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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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Cesis

Written by Koentje3000 on 06 Sep, 2007

Cesis is a small but picturesque town, 90km northeast of Riga and 40km from Sigulda. The town of around 20.000 inhabitants is the capital of the Cesu District. About one quarter of the district is taken by the Gauja National Park, with Cesis completely surrounded…Read More


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Sigulda Part II

Written by Koentje3000 on 06 Sep, 2007

(continued from part I)From the Sigulda Tourist Information Poruka road runs westwards for 100m towards the only cable car in Latvia. A short ride across the Gauja river valley, offering excellent views on the National Park and the town, will cost around 2€. In summer,…Read More


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Sigulda Part I

Written by Koentje3000 on 06 Sep, 2007

As the Gauja National Park gateway town closest to Riga, only 50km southwest, Sigulda attracts its fair share of tourists, and deservedly so because it is one of the nicest small towns in Latvia. It is located on the banks of the Gauja river that…Read More


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Four Buildings of Particular Interest in Vecriga

Written by Owen Lipsett on 21 Dec, 2004

While you could easily spend a day just wandering the streets of Vecriga (though I’d advise avoiding the narrower ones, where I saw quite a few unsavory characters) to sample its architectural brilliance, if you’re a bit more pressed for time, you shouldn’t miss these…Read More


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Vecriga - A Romantic Sanctuary of History

Written by marif on 20 Dec, 2004

Vecriga is the Latvian name for Riga's Old Town. Crammed with cobbled streets, alleyways, medieval churches and century-old residential buildings, it can rightly be called a sanctuary of history. Add to these the various museums that depict the Latvians as the victims of totalitarianism and…Read More


A Medieval Town with a Great Castle and Grounds!

Written by dangaroo on 13 Jan, 2009

Cesis is a small and quaint town in Northern Latvia with a specific flavour due to the majestic hill-fort, medieval buildings and the Gauja valley below. I visited it last spring on one of many Baltic trips and was rather impressed by it.There is very…Read More


Riga International Airport

Written by dangaroo on 13 Jan, 2009

Riga International is the largest airport in the Baltics and is owned by the Latvian government, they have 3 terminals, one for incoming Schengen flights, one for outgoing Schengen flights and one for None Schengen flights.I had the pleasure of flying to Riga International Airport…Read More


Shooting In Riga

Written by Liam Hetherington on 09 Oct, 2007

John Lennon was right. Happiness truly is a warm gun. In Riga with a group of lads, it was maybe inevitable that we would end up gravitating towards an afternoon playing with guns. There are numerous tours available in the city advertising shooting…Read More


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Impressions and Observations

Written by Piscean Amber on 01 Mar, 2005

Remembrances of Latvia – September 1, 1995 Riga is getting ready to celebrate its 800th birthday in 2001. There is scaffolding around the President’s Palace and work seems to be in progress everywhere. I was grumbling about a large crane that was messing up my panoramic…Read More


Latvian handicrafts to take back home

Written by marif on 20 Dec, 2004

Riga's daily indoor food market on Pragas iela, behind the railway station, is housed inside five huge Zeppelin hangars built for the military in the 1930s. The products for sale range from vegetables, fresh fruit, and flowers to meat, fish, and dairy products. Everything is…Read More


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