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Riga: Ready to Impress

Exploring Riga is all the more worthwhile this year as it celebrates its title as the Cultural Capital of Europe.

Published: May 23, 2014 (Issue # 1812)



  • A number of church domes and spires give Riga’s skyline a unique charm and beauty.
    Photo: For SPT

  • A number of outdoor concerts are planned throughout the summer as part of the Riga 2014 culture celebrations.
    Photo: Kaspars Garda / Riga 2014

  • Riga's old town offers a great place to explore with narrow, cobblestoned streets and hidden shops throughout.
    Photo: For SPT

  • Riga is home some of Europe’s finest and most unusual examples of Art Nouveau architecture.
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons

For more information on upcoming events for Riga’s European Capital of Culture year program, visit: riga2014.org. The author was a guest of Riga 2014.


How to get there

Air Baltic flies direct daily from Pulkovo with prices starting from 6,016 rubles one-way ($173.40). Buses run frequently between Riga International airport and the city center and tickets cost 0.50 lat ($1) for the 30-minute journey. Alternatively, take a taxi from the airport for around 8 to 10 lats ($15 to $20).

A daily train leaves from St. Petersburg’s Vitebsky Railway Station and a one-way ticket for the 15-hour journey start from 1,670 rubles ($48.15) for economy seats.

Both Lux Express and Simple Express busses offer a number of daily services. The 11-hour journey goes through Estonia before reaching Riga. One-way ticket prices start from 23 euros.

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Tuesday, Sept. 30


Local neo-pagans invite all worshipers to the dedication of a new Heart Tree in Sosnovka Park, Gods’ Wood. 4 p.m.


The second MIFIC Expo begins today at Lenexpo, providing an interactive platform for industry experts and manufacturers. Accessories, surfaces and interior decoration materials are just some of the things that will be available for perusal at the expo, which runs through Oct. 2.



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