Pearl of the Baltic Sea
Riga is one of Latvia’s most beautiful cities, and is also known as the pearl of the Baltic. The local Old Town – although small – delights visitors with its architecture, including many richly decorated gates and tenements, an example of which is the House of the Black Heads. Be sure to get an up-close view of the 42-metre-tall Freedom Monument, which has a special significance for every Latvian citizen. And for a truly unique experience, go for a walk around the Old Town at night.
One of Latvia’s most popular travel destinations. Rich in historic buildings, natural monuments and beauty spots, it is sometimes called Little Switzerland. The city is full of visitors in summer and winter alike. A small hill is home to the remnants of three mediaeval castles, and the area features many noble mansions, old magnate estates and caves hidden away in the forests.
Gauja National Park
The largest in the Baltic countries
One of Latvia’s largest tourist attractions, the park is situated in the central part of the country in the Vidzeme region, and takes up an area of 920 km2. It is home to three mediaeval buildings: Turaida Castle, Bishop Albert’s strongholds in Sigulda, built in 1214, as well as the Krimulda ruins from 1312, a real treat for those with a keen interest in history. Visitors are primarily drawn to the local nature and its myriad colours. Vidzeme is known as the most beautiful and untamed part of Latvia.
A mediaeval town with many interesting historic buildings. Venta is one of Europe’s largest waterfalls, and is one of the town’s main attractions. The waters of the Ventspils fall off two-metre cliffs, forming cascades which are 110 metres wide.
Despite its lack of easy road access and amenities for visitors, Cape Kolka, which is the northernmost part of Courland, is still worth visiting. A forest road leads to a long beach with pure white sand, and ruins of a 16th-century lighthouse can also be found there.
SPA and sandy beaches
The premier seaside region of Latvia. This is where our country’s largest spa resorts are located, with sandy beaches surrounded by green forests. Jūrmala has been a resort town since the 18th century, and many visitors fall in love with its wooden architecture, whose unique style has been preserved for the ages.
Mark Rothko Art Centre
The museum is located in one of the buildings of Dyneburg Fortress. It features large spaces and a fascinating exhibition on the life of Mark Rothko, an American painter born in Dyneburg as Markus Rothkowitz. It is home to many amazing works by Rothko and various young artists from Latgale, whom the museum promotes.