5 reasons why I fell in love with Latvia

5 reasons why I fell in love with Latvia

Latvia is a small country on the Baltic Sea. Despite the fact, that it is very close to Poland not many people from here visiting this country. Today I would like to tell you about the reasons why Latvia became my love for at the first sight.

Dome Cathedral in Riga. Photo is taken by Ace Mohyuddin

Art Nouveau style in the downtown Riga

Architecturally, art nouveau is characterized by ornamental style based on curved lines, asymmetrical composition and rhythms of irregular contours. Some of the good famous examples of this style are La Sagrada familia in Barcelona and the Galeries Lafayette. If you have seen these buildings,  you realize how amazing they look. So, you definitely will be pleased found similar places in the capital of Latvia – Riga.

The downtown area of Riga is full of buildings in Art Nouveau style. You will find them around the Elizabetes, Strelnieku and Alberta streets. Furthermore, they are included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. I strongly recommend walking along these streets and admiring the buildings. One of my favorites is the building at Elizabetes iela 10a & 10b. It was designed by the architect Mihails Eizenšteins and looks incredible with its facade richly decorated in a visionary way.

Elizabetes iela 10a & 10b in Riga. Licensed under CCO

Art Nouveau architecture on Blaumaņa iela 28 (Kārlis Johans Felsko 1903). Photo  is taken by Jacques Lasserre

 Kipsala island with the views of the old city

Kipsala is an island on the left bank of the Daugava river and it is connected to the Riga city center by the Shroud Bridge. It is a very nice and cozy area with small wooden houses and picturesque parks. Kipsala looks this way as it has been inhabited by seafarers and fishermen who built these buildings for centuries.

This is a unique place for a slow walk. Locals say that you should start from the street named Batista dambis. It runs right along the coast of Daugava and then you will reach great views of the Old Town, Vanšu bridge, and Riga Port.

Wooden house on Kipsala Island in Riga. Photo  is taken by Aris Jansons

Jurmala resort from old photos

There is a lovely seaside town only 20 kilometers from Riga – Jūrmala. There, you will feel as if you went back in time at least 100 years.  Jūrmala used to be a Spa in XVIII century and today there are many scenic wooden old buildings that make the whole town very old-fashioned and stylish.  Historical scenery alongside the sound of the sea changes Jumala into a peaceful resort, like in the old photographs.

Street in Jurmala. Photo is taken by Dezidor. Licensed under CC3.0

Unforgettable Imperial fortress in Daugavpils

Daugavpils is the second largest city of Latvia. It is an old fortress but it is not a fortification like many others. The fortress itself is impressive in its grandeur and magnitude. The construction of the Daugavpil Fortress was commenced in preparation for Napoleon’s invasion.

Up until the middle of the 19th century, Daugavpil Fortress was a priority military center of the Russian Empire. However, since then, the fortress began to gradually lose its importance, and run down.

When I was visiting this place I had the impression that I got to some strange, half-abandoned, semi-sleeping city. Such places always surprise!

Somewhere in Daugavpils. Photo  is taken by Klaise and licensed under CCO

Horses and wild natureKlaumi

If you like beautiful nature and horses, Klajumi will be a paradise for you. It is a horse ranch situated among picturesque surroundings of Daugavas Loki Nature Park. There are a couple of traditional cottages that are available for guests. The horse ranch “Klajumi” is not a typical riding center. It is harmonious landscaped place for people who love the quiet countryside. You are welcome to ride even without any riding experience because you can learn everything there. I spent there unforgettable time.

Daugavas Loki Nature Park. Photo  is taken by Normunds K & licensed under CC 4.0

If you have other good reasons that I haven’t mentioned, please leave a comment below.

There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Jurga at 9:46 pm

    Originally from Lithuania myself, I am ashamed to admit that I haven’t been to Latvia since my college years. So I really enjoyed reading this post and learning about some places I never even heard of before. Daugavas Loki Nature Park looks amazing!

  2. Raulersongirlstravel at 11:59 pm

    I would never have thought to visit here but, your photos make me want to check these places out. I love the Wooden house on Kipsala Island! It would be nice to see if there were old buildings like that to photograph there.

  3. Jessica at 3:47 am

    When I worked at NATO, I had a colleague from Latvia. He would always rave about the nightlife in Riga. Wish I could’ve visited when I lived in Europe. The architecture looks amazing. Thanks for your tips.

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