The peak season to visit Riga is the summer season from June to August. It is warm and sunny at 68-71 deg F with extended daylight and rainy ambiance. This scenario beautifully translates to give you maximum time to enjoy the natural scenery, beach parties and festivals (like Summer Signs International Sand Sculpture Festival, Riga Opera Festival and Garden Festival). It would be best to book your tickets early to avoid last minute rush and inflated prices. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, you can visit this city during the winter season from December to February. It would be colder and snowy at about 28-33 deg F, but you can enjoy winter sports, Bach Music Festivals and New Year celebrations besides low flight and hotels rates.
The city is served by Riga International Airport. It is the largest airport in the Baltic states and serves as a hub for airBaltic, SmartLynx Airlines, RAF-Avia, Vip Avia and Inversija. It also is one of the base airports for Wizz Air. It offers direct flights to over 80 destinations in 30 countries- and the most prominent destinations include Amsterdam, Paris, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Copenhagen and New York among others. Major airlines offering connectivity here include Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines among others. It also offers seasonal and seasonal charter to a number of destinations worldwide. Places of Interest in Riga
Riga is the capital of Latvia. Scenically bisected by river Daugava, this 800 year old city is a perfect assimilation of the arts, culture and architecture of northern and eastern Europe. This lively European metropolis is home to one of the largest Art Nouveau structures in the world but what makes it absolutely breathtaking is the way it is complemented by some remarkable Gothic and Modernist structures.Vecriga (Old Riga)
Located on the banks of Daugava River, Vecriga is the older and historical of part of Riga. It is what the city used to be until late 19th century until its riverside wall was torn down to make a canal. It is home to some magnificent churches and cathedrals like the House of the Blackheads and St Peter’s Church. Also of note is Riga Castle that was built on the basis of a treaty between the citizens and the ruling class called Livonian Order.Melngalvju Nams (House of the Blackheads)
The House of Blackheads is a 14th century building erected during for the Brotherhood of Blackheads, an association of unmarried German merchants in the city. This historic monument was built 14th century, renovated twice in 16th century and was annihilated twice between 1941 and 1948 by German and Soviet forces respectively. It was rebuilt using old maps and schematics to celebrate Riga’s 800th anniversary in 2001.Latvijas Okupacijas muzejs (The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia)
The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia was built by the Soviets in 1971 to celebrate 100th birthday of Lenin. It is home to a number of artefacts and archived documents of the 51 year period when Latvia was occupied by the USSR (1940 and 1944) and Nazi Germany (1941).