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Riga is the capital of Latvia and the largest city of the Baltic states. It covers more than 300 square kilometers and it’s the home of 700 thousand people, which is about one third of the total population of Latvia. In 2014, Riga was elected as the European Capital of Culture and in the same year the city held Championship of Amateur Choirs World Choir Games.
In Riga, we can offer you more than 240 accommodation options starting with hostels up to apartments, hotels (2-5 stars) or guesthouses. The largest offer would be found in apartments and hotels. The most popular apartments include Martas Mansards, Riga Apartment in the Heart of City or Apartment in Riga City Center. In Riga, you can also directly camp on a small island on the river Dengava. The cheapest alternative are hostels, which are spread throughout the city, you can find them right in the Old Town, but also near the train station. Accommodation in a average three-star hotel will cost you somewhere around 30 EUR/per room/per night in the high season. One of the well known hotel chains in Riga is the Radisson Blu. Among the most luxurious hotels are for example Royal Casino Spa & Hotel Resort, Garden Luxury Residence or the Dome Hotel & Spa. The most popular hotels are Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija and Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel.
Riga is located in an area where the river Daugava flows into the Baltic Sea. The climate is mild, with plenty of rainfall. The coldest months are January and February, when temperatures are below zero. The coldest days may be up to -20 degrees. In summer, its is usually around 15-20 degrees, during spring and autumn there is frequent rain and fog. So the best time to visit Riga would be probably summer.
During ancient times, Riga was already an important port and trading center of the Vikings on their way to the Byzantine Empire. Riga was officially established in 1201 by Albert of Bremen, who used it as a base for the Crusades. Riga later became a member of the Hanseatic cities (cities, which for several centuries dominated long-distance trade in the North and Baltic Seas). After the fall of the Hansa, Riga was first a part of Sweden, then Russia and in 1918 it became the capital of independent Latvia. During the 2nd World War, Riga was occupied by Germany. After the war, it was annexed by the Soviet Union. In 1990, Riga becameonce again the capital of the independent Latvian state.
The international airport in Riga is located about 10 kilometers from the city center. The transportation around the city can be provided by a reliable urban transport system which is formed mostly by buses, trams and trolleybuses. Taxis are affordable, the majority of taxi drivers are very nice and are open to help tourists. Unfortunately, there are always some exceptions. Another variant of transport are minibuses or so called taxi-buses which can transport about 10 people at a time. They either stop at bus stops of public transport or virtually anywhere where it is permitted to stop. Riga is also a major port - from Stockholm in Sweden, from Kiel and Lübeck in Germany there is a ferry connection to Riga every day.
City Center, Old Riga (Vecriga), is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Major attractions include the Dom cathedral (Rīgas Doms), which is officially the largest church in the Baltic states, further on the Castle (Rīgas pils) from the 14th century, which currently serves as office for the president. Interesting is also the House of Blackheads (Blackheads), the houses of three brothers (TRIS Brāļi), Cat House (Kaķu May), and also the Powder Tower, which is the last surviving part of the original fortifications. The city has also many important churches, such as St. Peter's Church, Church of St. James and St. John's Church. In a park near the Old Riga, we can find the Freedom Monument, which was built for the remembrance of the year 1918 when Latvia became an independent state for the first time in history.
Riga has its football clubs Skonto FC, FS Metta-LU or JFK Olimps, a Basketball Club BK VEF Riga, Barons LMT and they have also hockey clubs Dinamo Riga and HK Riga. A marathon takes place in Riga every year. In 2006 Riga hosted the Ice Hockey World Championship.
The city is linked to many famous personalities, such as composer Richard Wagner, football player Marian Pahars, psychologist Lola Hoffmann, a Swedish politician Laila Ligita Freivalds, a dancer Mikhail Baryšnikovnebo, DJ Lethal known of the group House of Pain and the rock group Limp Bizkit.
Maza Monētu iela 3, Rīga
Located in Riga Old Town, Sherlock Art Hotel is a 3-minute walk from Riga Dome Cathedral.The self catering units at the Sherlock Holmes themed hotel feature a unique design.
Mārstaļu iela 3, Rīga
The 4-star Radi Un Draugi Hotel is situated in the heart of Riga’s Old Town, a 5-minute walk from the historic Dome Cathedral. It offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and refrigerator.
22 Aspazijas bulvāris, Rīga
Located in Rīga in the Vidzeme Region, 100 metres from Latvian National Opera, Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga features a spa centre and sauna. The hotel has a fitness centre and indoor swimming pool, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant or a drink at the bar.
Kaļķu iela 28, Rīga
The elegant Hotel Roma is located in the heart of Riga’s Old Town, 200 metres from the Freedom Monument. It features spacious rooms with a safe and a minibar.
Kalēju iela 53, Rīga
Bearsleys Blacksmith Apartments offers a fully self-service accommodation in Rīga. Riga Central Market is 300 metres away.
Kalēju iela 33, Rīga
Wellton Centrum Hotel & SPA, housed in a modern building constructed to feature authentic elements of the original historic structure, is located in the Old Town of Rīga. This 4-star hotel offers a selection of wellness facilities and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi.
Kr. Barona iela 12, Rīga
The Europa Royale Riga is located 400 metres from the Old Town. It offers air-conditioned rooms with cable TV, a minibar and free Wi-Fi.
Skolas iela 20, Rīga
Situated in Rīga, Riga Lux Apartments - Skolas is 400 metres from Olympic Skonto Hall. Riga Congress Centre is 800 metres from the property.
Kalēju iela 9/11, Rīga
Rixwell Hotel Konventa Seta is a 3-star hotel, housed in a historic state-of-the-art townhouse in a 7 building complex. It is located in Riga’s Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
13 Skunu iela, Rīga
Well located right in the heart of Rīga, Old City Cinema Loft Delux offers city views. This property offers access to free WiFi.
Rūpniecibas iela 11, Rīga
Renovated in June 2016, Résidence Lumière is set in a UNESCO listed building, that combines historical architecture with contemporary design. The property is located in Art Nouveau and Embassy district, also known as the Quiet Center.
Nometņu iela 62, Rīga
The 3-star Primo Hotel is housed in a 100-year old Art Nouveau building and located in the centre of Agenskalns district of Riga. It offers free Wi-Fi in the entire hotel and rooms with artwork of a popular Latvian artist.
Grēcinieku iela 8, Rīga
Located in the middle of Rīga and offering city views, Sundern Apartments offers accommodation with free WiFi, a 5-minute walk from Latvian National Opera. This apartment is a 5-minute walk from Riga Dome Cathedral and a 6-minute walk from Riga Central Market.
117 Aleksandra Čaka Street, Rīga
Set in Rīga, Elegance Apartments has well-equipped accommodation boasting free WiFi, a 19-minute walk from Arena Riga. All units are equipped with a flat-screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen with an oven.
Miesnieku iela 14, Rīga
Located in Rīga, within a 1-minute walk of Riga Dome Cathedral, Miesnieku Old Town apartment is an accommodation offering city views. The property is 300 metres from Arsenals Exhibition Hall and a 9-minute walk from Latvian National Opera.
Ernesta Birznieka-Upīša iela 18B, Rīga
Riga Lux Apartments - Ernesta is a self-catering accommodation located in central Rīga, a 17-minute walk from the Old Town and 8 minutes on foot from Riga Passenger Train Station. Free WiFi access is available.
Minsterejas iela 8/10, Rīga
Rixwell Old Riga Palace Hotel is located in a quiet street in Riga’s Old Town, within walking distance from all the main attractions, it offers accommodation with a spa & wellness centre equipped with a hot tub and a sauna, additionally various massages, manicure and pedicure are available at surcharge. Rooms have individual climate control and satellite TV.
7 Arsenala iela, Rīga
Located in the middle of Rīga, Alus Apartments features accommodation with city views, just 100 metres from Arsenals Exhibition Hall. The accommodation has free WiFi.
Ģertrūdes iela 70, Rīga
The Rixwell Gertrude Hotel is a family-friendly, boutique hotel located in a 19th century Art Nouveau style building. This 4-star hotel is a 15-minute walk from the St.
Jāņa iela 5 1.stāvs, Rīga
Apartment is set in the Centre district of Rīga, a 3-minute walk from Latvian National Opera, a 5-minute walk from Riga Central Market and a 6-minute walk from Riga Dome Cathedral. This apartment offers accommodation with a patio.