Riga

About Riga

Riga was founded in 1201. Since then, Riga has been ruled by many countries, such as Sweden, Russia, and Germany.  After World War I, Latvia declared itself an independent country on November 18, 1918. Kārlis Ulmanis’ became the President and Prime Minister and governed Latvia until the devastating day in 1940 when the pro-Soviet government took office after a fabricated election. The Soviet government opened the KGB  headquarters and the reign of terror began with people being killed, arrested, and/or deported. Between 1940 – 1944, the Nazis occupied Latvia and caused mass devastation to the Jewish community,  as people were forced into the Ghetto, deported, and killed at Nazi concentration camps.  After the war, the Soviet government resumed power until 1991 when Latvia again declared itself an independent country.  

Today, Riga is vibrant city with many tourist attractions located throughout the city.  In 2014, it was named the European Capital of Culture.

General Information

Riga International Airport

This is Riga's main airport for domestic and international flights ...

Tourist Info Centres

There are several tourist information centres in Old Town Riga and at the airport.

Day Trips From Riga

Latvia's established rail and bus networks allow easy travel between cities.

Travel by Train or Bus

Travel domestically or internationally by train or bus.

Public Transportation

Riga has an extensive public transportation network throughout the city.

Riga Pass

Pass holders receive free transportation and free or discounted entry to attractions.

Top Attractions

KGB Corner House

The building, originally built as apartments, became the headquarters ...

The Three Brothers

This popular attraction consists of three houses, side by side ...

House of Blackheads

The original building was constructed during the early 14th century, however ...

Panorama Observation Deck

The Observation Desk is located at the Latvian Academy of Sciences and

Riga Ghetto & Latvian Holocaust Museum

The area surrounding this museum was once the designated area the Nazis ...

Freedom Monument

This monument, unveiled in 1935, serves as focal point for public ...

Riga Cathedral

Riga Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the Baltics, is an Evangelical ...

St Peter's Church

This Lutheran Church, dedicated to St. Peter, was built in the early first ...

Nativity of Christ Cathedral

Also known as the Nativity Cathedral, is the largest Orthodox Cathedral in all

The Museum of History of Riga & Navigation

Located near the Riga Cathedral, this museum is one of the oldest ...

Central Market

The idea of having one central market came to light in 1909, however ...

Latvian War Museum

The Latvian War Museum, originally called the Latvian Riflemen museum, opened ...

Art Nouveau Museum

The Riga Art Nouveau museum is located the apartment of Konstantīns Pēkšēns ...

National Museum of Art

Once Latvia gained their independence in 1918, the idea of Latvian National ...

National History Museum of Latvia - LNVM

The building, originally a German Noble Family home, became the head quarters ...

other things to do

Attractions

There are many other attractions in Riga worth seeing.

Museums

There are many other museums in Riga worth seeing

Churches

There are many other Churches in Riga worth seeing

Theatre & Music

Riga has a several theatres and music venues.