In Latvia, you will find Europe’s widest waterfall, hundreds of kilometers of sandy beaches, rich historical and cultural heritage, 7 UNESCO world heritage sites, exciting towns and fresh air, clean lakes and rivers and organic food. Half of the territory is covered with forests where wild animals (deer, muses, wolves, foxes, rabbits) and birds can be observed.
The pearl of the Baltics – Latvia’s capital city Riga – is often called one of the most beautiful European cities and there is little wonder why… everywhere you go, you’ll be amazed by its splendid architecture, gorgeous parks, world class culture and many inspirational things to do.
Latvia is currently one of the safest countries in the world. It is also friendly for individual travelers, families, and larger groups. In Latvia, you will find the opportunity to relax undisturbed as there are plenty of places that are not overcrowded.
Unique Things to See and Do in Latvia
- Explore the Ethnographic Open Air Museum in Riga.
- Try the Latvian dessert Sklandrausis - a unique specialty in Europe.
- Visit one of many local farmers, enjoy the beauty of Latvian countryside and try organic, locally grown or prepared food.
- Go hiking alongside Latvian beach and feel how nature renews your spirit.
- Spend a summer night in a hammock under the star-rich skies, wake up with the beautiful sunrise and swim in the nearby lake.
- Take a theatrical tour in Bauska medieval castle and feel the breath of the centuries.
- Visit world-class culture attractions, such as Mark Rothko museum in Daugavpils or Latvian National Opera and Ballet in Riga.
- Meet local people and discover how friendly, loving and caring they are.
Places to Visit in Latvia
What makes Latvia unique
Bright, modern and shining, boasting an array of castles, dense forests, and beautiful coastline, Latvia is often listed as “must visit” destination in 2016.
Latvian capital city Riga is known for its architecture, multicultural heritage, beautiful parks and many museums. Riga’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is worth visiting at any time of the year.
Latvian National parks are particularly beautiful and often serve as inspiration for many photographers, painters, and other beauty lovers. The oldest national park in Latvia is Gauja National Park, it also draws the most visitors and features more than 500 cultural and historical monuments.
Latvia is an ideal place where to reconnect with nature. 500 km of seaside makes it a perfect place where to enjoy the beauty and luxury of unspoiled nature. The beaches have gone largely untouched by humans, making them totally authentic and beautiful.
Latvia holds one of the largest song and dance festivals in the world. With over 40,000 participants, it is recognized by UNESCO as World class culture phenomena, while choir singers and conductors are celebrities in Latvia. The country also has one of the largest collections of traditional folk songs in the world, numbering over 300,000.
Getting Around Latvia
There are trains going to the many of the most popular destinations, such as Sigulda, Jurmala, Cesis, Daugavpils or Liepaja. Please check the train timetables in advance. In Riga, there is well developed public transportation system and there are trams, buses and trolleybuses going to the all popular landmarks. Riga city center is quite small and it is convenient for walking. Public buses to the cities outside Riga are leaving from Riga Central Bus Station that is located in the city center.
Best Time of Year to Travel to Latvia
Typical season for visiting Latvia lasts from April till October, but actually it is worth visiting at any time of the year. Spring in Latvia is particularly beautiful, as well as summer. Weather conditions are quite unpredictable, but typically it is warm, with 10-20 degrees (C) in spring and 20-25 degrees (C) in summer. It is sunny, but can get some rain and thunderstorms as well. Autumn usually starts in October and makes Latvia gorgeous with colorful leaves, morning fogs and cozy afternoons with tea or coffee. Winters last from December till March and days during winters are short, from 9am till 4 pm approximately. Winters can be both mild with temperature around 0 degrees (C), as well as very cold with temperature as low as -20-30 degrees (C). Quite often, there is snow during winter months.
Did you know…?
The first Christmas tree was decorated in Latvia, in 1510
Did you ALSO know…?
Latvian is one of oldest European languages. It has conserved many features of the over 5,000-year-old Proto-Indo-European, which is the ancestral language to all European languages. There is also a strong similarity between many words in Latvian and in Sanskrit.
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