I always like to say that Latvia is more than just Riga. There is plenty to see outside the city, especially if you have more than a weekend. Beautiful evergreen forests, white sand beaches, lots of lakes in which to take a refreshing dip, and lovely red-roofed towns wound through with cobblestone streets, to begin with. But if you have just forty-eight hours for Latvia, Riga is a wonderful place to explore. This weekend guide will get you going.
People have a tendency to think of museums as boring, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Museums are actually pretty great and there are far more than just a few reasons to visit them, especially when you’re in a different country. One often associates museums with history: they reveal a lot about the way inhabitants perceived the world, what their beliefs and culture were like, how they lived. They allow you to put yourself in a particular moment in time. But museums are about much more than just history. There are plenty of museums that can inspire you and it is not rare that strolling through a museum, one can suddenly feel that a muse is just around the corner.
3 good reasons to visit a museum
Have you ever noticed that the word muse is in the museum? And for a good reason. A museum is a place to recharge your batteries and change your mindset, look at things differently and perhaps, get inspired for new ideas in your own life and work. And there is even more. Museums expose us to various subjects and ideas that we can discuss with friends and colleagues, leading to an interesting discussion and maybe even leave a really good impression on somebody.
Another reason to visit museums is the idea of supporting the arts and culture sector. Usually, museums do not get sufficient financial support and therefore it is not easy for them to develop and keep up with the modern world and digital age. By visiting museums, you directly support culture and art.
Moreover, museums can be fun. Although it takes a bit of effort for museums to keep up with the digital age, most of them are modern and interactive too. They offer audio guides and workshops that can be interesting for all ages. People have started to take selfies in museums, and why not? A few years ago, there was a movement in London called #MuseumSelfie day. I myself have a selfie with the Mona Lisa and another with Michelangelo’s David, and I am proud of them! I hope I have inspired you to take your friends or family and visit a museum or two this weekend. Here are seven museums in Riga that I recommend to my friends.
Museums in Riga
#1 Riga Art Nouveau Centre – A definite must for those interested in Art Nouveau.
Riga, sometimes called the European capital of Art Nouveau, is home to many authentic Art Nouveau buildings with unique facades that are a real treat for photographers.
This museum, which casts itself as one of a kind in the Baltic States, provides a wonderful experience of looking into one of these beautiful Art Nouveau houses and seeing the characteristic furnishings of an apartment of Rigans at the beginning of the 20th century. This building that houses the museum was once home to renowned Latvian architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns. Some people say that if you only have time for one museum in Riga, this should be it. The museum is located in the famous Art Nouveau district.
Good morning, fellow travellers!
Some of the first things one looks into when planning a trip are how to get from the airport to city centre, how to get around in the city and if there are any other practical travel matters that are worth knowing. In the last couple of weeks, a colleague of mine and even my wonderful fitness trainer have both been planning trips to Latvia and have been asking which cab company they should use and how to get from Riga to places like Jurmala – a classy seaside resort town full of relaxing spa hotels. That’s when I realised my blog is missing an important article – one that gives you the lowdown on arriving in Riga and getting around the city. Like everything else on my blog, this article expresses my personal opinions and is the kind of information I would suggest to my friends and colleagues.
I often hear surprising stories and interesting anecdotes from travellers who have visited Riga. Many people are surprised to find a city that is completely different from the one they had imagined. Many visitors expect Riga to consist of a lot of massive grey buildings, but instead they find a bustling European city rich in pastel colours, historic statues and beautiful buildings. Riga is quite simply a wonderful weekend destination that is becoming more and more popular each year. Quite a few people I know have said they have experienced amazing weekends in Riga, enjoying its great restaurants (many of which are inexpensive for the quality of cuisine on offer), sightseeing and shopping. In 2017 Business Insider named Riga the best value destination in Europe for Christmas shopping, and every shopaholic will be happy about wonderful goods – and wonderful prices – to be found in the shops of Riga. And with its vivid nightlife, many bars and inexpensive prices, Riga remains a popular party destination.
Europe is known for its great coffee and Riga is no exception. Whether it’s a cup of delicious coffee, tea, local pastry or cakes, we’ve got you covered. I guess that is all you need for a chilly autumn day.
#1 MiiT coffee – good vegetarian cafe for fixed gear culture enthusiasts.
Situated near Esplanade Park, MiiT cafe offers a specialty coffee from some of the well – known local and European roasters such as Five Elephant from Berlin and Kopii and DaMatteo from Sweden. This place has a quirky interior that biking and fixed gear culture enthusiasts will appreciate. The walls exhibit historic images of track racing and you will also see a framed picture of Eddie Merckx proudly displayed on one of the shelves.
Imagine you arrive at your weekend trip destination and suddenly the heavens open and it starts to rain. It can really kill the mood. So, what to do in Riga when it rains? Let me put you at ease by telling you that it rarely rains all day long Riga, so don’t just sit around your hotel room watching Netflix waiting for it to stop. There is plenty to do in Riga when it rains, so get out there and enjoy all the good, dry fun the city has to offer.
This coming weekend the Riga City Festival takes place in the capital of Latvia. Thousands of Latvians and travelers from all over the world will be coming together for open air concerts, pop-up restaurants, special exhibitions, a sailing regatta and also a wide range of parties taking place all over the city.
Riga is a wonderful destination that offers something for everyone. From a wide selection of fine beer, lively bars, and chic restaurants with a rustic touch to charming Old Town streets with red rooftops, lovely, steepled church towers, and Art Nouveau architecture. The capital of Latvia has it all and it also has a rich history – who can doubt that if we’re talking about city founded in 1201!? In this article, you will find the ultimate cheat sheet what to see in Riga. But now, let me introduce you to Riga, the capital of Latvia!