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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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A beautiful and very different city

While old Riga itself is very lovely and full of gorgeous architecture, it's the history and culture of the place I found most interesting. Everywhere you go you're aware of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Keynsham, England, United Kingdom
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Keynsham, England, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

While old Riga itself is very lovely and full of gorgeous architecture, it's the history and culture of the place I found most interesting. Everywhere you go you're aware of the Russian influence, but there are hangovers from the German, Polish and Swedish past as well, making this a really interesting, and slightly tragic place. The Museum of the Occupation... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I loved it. It was really cool and old too. It just shows so much about the history in Latvia or in those times- Livonia. You can really see the great detail.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The old town of Riga is charming, Small, but very concise. It is very hard to get lost, so just strolling around is a good way to explore the several beautiful buildings in the town.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I've been here second time with my family on a cruise from Stockholm. Very artistic and architecture city. A lot of music on the street with many churches. The food here was pretty tasty. Recommend for those who wants to have short vacation during weekends.

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Chingford London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The architecture was brilliant and the cobbled streets very oldy worldy. A lovely experience walking through the cobbled streets viewing the various shops especially the Amber jewellery shops.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We had like 10hours to our next flight and we head down town. We didnt know what to expect and we were positively surprised. Picturesque, BEAUTIFUL, meddieval little city with amazing people. Worth a visit and we are already planning our next!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We had a few hours to spend in Riga and decided to spend it in Old town.It is only about 15-20mins from Riga airport by taxi. The taxi costs about 14 Euro each way.Everything is within walking distance. There is St Peter's church where you can climb up to see the overview of Riga for a fee. There is a... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Riga has a beautiful old city centre which is really worth experiencing. There are only a few modern shops to see in the streets, all is concentrated in big shopping malls which allows you to really feel the medieval times. One thing that surprised me was that the city itself was actually pretty small, you can walk around and see... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

going atop the St. Peters Church is a must. please keep an hour to spare to go up and get a killer view of the city. u may also try the Lido restaurant in the old town

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Hassleholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Old Riga really is old. The Dome Cathedral, which is one of the central elements in the city, dates back to the 13th century, and there are even a few residential buildings, known as the "Three Sisters The old town is not big, so you could cover all the main sights in one day, but I recommend spending at least... More 

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