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Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti)

11 Tornu iela,, Riga, Latvia
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Ranked #61 of 89 Attractions in Riga
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: This is the only surviving city gate of Riga, which was built into the city wall in 1698 during Swedish rule.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

It's worth a short visit if just to see the oldest remaining part of the old town. There is an interesting view of the street ahead from where the arch ends in mid air.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It's certainly worth wandering through here as you explore Riga. A quick stop to admire the design is sufficient. The adjacent streets are also quite pretty.

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Paris, France
20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Not to be missed... Impressived width in the wall, narrow middle âge streets around and the house of the "bourreau"...!

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Don't miss it, if you are walking the old town. The gate is pretty and leads to a road with a few bars on it. Lots of souvenir shops around as well.

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St Neots, Cambs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

As my wife is Swedish we just HAD to pay a visit to the Swedish Gate ! It will only take five minutes and is close by other attractions anyway. It is also a good photo opportunity and an interesting piece of history.

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Wakefield, MA
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178 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We had exhausted our list of sites to see so we walked to the Swedish Gate. It is in a pretty and quiet area of the city. There are shops and cafe's to visit. We had lunch at one of the cafe's that was through the gate. It was nice and quiet with only a few people walking by. The... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The Swedish Gate is not remarkable in itself but it is the last surviving entranceway through the medieval walls that you'll find in Riga. The small lane that runs on the inside portion of the wall just by the gate is one of the prettiest in Riga - make sure to find it and snap a few photos.

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Riga, Latvia
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53 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I cannot explain why this landmark is so important. Every time I show someone around we go through this gate, but actually there is nothing special about it. It is just there and it has name

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Nice part of the old city built on 1698 while the Swedes where in power. Worth to visit also the Powder tower and the cafes and gift shops on the Torna iela.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

I do not think the Swedish Gate is anything to boast about but considering how small Riga is and how few places are really worth visiting, I would say it is worth a photo.

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