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“A beautiful place to discover” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old City Riga (Vecriga)

Old City Riga (Vecriga)
around Maza Pils iela, Riga, Latvia
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Old Town Walking Tour of Riga
Ranked #1 of 171 things to do in Riga
Certificate of Excellence
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: 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 place to discover”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

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).

Visited May 2012
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“Well worth a visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013 via mobile

Friendly people, good food, only a couple of hours from London, good bars and pubs, fairly cheap (about £2.20 for a beer), and it felt safe. Don't believe all you read about Riga - we didn't encounter any problems and had a great weekend!

Visited March 2013
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Cosy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Old town is small and cosy you can easily walk everywhere. Lots of bars and cafes if you want to sit down for a while

Visited April 2013
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“Compact with charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Riga's Old town is so picturesque with lots of charm. You can visit all the sights on foot and it is so pleasant walking around. The nice thing is that Riga doesn't get full of people and it feels like a smallish town and not a capital city which adds to the charm. You can see all the main sights in Riga in a couple of days so it makes for a fab long weekend destination.

You will find that some of the restaurants and bars are a bit on the pricey side (If you are converting from sterling) but there is lots of choice and we enjoyed pottering around at leisure stopping off for the occasional refreshment. We loved Riga. We would have loved to have gone to the museum of occupation but unfortunately it was closed for Easter!

Visited March 2013
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“Little but beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Riga's Old town is really beautiful. Quite small to visit by foot, but it is worth to take an excursion by bus. Not crowded, but with a lot of tourists. Caffes are very expensive, but you can find quite normal prices at LIDO or CILI PIZZA.

Visited March 2013
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