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Cycle Route The Castles' route

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Elevation profile Cycle Route The Castles

Added on 05 Jun 2011,

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Total distance in km

327

Cumulative elevation gain in m

1.561

Avg. slope uphill in %

0,48

Cumulative elevation loss in m

1.558

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Track points in total

1.669

Track points per km (avg)

5

Start/endpoint

Start location

Rīga, Vidzeme, LV (10 m NHN)

End location

Liepāja, Kurzeme, LV (13 m NHN)

Travel reports about cycle tours

Picture stage 09

09 May 2017

125 km

A stage of the tour »Iron Curtain Tour« of user Ottocolor

Picture stage 07

07 May 2017

114 km

A stage of the tour »Iron Curtain Tour« of user Ottocolor

Picture stage 06

06 May 2017

58 km

A stage of the tour »Iron Curtain Tour« of user Ottocolor

Beds4Cyclists, worth visiting and infrastructure

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Rating for cyclists

 

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0,8 km
20 m

 

LV-LV-1050 Riga

 

Hotel

 

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0,7 km
8 m

 

LV-1050 Riga

 

Hotel

 
 

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0,7 km
13 m

World Heritage Site
LV-1050 Riga

 

Old town/World heritage site

 

In der Neustadt befinden sich zahlreiche Gebäude mit Jugendstilfassaden, besonders in den Straßen Elizabetes iela und Alberta iela mit vielen Arbeiten Michail Eisensteins. Um die Jahrhundertwende wurden im Grüngürtel um die Altstadt zahlreiche repräsentative Gebäude errichtet, darunter die Nationaloper, das Nationaltheater, das Kunstmuseum, die neugotische Lettische Kunstakademie (Latvijas Mākslas akadēmija) von 1905 sowie die Universität. Zwischen 1876 und 1884 entstand die Orthodoxe Kathedrale (Rīgas Kristus Piedzimšanas pareizticīgo katedrāle) im neubyzantinischen Stil.

Im südlich gelegenen Stadtteil Maskavas forštate (Moskauer Vorstadt) befinden sich die ehemaligen Zeppelin-Hallen des Zentralmarktes (Rīgas Centrāltirgus), der im stalinistischen Zuckerbäckerstil 1958 erbaute Kultur- und Wissenschaftspalast (Zinātņu akadēmijas augstceltne), die aus Holz im klassizistischen Stil erbaute protestantische Jesuskirche (Jēzus Evaņģēliski luteriskā baznīca) sowie die Ruinen der Synagoge nahe dem ehemaligen Ghetto.

Die Gartenstadt Mežaparks ist ein Villenvorort, der Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts in den Wäldern nördlich der Stadt gebaut wurde.

Auf der Düna-Insel Zaķusala (Hasenholm) steht der Fernsehturm (Rīgas radio un televīzijas tornis), der mit 368,5 Meter zu den höchsten Bauwerken Europas zählt und in seiner schlanken Konstruktion (mit dem Dreibein-Fundament) gut zum ebenfalls sehr schlanken Turm der Petrikirche passt. Pārdaugava (deutsch: Überdüna) bezeichnet das Stadtgebiet am linken Dünaufer. Es war über lange Zeit geprägt von ein- bis zweistöckigen Holzhäusern, von denen einige erhalten sind.

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Seite „Riga“. In: Wikipedia, Die freie Enzyklopädie. Bearbeitungsstand: 23. Februar 2012, 15:31 UTC. URL: http://de.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Riga&oldid=100040642 (Abgerufen: 8. März 2012, 11:06 UTC)

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LV-1050 Riga

 

 

Riga Central Market (Latvian: Rīgas Centrāltirgus) is Europe's largestmarket and bazaar in Riga, Latvia. It is one of the most notable structures from 20th century in Latvia and has been included in UNESCO World Heritage Site list together with Old Riga in 1998.

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Hours of opening

Open air market territory

  • Every day 7.00 – 18.00

Meat pavilion

  • Every day 7.00 – 18.00
  • Cleaning day – the last Sunday of each month from 15.00

Dairy pavilion

  • Monday – Saturday 7.30 – 18.00
  • Sunday 7.30 – 17.00
  • Cleaning day – the first Monday of each month from. 15:00

Grocery pavilion

  • Monday – Saturday 7.30 – 18.00
  • Sunday 7.30 – 17.00
  • Cleaning day – the first Monday of each month from 16.00

Greengrocery pavilion

  • Every day 8.00 – 18.00
  • Cleaning day – the first Monday of each month from 15.00

Fish pavilion

  • Tuesday – Saturday 8.00 – 17.00
  • Sunday and Monday 8.00 – 16.00
  • Cleaning day – the first Monday of each month from. 15:00

Vidzemes Market

  • Monday – Saturday 8.00 – 19.00
  • Sunday 8.00 – 17.00

Āgenskalna Market

  • Every day 7.30 – 18.00

Manufactured goods market

  • Every day 7.00 – 18.00
 
 

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0,4 km
12 m

World Heritage Site
LV-1050 Riga

 

Old town/World heritage site

 
 
 
 

Old Riga — Vecrīga in Latvian — is the old town of Riga, here defined as the area east of Daugava river, south of Krisjana Valdemara iela, west of the city canal and north of the railway that crosses Daugava. Vecrīga is the only world heritage site entirely situated in Latvia.

See

Old Town Square & surroundings

The Old Town (Vecrīga) is both a place of historical tourism sites, as well as the centre of night-life for locals. The area around Old Town was mostly built between 1860 and 1914 and has many buildings that resemble Berlin, Paris, or Rome.

Viewpoints near Old Town Square & surroundings
  • Triangula Bastion, 11 Novembra Krastmala iela #17,  +371 67321206,. 9AM-10PM. A modern building with an excavated fragment of the historical Riga fortification wall system along the river. The building has the best view terraces in Riga. Free. 
Monuments and historic buildings near Old Town Square & surroundings
  • Statue of Roland (In the centre of the Town Square). Statue of St. Roland, the patron of Riga. The original statue erected in 1897 was destroyed in WWII, nowadays a replica stands there. 
  • House of Blackheads, Kalku iela 1,  +371 670 44300. The House of Blackheads is where the merchants-to-be had their guild. Part of this building is the tourist information office, the rest is a fascinating museum. The upper levels house grand ballrooms while the basement has a wine cellar and several exhibits relating to trading in Riga. €3, €1.50 students. 
  • The Big Guild, Amatu iela 6. Housed the guild of the tradesmen, who would join after being a member of the Blackheads (see House of Blackheads). Home to the Latvian Philharmonic, but you can't just walk inside. It's the exterior that's worth seeing though. 
  • The Little Guild, Amatu iela 5. Another pretty building just behind the Big Guild, this one housed the craftsmen's guild. Like the Big Guild, you can't go inside except for a performance. 
  • The House of the Black Cat (Next to the Big Guild). This building (also housing a pub of no particular note) is most famous for the two statues of black cats on the roofs. The legend has it that a disgruntled tradesman who was not accepted into the Big Guild, built this house and put the cats on it with their tails pointing towards the Big Guild, thus expressing his scorn. 
  • Wagner Concert Hall, Vāgnera iela 4. Wagner once lived in Riga, on the street now named after him. This hall where he performed occasionally holds concerts. 
Museums near Old Town Square & surroundings
  • Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, Strelnieku laukums 1,  +371 67212715. This noticeable and austere black building is clearly out-of-place. In the Soviet days, this housed a museum to the Red Riflemen, a group of Latvians who volunteered for the service to Russia during the Russian revolution of 1917. Now it houses a museum of Latvia's time under both the Nazi and Soviet occupations. Very long, but very moving – essential for anyone interested in the history of the USSR or Nazi Germany. Outside the building away from the town square stands the Soviet-era Monument to the Riflemen. Free. 
  • Porcelain Museum, Kalēju iela 9/11. Tu-Su: 11AM-6PM; Closed on Mondays. Covers the history of porcelain in Riga through the 19th and 20th centuries. Adults: €2.50, Children: €1.00, free for preschoolers. 
  • Sun Museum, Kungu iela 1,  +371 67225587. 9AM-6PM daily. One of Riga's weirdest museums, it covers the history of sun mythology and its role in Latvian culture. Adults: €4.00, Students/Seniors: €3.50. 
  • Riga Castle (Rigas Pils) (Near the Northern boundary of the Old Town). The castle itself is fairly uninteresting, but it houses the following two museums: 
    • National History Museum of Latvia, Pils Laukums 3,  +371 67223004. Tu-Su: 10AM-5PM, Closed on Mondays. The History Museum is interesting, however there is little English (Every room has its exhibits summarized on a single plaque). However, the museum does give a very good idea of Latvian history, and will give you a good understanding of the area. Adults: €3, Students: €1.50, Camera fee: €1.50. 
    • Museum of Foreign Art, Pils Laukums 3,  +371 67226467. 11-17 Tu-Su. The less interesting of the two museums: this is just a standard art museum. Admission fee: €3.50, Camera fee: €0.75. 
Religious buildings near Old Town Square & surroundings
  • St. Peter's Church, Skarnu iela 19,  +371 67 229426. St. Peters Church, dating to 1209, is Riga's oldest church. Besides its ensemble of architecture, the church has an elevator to the tower from where you can see all of Riga (service not available on Mondays). €3. 
  • St. John's Church, Jana iela 7. Tu-Sa 10:00-17:00. A smaller, less spectacular church near Saint Peter's. There is a nice altar inside, and unlike most Riga churches, this one is free. The altar is from the Renaissance period and depicts the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. The ceiling is from the Gothic period, and has 5 separate vaulted compartments. There is also a huge pipe organ, and many stained glass windows. This church dates back to the mid 1200s. 
  • St. Saviour's Anglican Church, Anglikanu iela 2a,  +371 67222259. Riga's only Anglican church has English language services every Sunday @11AM, and free concerts every Wednesday. 
  • St. Jacob's Catholic Church (Jekaba Katedrale), Jēkaba iela 9. Dating to 1226, this is one of the few Catholic churches left in Riga. At one point, it housed one of Riga's first schools. Free. 
Cathedral (Doma) Square & surroundings
Monuments and historic buildings near Cathedral (Doma) Square & surroundings
  • The Three Brothers, Mazā Pils iela 17, 19, and 21. Tu-Th 09:00-17:00, F 09:00-16:00. The oldest dwelling houses in Riga. One of them has a small architecture museum inside, along with changing exhibits about Latvia. 
  • Latvian Parliament (Saeima), Jekaba iela 11. A rather plain building housing the Saeima, Latvia's parliament. It has had a number of uses--including as a Soviet-era museum. Currently not open to visitors 
  • Swedish Gate (Between Torna and Aldaru iela). The last remaining gate from the old city walls. 
Museums near Cathedral (Doma) Square & surroundings
  • Museum of the Barricades of 1991, Krāmu iela 3,  +371 67 213525. M-F 10:00-17:00, Sa 11:00-17:00. Covers the dramatic events that occurred in the tumultuous final year of the USSR, when Soviet authorities sent troops into Riga to overthrow the elected Latvian government. Free. 
  • Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation, Palasta iela 4. May-Sep: 11-17 daily, Oct-May: 11-17 W-Su. Actually two museums plus a number of special exhibits, though you pay one price. Like the National Museum, English translations are limited to plaques summarizing rooms, but here you can also pick up pieces of paper describing some of the exhibits. Both of the main museums are quite interesting, and they provide a good idea of what Riga was like in the past. €5 plus more for photo permission. 
  • Arsenal Museum of Art, Torna iela 1,  +371 67357527. Apr-Sep: 11-19 Tu-Su, Oct-Mar: 11-17 Tu-Su. Riga's premier museum for modern art. 
Religious buildings near Cathedral (Doma) Square & surroundings
  • Riga Cathedral (Doma cathedral), Doma Laukums 1,  +371 67 227573. Dating to 1207, it is one of Riga's symbols. The 6768-pipe organ inside is particularly spectacular. Besides the organ, however, the interior is rather Spartan, and may not be worth the entrance fee. (Currently, even the organ is being restored, though). 
Powder Tower & City Wall
Monuments and historic buildings near Powder Tower & City Wall
  • St. Jacob's Barracks, Torna iela. The primary attraction here is the last remaining stretch of city wall directly opposite the barracks. 
Museums near Powder Tower & City Wall
  • Museum of War, Smilsu iela 20,  +371 67228147. May-Sept: 10-18 W-Su, Oct-Apr: 10-17 W-Su. 22 individual collections of Latvian and Soviet military equipment starting from WWI until today. free admission. 
  • Latvian Museum of Pharmacy, Riharda Vagnera 13-15. Tu-Sa: 10-17. In a renovated 18th century house. The museum showcases pharmaceutical equipment, traditional medicine and herbs and what pharmacies looked like a century ago. €1.5. 
  • Latvian Photographic Museum, Marstalu iela 8. Contains photos of Latvia since 1839, with focuses on the World Wars and 1905 Revolution. €1.5. 
  • Mentzendorff House, Grecienieku 18. W-Su: 11-17. Former residence of a wealthy merchant built in 1720, now a museum dedicated to life in Riga in the 17th & 18th centuries. Adults: €1.50, Students: €0.75. 
Near the Freedom Monument
  • Laima Clock (just south of the Freedom Monument). Laima is a Latvian chocolate manufacturer and means good luck in Latvian. The Clock is a traditional meeting place for people in Riga. 

Eat

Budget
  • Alus Seta, Old Town. Literally Beer Yard. Serves huge portions of excellent meat and two veg from a grill at the front of the tavern, as well as an excellent choice of Beer. Probably the best value place in town, with two courses easily costing less than €7. 
  • Smilšu Pulkstenis, Kalku iela 7. Cheap & tasty Latvian food. 
  • Varzob, Ratslaukuma iela 1 (J-2),  +371 67211332. Uzbek food. The plov is an excellent choice, as is the Shashlik and Lagman. 
Mid-range
  • Aleks @ Hotel Justus, Jauniela 24,  +371 67212416. 12-24. One of the best fish restaurants in town. Champagne Glass: €7, Bottle of Philipe Brugnon 1er Cru Rose: €47. 
  • Alus Arsenals, Pils laukums 4. 12 PM to 10 PM mostly. A nice, cozy restaurant in the Riga old town serving various meat and fish oriented dishes with quality local beer. Located right next to the Riga castle so it's easy to find. The actual interior of the restaurant is in a cellar, but in summertime, the restaurant features a spacious outdoor terrace. Main courses 6 € to 18 €. (updated Jul 2016 | )
  • Sweetday Cafe, Tirgoņu 9 (old town). Coffee house that serves freshly homemade cakes. It has a great cozy atmosphere, and the best service in town. The owner is Inese, speaks Latvian, English, Spanish, Russian and a bit of Dutch. 
  • Vecmeita ar kaķi, Mazā Pils iela 1,  +371 67 325 077. This restaurant and bar is a more upmarket option than Lido, serving very good Latvian food. 

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