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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, Dec. 20


The city’s Babushkina Park on Prospekt Obukhovskoy Oborony will be invaded by dozens of rocking-and-rolling Santa Clauses during today’s Santa Claus Parade. Not only will they parade through the park but there will also be competitions amongst the festively-clad participants and a musical master class. There will also be a prize for the best-dressed Santa Claus.


Add to your record collection during the Vinyl Christmas Sale at the KL10TCH bar on Konyushennaya Ploshchad today. Spend the afternoon perusing the records for sale while listening the classic, clean sound of records spinning out hits from a variety of musical genres and time periods.



Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the club’s website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts made from a plethora of sweet treats. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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