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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

Friday, Jan. 30 through Wednesday, Feb. 4



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of ‘Repulsion’ at 7 p.m. and ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy ‘The Tenant,’ the cult comedy ‘The Fearless Vampire Killers’ and ‘Cul-de-sac’ among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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