Riga is a tiny Baltic city located in Northern Europe and is fast becoming one of the most popular travel destinations for those looking for a unique travel experience.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, it boasts everything from jaw-dropping architecture, a thriving cultural scene, delicious food and drinks, stunning natural surroundings and friendly locals that will have you feeling right at home.
We’ve gathered a list of what Riga is best known for so you can add them to your must-see list when you travel to Riga. Be prepared for a few surprises along the way!
The fastest internet speeds in the world
Travel to Riga and you can experience the superfast internet for yourself. With its vibrant tech and IT scene, it’s no wonder that the internet speeds here are rated the seventh fastest in the entire world!
Incredible art nouveau architecture
If it’s jaw-dropping architecture you’re looking for, you’ll be amazed at the incredible art buildings in Riga.
This UNESCO World Heritage site boasts the highest concentration of art nouveau in the world. Travel to Riga Old Town and you’ll see that around ⅓ of the architecture here is in this style alone.
Forest, nature, and outdoor adventures
Latvia is perhaps one of the greenest countries in the whole of Europe with 52% of the country covered in forest and around 12000 rivers, 3000 lakes, four National Parks and much more besides.
You’ll also find Kuldiga, the widest waterfall in Europe here alongside wildlife as varied as otters, lynxes, wolves, deer, elk, red foxes, and so on.
Black Balsam Herbal Liquor
Looking to try something utterly unique when you visit Riga? Don’t miss Black Balsam- the traditional Latvian herbal liquor that contains twenty-four different plants, flowers, and buds. Dating back over 260 years, it’s dark, complex, and surprisingly versatile.
Local Latvian Beer
Did you know that Latvians drink around seventy-eight liters of beer per person annually, more than many other nations?
When you visit one of the many bars and restaurants in Riga, make sure you try one of the local beers.
There are hundreds of local beers to choose from including pale lager and dark beers and the local breweries dotted around the country ensure you’ll always have something different to try. What better excuse do you need to travel to Riga?
Latvian women are among the tallest in the world with an average height of 169.79cm and are also some of the most beautiful. This means the country has produced more models than almost any other country in the world! Visit Riga and you’ll see for yourself.
Gorgeous white sandy beaches
If you’re looking for unique things to see in Riga, why not jump onto a train and visit one of the beautiful nearby sandy beaches?
Jurmala is just 20 minutes from Riga and boasts one of the most Instagrammable beaches in the entire country with incredible white sand, sparkling blue sea and a tranquil, secluded, and underdeveloped feel.
If you’re going to travel to Riga and wondering what to see, don’t miss these unique experiences. Will you check out the incredible architecture, gasp at the beautiful women, try the local herbal liquor or beer, relax on a white sandy beach, or simply make the most of the superfast internet speeds? The choice is yours.