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The fate of this city was not easy: Riga was burned several times and witnessed many coming and leaving masters. However, Riga arose from the ashes, becoming more and more glorious, and the new lords were intelligent enough not to encroach on the rights and privileges of the trading city, so the inhabitants of Riga didn't consider strangers as villains oppressing their native culture, but vice versa, learned the ways the neighbor countries lived by mixing and developing them. That is why there is so much diversity: the settlements of ancient Latvians, the fortresses and castles of German crusaders, the medieval houses built during the reign of the Swedes, the Art Nouveau neighborhoods, and even the Soviet buildings; each century has left behind something important.

One must admit that these moments are reflected not only in the combination of architectural styles but also in the urban cuisine, the way of life and even the mentality of the local population...

What to see?

Riga is elegant. No wonder, that it's called the capital of Art Nouveau. It’s cozy, compact, and harmonious, with beautiful parks, alleys and, of course, with an Old Riga. Every single step along its street opens one of the pages of the 814-year history of the city...

In fact, all the beauties of Riga are located in the historic center. Its heart is the Church of St. Peter, the soul is the Dome Cathedral.

Look at the clock of the Peter's Church, they've remained exactly the same as they were in the Middle Ages. They have only one hand (an hour one), as in those times nobody knew how to make clocks with a minute hand, and people have been perfectly getting along with such a clock.

By the way, the 123-meter spire of the St. Peter's Cathedral in the 15th-16th century was the highest one in Europe! Today, you can see the entire Old City in details from the tower, its blacksmiths, weavers, or other medieval craft unions' streets and decide where to move further.

Another sacred place is the Dome Cathedral built by the first generations of German crusaders and colonists. It is famous for not only its ancient atmosphere and size, but also for the abundance of the unique values of art in its interior. One of them is a pipe organ installed in the 19th century, that was the largest in Europe.

It's a good place to listen to Bach. They say, that the organ music of the cathedral is much like the infrasound of the universe, which can change one's consciousness...

There are also some other notable attractions located in a relatively small area. For example, the Town Hall Square is the former center of the medieval city, from whose balcony the city council declared their orders to the inhabitants of Riga, and where those convicted for witchcraft took their last road in the era of the inquisition, or the Swedish gate, which was broken in the wall of a residential building in the 17th century and still serves as an entrance to the Old Riga. These are the only ones of the eight city gates that survived the Swedish reign!

  • OLD TOWN, RIGA, Latvia
  • OLD TOWN, RIGA, Latvia
  • OLD TOWN, RIGA, Latvia
  • OLD TOWN, RIGA, Latvia
8 интересных мест
Домский собор Дом черноголовых Большая и Малая гильдии Городские парки
Церковь Св. Петра Дом Черной кошки Средневековые улочки Посольский район
Vecrīga, Centra rajons, Rīga, Latvia
  • OLD TOWN, RIGA, Latvia
  • OLD TOWN, RIGA, Latvia
  • OLD TOWN, RIGA, Latvia
  • OLD TOWN, RIGA, Latvia
  • OLD TOWN, RIGA, Latvia

Being located at the juncture of the main paths from Eastern Europe to the north and west, Riga formed the center of crafts and marketing, so there always were lots of both local and foreign merchants in Riga...

Not only the Large and Small Guilds, but also one of the beautiful works of the medieval architecture, the House of the Blackheads, belonging to society of young and unmarried foreign merchants, were built for them. The transactions were made, contracts were signed, and secular parties and public holidays were held. This is where Catherine II, Alexander I, Bismarck ... came.

During World War II, the House of the Blackheads was destroyed. The new authorities did not see the point to rebuild it. Although there must be a reason that it was once decorated with a mystical inscription: "If I'm destined to crumble, build me again". So, in 2001, on the day of the 800 anniversary of Riga, the monument of architecture was reborn.

During the reign, the Swedes introduced their own rules in the city. One interesting law was that every visiting Christian should bring with him several paving stones, which he should leave in Riga!

The Hanseatic city outstood not only in the Middle Ages ... His active development just over a century ago coincided with a fashionable direction in architecture, Art Nouveau. Speaking more correctly, in Latvia it was called after the German manner. In turn, in Austria the style became known as Secession, in Russia as Modern, in England for some reason under the French term Art Nouveau, and in France, on the contrary, as the Anglais Style.

The result is that 40% of the modern city is performed in Art Nouveau style, which many tourists and architecture connoisseurs enjoy. The houses frightening with imbalances will certainly attract your attention. One can hardly ever else meet so well-preserved buildings as in Albert or Elizabeth Streets.

If you get into the Riga, a sequence of points on your route is completely irrelevant, listen to your inner voice, and walk at a leisurely pace, enjoying the narrow streets surrounded by legends and tales.

You can feel the atmosphere of a home meal right off the bat due to wooden furniture, modest interior, and, of course, food. There are no authentic recipes, loud music, clocks on the wall or waiters; practically all the dishes are prepared in your eyes, and it's impossible to put in doubt the freshness of the ingredients!

Where to stay?

Heavy curtains, gilding, classic order, bronze, deep red, blue, gold ... All of this is a recognizable empire of the elements of the Gallery Park interior. Although, the palace glory is not appropriate everywhere, moreover, it is exhausting in large doses. Somewhere you want to see some simple forms of Art Deco, that is why, the private spaces look differently, though they are executed in the same style. It's not an appearance, but comfort and intimacy that go first in the rooms. It's hard to imagine a more fascinating picture: the modern way of life crossed with the traditions of the Old World and its aesthetics of the 19th-century and the provincial East European mentality!

Thу Gallery Park has been living its own unique life for six years, which is eventually always more interesting than any of the most conceptual and stylish projects, so make sure to stop at this retro hotel, which is included in a prestigious Chateau & Hotels Association.

phone +371 67 338 830
7 Kr. Valdemara Street, Riga, LV1010

Where to eat tasty?

You can feel the atmosphere of a home meal right off the bat due to wooden furniture, modest interior, and, of course, food. There are no authentic recipes, loud music, clocks on the wall or waiters; practically all the dishes are prepared in your eyes, and it's impossible to put in doubt the freshness of the ingredients!

The cooks intrinsically do not use semi-finished products or ready-to-cook food, thus the menu is very fresh from day to day and varies depending on the season.

People come to Lido for healthy and wholesome food, not for a romantic dinner in candlelight and gastronomy fancies.

By the way, Lido is also the first private brewery of a restaurant type in Latvia. More than 26 tons of fresh beer of three kinds come directly from the large stainless steel tanks each day!

A proven place with sympathetic prices has long ago acquired a whole army of fans, most of whom enjoy a good and cheap meal. Come in, and we're sure you'll be pleasantly welcomed by a pleasant atmosphere. The best addresses of the LIDO network:

Elizabetes iela 65, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050
phone: +371 67 286 289
9:00 - 22:00
Krasta iela 76, Latgales priekšpilsēta, Rīga, LV-1019
phone: +371 67 504 420
11:00 - 24:00
Tirgoņu iela 6, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050
phone: +371 67 222 431
11:00 - 23:00
Ģertrūdes iela 54, Rīga, LV-1011
Phone: +371 67 289 396

It's a combination of high cuisine, good music, and a unique wine list.

During the day Biblioteka No. 1 is a great choice for business meetings, at the weekend – for family branches, and a cozy, romantic place with lounge music in the evening.

Within three years, the restaurant has become the favorite spot of the business, creative and intellectual elite of the capital. The interest in this place is supported by a high-performance kitchen. One can find in a menu some interesting things that they have never seen before. For example, a sundae from a turkey liver or chateaubriand with chanterelles.

The wine list, which is not the last peculiarity, deserves separate attention. Here are stars of Tuscany, Piedmont, Bordeaux, as well as selective samples of private wineries. Snacks-cheeses, fruits, chocolates will assist the rare wine. Everything is local as well, from small farms, which, of course, you will never be able to buy in shops. So, every time you come here, you can try something special, some interesting taste duet. This restaurant deserves to be given credit while being not the most expensive in Riga.

The people searching for something new should definitely choose this place!

Tērbatas iela 2, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
phone +371 20 225 000
12:00 - 23:30
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5 reasons to visit TAKA Spa:

Privileged Day Spa

Unlike the other salons in Riga, the Taka Spa is noted not only for a simple and effective philosophy that all the illnesses occur due to the destruction of the energy balance in the body, but also for the individual approach. Nothing can spoil a serene pastime, simply because there are never more than five people in Taka Spa. In addition, if you want to enjoy the cleaning ritual in a sauna and swim alone, you'll be allowed with private hours.

Postpone all troubles and restore your power

The Taka Spa assistants recommend coming in 20 minutes before the scheduled time, and after the rituals, it is obligatory to go in for meditation in a room of silence that will free your consciousness for new ideas.

Remember to switch off all your gadgets; nothing should distract you from achieving the harmony!

Special Programs

For those who have a very busy schedule, the Taka Spa offers hour and a half complexes that will help you get rid of head- and backaches, as well as allow you to relax quickly. The staff will help you to choose the most appropriate procedures and develop the SPA individual program.

Replenish Natural Makeup Supplies

You can buy all the basic products for Taka SPA rituals to use them at home. You can choose from a variety of body care product lines, ethereal oil helping to relax before bedtime and cheer up in the morning, effective hair cosmetics, and everything you need by the British Elemis brand of aromatherapy products. It should be noted that product prices are the same as if you buy them in the United Kingdom.


We'll never suggest anything bad, thus you must call and make an appointment for an appropriate time.

Kronvalda bulvāris 3a, Riga, LV-1010, Latvia
phone +371 67323150
mo-fr: 10.00 - 21.00 sa: 10.00 - 21.00 su: 10.00 - 19.00
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