Wondering what to do in Latvia? We’ll lead the way as you soak up all the rich history and explore all the best Riga museums.
Walk into the House of the Blackheads in Riga
One of the most beautiful things to see in Latvia is the House of Blackheads, a grand building made for banquets and balls. You can walk around the pretty red brick facades outside and hear stories from your Local Specialist about the Baltic's largest collections of silverware, ceiling paintings and crystal chandeliers held inside the building.
Admire the Freedom Monument
The Freedom Monument is a moving symbol of Latvian unity and towers proudly over Riga. Topped by a female Liberty holding three gold stars, who is affectionately known as ‘Milda’, the monument was entirely funded by donations from locals and is a memorial to those who fell in Latvia’s struggle for freedom.
Discover the Many Art Nouveau Buildings
Your Local Specialist will lead the way on a Riga sightseeing tour, sharing fascinating tales about the city along the way. You’ll get to see one of the world’s most impressive collections of Art Nouveau buildings, St. Peter's Church, the Three Brothers and Riga Cathedral, and your head won’t stop spinning as you try to take in every stunning detail.
LATVIA TAILORED BY YOU
Create your own rules on a tailor made holiday to Latvia with our range of Optional Experiences. Choose from adventures like exploring the Bergi Open Air Museum and tasting the herbal flavours of Black Balsam at a traditional city tavern.
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Discover The Bergi Open Air Museum
When in Latvia, you have to take a trip to the beautiful shores of Jugla Lake. Head inside the pine forest and you'll find an incredible ethnographic open-air museum. You can explore the 90 traditional buildings that have come from all over Latvia and been rebuilt here. We enjoyed a stroll around the windmills, fishermen's houses and charming farmhouses, then tucked into a delicious traditional lunch.
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Visit The Museum Of The Occupation Of Latvia
The Museum reveals Latvia's history from 1940 until 1991, when occupations by both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were experienced. The fascinating exposition that includes documents, photographs and other objects, tells the story of the tragedy which befell the residents of Latvia under the inhumane conditions created by these foreign powers, as well as the resistance against the occupying powers. A 'must' for all of us history geeks out there.
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Cruise the Canals of Riga
Prepare for the magic of seeing Riga from the water, when you take a scenic cruise in a canal boat. You'll glide along the River Daugava and Riga Canal, circling Riga's Old Town. Keep your eyes on the skyline to spot the city's icons including Riga Castle, the Freedom Monument, Kronvalda Park and the Latvian National Opera.
WHAT TO EAT & DRINK IN LATVIA
Our Latvia tours will show you all the most delicious Latvian food to try from dumplings to seafood to bread pudding.
If you’re looking for the perfect end to your meal, this beloved Latvian dessert is the answer. It’s a thick, creamy treat made from sweetened rye bread, raisins, apples, plums, cranberries and cinnamon, Topped with whipped cream and berries, this is one dessert you’ll definitely want to make room for.
There’s no better way to wash down all that delicious Latvian food than with a glass of kvass, the traditional fermented drink of the Baltics. Is usually made with rye bread you can find it in all sorts of flavours like strawberries, raisins, beetroot and mint. Try them all and find your favourite!
Thanks to the Baltic Sea and all the lakes and rivers in Latvia, you’ll find fresh fish all over the country from local markets to street stalls. Smoked fish is one of the best ways to get your dose of seafood, and you can learn about all the traditional ways of preparing the fish from your Latvia guide.
WHEN IS BEST TO VISIT LATVIA
Our favourite season in Latvia is summer, with long and warm midsummer days and plenty of chances to escape into nature.
Best Time to Experience Latvia’s Midsummer Festival
Visit in June to experience Jāņi, the Latvia festival celebrating the summer solstice with bonfires, wildflower garlands, saunas, folk songs and plenty of food and drink.
Best Time to Visit Latvia’s Cities
We love sightseeing in Riga from June to August, when the country has thawed out from winter and the weather is fine.
Best Time to Explore the Latvian Countryside
Spring and autumn bring bird migrations full of geese and ducks, as well as golden foliage and pretty blooms.
PACKING TIPS FOR LATVIA
HOW TO TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN LATVIA
Taste the Local Specialties
When you eat local, you get to learn about all the different food traditions of Latvia, plus you’ll be supporting local farmers.
Leave No Trace
Whether you're walking through the countryside or wandering the city parks, you can help keep Latvia beautiful by taking all rubbish with you and sticking to marked paths.
Bring a Reusable Cup
There are dozens of amazing coffee shops you’ll want to try on your Riga trip. Help reduce waste by enjoying your coffee in a mug. Or if you’re on the go, bring your own reusable cup.