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Riga panoramic photo

The development of Riga dragged on for centuries and it seems that this process has no end. During long walks, you will certainly fall in love with the amazing architectural wealth of the city: here, harsh medieval buildings are adjacent to the stunning Art Nouveau buildings. In this bustling metropolis, you can easily find a vacation that suits you: starting the day in noisy places popular with tourists, end it in the privacy of a cozy bar on a narrow street near your hotel. After enjoying the incredible beauty of Riga, rent a car in order to visit the green surroundings of the city.

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Car rental at Riga Airport

Riga International Airport SchemeRiga International Airport ( male Riga International, Airport then )   - Scheme 1 , Scheme 2
IATA code: RIX
Location: 13 km from the center of Riga
Official website: http://www.riga-airport.com/
Reference: 1817 (for calls from Latvia) +37129311817 (for calls from abroad)

If you want to rent a car at the Riga Airport, you can contact the representatives of the following rental companies in the arrivals sector E: AVIS, Budget, Europcar, Sixt. At Riga Airport you will find three parking lots: one short - term - P1 and two long-term -P2 and P3. The short-term parking area is located opposite the airport building; the cost of placing a car: up to 30 minutes - € 1.5, for each hour - € 3, for 24 hours - € 28.50. Long-term car parks P2 and P3 are within walking distance of the terminal; cost of placing a car: for P2 per day - € 4, for P3 per day - € 3.50. You can pay for parking at the parking meter or at the parking operator both in cash and with a card.  

What to see in Riga: interesting sights

The Dome Cathedral

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Dome Cathedral photo

In Riga there is an outstanding monument in the early Gothic style - the Dome Cathedral. As befits a large Gothic temple, the cathedral was built over several hundred years from 1211, so the styles of different eras intertwine in the architectural appearance of the Dome Cathedral. Along with sacred functions, today the Dome Cathedral serves as a concert hall, because the temple houses a unique organ of the end of the 19th century, the music for which was written by the famous composer Ferenc Liszt. The cathedral regularly hosts short daytime organ concerts, ideal for exploring organ music, and classic evening concerts.

Art Nouveau Museum

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Art Nouveau Museum photo

You can feel yourself a part of the European intellectual elite at the beginning of the last century in the Riga Art Nouveau Center. The museum is located in the former apartment of the famous modernist architect Konstantin Pekshens. The interior was restored in detail by the project of the eminent owner of the apartment. Konstantin Pekshens believed that Art Nouveau -this is not only a direction in art, but also a certain way of life. Therefore, visitors will find echoes of art Nouveau style not only in interior items, but also in kitchen utensils, as well as in the outfits of the former inhabitants of the house: Pekshens designed dress designs for his wife for all occasions. All rooms of the apartment are open for visitors: from the living room to the bathrooms; a unique time travel is possible in the museum: guests are offered to try on clothes of the Art Nouveau era and take photos in the interiors of the apartment.


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Mezapark photo

When renting a car in Riga, we recommend visiting Mezaparks, which is rightly considered the most beautiful green area of ​​Riga. This place is one of the most beloved for those who are tired of the noise of the capital. On the shore of picturesque Kishozero you can have a picnic and sunbathe or head to the pier to take a leisurely boat trip. The oldest zoo of Northern Europe, which is inhabited by more than 400 species of animals, operates throughout the year on the territory of Mezhapark.

Art Museum Riga Exchange

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Art Museum Riga Exchange photo

In the interiors of the luxurious six-story building of the Riga Stock Exchange, designed in the 19th century in the form of a palazzo, there is a significant art museum in Latvia. The pearls of the collection are canvases belonging to the Golden Age of Dutch painting, and objects from the Meissen porcelain of the XVIII century. It is easy to share your impressions of visiting this museum with those close to you: just go down to the gift shop and purchase a set of writing accessories - stamps, envelopes and postcards with the main items from the museum’s collection.  

Art quarter Spīķeri

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Art quarter Spīķeri photo

Young artists have turned the industrial district Spīķeri into a thriving art quarter. In the former warehouse are: the experimental center Dirty Deal Teatro, the contemporary art gallery Kim? (the abbreviation is “kas ir māksla?” - “what is art?”), the Spīķeri concert hall, representing music from classical to electronic. In warmer years, flea markets and open-air concerts are held on the territory of the art quarter.

Near Riga: the best car routes

Gauja National Park

Gauja National Park photo

Having rented a car, go to the Gauja river valley - the largest national park in Latvia. Its landscape is so diverse that it defies description. In the park you can visit the reserve, inhabited by wild animals, medieval castles and churches. Fans of outdoor activities can choose an adventure to their taste: take a ride on the bobsled track, explore the caves or go rowing.

Bath Museum

"Birzes", Sējas novads, Latvia

Bath Museum photo

The owners of the Bath Museum set an ambitious task: to recreate about 20 types of baths and make them accessible for lovers to steam. At the moment, 7 bathhouses are open for visitors, representing different soaring traditions, including a bathhouse where they drown in black. Inspired visitors can learn how to make brooms and get professional advice on building their own baths. After the steam room, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy a hot lunch and tea with local honey. It is impossible to get to the Banny Museum by public transport, so the ideal option for travelers is to come here in a rented car.

Līvu Akvaparks

24 Viestura St., Jurmala, Latvia

Līvu Akvaparks photo

All year round in Jurmala is available for visiting Līvu - the largest indoor water park in Northern Europe. In addition to breathtaking slides, you can visit the spa and wellness center. Your children will surely enjoy the wave pool, the slow-flow improvised Chewits River and the pirate town. On the territory of the water park there are several cafes and an unusual cocktail bar on the water, as well as a shop where you can purchase all the necessary items for water procedures. Guests should be aware that during the cold season, not all water park activities will be available. Getting from Jurmala to the water park with a rented car is not difficult: the A10 motorway takes no more than 20 minutes. The road will give you pleasure: there is a dense forest near the motorway. You can leave your rental car in a free parking lot at the water park.

Jurmala beaches

Beaches of Jurmala photo

An hour away by car from Riga - and you are already sunbathing on the white sands of the beaches of Jurmala. Here, every tourist will find a beach to his taste. Majori and Jaunkemeri are suitable for fun groups of young people. The beaches of Dubulti, Dzintari and Pumpuri are designed for sports lovers. If you come to rest with young children, then you will be comfortable on any beach in Jurmala, as the coast here is shallow. All beaches in Jurmala are free, but you must pay a fee of 2 euros to enter the resort by rental car.

Livonian coast

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If the noise of the resorts is not to your liking, take your rental car and head to the Livonian coast. Walking through the protected forests, dining in rural restaurants with traditional Liv cuisine, surfing, visiting the Mikelbak lighthouse and an excursion to the Irben Tower with the largest radio telescope in Northern Europe will distract you from the bustle of the city.

Food: atmospheric restaurants, cafes and bars

Skyline bar

Elizabetes Street 55

Skyline Bar photo

This place attracts visitors with the opportunity to see a magnificent panoramic view of Riga, which opens from the 26th floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, where the bar is located. The cocktail menu - good old classics and local hits such as drinks based on the famous Riga Balsam Riga Black Balsam. If the night views and sunsets do not inspire you, then you can visit the Skyline Bar during the Sunday brunch with a buffet and enjoy Riga sunbathing in the sunshine.

BIBLIOTĒKA No. 1 Restorāns

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BIBLIOTĒKA No. 1 Restorāns photo

If you want to pamper your taste buds, then restaurant BIBLIOTĒKA No. 1 will definitely appeal to you. The menu offers several sets from the chef with specially selected drinks. The tasting of the set turns into a real gastronomic adventure: each dish is carried out with pomp, the sommelier of the restaurant presents drinks to you. The final note is a secret chef's compliment. It is better to book a table in this place in advance. When booking, you should mention that you will arrive by car. In this case, you will be offered a free parking space at the restaurant.

Apsara tea house

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Apsara Tea House photo

This cozy tea house was created so that you can relax after a long walk in Old Riga. Take seats on the pillows - it’s more convenient to contemplate the hectic life of the capital - and get ready for a real tea ceremony. Kind waiters will help you not to get lost in the huge tea menu and will pick up the perfect dessert or snack for the chosen drink. Be careful: in the meditative atmosphere of the house it is easy to lose a sense of time.

Street fries kitchen

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Street Fries Kitchen photo

A small bistro with affordable prices and a restaurant level of service in Old Riga brought together simple culinary masterpieces from around the world on its menu. The gastronomic best sellers include Belgian potatoes, waffles, pancakes and pancakes with generous portions of toppings, large sandwiches with green salad and fries, and traditional breakfasts that are served all day.

Cafe dali

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Cafe Dali Photo

Cafe Dali is located in the heart of the Spīķeri art quarter. The interior of the coffee shop is inspired by surrealistic images of Salvador Dali. But this is not the only feature of this institution that can take you to another reality. Selective coffee varieties with an unearthly berry aftertaste are a real find for coffee gourmets.

Where to live: comfortable hotels in Riga

Neiburgs Hotel

Jauniela 25/27
+371 67115522 http://www.neiburgs.com/ double room - from 128 €

Neiburgs Hotel photo

A hotel in the heart of Old Riga, located in the Art Nouveau monument building. Spacious rooms with minimalist décor and panormanny windows. The room rate includes a complimentary breakfast in the chic restaurant at the hotel, and for a fee the hotel offers gourmets gastronomic pleasure with three delicious meals and relaxation in the SPA. For guests traveling in Riga in a rented car, upon booking, a parking space near the hotel will be offered, the cost of which will be 17 € per day.

Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel

Elizabetes Street 73
+371 67785555 https://www.radissonblu.com/ double room - from 115 €

Radisson Blu Elizabete Hotel photo

This luxury hotel opens its doors to those who need privacy after a busy day. After a relaxing visit to the Scandinavian hotel sauna, be sure to order dinner in your room and enjoy the view of Verman Park from your room. At your request, the staff will wake you up to breakfast, which is included in the room rate. If you do not have time for breakfast, then you will get light snacks on the road in the lobby. The good news for those who rented a car in Riga for their trip: the hotel has an underground secure parking, available for a fee.

Hotel justus

Jauniela 24
 +371 67 212 404 http://www.hoteljustus.lv/ double room - from 83 €

Hotel Justus Photos

Justus Boutique Hotel is a 4-star boutique hotel in a restored building from the mid-18th century. Behind the historic facade of the hotel are rooms with a modern interior, for which the historic brickwork of the walls has been preserved as a decor. Perhaps some rooms of the hotel will be familiar to you, because the shooting of Soviet films “Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson” and “17 Moments of Spring” took place here. The hotel does not have its own parking zone, but the staff will be happy to find a convenient parking spot for your rental car.

Old City Boutique Hotel

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+371 67356060 http://www.oldcityhotel.lv/ double room - from 60 €

Old City Boutique Hotel photo

Retro-style chamber boutique hotel is a stone's throw from the most important sights of Riga. For breakfast, which is included in the price of the room, you will be offered several types of menus, including meat, diet and fruit. In fine weather, we recommend you spend the evening on the restaurant terrace with a glass of wine. There will be no problems with parking for your rented car: there are paid parking places nearby.

Hotel janne

Pilsoņu 18
+371 26988869 http://hoteljanne.lv/ double room - from 35 €

Hotel Janne photo

A cozy mini-hotel in a quiet green area of ​​Agenskalns with affordable prices. The interior of the hotel skillfully used antique decor items that you will find charming. If you contact the reception, the friendly staff will select for you a restaurant and a paid parking space for your rented car.

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