.

Hotel Riga: Riga.
Aspazizas Boulevard 22. This four-star hotel is located in the most beautiful part of Riga, opposite the National Opera House and the Freedom Monument.

During World War II, the well-known hotel Roma was severely damaged. A beautiful, new six-storey granite building was constructed in its place and named Riga.

The hotel offers three restaurants, two banquet halls, cafe, bars and a conference hall seating 160 people.

The Sena Riga restaurant, with unique ethnographic interior, serves national Latvian dishes.

Hotel Tia: Riga.
63 Kr Valdemara Street.

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Hotel Tia.

The Hotel Tia is a three-star hotel located fifteen minutes on foot from Old Riga.

The hotel offers 49 renovated rooms on seven floors, a cafe, bar and two conference halls.

Eating Out in Riga

Suite Restaurant & Lounge.

Riga’s hotspot for fine dining, meeting, chilling-out and partying can be found in the Grand Palace Hotel.

Enjoy a fusion of Asian and European dishes in a spectacular Art Deco setting, while listening to the resident DJ’s playing house music for your dancing and listening pleasure.

As the only place of its kind in the Baltics, Suite Restaurant & Lounge provides an unforgettable ambience and experience.

Museums in Riga

Latvian Museum of Architecture:
Maza Pils iela 19, Riga.

Latvian Museum of Photography:
Marstalu iela 8, Riga.

Latvian National Museum of Art:
10a K.Valdemara Street, Riga.

Latvian Railway History Museum:
Situated in an old engine warehouse, on the left bank of the Daugava River; at Uzvaras Boulevard.

Latvian War Museum:
Smilšu iela 20, Riga.

Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation:
Palasta iela 4, Riga.

National History Museum of Latvia:
Pils laukums 3, Riga.

Riga Motor Museum:
6 S. Eizensteina Street, Riga.

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia:
Strelnieku laukums 1, Riga.

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