Riga, the capital of Latvia, is situated on the Baltic Sea coast on the mouth of the river Daugava.
Riga is the largest city in the Baltic states.
The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere in the world.
Riga is referred to as the touristic centre of Latvia and provides for a large number of nice hotels. Near your hotel in Riga you will find the Dom Cathedral (13th century), the largest church in the Baltic states.
While visiting the church during your stay at a Riga hotel, the Gothic northern gantry and the baroque tower will catch your eye. In the cathedral’s interior you will see gorgeous carvings and the famous organ (one of the largest in Europe).
Near your hotel in Riga you will find the town hall square, where you can see the statue of Knight Roland, which symbolises the civil liberty of the town.
While staying at a hotel in Riga, you should make sure to visit the House of the Blackheads (Melngalvju nams) with its gabled front. It houses the city’s tourism offices and a nice café, where you might stop off at during your stay at a Riga hotel. One of the oldest building complexes are the „Three Brothers“. One of these old stone buildings houses an architecture museum, where you might look around during your stay at a hotel in Riga.
If you are staying at a hotel in the new town of Riga we recommend you to have a look at the beautiful Art Nouveau fronts of the houses.
You should also see the Freedom Monument (Milda) that was built to commemorate Latvian independence. In the museum of foreign art you may have a look at works by Spitzweg, Feuerbach and Monet. Riga is being traversed by numerous busses and trams that will provide for a safe and comfortable journey to your hotel.
Total population: 727,578 (January 2006)
Postal codes: 1000 - 073