In the morning

The Old Town of Riga, which can be easily explored on foot, is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list and, if you want to make the most of Riga in only 1 day, please continue reading.

The tour starts at the Central Market, which opened its doors for the first time in 1930, becoming the largest and most progressive market in Europe.

Then continue to the Town Hall Square, completely rebuilt since it was destroyed in World War II. The House of the Black Heads stands out as a meeting place for local merchants until the seventeenth century. From there, go to the Church of San Pedro, designed in the Gothic style, which offers beautiful views of the city from the bell tower. Then walk until you reach the Cathedral of Riga, a mixture of styles resulting from the different reconstructions it has undergone. There are music concerts throughout the year.

Not far from the Cathedral is the Riga Castle, today the residence of the President of Latvia. Then visit Three Brothers, the oldest group of houses in the city of Riga, they say, built by men from the same family in the 15th century. And afterwards, continue to the Līvu Square, which is surrounded by the Small Guild, the Cat House and the Riga Russian Drama Theater. In summer, the square is full of outdoor cafes and in winter it becomes a skating rink.

In the afternoon

And continue to the Freedom Monument, a symbol of the country’s independence. Taking Brīvības bulvāris street, you will arrive at the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, the largest Orthodox church in the city. A few meters away is the Hotel Radisson Blu, which offers magnificent views of Riga from its 26th floor.

Finish the journey by enjoying the wonderful Art Nouveau buildings located in the neighbourhood known as the “quiet center”, just ten minutes’ walk from the Old Town. Albert Street is the main jewel, where real architectural works are found, such as the Art Nouveau Museum located at number 12.

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