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Visiting Latvia

A partial biosphere reserve, Latvia’s Baltic coastline draws many visitors, while others head for the country’s saunas. Castles and churches comprise the landscape, along with the Jugendstil architecture of lively capital city Riga. Days are routinely ended with a full stomach—of bread and beer. A partial biosphere reserve, Latvia’s Baltic coastline draws many visitors, while others head for the country’s saunas. Castles and churches comprise the landscape, along with the Jugendstil architecture of lively capital city Riga. Days are routinely ended with a full stomach—of bread and beer.    Close

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Riga in General

Written by costas1234 on 19 May, 2010

The main language is Latvian, but you will find that most receptionists in hotels and hostels and other establishments will have a basic understanding of English. It is a fascinating city, which can be compared to other European places such as Prague. I found that…Read More


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Kuldiga

Written by michaelhudson on 30 May, 2009

"If you only have time to visit one provincial town in Latvia then it really ought to be Kuldiga," advises my Rough Guide to the Baltic States. With no train link, bumpy roads and buses from Riga taking anything up to three and…Read More


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Liepaja

Written by michaelhudson on 27 Apr, 2009

At three and a half hours each way, Latvia's third biggest city is just out of reach of a daytrip from the capital. This is a good thing. On the Baltic coast, with a good collection of hostels and one of the country's…Read More


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Kemeri

Written by michaelhudson on 26 Apr, 2009

The westernmost town in Jurmala, Kemeri is an hour from Riga by electric train. After its interwar heyday as a spa resort and later use as a Soviet sanatorium, the town has been neglected since Latvia regained independence and now has a forlorn, abandoned…Read More


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Lielvarde

Written by michaelhudson on 25 Apr, 2009

It's half past twelve and the Lielvarde train sits idling on platform six. Hawkers stand by the door speaking quickly in Russian then moving down the carriage, selling nothing. The sun beats through the dirty window, passengers step languidly across the glinting metal tracks, over…Read More


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Karosta

Written by michaelhudson on 23 Apr, 2009

In 1890, fearful of the threat from German naval power, the Tsarist authorities began construction of a planned military suburb four kilometres north of central Liepaja. Called the Port of Alexander III, it was a fully autonomous community with its own electricity power plant,…Read More


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Cesis

Written by michaelhudson on 20 Mar, 2009

A little under two hours east of Riga on the last trainline to Estonia, Cesis is easily manageable as a daytrip from the capital. Well-preserved and quiet, it's touted as one of the most authentically Latvian towns left after half a century of Soviet…Read More


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Jelgava

Written by michaelhudson on 28 Jan, 2009

Although it's less than an hour from Riga by spruced-up electric train (padded seats, flowers daubed on the windows and EU stars above the doors), there aren't many reasons to spend time in Jelgava. Smashed about in both world wars, scrapped over by…Read More


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Daugavpils

Written by michaelhudson on 14 Jan, 2009

From the moment you step down from the train, Daugavpils feels very much like the back end of nowhere, one of those dour, end-of-the-world places still endemic in the old Eastern Bloc. The last jumping-off point before the Belarusian border, the station building's stab at…Read More


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Freedom Urination (RIGA, Latvia)

Written by Shady Ady on 09 Dec, 2007

The proud Baltic city of Riga has fought many battles in their struggle for independence. First it was the invading red army of the Soviet Union. Next came the Nazi’s, followed again by the Russians. Many perished in these struggles and the damage caused is…Read More


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