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Things to do in Riga

Riga – Art Aouveau Architecture and Decorative Arts

Riga is the wealthy capital of Latvia and the largest city in the Baltic States. It features a historical center that is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a bustling nightlife that attracts tourists from all over the world, and an eclectic mix of art nouveau buildings that add to the charm and beauty of the city.

 

Things to do in Riga

When you spend a holiday in Riga, you’re up for the finest delights of your lifetime. Whether you are interested in outdoor sports or indoor activities you can be sure to find exciting things to do in Riga to fit your requirements. The city has some of the best facilities and amenities to help you enjoy your stay!

 

Riga Zoo

A visit to the Riga Zoo will give you a close encounter with the animals. You can even pet and feed some of them. Riga Zoo is also a research and conservation center that is dedicated to the protection of all animal life.

 

Riga Golf

There are several golf clubs in and around Riga where you can spend a leisurely afternoon at. One of the most recommended and highly rated Riga golf clubs is the Ozo Golf Club, just a 10-minute drive from the city’s downtown.

 

Nightlife in Riga

If you’re up for an adventurous nightlife in Riga. Many of the places to go when experiencing Rigas Nightlife are located in the Old Town or you can hit some bars and clubs within the neighbourhood.

 

Riga Opera

You can also spend an evening at the Latvian National Opera. The Riga Opera is an impressive building where you can watch opera shows and ballet performances. Indulge in the cultural environment go the Riga Opera with great shows in a beautiful environment.

 

Riga Marathon

A great way to experience a city is by foot. So why not visit Riga in May to participate in the Riga Marathon. The Riga Marathon is an annual race featuring a full marathon, a half marathon, a 10-kilometer race, and a 5-kilometer race.

 

When to go to Riga

The city of Riga has warm and humid summers, with temperatures averaging at 18 °C (64 °F), and dry and cold winters, with a mean temperature of −5 °C (23 °F). Snow can also last for up to 80 days.

 

Riga Christmas market

During the Christmas season, you can visit the city’s Christmas market which offers hot wine and lively fairs.

 

Riga Salsa Festival

In June or July, you can watch the Riga Salsa Festival, a fun dance event featuring salsa competitions and performances.

 

Things to do in Riga

 

 

Riga Facts

Population693 064
CountryLatvia
LanguageLatvian
CurrencyEuro
Longitude24.106389
Latitude56.948889
AirportRiga Intl, Latvia (RIX)

Riga average temperatures

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GOLF

Golf in Riga

There are several golf clubs in and around Riga where you can spend a leisurely afternoon. One of the most recommended and highly rated golf clubs in Riga is the Ozo Golf Club, just a 10-minute drive from the city center. Another great course can be found at Saliena Golf. Here you can play on 27 different holes on a flat parkland course. The sparsity of trees make it a rather difficult course on windy days and a pretty manageable course on calm days, which all in all makes it a varied experience to play here. If you are going to Riga, you have a lot of great golf to look forward to!

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OPERA

Riga Opera House

Latvian National Opera House

This magnificent Latvian opera house was constructed in the 1863 by the Russian architect Ludwig Bohnstedt. It is located near the Pilsetas Canal in the old parts of Riga. Outside the venue is a marvellous garden in which you can take a relaxing walk before the show starts. On their website you can see their full schedule and buy tickets with prices ranging from the more exclusive seating to very affordable prices. Make sure to not miss this historical landmark when you are in Riga!

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UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Riga - Historic Centre of Riga

Known as Europe’s finest collection of art nouveau architecture, Riga has witnessed the evolution of European history for centuries since its foundation as a port town in the 13th century. For these reasons, Riga’s historic centre is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the area is quite compact, you can explore it by walking its cobblestone streets and enjoying the beautiful views of the buildings. However, the area is not recommended for clubbing at nights due to scams and problematic situations.

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MARATHON

Lattelecom Riga Marathon

Riga and the Lattelecom Riga Marathon give you a scenic course where you run in the center of the historic city, along the largest river in Latvia, Daugava. If you're not ready for a full marathon you can choose to run a half-marathon or a 10.5K run instead.

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SKIING

Riga ski vacations - Rich with snow

Latvia may not be a land filled with mountains, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a good place for skiing. The winters are rich with snow and that, along with its steep slopes, makes it excellent for rapid runs on a snowboard or with skis. You can find several different places to go skiing in Latvia but the one closest to Riga is Baldone, located only 24 miles (40 km) away with great possibilities for alpine skiing. In Riekstu Kalns you have fantastic 350 metres long, steep and active tracks. If you like cross- country skiing you can enjoy the well appointed tracks in the centre of Riga every winter.

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WATER-PARK

Water Parks in Riga - Visit the largest Waterpark in the Baltic states

The water park in Riga, Livu Waterpark, has both an indoor and outdoor area. The outdoors area is relatively small compared to other large parks but it is still the largest water park in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states. Choose between the different pools, slides and other fun attractions. Since there is an indoor area as well it doesn’t matter if the weather is bad, there are other fun options available!

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