Gallery: Modern Riga
Riga, the capital city of Latvia, is home to almost half the country’s population and is considered the metropolitan centre of the entire Baltic region.
Photos by Evita Dzanuskane
Riga is the geographical centre of the Baltic States. The total number of inhabitants within Riga at the beginning of 2010 was 706,413 people.
The Old Town is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list for buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and for the architecture bearing traits of Swedish, Polish, Russian and German influence.
The old city of Riga is basically a pedestrian zone with only a few cars being permitted.
Riga remains an elegant city with a wide range of classy restaurants and trendy bars.
Dome square in Riga is a historical place, hundreds of years old. It is considered to be the heart of Old Riga. In summer, cafes in Dome Square are open daily.
One of the modern shopping centres located in the very heart of the city.
In the cultural arena, Riga is famous for offering opera, ballet and a variety of live music events. The Latvian National Opera is also a home for the ballet.
During Soviet epoch clock was digital. After Central Railway Station reconstruction in late 90s new tower was built with analog clock and magnificent bar on top. Bar is open to everybody and has nice view of the city.
Brīvības iela means Street of Freedom in Latvian language. It is the main drag in Riga. Dividing East part of Riga into two parts.
You will also find it to be a vibrant modern European city. Riga public transport (bus, trolleybus, tram) operates an electronic payment system, or e-ticket (e-talons).
Port of Riga
From water you will see the city from completely different angle. Taka a cruise from Riga to Jurmala (a resort town) along the rivers Daugava and Lielupe.
Andrejsala is the new, trendy urban district of Riga, where a series of creative events and parties take place.
It is one of the five bridges built across the Daugava river in Riga.