Rīga, Latvia's capital city, is quaint, dynamic and urban all at the same time. Throughout the city, Art Nouveau architecture mixes with older gothic design and modern highrises and hotels — creating a charming cityscape unique to Rīga. Wander through Rīga's Old Town and admire the medieval churches and stone buildings. At night, join the locals in the clubs and bars. Rīga has an energetic and vibrant nightlife, especially in the summer when the days are long.
Walk through the city and you will understand why Rīga is Europe's capital of Art Nouveau. The turrets and stylized decor popularized in the early 20th century are a prominent fixture in Rīga's cityscape. Alberta iela is considered to have the best examples of the Art Nouveau style—every building is unique in its architectural design and decor.
Old Town (Vecriga)
Old Rīga, or Vecrīga, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city's most famous landmarks can be found here. The House of the Blackheads, with its ornate facade is one of Rīga's most admired attractions. Rīga Castle, which houses several museums, currently serves as the official residence of the president of Latvia. The House of Dannenstern offers one of the best examples of Baroque-style architecture and was once the largest private residence in Riga.
Rīga's Old Town is also home to one of the largest medieval churches in the Baltics - the Riga Dome (the cathedral church of Riga). Built in the 13th century, the Riga Dome houses a magnificent pipe organ, the second largest in Latvia. Also found in Old Town is St. Peter's Church. The church is well known for its Baroque-style spire, which has been rebuilt three times. Go to the top of the spire for an incredible view of the city.
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