Riga, the capital of Latvia and is situated at the mouth of the Daugava River, on the shore of the Baltic Sea.
Originally founded in 1201, Riga is a city with a rich culture, unique architecture and all sorts of activities to enjoy. The city centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site as one of the world’s largest and best preserved assemblages of Art Nouveau buildings and wooden architecture. Vast spires, cobbled streets, historical squares and beautiful parks color the city with a classic charm whilst the internationally acclaimed opera, collection of local theatres and myriad of music and nightclubs ensure the city buzzes with contemporary life.
Places of interest include:
- The central Old Town (with architecture spanning the genres of Gothic, Baroque, Classicism and Art Nouveau)
- The Central Market (Europe′s largest open-air market)
- The Latvian Ethnographic Open-air Museum
- Art Nouveau Museum
- The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
- Three Brothers (the oldest stone residential buildings in the city)
- Riga Castle
- Laima clock