Riga and Pieriga.

Section 1. Old Riga - Baltezers.

SEE Worth seeing

Town Hall Square

In Medieval times, it was the central square of the town and the economic and administrative center of the town until the 19th century. The square was destroyed during World War II. In 2003, Town Hall Square was fully rebuilt, as well as the House of the Blackheads and the statue of Roland. Next to it, there is a Soviet-style building erected in 1970 that housed the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia; during its renovation the museum’s exhibits can be found on Raiņa Boulevard.

Līvu Square

It was built after World War II and contains an 18th century complex of dwelling buildings.

The Laima Clock

One of the symbols of Riga built in 1924. The most popular meeting place in Riga.

The Freedom Monument

A symbol of the freedom of Latvia that was built in 1935 and financed entirely from public donations. Built to honour the fallen Latvian freedom fighters.

University of Latvia

Founded in 1919. Largest University in the Baltic States.

Latvian National Opera

Founded in 1863 as a German Theatre.

Vērmane Garden park

One of the oldest and most beautiful parks in Riga centre (as of 1817). Features an insect house.

Tērbatas street

Buildings No. 14, 15/17 and 33/35 are gems of Art Nouveau architecture.

The so-called Ķeniņi Grammar School on Tērbatas Street 15/17 every Rigan has passed by was designed in 1905 by the most prominent architects of the first independence period Eižens Laube and Konstantīns Pēkšēns. The building is one of the first ones built in the style of national romanticism and a wonderful world-scale model of national Art Nouveau, during the construction of which particular attention was paid to national references and material selection. For example, Atis Ķeniņš had wanted travertine shivers of the Staburags rock to be used for the production of the decorative plates of the facade. The window apertures, however, are made with a beveled side, inspired by the Latvian farmsteads. Continue reading...

Krišjāņa Barona street

Named after the greatest Latvian folklorist and folk song collector.

St.Trinity Orthodox church

One of the most vivid orthodox churches in Latvia. Located next to Sergius Female monastery.


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Biķernieki forest

War memorial to The Holocaust victims of World War II and Bākas hill.

Šmerlis forest

The most biologically diverse forest in Riga with 200-year-old pine stands.

In Šmerlis Forest, there are large numbers of notable pine trees as well as some exotic trees like a sweet chestnut, walnut tree, and many other noteworthy nature objects. From time to time, natural scientists visit Šmerlis Forest to see and re-measure the notable trees, and it is quite often that they find some pearl of nature there. We have been lucky to explore the forest together with Arnis Bērziņš, who is born in the Railroad-worker Hospital nearby in Biķernieki, and knows Šmerlis and Biķernieki forests like the back of his hand. Continue reading...


The etymology of the name shows a presence of the indigenous people of Riga, the Livs: jok, jog, joig meaning “river” in Livonian language.

Lake Jugla

A shallow lake with important bird nesting sites.

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia

One of the oldest open-air museums in Europe.


A settlement place between the Lakes Lielais Baltezers and Mazais Baltezers since late 13th century. The region developed into a private house village in the post-war period.

Riga Old Town

The most ancient part of Riga City representing the city center and also a UNESCO site. The most popular tourist destination in Latvia.