Riga might be one of Europe’s most underrated cities, but I absolutely loved visiting it. The flights are relatively cheap, making the Baltic capital the perfect place for a weekend getaway. Discover why you should visit Riga in 2019!
You can find almost all of Riga’s interesting places in the centre of the city, the Old Town. Take your time to wander around the city centre and to admire all the colorful buildings. When I visited Riga, in November, it was very quiet and peaceful. This resulted in loads of pretty pictures, minus the many tourists that you would except from a European capital. The centre isn’t that big, making it very easy to travel by foot.
Free walking tour
Still feeling a bit lost in the Old Town? Don’t hesitate to join a free walking tour! Most walking tours will start in the city centre and will lead you along Riga’s most famous attractions. A local guide will show you the city’s most famous buildings, as for example The Three Brothers in the picture above. As the name suggests, free walking tours are free, although a tip is expected.
“You haven’t been to Riga, if you haven’t tried Black Balsam!”, said our guide. Black Balsam is a liqueur-like drink that is produced in Riga. It burns in your throat and provides a welcome warmth on a cold day. According to legend, the drink will protect you from all kinds of illnesses and awaken the appetite. It’s definitely worth a try and makes a great souvenir!
You’ll find the most stunning view on top of the St Peter’s Church. A ticket to the top costs around €8 and gives you a breathtaking view. From the tower, you can see all the colorful roofs of the city. And don’t worry: a lift will take you up and down, so you do not have to use the stairs!
As you can see, there is a lot to discover in Riga. In the Latvian capital, you’ll also find loads of nice shops, restaurants and bars. Enough to do for a wonderful (long) weekend away!
Have you ever been to Riga?