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Located 13 km west of Riga downtown in the Mārupe Municipality, is the Riga International Airport (RIX). It is the largest airport in the Baltic states and serves as a hub for airBaltic, RAF-Avia and SmartLynx Airlines. Transit to and from the airport is by bus, taxi or car rental.
Situated at the mouth of the River Daugava, on the Gulf of Riga, it is one of the oldest cities on the Baltic Sea. Located in the geographical centre of the Baltic States, Riga has been an important centre of finance, culture and trade for centuries.
A cultural centre enriched by a multicultural community, it is one of the most exciting cities of the Baltic states and is home to a medieval Old Town, art nouveau architecture, as well as many museums and concert halls.
A city of trendy nightlife and dining spots, most of Riga’s attractions are located in its UNESCO listed Old Town. A walk only area of architectural masterpieces and unique buildings, it offers a great opportunity to explore this historical part of the city on foot while enjoying its many cafes and restaurants.
Asides being home to over 800 Art Nouveau buildings, this Medieval Hanseatic League member city has much to explore by way of history, having lived under Polish, Swedish, Russian Empire, Soviet and Nazi rule. The city also has a great collection of markets, spas and wellness centres to enjoy after a day of sightseeing.
Built originally for an association of unmarried merchants and ship-owners, the House of the Blackheads located on Town hall Square, was completed in the 1330s. A point for trade and business in the city during the Hanseatic years, the building was home to the Blackheads, bachelors who breathed life into society, with a host of parties and celebrations.
The building houses original vaults from the 14th century, located in its basement, a collection of antique silver, and a grand Celebration Hall. Destroyed in 1941 during a German bombing raid, the House of the Blackheads was reconstructed in 1999 after the Soviet period.
Influenced by other Baltic countries, Latvian cuisine usually features meat, fish and agricultural products in most dishes. A few you would come across include, karbonāde, a Latvian type of schnitzel, which is usually covered in mushroom sauce and served with cabbage and potatoes.
There is also the cold beet soup, called aukstā zupa, a savoury creation consisting of gherkins, beetroot and dill. Another is pīrāgi, delicious moon shaped dumplings with fillings of chopped bacon and onions.