Riga - Capital
Riga, the cultural capital of Latvia, is a vibrant and colorful city with many great venues for art, live music and celebration. A place that is breathtakingly beautiful. Riga has the largest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. A walk through the Art Nouveau district will give you some of the best examples of architectural style in the whole continent. An Impressive architecture work done by Latvian architects in the late 19th early 20th centuries on over 800 buildings. If you happen to be around on a sunny day, the soaring grandeur of the Freedom Monument will blow you away.
Riga is so astonishing and has so much to offer the seeker of urban beauty. The old town, which is registered on the UNESCO World Heritage list, has all the winding streets and cobblestones that you could possibly want. The most captivating part of Riga is its Old Town, which can easily pass for any city in Western Europe. Many of the buildings and mainly pedestrian streets were built in the 17th century, and simply wandering the streets is a great pleasure. Stop at the moving Museum of the Occupation of Latvia to learn about life under both Nazi and Soviet occupations, then head to the nearby St. Peter's Church. Built in 1209, it is the city's oldest religious institution, and the tower boasts one of the best views of the city. St. John's Church, located just a few blocks away, is only slightly less spectacular and definitely worth a visit.