The capital of Latvia, Riga is a massive city holding approximately half of the country’s population, making it an exciting city through which to understand and get to know the country. Due to a number of huge restorations, Riga has become a major tourist hub in Europe that offers a perfect blend of modernity and history. The architecture of the city is both lavish and twee, with domineering official buildings balanced with quaint homes built in traditional styles. Don’t let the architecture fool you however; the city is home to some of the most modern and outlandish scenes that attract crowds the world over.
The roads of Riga are designed to carry heavy traffic and as such as mid-sized car will serve the roads throughout the city and its suburbs well.
Driving in Riga
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Important things to note
Parking, though sufficient to serve the city, can only be paid for by SMS and can often reach €10/hour, especially in the centre of the city.
Midweek, traffic in the city can become congested, particularly around Daugava. It is advised to avoid driving between the hours of 7-9am and 4-6pm.
Police perform random alcohol checks on a daily basis and those found over the limit of 0.5 while find themselves heavily fined, and under up t0 15 days of arrest. It is highly recommended therefore that drivers avoid alcohol wherever possible.
Highlights & Hotspots
Many travel to Riga looking for traditional and unique goods offered at very reasonable prices. The Central Market is the main hub in which to find these treats and has been recorded as running since 1330. The sights are a spectacular in colour while the goods on offer are sure to please people of all tastes and price tags.
The skyline of the city is dominated by St. Peter’s, built approximately 800 years ago. The building itself is awe inspiring to see close up while the views offered from the infamous spire while astound thanks to their incomparable views.
Riga Castle is now a hub of history. Based in the northeast area of the Old Town, the castle was constructed in the medieval period and has been lovingly maintained throughout the years. The area is now home to not only the president of the country, but also several fascinating museums.
The Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation might sound like a bit of a mouthful, but the contents of the museum and strange, grim and always interesting. Located by the Dome Cathedral, the museum documents the city through artefacts and relics, including a mummified hand.
Riga International Airport is a large airport within a 15 minute drive to the centre of the city. It is served by a range of airlines around the world and by budget airlines from the UK.
The airport, which is 2.5 miles west of the city centre, is accessible from the P133 to the E22, which takes you to the city centre.