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The Old Town of Riga is a UNESCO World Heritage site full of Gothic spires and Art Nouveau architecture and is surrounded by a cosmopolitan city full of hip galleries and experimental cuisine. Away from the city are beautiful forests and coastlines of white beaches backed by sand dunes. This important port city is split by the Daugava River and during its history has come under the control of Sweden, Russia and Germany, all of which have influenced its culture and buildings.
Quick Guide to Riga
- Must Know: The city of Riga enjoys frequent plane and bus links with the rest of Europe, while train services mainly head towards Russia and Estonia.
- Must See: Riga's major tourist attractions are located in the Old Town where its history can be explored in the fascinating House of Blackheads Museum.
- Must Do: Quirky museum choices range from the Sun Museum to the Latvian Museum of Pharmacy. The city is home to an astounding 800 or more Art Nouveau buildings. Not to be missed are the examples on Alberta and Elizabetes streets.
- Did You Know: The Three Brothers are the oldest houses in the city while the Swedish Gate is the only one remaining from the ancient city walls.
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Travel to Riga
Riga International Airport is 10 km South-West of the city centre and is linked by bus and minibus shuttles as well as taxis and rental cars. It is always cheaper to pre-book taxis while buses operate until late evening. International buses to Riga arrive at a bus station located within a short walk of the Old Town. Bus routes serve most major European cities. Trains from Russia and Estonia terminate at Riga Central Station, also located in the city centre.
Travelling around Riga
The best way to explore the historic heart of Riga is on foot while transport services are made up of trams, trolleybuses and buses, including many night routes. Bikes can be rented from public cycle stands across the city while rental cars are widely available, although city centre traffic can be slow.