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What is Riga Central Market
In 1930, Riga Central Market was the largest and most technologically advanced market in Europe. Hundreds of stalls selling anything from cheap CDs to furry Russian hats extend far beyond its five yellow pavilions in the Moscow District.
The market is best known for its reuse of old Zeppelin hangars for some of the market's food halls. The influences of Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Neoclassicism can be seen in the architectural style of the market complex.
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juha from Finland wrote about Riga river boats 4 years, 7 months ago
You can go for a river cruise on the boats in Riga. Nothing much to see (except the old town which is better explored on foot) but they sell cheap vodka and let you bring your own drinks too. That's quite a good way of starting the night. :)
In Riga there's no need to even think about getting a cab. The place may seem huge, but the city center (both old and new) is actually quite compact. Rather take a tram and head to the suburbs to see the 'ugly' side of Riga. Although most of the natives live in the city, be sure not to miss the surroundings. If you're not interested in making the obvious choice (Jürmala) you might want to try Sigulda or Turaida instead. Or if you're tired of the Latvians, reasonably prised busses operate to Vilnius several times a day.
jussi replied 3 years, 8 months ago:
True! The trams are excellent for sightseeing this capital city. For longer journeys to the surroundings, trains are the best. And even though Jürmala is one the obvious choices, I'd say it's still worth a visit. :)
Nice place to stop at, good dining and wining. Be sure to check out the sky bar at the top of hotel Reval. We rented a limo to drive around, since it was quite inexpensive. Some of the bed&breakfast places can be quite rugged, so try not to choose from the cheapest end.
jussi from Finland wrote about Victory Memorial to Soviet Army 4 years, 7 months ago
Outside the center is the Victory Monument representing the soviet style of building monumental statues. Getting there is a great adventure: we took a tram across the river and tried to step off at the right stop. The monument is worth seeing, if for no other reason than to go outside the touristy old town...
Walking through the largest Baltic city opens a broader perspective on the history of Europe in the world. Riga actually is a lovely city and home of quite a lot amiable people who are even more European than the majority of the citizens of several other countries in 'the old Europe'.
A free Riga Tour starts every day at 12.00pm in front of the St. Peters Church. Look out for the yellow suitcase! I can recommend this tour as it covers loads of exciting places off the tourist paths.
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