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Cultural sightseeing in Latvia. What to visit - museums, temples, castles and palaces

Apart from visiting historic, cultural and other attractions, Latvia offers its guests a wide range of opportunities for entertainment and outdoor recreation.

In the city of Jurmala, there is Līvu Akvaparks, which is included in the plans of family travelers and most tourists preferring active recreation and water activities. The whole area of the water park is divided into 2 zones. The first zone is located on a magnificent beach where there is a sea pier and plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas. All comers can go boating or jet skiing. The indoor second zone invites vacationers to have a great time in the water park in spite of all kinds of weather disasters. A number of rides, slides, and slopes are fully available to all guests. The water park features a temperature-controlled swimming pool and artificial waves. Entertainment and attractions for all tastes will not leave visitors to the water park indifferent.
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An adventure park in Sigulda has become a favorite recreation facility for both tourists and residents of Latvia. It can be found in the Gauja National Park. It is conventionally divided into 2 parts. Its lower part is located near the banks of the river Gauja, and the upper part is in Sigulda's new-built site. Thanks to this, there is a height difference of 91 meters between the two parts. This made it possible to build the longest Rodeli route in the Baltic countries. The descent speed reaches 40 km/h. The descent time is only 5 minutes, but you'll have enough time to enjoy wonderful beautiful views of the river Gauja's valley. On the growing trees, there is an obstacle course. It includes a climbing wall, netting, cycling on a rope, descent on a special roller. There is an opportunity to feel free fall through catapult throwing. Another original attraction is Stromberg's bike. You can ride it on a 40-meter rope suspended at a 5-meter height. Sigulda has the only ride in the Baltic States for bungee jumping off a cable car. The cable car stops at a height of 42 meters above the River Gauja. All that's left is to take a leap into the abyss.
Active tourists can feel like birds flying in a vertical wind tunnel, the first one in Eastern Europe. The artificially generated airflow with a speed of up to 200 km/h can rise up any visitor with a weight of up to 100 kilograms and a height of up to 2 meters. Thrill-seekers will be able to go paragliding with an instructor along the Baltic Sea shoreline. The flight altitude is up to 40 meters, the speed is up to 10 meters per second! This adventure requires wind from the west or north-west. There is also the possibility of paragliding in the capital of Latvia, which does not depend on weather conditions. Those wishing to enjoy a sea trip on a 14-meter yacht will be able to book this kind of tour to the gates of the Baltic Sea. You will have 4 hours of the sea voyage. If desired, one can order a weekly cruise or a two-day trip to the island of Ruhnu. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The Latvian capital has prepared a lot of entertainment for fans of nightlife and modern entertainment. Fans of informal setting will be interested in Saxophone Club where popular rock bands regularly perform for visitors. National cuisine can be tried to the accompaniment of good music in Casablanca CLub. It is frequented by figures famous not only in Latvia but also abroad, odious politicians, popular musicians, and celebrities. Interesting thematic parties are held in DEPO club. Three club halls can accommodate all wishing to spend a good time. In Riga, you can enjoy water rides, go drifting, play paintball or complete a couple of quests, which are very popular. You can go through them within or outside the city. Out-of-town quests are usually booked in advance. 333 Sports complex offers its visitors karting, motocross, and sports driving. The tracks are designed in a way that stimulates extreme driving. This is a great chance to get your dose of adrenaline!
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Flower Clock in Ventspils

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Travelers who plan to visit the Latvian city of Ventspils certainly have to admire the flower clock. The old Latvian town has a good tradition of decorating the streets and parks with incredible compositions of plants. Ventspils can be named the flower capital of Latvia. Not surprisingly, a variety of floral arrangements includes the luxurious flower clock. It’s situated at the intersection of Lielais Street and Kuldigas Street.

This clock doesn’t feature an impressive scale, but the beauty of the design can compete with the most famous clock in the world. Fans of the landscape art will be interested in watching other flower installations. In the Children's Town, you can see The Duck Family; floral rabbits are installed in the Adventure Park. One of the main attractions are flower … Read all
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The ‘Escape The Everyday’ is not a new campaign. It was first launched in September 2020. The campaign mentions different destinations, highlights their major attractions, and focuses on experiences that travelers can enjoy in different parts of the UK. As restrictions are lifted, it is important to regain travelers’ confidence in domestic travel and motivate them to visit beautiful places in the UK. The pandemic has been a difficult period for global tourism, and the UK is no exception. Today, VisitEngland wants tourists to rediscover their home country and visit its vibrant cities, resorts, towns, and villages. Read this

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Top cultural sites of Latvia: monuments, theaters and churches

Church of St. Peter, Riga

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» The Church of St. Peter is a symbol of Riga. This ancient attraction is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
» The first mention of the church dates back to 1209.
» The building was destroyed by fires but was rebuilt every time. In 1721, Peter the Great fought the fire caused by lightning.
» The tower with a spire was reconstructed only in 20 years. 200 years after, in 1941, the tower was destroyed by a German shell on the St. Peter’s Day.
» A new spire that looks similar to the old one but is made of metal was constructed in 1973. There are also two observation platforms at a height of 57 m and 71 m.
» Before the TV Tower was built, the Church of St. Peter was the highest construction in the city. It is 123.5 m high.
» The first clock was installed on the tower in 1352. Now, the restored clock with one hour hand beats every hour and plays Latvian folk music.

Riga Cathedral, Riga

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» Riga Cathedral is one of the oldest attractions in Riga and all the Baltic States. Rigas Domes is translated from Latin as “The House of God”.
» The first stone was solemnly laid on 25 June 1211. This ceremony was visited by the first bishop Albert von Buxthoeven. The construction of the cathedral was completed in 1270. Over the centuries, the cathedral had been destroyed and reconstructed many times, so its exterior combines features of different architectural styles.
» In 1959, an altar was placed here and the cathedral hall was turned into a concert hall with rows of seats.
» The main attraction of the cathedral, the organ, was changed several times. In 1883-1884, the musical instrument made in the late 16th century was replaced. It was the biggest organ in the world. The organ had artistic value because its decorative body carved in 1599-1601 had been preserved.
» Then, the organ was restored in 1981-1984. A new musical instrument was placed in the old body.
» Nowadays, services alternate with organ concerts.
» Riga Cathedral is also the subject of paintings painted by Nicholas Roerich in 1903.

St. James Cathedral, Riga

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » St. James Cathedral was allegedly founded in 1225.
» Over the years of its existence, the church has changed religion four times. Now, it is the most important Catholic cathedral in Riga.
» The church is crowned by an 80-meter pyramidal tower that was built in 1755 and has survived to the present day. The top of the tower is decorated with a weathercock.
» In the church, old gravestones with blurred inscriptions are walled up but there are no tombs.
» There are also two rare exhibits: a wooden sculpture made in the 14th century and a fragment of the painting on the wall.
» In 1819, serfdom was abolished in Livonia exactly in this church.
» As for the modern interior of the cathedral, broken beds with fresh flowers and plants.

Virgin of Anguish Church, Riga

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » The Virgin of Anguish Church is a white and blue building in Riga. Over the years of its history, it had been reconstructed many times.
» The first stone church was built in 1765. It was the only Catholic church in the city.
» In 1780, Archduke Joseph II, the Emperor of the Roman Empire, visited Riga and the Virgin of Anguish Church when he traveled to Saint Petersburg. He was saddened by the plainness and disrepair of the temple.
» The Emperor made a substantial donation to it. The last King of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Stanislaw Poniatowski and the future Emperor of Russia Paul, the son of Catherine II made a contribution too. A new church was built in 1783-1785.
» The building was reconstructed when Nicholas I visited it in 1854 and acknowledged that the church really needed to be extended.
» It was last renovated in 1895. Since that time, the church has always been open to visitors. It passed through wars and the Soviet period.
» Remarkably, in the film “Seventeen Moments of Spring”, you can see shots with Our Lady of Anguish Square and Church. In this episode, Professor Pleischner is going to a safe house.

Culture and monuments in popular cities of Latvia

Riga
A large part of historic attractions of Riga are located in the Old City. Make sure you do not forget to visit Konventa Seta – a tiny town, on the territory of which are located a beautiful hotel, several antique shops, museum of porcelain, as well as cozy cafes and restaurants. Church of St. Peter, which was built in 1209, is a wonderful religious monument. During the Middle Ages the church was the tallest building in the country. Unfortunately, only one tower has survived till our days. The … Read more
Jurmala
On the cusp of the 18th and 19th centuries, many wealthy people built luxurious mansions and villas in Jurmala. As the city was growing, more people of different income level appeared in it. The beauty of Jurmala was incredibly appealing to writers and poets. Many buildings of that period have survived till our days, and Cottage Museum of Rainis and Aspasia is one of them. This museum is open in an incredibly beautiful area. It is a fantastic place to get acquainted with works of the great … Read more
Liepaja
The nearby Church of the Holy Trinity was founded in 1758. The main decoration of the old church is a huge organ that was created by outstanding masters of the past centuries. In 1885, a unique tool has been significantly enlarged; today it is one of the largest in Europe. The church interior differs with luxury and elegance, it is made in the best traditions of the Rococo style. In 2006, the Music Walk of Fame was opened in Liepaja, since than it has being considered a major tourist … Read more
Ventspils
Fans of outdoor activities should definitely visit the Jurmalas Park that is particularly popular with families. The park has various attractions, including quite unusual, such as the Jungle Path. This is a large complex of bridges and ropeways surrounded by exotic plants. Besides that, there is a museum in the park, several playgrounds for children, and other amusements. The exhibition of the Jurmalas Museum includes an interesting collection of wooden sculptures created by local … Read more

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