Old City Riga (Vecriga)
Old City Riga (Vecriga)
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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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  • Samuel B-M
    Birmingham, United Kingdom20 contributions
    A wondrously colourful medieval centre, and a melange of architectural styles.
    The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Riga is a melange of architectural styles: Art Nouveau, Baroque, Romanesque, and Gothic, all represented and proudly exhibited in pastel colours. Cars are not permitted within Old Riga, so all exploration is to be done on foot—and there's no better way to admire the neighbourhood. Streets of cobbled stone wind through medieval alleyways, through large and busy squares, and past fascinating historic sites, each with their own story to tell, such as the House of the Black Heads, St. Peter's Church, the Three Brothers, etc. During the Summer months, Riga is the Baltics' centre of activity, drawing in large crowds, but outside of peak season, it becomes quiet, curious, and even quirky. With over 9+ museums, culture is to be found everywhere. I would wholeheartedly recommend hiring a guided tour and listening to the fascinating tales of the city's past, including how a disgruntled merchant installed a bronze cat on his roof to spite the merchant's headquarters (the cat's rear end faced the building's main window), or how tossing a goblet from the top of St Peter's Church would predict when the church would fall.
    Written May 10, 2022
  • averyglenthorne
    London, United Kingdom63 contributions
    Excellent
    I visited in September 2022. The old city is very compact and walkable. There are lots of attractions and restaurants. Riga has regular train links to other towns in Latvia. Beware cyclists and e scooters. If you take a bus anywhere you MUST get a ticket beforehand at a Maxima or Narvessen store. My experience is that you can only pay the driver on the N22 bus to and from the airport.
    Written September 30, 2022
  • S.Gagren
    Latvia7 contributions
    Historical
    The old city is very nice, compact and is good enough for a day trip. I stayed for three days, Riga city is very green, picturesque and there are sights to see. I highly recommend to sit by the Daugava river, Also, go up to St. Peter`s Church, you will see a great view of the city. The parks are just beautiful, the churches in the style of Hanseatic German towns. If the weather is sunny and warm, you will spend the whole day walking through the streets, sipping coffee, admiring architecture and enjoying yourself.
    Traveled solo
    Written September 16, 2020
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StePart
Thessaloniki, Greece167 contributions
Aug 2022
A visit of Riga Old City will bring you back in history. Most of the buildings were built in the 1900s and survived -or carefully have been restored-. They will point out the long and interesting history of the country but also link the visitor with the present time.
Written August 18, 2022
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Chrkol
Glasgow18 contributions
Nov 2022
We got some cheap flights and decided to visit Riga as it was one of the places we wanted to see. The part of the city that is for the tourists is primarily the Old Tow which is quite pretty but also small. We did the walking tours (See other review) which were an excellent way to see the place and visited a few places of interest and of course restaurants which were mostly a hit and less of a miss (also see other reviews!). We were there for two days which felt the right time and generally speaking had a good time.

What brings our score down is our experience of the first night we arrived. Our flight was late, so went to the local kebab place to grab something to eat as there was nothing else at that time open. There appeared to be some locals there who were very racially abusive to the staff; kudos to them for dealing with it but also seemed that they were well versed to such behaviours. On further research, we found out that racism is rife unfortunately and people of specific backgrounds get a lot of abuse especially at nighttime after people had a few drinks.

Overall, glad we visited the place, we saw what there is to see so unlikely to go back but the racism left a really bad taste. The tragic thing was that the racism was not for the older generation but people in their mid-20s.
Written November 29, 2022
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Dawn
12 contributions
Jun 2022
There are so many unique buildings and museums in Riga's Old Town that are a must to see. There is no way anybody can claim to have been to Riga if they have not spent at least a day (ideally at least three) walking around the old town, visiting museums, and soaking in the medieval charm of this city. An absolute gem!
Written June 6, 2022
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DryGarmagon
Vilnius, Lithuania9 contributions
Aug 2022
Sometimes it seems as if all the old cities of Europe are alike. But they are not. Riga's Old Town is such a tourist attraction, with many cafés and restaurants in addition to beautiful old houses with pointed roofs. But people don't live here. There are only tourists and the workers of all these entertainment establishments. But you can walk around Riga's Old Town for hours, go behind the scenes, explore the monuments, have a coffee and a bite to eat at a restaurant.
Written August 29, 2022
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suffdoc
england88 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Large older part of the city with many Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, bars cafes and restaurants. Lively nightlife with music in the streets and bars , but also able to find quiet areas if wanted.
Beautiful gardens around the canal, many small and larger squares and several old churches with spires.
Friendly people on the whole, occasional groups of slightly drunken young men but not threatening.
Felt safe walking around carrying a camera.
A few older medieval buildings but much of that period destroyed in the wars
Written June 28, 2022
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Dave48838
Greenville, MI620 contributions
Oct 2022
This might be my favorite"old towne." There are so many shops, eateries, and pubs its hard to choose. Being flanked by the town canal and park gives it an idyllic feeling. This town is also very manageable because of the landmarks. Between St. Peter's spire and the Freedom Monumeny, you really can't get lost. If you want to travel further, the tram system is available for a small price. An older system, it is a bit jerky but it gets you there.
Written October 23, 2022
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Michael M
Atlanta, GA108 contributions
Jul 2022
This is the best locations in Riga...outside of Old City the rest of the city is pretty much either Soviet-style architecture or modern business offices. Old City is the place to go.
Written July 9, 2022
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland29,113 contributions
Sep 2021
Riga Old Town has its roots in the Middle Ages when Riga was an important Hansa Town with its own port.

While walking the narrow cobblestone streets, you can admire stunning Medieval-era buildings. The Old Town is also famous for its old churches and cathedrals, such as Riga Cathedral and St. Peter's Church.

The buildings are constructed during different periods of time. The over 500 buildings were built in various architectural styles – Romanticism, Gothic, Mannerism, Baroque, Eclectic, Modernism, etc.

Today, Old Town Riga has become a popular entertainment district. You can find here many restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightclubs.

Many hotels can also be found here. For a tourist, it is advisable to stay in the Old Town or near to it.
Written September 28, 2021
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Hans-Olof H
Stockholm, Sweden853 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited Riga at New Year’s Eve. That meant that almost everything was closed, and it war rather chilly, but no winter. So, we mostly looked at the facades of many nice buildings and many that was not so nice that locally were called sad buildings. Riga is a not a wealthy town, and most people is not so well off even if a few are filthy rich. The population in Latvia has dropped by a third since it became a sovereign country. Almost half of those who have left the country is well educated young Letts that have moved to better paid jobs in other EU-countries and the rest is Russians that have moved to Russia. That means that the resources for renovating all the very nice Art Nouveau buildings are rather scare. That means at least in my impression that it is far less when half of them that are renovated and much smaller part of the large number of wooden buildings. However, many of the renovated buildings are remarcable decorated. These are much more elaborated than buildings from the same time in my hometown of Stockholm. So, they are well worth a visit.
That was opened on new years eve was the Lutheran medieval Cathedral. We visited it earlier in the day and later we attended an orgel concert that was really something extra, and so was the cathedral as such. The best way to see the town and different part of it is a combination of walking and tram-riding. And we really want to come back than the museum, and opera house is open and then it is leaves on the threes.
Written January 4, 2020
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Huliganka21
Orlando, FL182 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
This was my first visit to Old City Riga and it’s full of historical facts and amazing architecture. It’s comparable with Tallinn but Riga’s old part is larger and worth the visit. Roaming streets and visited churches. We got lucky and were able to listen to organ music in Dome cathedral. Then took elevator to viewing platform at St. Peter’s cathedral. We stayed in Hilton and it’s a superb location for old town exploration for the price. Book excursion through one of local guides and it will be fantastic few hours spent learning about the city and Latvia’s history.
Written August 29, 2021
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