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Riga, Latvia


Riga

Introduction

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships mainly dock on the river fairly close to the old town though smaller ships may dock a bit
more south. Cruise ships have also been known to dock at Krievu Island (Krievu Sala) much further out.


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Costa Pacifica docked in Google Streetview

Money and Tipping

Latvia converted to the Euro (EUR) in Jan 2014. As in the rest of Europe, a small (5-10%) tip is appreciated when dining at restaurants.

Local Transportation

The old town area is small and easily walkable from the cruise pier.

Hotels

Search hotels in Riga here

Sights

  • Old Town - Riga's historic centre full of small squares
  • St Peter's Church - you can take a lift up the tower for a view of the city
  • House of Blackheads - magnificient building in Old Town Square
  • Freedom Monument - set in a park with a daily changing of the guard
  • Riga Castle - houses the National History Museum of Latvia

Shopping and Restaurants

The main shopping spots in the Old Town are Valnu street (from Gunpowder Tower to Hotel de Rome) and adjacent Basteja Pasaza (Basteja Passage) with fashion shops and boutiques. Jekaba Kazarmas (Jacob’s Barracks) houses mostly souvenir shops where you can buy amber jewellery. Galerija Centrs (Center Gallery) is a shopping arcade in the center of the Old Town (more than 100 shops, mainly tax-free). The nearby small streets of Tirgonu and Laipu have art galleries, souvenir and antiques shops. Riga's Central Market can be found on the south edge of Old Town.

Internet

Restaurants, cafes and McDonalds may provide free wifi for customers.

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Weather

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