What to do in Riga for One Day

World of Wanderlust in Riga


If you’re lucky enough to visit the Baltics, a visit to the capital of Latvia, Riga, is an inevitable stop on your travels and indeed an unsung highlight of Eastern Europe! Despite having visited the Eastern states before, this was my first visit to a Baltic state and I had just one day to explore the capital of Latvia.

In Riga for One Day

If you find yourself in Riga for one day only, you can rest assured this is the perfect city to relax and unwind for a day. There’s plenty to keep you busy for a day, but not too much that you’re rushing around trying to squeeze everything in. Riga is, in fact, the perfect one-dayer.

The Main Square

The cities’ main attraction for visitors is the Old Town Square. You’ll find yourself winding through cobblestone roads of various widths and lengths to get there, but it isn’t too difficult to find if you just ask a passing local or take a guess. Riga is not that big, so it is difficult to get properly lost!

Three Brothers

Another great stop in the Old Town is the “Three Brothers” buildings, located not too far from the main square.

Saint Peter’s Church

Although you’ll see enough churches in Europe to last a lifetime, the third and final noteworthy attraction in the Old Town is Saint Peter’s Church.

If you have more time on your hands….

Other great attractions if you have more time are: Nativity Cathedral, Freedom Monument, Vermanes Garden, and the Latvian War Museum.

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    Alise Elizabete
    March 31, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Oh, yaaas. You must see more of Latvia. Yes, Old Riga is charming and pure beauty, but you have to experience our other cities and nature. Have you seen our country side? Marvelous! And our food – mmm, we do know how to cook. We have so much to give, but not all wants to approach it. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’re eager to travel here, next time also try Ventspils, Sigulda, Valmiera, Saulkrasti, Cฤ“sis, Kuldฤซga, Liepฤja, Daugavpils, Kolkasrags and I could go on. ๐Ÿ™‚ I suggest coming to Latvia in any month. Each season decorates this country amazingly different. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 18, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    I just found this post via Pinterest – I’m so happy you’ve visited Latvia!

    I’m Australian-born, but both sides of my family are Latvian… I went for the first time in 2013 and fell in love with it – definitely a jewel of Europe waiting to be discovered.

    If you make it back there you should take some drives out to the countryside, it’s absolutely gorgeous. Pristine nature at it’s finest!