Five free things to do in Riga
Riga is the largest city of the Baltic State and the Capital of Latvia. The Republic of Latvia is a country in the Baltic Region in the Northern part of Europe. It is bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus and Russia. Its currency Latvian lats was just recently replaced by the Euro on 1st of January 2014.
Even though it has joined the European Union it is still affordable to travel around compared to other European Cities.
Here are the five free things to do in Riga, Latvia:
5. Stroll along Daugava Promanade
This attractive public space is centrally located accross the street from Riga Castle. It is a good excuse to come and stroll along the pavement with the Daugava River beautiful view, or enjoy a good weather and grab a picnic.
It is also where the Statue of Big Christopher- he is considered the city’s legendary protector of floods and natural disaster.
4. Fountain in the Pilsetas canal
Walk through the park along the Pilsetas canal and admire the garden. In the middle of the canal theres a water fountain that attracts people around the area. A great place during a good weather just sit on the bench with a picnic at hand would be a great time to relax and unwind while enjoying the beautiful canal view.
3. Church Visit
Churches and chapels are scattered everywhere in the Old Town area. It is a good excuse to do Visita Iglesia and admire the different architectural building of churches from Gothic to Art Nouveau masterpieces and its magnificent altars.
Most are free to enter and others accepts voluntary donations.
2. Free Alternative Walking Tour
Why not join the unconventional way to discover Riga by joining the tour?
It is facilitated everyday at 12 midday just infront of St. Peters Cathedral. This tour will take you away from the Old Town, showing the other side of town where other tourist/travellers are often missed.
Strolling along and visiting the infamous Central Market, the old Warehouse, to the Moscow suburb considered the darkside of Riga but the most colourful part of town where you will find the oldest wooden orthodox church in Riga which is still functioning, the old wooden houses and jewish area.
1. Self Made Old Town Tour
This is the best way to explore Rigas Old Town, with just map on hand and some sense of direction your ready to go and explore the cobbled alleyways. Discovering the freedom monument, Laimas clock, the Powder Tower and some quirky restaurants and café to try.
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