Panorama Riga Observation Deck

Panorama Riga Observation Deck

Panorama Riga Observation Deck
4.5
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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"Panorama Riga" is a circular terrace - observation deck of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, offering breathtaking 360° panoramic views of Riga. The terrace is wide enough, so groups of tourists or companies of friends can feel free on the "Panorama Riga" observation deck. From the "Panorama Riga" observation deck, you can take wonderful photos with panoramic views of Riga, nothing obstructs the view, enclosures and glass reflections don’t interfere. You can watch the most beautiful sunset or have a romantic date in the height of 65 meters.
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  • AUSLion
    London, United Kingdom1,342 contributions
    Different perspective of the city
    Views from the top are great on a nice day, able to see in all directions and identify landmarks in the city and beyond. If it is cloudy, recommend going back on another day, as the views will be more limited. Not far from the central markets and cheaper than going up the St Peters Church observation platform. Worth a visit to add on to your trip to the markets and get a different perspective on the city.
    Written January 30, 2020
  • LondonE3Traveller
    London, United Kingdom1,334 contributions
    Worth visiting for panoramic view
    Great experience and worth visiting to see a panoramic view of the city. Took lift to 15th floor and there were then 2 flights of stairs to climb to the 17th floor. Great views across city and there were a few sign providing info on surrounding attractions/ buildings. Useful info: cost is 6 euros. There was a toilet available on the 17th floor.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2022
  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland29,113 contributions
    First high-rise building in Latvia
    "Panorama Riga" observation deck is located in the historical building of the Latvian Academy of Sciences, which is a symbol of the Soviet era. The 107-meter tall building was built in honor of the Communist leader Stalin. The building was completed in 1961. There are a total of 766 rooms on 23 floors, occupied by scientists, researchers, historians, and various companies. "Panorama Riga" is a circular terrace offering unparalleled 360° panoramic views of Riga. The entry fee is 6 euros. On our visit, we were the only ones up there.
    Written September 29, 2020
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Niklas Green
Porvoo, Finland37 contributions
Sep 2021
Nice location for an overview of Riga as long as it is a sunny day. We visited in September on a rainy evening and saw next to nothing. The interior of the building takes you back to the Soviet era. At 6 euros per person it is definitely worth a visit as long as it is not raining. Remember to bring cash as they don't accept credit cards.
Written September 27, 2021
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Kristina M
Vilnius, Lithuania27 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
6€ ticket, has an elevator up to 16th floor, the rest 2 floors you have to go by foot. Nice view, very windy. The ticket guy doesn’t speak english but seems to adapt nicely- he just points to some sheets with english info. CASH ONLY!!!!
Written January 2, 2023
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,289 contributions
Feb 2020
Wherever I travel I try to go to some panoramic view to take pictures from above. In Riga there are some options: this Panorama of the Academy of Sciences, St Peter Church or Skybar. I chose the Academy of Sciences, ticket costed 5 euro. The building is not so far from the Old Town and is located very close to the train station so directly after it I took a train to Jurmala. It was so windy, no joke, I was afraid my phone was going to fly out of my hand. Luckily you can protect yourself inside in the area where the toilet is. Managed to take some nice photos and quickly ran away. Sky was really beautiful but the wind is crazy.
Written March 1, 2020
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AMEX x
United Kingdom61 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Was really looking forward to this as it was very high on our 'must see' list. Got there but unfortunately had to deal with an incredibly rude and miserable woman on the desk. Tried to pay with card but was told 'cash', which wasn't a huge issue. We asked where the nearest cash machine was, to which she replied 'not my problem' and closed the serving hatch. Bizarre attitude for something which is clearly for tourists.
If visiting just bring cash - nearest cash machine we found was inside the central market. Didn't feel like returning afterwards.
Written December 8, 2022
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Missmiamo
Gothenburg, Sweden20 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Offers the best view of Riga. Open until 22 so the most amazing sunset is possible! Bring some coffee and hang out for a while. The history of this incredible building enhances the experience - be sure to find out!
Written August 7, 2022
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Josh0912
77 contributions
Jul 2020
Upon seeing this wonderful Stalinist architecture in Riga I had to investigate it. Only planned on seeing on the outside but when taking a peak inside it turned out it has an observation deck. Returned in the evening for a wonderful view over Riga while the sun was going down.
Written July 5, 2020
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Bordersgeezer
Hawick, UK2,933 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This was our first visit and the building itself is so impressive from a distance therefore was a must for us to visit. It houses the Latvian Academy of Sciences. You can reach it easily by foot in about 15 minutes from the very centre of Old Riga. Costs on our visit was 5€ each. A lift takes you to the top of the observation deck for some stunning views
Written January 31, 2020
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Leon S
Riga, Latvia53 contributions
Aug 2015 • Solo
Well, I just recently posted another review for St Peters cathedral observation point in Old Town, however we must not forget this much lesser know and much less popular but very much underrated place.

Basically this is historical building of ths Stalin time during Soviet time of Latvia. It has one of the best high observation point around Riga and actually probably the best which you can find for photography and view.

It has several advantages over St Peter;s catherdral. First of all it's cheaper - only 4 Euro cost. Second it's lesser know and much less crouded - you never have to wait in the queue to get to the platform. Third - it's much biggest and can accomodate much more people than St Peter's one. It's high platform has 65 meters. To be honest I even had a part of the photo session on top of that during my wedding. I'll try to submit photo if they would allow me to post photo with guests. (*all faces are clear to publish). Basically this is THE BEST observation point in Riga. PERIOD. The photo which I submit photographed by Aleksandrs Gadzans and used under his permission to publish on your site.
Written April 13, 2016
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GrgTam
London, UK11 contributions
Sep 2018
I recomande to be at this place just before the sunset so you can see the city view and sun seting at the horizon - breath taking view!!! Hghly Recommanded.
Written November 6, 2018
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wlamb123
Chicago, IL475 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
Views in all directions. Victory Monument on one side - Freedom Monument visible across town. Television Tower visibile, too. Can see Old Town. I liked the views from St. Peter's Church better, but the observation deck at the Academy of Sciences is more visitor friendly. Not expensive.
Written May 20, 2016
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