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  • apars0n
    Manchester, UK616 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The old town of Riga is compact and packed with cobbled streets and interesting buildings.
    Lots of cafes and bars to sustain you too.
    There are great museums to discover, but the old town is really an area for getting a feel for the history of Riga, whilst wandering and (probably) getting lost in the maze of narrow streets and around the pretty squares.
    Look skywards for a feast of fine architecture.
    Written 5 February 2024
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  • yowimp
    Carleton Place, Canada1,000 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The museum is open on Monday.
    Beautifully reconstructed building.
    Interesting history written in Latvian and English.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,271 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were a little surprised how early the central market closes but we also found most things close kind of early in Riga. We went around 5 pm and found most of the shops were already closing but had enough time to do a little looking and got a couple of quick bites. The market sells everything and it is quite large. We saw spots for produce, flowers, cheese, fish, meat, souvenirs and some specialty shops selling things like hats and fishing rods. The market is free to enter and most items we saw were fairly priced.

    We did try some delicious pork dumplings, cherry vareniki and solanka soup in an edible cup in the food hall area. We understand why the vendors close early here but we felt the food hall section would stay open a little later because of the variety of good food and drink options because we visited a similar food hall in Poland that did stay open much later and there is a pretty active bar/pub scene in Riga.

    The Central Market is on the south side of Latvia's Old Town and there are some pedestrian underpasses that get here easily. The train station and trams are also nearby. Not too far from here is a Stalinist style building which is now home to the Latvian Academy of Sciences and has an observatory that overlooks the area. Plan to spend about 2 hours in the market area and go early as everything starts closing by 5 pm and it is all packed up by 6 pm.
    Written 11 April 2024
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  • MS11M22S
    United Kingdom180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very pretty square in Riga with some beautiful architecture to admire. It looks spectacular when it’s all lit up at night too.
    Written 9 November 2023
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  • daveashuk
    Bristol, UK702 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everyone should visit this museum, which shows what could happen to Ukraine , if Putin prevails and the difficulties of small nations staying independent when adjoining large powerful nations. The museum charts the Russian take over from 1940 to the early 90’s and independence , with a few years of German occupation. Entrance fee is €5 and it's modern, with a lot of information to view. Also worth seeing is the KGB museum in Riga.
    Written 18 March 2024
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  • Gina F
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour guide was very knowledgeable and seemed to enjoy his job. Of course the information and the place, the history, speaks for itself.
    The issue is that it is FREEZING in there, and you are shuffling along or standing still for almost an hour. 30 complete strangers were basically huddling together and hopping from one foot to the other to keep warm.
    I would strongly recommend they make a note for you to DRESS WARMLY on the ticket so that people are prepared.
    Written 7 April 2024
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  • Agnė A
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the price. It was 9euros, you can buy the ticket inside the church. On the right side there are stairs to the elevator. There is operator who controls elevator. Observation area is great. You can see the oldtown from above, no windows or glass so pictures looks nice. Windy up there. Also I was lucky to be on the day than there was a fundraising concert.
    Written 26 March 2024
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  • apars0n
    Manchester, UK616 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The street, and other surrounding streets, highlight the impressive architecture of Riga, where supposedly one third of the buildings in the Centr area are of Jugendstil in appearance.
    You will probably get a crick in your neck, and end up taking far more photos than you intended, but this really is an area worth visiting.
    Just across the canal from the Powder tower, off Elizabetes Iela (which has many fine buildings too)
    Written 5 February 2024
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  • Pat L
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply an astonishing collection of cars and so many rarities!! Brezhnev's Royce... Russo balt. WOW! WOuld never have thought the museum could hold such vehicles on constant display! Next door there is an active race track too and perhaps at some summer days you can get to visit both in one go. Could be a great set.
    Written 6 March 2024
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  • Adam Jones
    Beijing, China58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Decent monument in the old town of Riga. There isn’t much to see in the actually square (aside from the monument). However the old town in Riga has great sites and shops/restaurants
    Written 30 November 2023
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  • Whinbrook
    Greater London, UK487 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum contained in a meticulously furnished and decorated Art Nouveau apartment. You get to see not only the 'front of house' stuff like the reception rooms and bedrooms but can view the bathroom, wc (made in England!) the kitchen and the maid's room so it is all brought to life.

    The basement has an interesting exhibition on the imagined family that might have lived there. It was clever to stand in front of mirrors but to watch live action reflections of each family member checking their appearance before maybe going out or receiving guests.

    There were also numerous period decorative items and pieces of furniture on display Small Art Nouveau light fittings hanging from the ceiling of one of the rooms was an interesting display.

    The museum staff were dressed in period costume and you could try on certain articles of clothing too.

    The entrance and building staircase were also very impressive to see.
    Written 24 September 2023
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  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada2,271 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is an entrance fee of 5 Euros and we felt this was worth the price. The cathedral is very ornate inside and has a lot of Riga and Latvian history inside. There is a large collection of artifacts including cannons and relics in the cathedral's cloister and courtyard area beside the church. Inside there is a baptismal font from the 13th century, stained glass from the 19th century and paintings from all centuries since the church was built. There are interesting bits of Riga's history as well including a line to mark where the flooding got up to in the 1700s and church pews from the Blackheads (which had/have a famous clubhouse nearby).

    There is a map at the front desk that is available in a variety of languages and has numbers marked for the most interesting features in the cathedral and has some brief information on each one. There is also a guide at the back of the cathedral to show where other interesting markers are in the Cathedral.

    The church is located in Riga's Old Town and we spent about just under an hour inside the cathedral and a couple of hours in the area. Behind the church there are some statues including a unicorn, dragon and an armadillo. We also are at a nearby restaurant that had some very good food and beer. The cathedral hosts concerts and it might be worth checking one out because the acoustics are supposed to be quite good but it seems that we just missed out.

    If you're interested in going inside but don't want to pay for entrance there is a prayer room just to the left when you enter and that is free and pretty big. English service is provided at 9:30 am on Sundays.
    Written 11 April 2024
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