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Welcome to Latvia

Where there is an enticing mix of baroque and art nouveau architecture and the buzz of modern life and unspoiled nature exist in harmony. The ‘Gem of the Baltics’ has a rich cultural heritage, long sandy beaches and enticing medieval streets.

Latvia – where nature and modernity collide

A tranquil landscape of lakes, woods, white-sand beaches and towering sand dunes, make Latvia the ideal place for a relaxing retreat. While cycling, trekking or gently meandering, you will be likely to find a slice of untouched nature all for yourself. Its bustling capital Riga has a lively café culture, and is awash with stylish boutiques, bistros and cultural institutions. Due to its colourful history, Latvia has numerous cultural layers to be discovered.

Practical Information

This information can be useful when traveling to this beautiful country

Climate
Due to the vicinity to the Baltic Sea, the weather in Latvia can change quickly. The coldest month is January with an average of -6°C while July has an average of 19°C. Nevertheless frost can occur even till mid-June!
Public Transport
Riga has an efficient and user friendly public transportation system consisting of trains, trolleybuses and busses to go around the capital.
Internet
WiFi is offered by many hotels and also available in various public places – cafes, hotels, business centers, airport and bus terminals.
Money
Latvia’s previous currency was “Lats” until it was replaced by the Euro in 2014.
Shopping
Shopping in Riga takes visitors back in time when walking along the cobbled streets of the Old City. The main shopping spots in the Old Town are Valnu street and Basteja Pasaza with huge concentration of fashion shops and famous brands’ boutiques.
VAT-refunds
Citizens and residents of a country outside the EU can claim a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund when shopping in stores with “tax free shopping” signs. A minimum purchase per shop is required. When approaching the refund point, please make sure that you have the following with you:
  • Your goods
  • Your Global Blue tax-free form
  • Your passport/ID

Did You Know?

This information can be useful when traveling to this beautiful country

The two million Latvians are called “The Singing Nation”. They treasure their folk songs as they truly represent the Latvian culture.
The official language is Latvian, but most people speak English as well.
Latvia has 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.
The capital Riga has about 4,000 wooden houses – more than any other European city.
Riga is home to one of the oldest and biggest markets in Europe: Rica Central Market.
Ventas Rumba Waterfall in the west of Latvia is the widest waterfall in Europe.
The first documented use of a tree in a Christmas celebration is the one in Riga Town Hall Square in 1510

Activities

Daugava River Cruise

This sightseeing tour of Riga's canal lets you see some of the city's main historic sites from a different perspective.

Christmas Markets

Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit quite like a Baltic Christmas Market. Stroll around beneath the Christmas lights and enjoy festive treats such as mulled wine.

Hot Air Balloon ride

Admire beautiful landscapes from above on an iconic Hot Air Balloon ride. The sky's the limit!

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