Riga, Latvia

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As the capital of Latvia and the largest city in the Baltic States, Riga has rightly been capturing the imaginations of culture and history enthusiasts in recent times, after having been somewhat run-down and unfashionable for several decades. Fortunately, large scale restoration works on many of the city's most important buildings and monuments have taken place over the past few years, and the city has now been restored to its former glory.

When exploring Riga, it's best to start at the beginning, which means taking a trip to St Peter's Church, the oldest church in the city, dating back to 1209. From here, you may wish to work your way around the incredible Old Town, which sits on the eastern side of the river Daugava.

For a look at the nation's more recent history, be sure to check out the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, which provides an overview of what life was like under both Nazi and Soviet rule, while the National History Museum of Latvia and the Museum of Foreign Art are both well worth visiting too.


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