'N' stands for 'NEIGHBOURHOOD' in CHARMING RIGA
|Treasures of Latvian
Many tourists from abroad
and many environmental
experts say that the entire
country of Latvia is one
huge nature park
Since Latvia is a small country, most tourist attractions and most important tourist destinations are a few miles away from Rīga.
The closest of those is Jūrmala – the largest seaside resort in the Baltics. It is situated only 25 km AWAY from Rīga and can be reached by bus, train and minibus. There is a special bike route that connects the Old Town of Rīga and Jūrmala, passing RSU on the way. The attraction of Jūrmala is its almost 33 km long white sandy beach. In Jūrmala you can also enjoy the biggest water park in Northern Europe “Līvu Akvaparks”. The town is crowded and busy in summer, because it is perfect for relaxation and fun together with your friends or family.
If you would like to see more of Latvian history, such towns as Sigulda, Jelgava, Bauska and Cēsis are about an hour (or a little more) away.
Sigulda and Cēsis are situated to the East of Rīga and can be easily reached by car, bus and train. Both towns have had an importance in Latvian history, which they demonstrate to this day with two magnificent castles. Both towns are on high hillocks with terraces overlooking Gauja – the longest, the wildest and the most picturesque river in Latvia. The most popular time to visit Sigulda and Cēsis is in spring (May) when bird cherries and lilacs are blooming, and during Indian summer (September). It is actually a tradition for Latvians to go to Sigulda or Cēsis at least once a year.
|Rundāle Palace, 1740|
Bauska and Jelgava are situated to the South of Rīga and can be reached by car or bus. The most important tourist destination in Bauska is its medieval Livonian Order fortress/castle that was built between two rivers in the 15th century. The medieval fortress ruins and a viewing tower are open to tourists as is the New Castle. Jelgava is famous as a student town and for being the capital of the once prosperous Duchy of Courland that was famous for its active economy, metallurgy and ship-building. The most famous landmarks of the Duchy however are Jelgava Palace (1738) and Rundāle Palace (1740) – two masterpieces of the Russian court architect Bartolomeo Francesco Rastrelli who planned and supervised the building of both palaces. While Jelgava palace is the biggest Baroque style palace in the Baltics, Rundāle palace is a sight to see, since it has underwent many restorations and is becoming more and more beautiful every year.
For more information, please see the Travel Latvia website.