Latvia Travel Guide

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One of the most recent additions to the European Union is Latvia. Much like Bulgaria, and several of the other newest EU members, the country is an undiscovered jewel that is just waiting to be polished. Long hidden behind the veil of Communism, and overshadowed by the presence of the Soviet Union, Latvia is a developing country that offers a unique look into a still-pristine world that has been untouched by Western modernization, but which is also quickly developing into one of Europe’s star countries.

Located on the coast of the Baltic Sea and bordered by Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, and Belarus, Latvia is one of the three Baltic States. The country boasts 500 kilometers of untouched white beaches, and thousands of square kilometers of untouched nature parks and trails. The country is filled with medieval relics, from the castles at Cesis to the capital of Riga, which has been deemed a World Heritage Site. The country has long been considered one of the most important ports in this region of the world, dating back to ancient times, with Riga itself being founded in 1201 by the Germans.

Between the medieval cities throughout the country to the mountains and forests, rivers and lakes, and otherwise, the country is a teeming thoroughfare of medieval history. Still relatively undiscovered by the masses, Latvia is nevertheless a must-see destination for any traveler, newbie or veteran. Between the national parks, the cities, the various summer festivals, and the budding economy that is beginning to recover after years behind the Communist veil, Latvia is simply too amazing to be passed up.

Accommodations and transportation are fairly modern. English is understood by most of the younger generation, while Russian will be understood by the older. The country is best visited between June and September for summer activities, and winter months for winter activities. Latvian cuisine is rated among the best in Europe, and when combined with everything else this country has to offer, makes for a destination that will you want to visit over and over and over.

Riga #1 most popular location
Riga is currently one of the most exciting places in the Baltic, not only as a tourist destination, but because of its old town, its historical importance, and the current renaissance as many…
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Jurmala #2 most popular location
Jurmala is a small seaside town a short trip away from Riga. You can take the train and be there in about an hour. The town is filled with old summer houses. The town was a vacation spot f…
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Sigulda #3 most popular location
Sigulda, a small town which is sort of the main gateway into Gauja National Park, a deep forest with lots of wildlife. The town itself has an assortment of palaces, castles and manors. There …
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Liepaja #4 most popular location
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Ventspils #5 most popular location
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Cesis #6 most popular location
Cesis is about 90km east of Riga. It is easily accessible by train and bus from Riga. In Cesis lies the medieval ruins of Cesis Castle. Built by German crusaders in 1209, the castle is def…
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Kuldiga #7 most popular location
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Jelgava #8 most popular location
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Pilsrundale #9 most popular location
Esentially, Rundale and Pilsrundale are two separate villages, the latter only existing as a settlement west of Rundale Palace for which it is known. I will focus on Pilsrundale here as this …
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Bauska #10 most popular location
Jürmala #11 most popular location
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Riga International Airport #12 most popular location
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Salaspils #13 most popular location
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Kolka #14 most popular location
A small village in a scenic location of cape Kolka, Latvia. The place where Riga's bay meets the Baltic sea. The village itself is very small with almost no locals outside of the season. It h…
Edole #15 most popular location
Siguldas #16 most popular location