Below are quick answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
What is traditional Latvian food?
Cold soup (aukstā zupa), fish soup (zivju zupa), sorrel soup (skābeņu zupa) and mushroom soup (sēņu zupa) are also consumed by Latvians. A traditional Latvian dessert is rye bread soup (maizes zupa) made from rye bread, whipped cream, dried fruit and cranberries.
What is Riga known for?
The best things to do in Riga include stunning architectural landmarks, world heritage sites, and lush green spaces offering brief escapes. The Latvian capital is a young-feeling city with a wealth of culture to explore. It's a must-visit for architecture buffs, famed for its numerous photogenic Art Nouveau buildings.
Is Riga a part of Russia?
Riga was briefly an independent city-state but passed to Poland in 1581. It was captured by Sweden in 1621 and then taken in 1709–10 by Peter the Great, with Sweden formally ceding the city to Russia by the Peace of Nystad in 1721.
Does Riga have a beach?
No. There are no beaches in Riga city. Nearest is the Baltic resort of Jurmala which is a train ride away.