Fascinating and historical places to visit in Riga and beyond

Latvia is a small Baltic country nestled in between Estonia and Lithuania. Recently, its capital Riga has been gaining back its reputation as “Paris of the North”, which it acquired in between the two World Wars and lost when annexed to the Soviet bloc in 1940.

While often overlooked, there are plenty of things to discover in this historical city. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Riga’s historical center holds the greatest collection of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe. The Latvian capital is also famed for its Jugendstil, a variation of Art Nouveau, and its wooden 19th-century buildings. It was even recognized as the European Capital of Culture in 2014. To help plan your visit, here are a few local favorites.