Latvia is a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia. Its landscape is marked by wide beaches as well as dense, sprawling forests. Latvia’s capital is Riga, home to notable wooden and art nouveau architecture, a vast Central Market and a medieval Old Town with St. Peter’s Church. Riga’s museums include the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum, showcasing local crafts, food and music.
Riga – The Capital City of Latvia
Riga is the capital and the largest and most exciting city of Latvia. It’s considered a cultural center and is home to many museums and concert halls. The city is also known for its wooden buildings, art nouveau architecture and medieval Old Town. The pedestrian-only Old Town has many shops and restaurants and is home to busy Livu Square, with bars and nightclubs.
Jūrmala is a Latvian resort city on the Gulf of Riga, just west of the capital, Riga. It’s known for wooden, art nouveau seaside villas, Soviet-era sanatoriums and long, sandy Jūrmala Beach. Near the beach are the Dzintari Concert Hall complex, dating from the 1930s, and Dzintari Forest Park. On the banks of winding Lielupe River, the Jūrmala City Museum tells the history of the city through thousands of objects
Just 20 minutes’ drive from Riga,If you’re looking for fun, there’s vibrant life on the beach and in the unique spas, offering a tempting menu of mud packs and massages.
Kuldīga is a town in western Latvia. It is the center of Kuldīga Municipality with a population of approximately 13,500. Kuldīga was first mentioned in 1242. It joined the Hanseatic League in 1368.
Drift back to a young age in Kuldiga (Kuldiga), a beautiful destination for a romantic weekend or family vacation.
This beautiful town offers a mixture of Baroque splendour and soulful timber houses, Europe’s widest waterfall and enchanting restaurants and guesthouses to ensure a magical stay.
Cēsis is a town in northeastern Latvia, known for its medieval castle. First built in the 13th century and rebuilt many times since, Cēsis Castle features wall paintings, dungeons and towers with views. Its Castle Park includes an old brewery, a cemetery and the Transfiguration of Christ Orthodox Church. Also on castle grounds, the 18th-century Castle Manor House is home to the Cēsis History and Art Museum.
Liepāja is a port city on Latvia’s west coast. It’s known for long Liepāja Beach, on the Baltic Sea. The beach is backed by Seaside Park, featuring a concert stage, a former bathhouse and the Ghost Tree, a monument to the influential Latvian rock band, Līvi. In the center, the Latvian Musicians’ Alley of Fame has plaques dedicated to the nation’s musicians. Holy Trinity Cathedral houses a huge mechanical organ.
It is known as “city where the wind is born,” Liepaja (Liepaja) is a port with uncommon attractions.
A Beautiful Architecture from Art Nouveau pearls to historic churches, the Soviet brutalist Karosta military port district, a magnificent beach and rich musical traditions are yours to savour.
Latgale is one of the four historical and cultural regions of Latvia recognized in the Constitution of the Latvian Republic. It is the easternmost region north of the Daugava River.
Latgale is an off the beaten track gem that deeply rewards visitors.From a museum to legendary artist Mark Rothko to awe inspiring Aglona Basilica, Latvia’s eastern region is packed with surprises.
Stunning lakes, fascinating traditions, timeless handicrafts and heartfelt hospitality will make this a place you will never forget.
Ventspils is a Latvian port city on the Baltic Sea. It’s bisected by the Venta River. The old town, with cobblestone streets and 17th-century storehouses, is centered on Town Hall Square and Market Square. The 13th-century Castle of the Livonian Order now houses Ventspils Museum, with exhibitions on the castle and the city. Close to the city’s beach, Ventspils Water Park has slides and pools.
The port of Ventspils is a town with the sea in its veins, as well as being a delightful destination for the whole family.
Enjoy street sculpture, let the kids run wild in the city’s fun parks, discover the interactive medieval castle or relax on the Blue Flag beach.
Rundale Palace and Museum
Rundāle Palace is one of the two major baroque palaces built for the Dukes of Courland in what is now Latvia, the other being Jelgava Palace. The palace was built in two periods, from 1736 until 1740 and from 1764 until 1768.
Designed by Francesco Rastrelli, the architect who also created St. Petersburg’s Hermitage, Rundale is a superbly restored Baroque and Rococo masterpiece packed with art treasures and surrounded by a delightful rose garden.
Gauja National Park
Gauja National Park is in northeast Latvia. It’s known for its many historical structures. Covering a large swath of the Gauja Valley, it surrounds the town of Cēsis and its 13th-century castle. Medieval Turaida Castle, with its tall tower, anchors the Turaida Museum Reserve. Also here is Folk Song Park, with granite sculptures inspired by Latvian folklore. South, Sigulda town has a ruined Livonian Order castle.
The Gauja National Park is the perfect place to destress. Wander miles of stunning hiking trails, explore fascinating medieval castles or thrill to bungee jumping, bobsleighing and other adventurous activities.
Turaida Museum Reserve
Latvia is a land of ancient traditions, and the best place to experience them is the Turaida Museum Reserve near Sigulda.
Explore the medieval castle and its intriguing museum, connect with Latvia’s musical heritage on Folk Song Hill and take in sweeping views of the lovely Gauja River Valley.