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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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ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Nov. 22


Russian Premier League-leaders Zenit St. Petersburg return from the international break to take on Kuban Krasnodar at Petrovsky Stadium this evening at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game can still be purchased on the club’s website, at the Petrovsky Stadium box office or in any of the club’s merchandise stores.



Sunday, Nov. 23


Get in the holiday spirit at today’s Winter Bazzar at the Astoria Hotel. Featuring gifts from around the world such as French eclairs, Dutch cheeses and Indian jewelry, the annual event organized by the International Women’s Club will feature 18 international stands and raise money for charity through the sales of a diversity of products that further illustrate the city’s international connections.



Monday, Nov. 24


Dr. Axel Schulte, Department Head at Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund, Germany, is the featured speaker at the SPIBA Industrial Committee lecture on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Digitalization of the Supply Chain.” The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Graduate School of Management at 3 Volkohvsky Pereulok and registration is required by Nov. 21 either by emailing office@spiba.ru or calling 325 9091.



Tuesday, Nov. 25


Tag along with AmCham during their “Industrial St. Petersburg” Tour program today. This incarnation of the ongoing series will visit Philip Morris Izhora and include an Environmental Health and Safety Committee meeting.


Find out how to expand your business east during the “Business With China” forum beginning today and concluding tomorrow at the Lenexpo convention center. The largest Russian forum dedicated to business with the Asian giant, topics that will be discussed include logistics, customs clearance, trade financing and many more.



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