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Riga, Latvia

Riga
Latvia

The port of Riga is located in the Gulf of Riga, on the Baltic Sea, at the mouth of the Daugava River. The historic center of the city of Riga, the largest city in Latvia, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The art nouveau architecture found in the city is one of the finest examples in Europe. The city played an important role in trade in Viking times. It is now one of the cultural capitals of Europe.

Useful Information

Language

Latvian

Tips

A 10% tip will be appreciated in restaurants.

Currency

EUR
Euro

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XE

Time difference

UTC: 2

from New York: +7h

from San Francisco: +9h

from London: +2h

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celsius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)
Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
-622
-326
-229
582.25
February
-622
-326
-131
461.75
March
-326
033
439
451.75
April
236
744
1152
451.75
May
846
1355
1762
552.25
June
1254
1662
2068
773.00
July
1560
1967
2373
763.00
August
1558
1865
2271
853.25
September
1151
1456
1762
783.00
October
542
846
1050
873.50
November
235
338
541
702.75
December
-228
-031
134
582.25

Where is located the Port of Riga Cruise Terminal

Your ship will dock at the cruise port of Riga. The passenger terminal (closest to the center) as well as the central terminal of Riga are located within walking distance of the historic center of the city. The KS terminal is located further on the other bank of the Daugava and accommodates the largest ships.
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Activities in Riga

Neighborhoods

Old town

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Admire the Art Nouveau architecture, especially on Alberta Street.

Landmarks

House of the Blackheads

This house was the meeting point of merchants and sailors for several centuries. Now it hosts many events and preserves the cultural and historical heritage of the city. It exhibits a collection of silverware and vessels. In its cellars there is an exhibition on the history of the brotherhood of Black Heads.

Dome Cathedral

Several concerts and exhibitions are presented in this cathedral. You can attend performances featuring the unique sound of the cathedral organ.

St. Peter’s Church

You will have a viewpoint overlooking the city at the top of the bell tower of this medieval Gothic-style church built in 1209. Exhibitions are presented there.

Freedom Monument

This monument dating from 1935 was entirely financed by public donations. The statue at the top holds three leaves representing the three historical regions of Latvia.

Three Brothers

This three-house housing complex dates from the 15th century. The name of the complex originates from a legend that three brothers built these houses.

Riga Castle

The seat of the Presidency of Latvia, this medieval castle, having its origins in the 14th century, can only be visited virtually. It has been the residence of the President of Latvia since 1922.

Museums

Latvian National Museum of Art

The art museum was completely renovated in 2016. It presents a permanent exhibition of works by Latvian artists from the 19th and 20th centuries. The free app “Mākslas muzejs” can serve as an interactive guide during your visit (offered in English)

Riga Art Nouveau Centre

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This museum dedicated to Art Nouveau presents interactive exhibitions as well as rooms furnished and decorated in the Art Nouveau style. The house was built in 1903.

Ethnographic Open-Air Museum

This open-air museum features 118 traditional buildings from different eras, from several regions of Latvia. It presents exhibitions on the lives of the inhabitants between the 17th century and the 1930s.

Motor Museum

More than 100 vehicles from different eras and different parts of the world are on display in this automotive museum.

National History Museum of Latvia

Museum established in 1860 that displays artifacts testifying to the history of Latvia.

Art Museum Riga Bourse

The museum’s collection of foreign art is the largest in the Baltic.

Activities

Riga Central Market

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Savor local produce and traditional dishes at Riga’s central market.

Family activities

Riga Zoological Park

The city’s zoo can be reached via tram #11. You will be able to see many animals.