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Old City Riga (Vecriga)

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Address: around Maza Pils iela, Riga, Latvia
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: This charming maze of narrow and crooked cobblestone streets is filled...
This charming maze of narrow and crooked cobblestone streets is filled with a mixture of architectural styles including Nordic, Gothic, Renaissance, baroque and Jugendstil, plus such historic sites as the 13th-century Riga Castle, St. Peter's Church, the Swedish Gate and the Freedom Monument.
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Pretty but beige!

Great architecture and exceptionally clean everywhere, loads of restaurants, shops but could all be done in a day, great public transport though clean, cheap and on time!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great architecture and exceptionally clean everywhere, loads of restaurants, shops but could all be done in a day, great public transport though clean, cheap and on time!

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Its nice little street trows you back in time. One of the best European capitals. Perfect weekendtrip.

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Vienna, Virginia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Riga's charming Old Town, steepled skyline, Art Nouveau streets, gentrified Mosqva quarter, chic restaurant and bar life make for a spectacular visit to this Baltic city. Add to it a half-day trip to the seaside resort of Jurmala with its breathtaking wooden, turn-of-the-century vacation homes (worth a visit anytime during the year), and you feel like you've immersed into Baltic... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Everything is within walking distance - and public transport is frequent and cheap so you can see a lot in a short space of time.

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Warsaw, Poland
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116 reviews 116 reviews
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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Quite picturesque with nice atmosphere. Combined with Centraltirgus (big classic style food market) it was an experience of the past times.

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Elblag, Poland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

I strongly recommend to visit this colorful, beauty city. It's has beauty old town in good condition. My sugestion is to plan only max 2 days trip

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Everything is easily within walking distance and is so beautiful. Even when we went the weather was overcast and at times foggy, but still the buildings were striking.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Latvians have a lovely city center. It's clean and there seems to be a beauty about it. For me personally it lacks a soul. The buildings are well maintained and have been restored. I found the people reserved but kind, but not really friendly. The areas around the old city are quite broken down and reminds me that there is... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

The reason you visit Riga in my mind, is to be right in the middle of the old City. I feel it is a must to have a hotel stay here so you easily can stroll the many cobble stoned streets and visit museums, churches, restaurants, bars, pubs and other sites within the vicinity of the area

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Stafford, Great Britain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

In recent years I have visited the "old towns" of Prague, Vilnius and Krakow; compared to these I thought that Riga was a little disappointing. There are many excellent old buildings, but there are also some modern styles that sit incongruously with the old. None of the old town is pedestrianised, so there are cars everywhere, although not in great... More 

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