Freedom Monument Riga

7 Unmissable Things To Do In Riga

Riga may be one of the smaller European capital cities but it has big city charm! The history here is so well-preserved but on top of that, there really are lots of other fantastic things to do in Riga.

These are the seven best things to do in Riga.

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1. Town Hall Square

Town Hall Square is Riga’s main square area and is where the infamous House of the Blackheads are. This main square is in central Riga and most of the sights are easy to get to from here.

If you can find it, look for a stone marker on the ground which is where the world’s first Christmas tree was decorated back in 1510!

Riga Town Hall Square

2. Riga Central Market

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Riga Central Market is one of the largest markets in Eastern Europe. Join the more than 100,000 visitors here daily for food tours, shopping and some entertainment.

This Central Market is a must-visit to try out some of the local Latvian cuisine.

Riga Central Market

3. The Freedom Monument

The Freedom Monument is a landmark that stands tall and proud of the soldiers that lost their lives in the Latvian War of Independence. This monument was built 15 years after the war ended in 1935 and stands 42 metres tall.

This landmark is one of the most revered in the city and you should come and see it in person.

Freedom Monument Riga

4. Art Nouveau Museum

The Art Nouveau Museum is dedicated to one of the founders of Riga’s Art Nouveau movement, Konstantīns Pēkšēns. This museum is actually where he lived and features many important works of art from his era.

Perhaps the coolest thing about this museum is that amazing spiral staircase right before you enter the museum.

Art Nouveau Museum

5. Riga Cathedral

Riga Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop and has been a place of worship for over 800 years in Riga. It is the most recognisable building in Riga and locals more commonly refer to it as Dome Cathedral.

The top of the cathedral features a weathercock to help tell the direction of the wind. This weathercock weighs a hefty 86 kilograms!

Riga Cathedral

6. Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia

The Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia is unlike any other museum you have ever been to. Here, 118 traditional Latvian buildings are carefully on display here to show you the cultural differences between the provinces of Latvia.

You’ll get a real appreciation for Latvian culture and architecture at this open-air museum.

Ethnographic Open Air Museum of Latvia

7. Latvian National Museum of Art

For the most complete history of Latvia, come to the Latvian National Museum of Art. Here, you’ll find amazing works of Latvian and international art spread out over two floors.

Be sure to make your way to the rooftop terrace after the museum, where you will see some epic views of Riga.

Latvian National Museum of Art

James Wan

Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, James has always had an inquisitive nature and traveling is now his biggest passion. His biggest thrills are visiting places he's never been to and exploring different cultures. James counts Athens, Tokyo, and Rome as the top three places he's visited.

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