Welcome to Latvia, a country where medieval hanseatic foundations support baroque and art nouveau buildings and where unspoiled nature and the buzz of modern life coexist in harmony.
From the moment you arrive in Latvia, You can feel the the breeze of a centuries-old history. Let us promenade down the romantic narrow streets of the capital city, Riga, and admire the mixture of medieval Old Town with the flowing undulating lines, geometric ornaments, plant-derived forms characterizing the Art Nouveau buildings.
Let us enjoy the Gem of the Baltics and its rich cultural heritage that it has to offer. Recharge your spirit and energy in the unspoiled nature. Take a stroll down the long sandy beaches while admiring the landscape surrounding You!
We look forward to seeing you!
Did you know
The 2 million Latvians are called the singing nation. We treasure our folk songs as it represents one of the distinguishing features of our culture
Our language is Latvian but most of us speak also English
Ee have one of the oldest flag in the world dating back to the 13th century
The highest point in Latvia is only 312m above sea level
Riga has about four thousand wooden houses. No other European city has so much wooden architecture left from previous centuries
We have over 800 Art Nouveau buildings in the city of Riga
We have one of the oldest and biggest markets in Europe, Rica Central Market which still keeps its original design
Ventas Rumba Waterfall is the widest waterfall in Europe- 149 m
The first documented use of a tree in a winter Christmas celebration is the one in Riga Town Hall Square in 1510
Practical information about Latvia
Latvia is located in such a geographical zone that allows You to enjoy the differences of all four seasons. However due to our vicinity to the Baltic Sea the weather can be changeable so be prepared. The coldest month of the year is January with an average temperature of -6°C. In July the temperatures reach their peacks with an average temperature of 19°C. Nevertheless frost can occur even till mid-June!
Riga has an efficient and user friendly public transportation system. You can choose between trans, trolleybuses and busses to go around Riga. The Riga public transport network is operating 24 hours a day, with special bus services covering the night and early hours.
WiFi is also available in Latvia and is offered by many hotels. WiFi connections are also available in various public places – cafes, hotels, business centres, the airport and bus terminals – just look for the WiFi sign.
The Latvian currency is the Euro (EUR) which is divided into 100 cents. Latvian bank opening hours are generally from 9 am to 5 pm, Mondays to Fridays. Banks are closed during weekends and public holidays. Currency exchange offices offer longer opening hours than banks and stays open on Saturdays and Sundays/public holidays. ATMs, found at practically all bank-branches, accept all major credit cards.
Shopping in Riga takes you back in time as You will walk down the charm of the Nineteenth Century along the cobbled streets of the Old City and the Art Nouveau dragons and lions decorating the buildings.
Main shopping spots in the Old Town are Valnu street (from Gunpowder Tower to Hotel de Rome) and adjacent Basteja Pasaza (Basteja Passage) with huge concentration of fashion shops and famous brands’ boutiques. Jekaba Kazarmas (Jacob’s Barracks) houses mostly souvenir shops where you can buy amber jewellery. Galerija Centrs (Center Gallery) is a shopping arcade in the center of the Old Town . Adventure yourself through the small streets of the Old Town, such as Tirgonu and Laipu, where you will find art galleries and souvenir and antiques shops to satisfy your thirst for shopping.
If you are a citizen and resident of a country outside the EU, you can claim a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund. You can only shop in stores with “tax free shopping” signs in order to receive the VAT refund. In order to achieve the VAT refund, a minimum purchase per shop is required. When you approach the refund point, please make sure that you have the following with you:
Your Global Blue tax-free form
For more information please go to: http://www.globalblue.com/customer-services/tax-free-shopping3/ or ask in the ”tax free” shop.