Riga Latvia
Tourist & Visitor
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Riga Latvia is  "effectively"  a modern, progressive and prosperous "city state" much like Singapore. Riga offers the visitor the best of it's historic past as well as the charm of an European Capital city. A visit to Riga must include the Art Nouveau lined streets as well as the historic medieval Old City objects and the intrigue of the Occupation museums' research on the horrors of the occupation by the Soviets and Nazi Germany. Also, one lesser known fact is that Riga Latvia is The Home of the First Christmas Tree - Visit that location just outside of the House of Blackheads in the old city near the Daugava river.  -- map link --

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Outside of Riga, be prepared to step back into history as the infrastructure in most parts is not yet developed as that in Riga. Be patient and understanding and you will have a remarkable experience.   -- more
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Riga Latvia was a major center of the Hanseatic League and prospered from its trade with central and eastern Europe in the 13th-15th centuries. The urban fabric of its medieval center reflects this prosperity, although most of its earlier buildings have been destroyed by fire and war. In the 19th century it became a very important economic center, and the suburbs of the medieval town were built, first in imposing wooden buildings in classical style and then in Jugendstil. It is generally recognized that Riga Latvia contains the finest concentration of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. 

--  more information from the World Heritage website --

 

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