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“Packaged architectural history”

Old City Riga (Vecriga)
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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.
Reviewed November 16, 2012

It's a lovely quiet city and I particularly like the winding river and long narrow park that borders the central distict. Various architectural styles remain consistent in distinct zones, so you get a strong sense of each historical period, with very few trashy commercial intrusions. Art nouveau/Jugenstil buildings are the big drawcard, but don't expect the curvaceous linear style of the Paris Metro entrances. The northern equivalent looks entirely different, more conventional, pastel coloured buildings with their exterior encrusted with symmetrically ornamental sculpture, often with a dreamy female face as the centrepoint. As well as reconstructed medieval architecture you can see the classic Stalinist soviet style Academy of Science and the bleak, widowless Museum of the Occupation. Cheer yourself a little by visiting the city market in four vast aircraft hangars on the south eastern edge of downtown. Continue a short distance into the inner suburbs and you find centuries-old traditional wooden houses in a rural setting.

Thank Chris F
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Its really nice to walk through Rigas old city. The streets are crowded and alive, and there is a bar or eatery at every turn, so there are no shortage of choice when deciding what to eat.

I imagine that the old city must be very nice to stroll through in summer.

I'd highly recommend visiting this historic piece of Riga.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

A very clean town, with limited vehicles allowed, making strolling around nice. A lot to see and absorb. I highly recommend the walking tour that starts at St. Peter's church everyday at 11:00am.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Beautiful architecture and very clean. The shopping and dining is abundant. For those who appreciate architecture, Riga has it all.

Thank xnyrnkc
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed in the "quiet quarter" just outside the Old City, but close enough to enjoy the walking tours that are available on the city's tourist website. The five different "Art Nouveau" walks we took highlighed the wonderful architecture that this vibrant city has.

I'd recommend starting early in the morning with the walks, and eating outside the old city in order to save a bit on your trip. Inside the old city tends to be a bit overpriced when compared to fine places that are just a 5 minute walk away.

Thank Sweagle97
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