For lovers of architecture, Riga offers a rich and diverse collection of buildings, combining eclectic styles with the strong presence of Art Noveau. Explore the medieval charm of Riga old town and seek out the unique wooden architecture of Riga.
Riga architecture can be seen as typical of Northern Europe, yet it is the variety from Gothic to modernism that makes the architecture in this Latvian city truly unique. Riga was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
Exploring the architecture of Riga
From the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Riga is best discovered on foot.
Old Riga dates back to medieval times, and most of the architecture comes from the 14th century. Particularly notable buildings found in Old Riga's narrow winding streets are the House of the Blackheads and St Peters Church.
The Boulevard Circle encompasses lush gardens, plus several important buildings including the National Opera House, National Theatre and National Art Museum.
Across the city visitors can see the impact the Art Noveau movement made in a relatively short period of time during the fin de siècle. The movement coincided with Riga's boom in high-rise construction, and colourful examples of Art Noveau architecture are dotted across the city - Albert Street being a particular highlight.
Riga's wooden architecture
Unlike other European cities, Riga continued to build wooden housing up until the outbreak of World War Two as a result of the Soviet occupation. While wealthy residents previously shunned the wooden buildings, today the ancient and beautiful architecture is making them highly desirable property. The best place to see Riga's wooden architecture is Daugavgrīvas Street.
Stay at one of the most sophisticated hotels in Riga city centre for easy access to the city's wonderful architecture.