Crusaders and German merchants sailed into the area that would become Riga in 1201. From that point on, trade flourished, and Riga became a major port. Dominating the skyline are church steeples and the high-rise building known as Sun Stone on the bank of the River Daugava, the oldest part of an international trade route between the Baltic and Black seas.
Vanshu Bridge connects the two banks of the river, and behind the bridge is Riga Castle. Most cruise ships dock at the city center, a 10-minute walk from the old town.
More than eight hundred years have shaped the city’s unique appearance and rich traditions.
Due to its geographical location on the Baltic Sea (where East and West meets), Riga has been an important centre of trade, finance and culture for centuries.
Today all transport modes are connecting Riga with the rest of the world – railway and motorway networks, modern airport and fast growing multipurpose port system.
Riga has unique values due to its rather intact medieval architecture and that of later periods, the urban structure, the richness and quality of Art Noveau architecture and the 19th century wooden architecture of the city. It was recognised by inscribing the historic centre of Riga as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Riga belongs to the cultural space of western Europe. For the city, dynamic and diverse music and arts activities are typical. Over centuries, the creative atmosphere evolved in Riga and inspired composers, poets and artists.
Riga has hundreds of ways for enticing visitors – its rich history, architecture, spacious gardens and parks, museums, art galleries and world-class opera … and daily treats like a walk in the enormous colourful central market or going to a cosy cafe, club or pub …
Throughout the year, Riga will try to entice you. Discover Riga for yourself, and you will wish to re-visit Riga many times!
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