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The top attractions in Riga

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The best things to do in Riga

Known as the Paris of the East for its beauty, its Art Nouveau architecture, and the numerous cafes found in the streets, you'll be spoiled for choice when you ask what to do in Riga. Many of the essential things to see in Riga are found in its historic center.

In Town Hall Square stands the the most symbolic building of the city. Built in the 14th century as the seat of the Great Guild (the guild of fishermen), a century later it passed into the hands of a guild of unmarried German merchants known as the Brotherhood of Blackheads, and it's definitely one of the top Riga attractions. Other places to visit in Riga include the very popular church of San Pedro (here you an enjoy a panoramic view of the city), Riga Doms (Lutheran cathedral), and Riga Castle, seat of the presidency of Latvia. If you want to count a leisurely stroll through beautiful surrounds among your must-do Riga activities, the Elizabetes, Alberta Strelnieku, and nearby streets are the best places to enjoy the Art Nouveau architecture of the city. You can admire up to 750 buildings of this style, which makes Riga the world capital of Art Nouveau architecture, ahead even of Paris, Brussels, or Vienna.

Still looking for stuff to do in Riga? The city also has interesting museums such as the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, which recounts the history of the three occupations experienced by the country since independence in 1940, and the Museum of Riga History and Navigation. The Railroad Bridge, the first bridge was built over the Daugava River, the Latvian National Opera, and Esplanade Park are other attractions in Riga, and you'll find more details about them shared by our users. And if you came to the city in summer, do not forget the beautiful beaches of Jurmala! Discover all the best things to do in Riga with minube.
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