‘Riga Old Town is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must-see when visiting the Baltic city…’
The colours, sights and sounds are wonderful and it’s handily compact and very easy to explore on foot. There are hop-on tour buses and trams but if the weather is good, wrap up warm and hit the streets of Riga Old Town
House of the Blackheads
KGB Building/Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
‘Gaze out across the city from the chic surroundings of the Skyline Bar…’
Riga Radisson Blue Skyline Bar
Next to the central bus terminal, there are 5 massive zeppelin hangars that are home to the central market. Each hangar is filled with different produce – – from meat, fish, cheese, herbs and spices, and fruit and veggies – – and is the largest of its kind in Europe. I have never seen so many neon coloured pickled veggies in my life.
‘Whilst under renovation in 2013, the castle was devastated by fire’
The Three Brothers
The Riga Ghetto
Riga ghetto still exists in its former state, although the museum and memorials are located in the Creative Arts district. The whole space is chilling and I haven’t been so moved by something since I visited Auschwitz.
The area is primarily made up of cabins, and much of the museum is set outside. Featuring an entire wall length of panels, these give the names of everyone who perished there. There’s a train carriage to symbolise the various locations across Europe where Jews were transported to Riga and the list is horrifically long.
Although there hasn’t been much funding for the exhibitions, they’re so well done. It’s well worth taking time out to visit and pay your respects.
The gate was built as part of the city walls and provided access to Swedish barracks for soldiers stationed in Riga during their occupation of the city. Swedish Gate is one of the oldest remaining parts of the wall. It’s a beautiful archway and another nod to Latvia’s diverse history.
Rozena has the rather quirky glory of being the narrowest street in Riga Old Town. If your arms are long enough, you’ll be able to reach out and touch both sides. Amazing, huh? I know. Also, the street is extremely pretty and it’s a bit of a hidden gem.
Because of this, it’s unlikely you’ll have to compete with hoards of tourists. When you tire of all the arm stretching, grab a beer in the bar at the end of the street. OR, do some stretching, grab a beer and then go back and do more; it’s completely up to you.
Whatever you do; enjoy your time in Riga Old Town.