The capital of Latvia in Eastern Europe is abuzz with fun things to do and adventures to be had. Here's our whistle stop Riga guide to making the most of it. Riga's struggle for independence under the Soviet regime is well documented; less well-known however is the important role the city played over 800 years of trade in the Baltic region and the constant battle for power that ensued.
As a result, the city is an intriguing blend of cultures and traditions, with German, Swedish, and Russian influences to name but a few. Since 1991, Riga has revelled in its independence and today is blossoming into a prime tourist destination.
Funded by trade and commerce, Riga's Old Town is made up of lovingly-crafted medieval buildings dating back to the thirteenth century. Some of the finest specimens of Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture anywhere in the world can be found dotted around the historic centre. Such is its beauty, Riga has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Particularly impressive is St Peter's Cathedral, located within the old town walls.
Friendly Fun Franks Hostel has a fantastic Central Location and in-house bar showing all of the major sports. Staff will help you with local tips and tricks for your time in Riga.