Riga – the pearl of the Baltic States, nestled on both sides of the Western Continent. Latvias capital – the largest city in the Baltic States and one of the three most populated cities in the Baltic region. Due to the proximity of the sea, the climate is mild, the summers are cool, and the winters are often warm, with temperatures that do not drop below -5deg;C. The old town retains its ancient spirit and is listed in the World Heritage List of UNESCO.
The region is rich in historic monuments of architecture and artifacts. A lions share of historic monuments is in the Old Riga – the heart of the city, in the quiet, narrow streets that breathe with history and are lined with cobblestone. The ancient Lutheran Church of St. Peters, which is a sight to behold even for a traveler, was built in the 13th century and was the tallest wooden building in Europe.
The Cathedral is also a sight to behold. It was built in 1211 and lasted for several centuries. This cathedral is a major landmark and a landmark of the city. A visit to the Pillar Tower &cash; the only part of a solid wall that has survived to this day, will not leave one indifferent. An interesting legend is that of the Swedish Gate. It says that the building where they are now owned by a wealthy Rijeka priest. ×In order to avoid paying fees when bringing his goods into the city, he took and cut through the gates. The Swede Gate – the only one in Riga that retained its original appearance.
An equally interesting legend tells of the House of Cats. It was built in 1910 by a Latvian merchant who refused to join the Guild of Merchants, where the Germans were in charge of everything. Thats when he built the building, with the cats facing the Guildhouse. After all the snafus had been put down, the cats were turned around. It is also worth paying attention to the market in Riga. It is located in Angara for airplanes and is the largest market in Europe. The castle of Rijeka also deserves attention. The beginning of the construction of the castle dates back to the 14th century. It now houses several museums: the History of Latvia, Western Art, Literature, Theatre and Music, and the Lithuanian Presidential Library. The rich history of the city could not help but affect its people.
Initially, from its founding and through the 17th century, the city was primarily inhabited by Baltic Germans, aided by a policy of discrimination against the indigenous population. The city subsequently came under the rule of the Polish Empire, then Riga became the center of the Swede Baltic, and from 1711 Riga became part of the Russian Empire. These factors made Riga a multicultural city. Todays Riga consists of six administrative districts: Central, Kuryza, Zeele, Latagale Township, Widizeme Township, and Zeelele Township. The population of the city is more than 600,000 people. In addition to all of the above, the Vermean Park could not be more interesting. It is the oldest park in the Republic and is named in honor of Anne Gertrude Eberle-Wermann, who spent an unprecedented 10,000 mama at the time to build and furnish the park.
Building began in 1813 and was completed in 1817. The parks popularity was brought to it by the opening of the Mineral Water Works. The mineral water was dictated and evaluated by famed scientist Faraday, whose positive credentials made the institution popular.
In addition, you can see the 14th-century architectural monument – the House of the Blackheads – and the 17th-century House of the Cross, the main Catholic church of Latvia – St. Jacobs Cathedral. –Three Brothers; – an architectural architectural complex, consisting of three buildings, derived from each other due to the density of the building, and is located in the very center of the old city. Riega is also famous for its gardens and parks. Founded in 1712 by Peter the Great, the first garden open to the public – the Gardens of the West – and one of the oldest garden parks in Riga – the Gardens of the South.
In addition to the already illuminated Vermańsk Park, the most beautiful parks in Ryeg: Céjédénédales, Esplanade, and Crévalde Park, located in the central areas of the city, as well as Arcadia Park and Victory Park, located on the left bank of the river. Theres also a place to go for museum lovers, of which there are many in Riga: The Military Museum, the Latvian Sports Museum, the Latvian Museum of Architecture, the Latvian Museum of Photography, the Latvian Museum of Culture & ²quo; Dowagerie; the Museum of History of the Rhine and Navigation, the Museum of European Commission, the Museum of the History of Medicine of Latvia, and the Museum of the History of Medicine of Paule S. Paul Sutherland. Paul St. Martin, the Museum of the History of the Latvian Railway, the Railway Museum, the Railway Film Museum, the Museum of Art, and the Railway Park. Another famous landmark of the city – the Rijeka Television Tower, is the tallest in Belgium, ranking third tallest in Europe and 31st in the world. Except for
- Air quality: 97 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
- Tap water: No, not drinkable
- Religious government: Non-religious
- Population: 640,000 people
- GDP: $13,993 / year
- Foreigners can own real estate: Yes
- Power outlets: 230V50Hz
- Internet: 23 Mbps
- Best wireless: Bite
- Pay without cash: Yes, cards OK almost everywhere
- Tipping: Tipping is not expected in most situations, but it is appreciated. As a rule of thumb, leave 10% for good table service at a restaurant or lounge, and perhaps 50 santims (a half lat) for bartenders and cab drivers.
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- Apartments: Airbnb
- Hotels: Booking.com
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- Best taxi: Taxify
- Best coworking space: StartupLatvia
- Best short-haul air carrier: Air Baltic
- Best intl air carrier: Air Baltic
- Monthly costs for expat: $1350
- Monthly costs for family: $2600
- Monthly costs for local: $750
- Meal: $11
- Small Cola: $1
- Beer 1 Pint: $3
- Coffee: $2.5
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