Latvia Holiday Guide

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Latvia is the largest of three Baltic republics, the other two being Estonia and Lithuania.

From architectural wonders to natural scenic beauty, Latvia has a wide range of tourist attractions that will suit most tastes. Its a good idea to book a tour of Latvia to see many of its sights. Many of its buildings date back to the days of the Hanseatic League, while remnants of the Soviet grip on Latvia can also be found throughout the country. There are also plenty of castles, historic buildings and museums where you can learn more about Latvian history and culture.

Outdoor lovers will find themselves spoilt for choice with endless opportunities to partake in a variety of activities. Over 40 per cent of Latvia is covered by forests, and the country has nearly 2,500 lakes, 12,000 rivers and hundreds of miles of unspoilt beaches.

The capital of Latvia is Riga, a city that will take you back in time through Latvian history. Popular attractions include Riga Cathedral, Freedom Monument and the Occupation Museum of Latvia.

Riga's old town is the most prominent area of the city, sitting near the banks of the Daugava river with its lovely cobbled streets and awe-inspiring squares. Riga is also home to Europe's most impressive collection of Germanic Art Nouveau architecture, which appears on UNESCO's World Heritage list.

There are several ways to get to Latvia. Riga has an international airport which serves many European cities. There is also the Berlin-St Petersburg train service which passes through Daugavpils in southeastern Latvia. Trains also connect Riga with Minsk, Moscow and St Petersburg. Direct buses travel to Riga from numerous European and Scandinavian countries as well as from Russia.