After seven centuries of foreign domination,the Republic of Latvia (Latvijas Republika) is independent since 1991 and has been transforming herself into an economically dynamic democracy. The vehicle for this transforming is the capital Riga, the largest city in the Baltic States.
Guides in Riga
Of Latvias 2.350.000 inhabitants approx. 750.000 live in Riga. The city is located on both banks of the river Daugava which separates the city into two parts, Vecriga (Old Riga) and Pardaugava. Four bridges, one only for railway traffic, connect the banks.
Riga is close to the Gulf of Riga at the Baltic Sea and the harbour is an important part of the citys development. Once the river was an important as a strategically location called the Amber Way where the Nordic Vikings started their travels east). Today you find in the very heart of the city, just at the doorsteps to the Old Town, the Sea Passenger Terminal. Riga is also a hub for both the domestic and international trains. Only twenty minutes away from the city centre you find the biggest airport in the Baltic States, Riga International Airport.
There is so much to discover in Riga. The Old Town, the historic centre of Riga is today included in the UNESCO World Heritage Despite being more than 800 years old this is a modern European capital that offers numerous open-air cafes, operas and concerts, brilliant architecture, from the medieval to the Art Nouveau, an old city centre, good shopping and small cosy restaurants.
You also find hundreds of green areas and parks in the city, forty museums, a lot of theatres and an active artistic life Riga manages to keep in harmony its vast green areas and parks in the very city centre. Or just choose to take a walk in the Old Town on its cobblestone streets and just look up at the eaves and feel the wings of history. The main sights in the old town are Riga Castle, St Peters Church and the Dome Cathedral.
It is easy to go around in the city with public transports, buses, trolley buses and trams take you to any part of the city in 35 minutes. It is easy to recognise a Taxi by the lighted roof signs and special yellow licence plates starting from TX. Taxis should be equipped with taxi meters and always make sure the meter is running.