No question - Riga is the pearl of the Baltics!! The old town has it all... but most impressive are the many beautiful old and historic buildings, which have been lovingly restored and freshly painted. It has an architectural diversity second to none... Art Nouveau, Classicism, Baroque and Renaissance, But you can also find some old wooden structures along the peripheral areas of downtown - quite a contrast!! This part of town is easy to discover, as it is rather compact. - Don't miss to walk through Bastejkalns (or "Bastion mountain", as it is called), a picturesque park with its small canal and hilltop lookout, that separates the old town from the more elegant part of Riga along Raina Blvd. Then stroll up one block on and along Brivibas Blvd to Elizabetes iela (street) before returning to the Freedom Monument by criss-crossing the Esplanāde and Vērmanes Dārzs parks (also very beautiful). You get the most out of it when you do this during the daytime. Once it gets dark, you better stay in the lit-up areas (but then, that applies to places almost everywhere).