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Vecrīga: Walking Around the Old Town of Riga, Latvia

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Vecrīga: The Old Town of Riga, Latvia
What do you do if you have to wait for hours and hours the night before, only to find out that the next day is (ACTUALLY) your full day Do It Yourself (DIY) walking tour around the Riga Old Town? Well, you consume cups of coffee and shake your sleepy state out of existence. It’s time to roam around and visit places like the Three Brothers or the Dome Square in Riga’s Old Town, and what better way to do so than to do it with an energetic no-sleep state. Yes, true story, and yes, I was really looking forward to this the most, since I haven’t had the chance to read a lot of articles about the Latvia’s Old Town in Riga. To me, this only means that it’s not too touristy yet, so there’s room for raw appreciation and exploring. Time to join me, yes?

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Vecrīga, which is the Latvian term that means “Old Riga” is in fact the historical center of Riga, Latvia, located on the east side of Daugava River. Famous for its old places of worship, such as Riga Cathedral and St. Peter's church, the Old Town is full of historical sites and folklores. This makes the Vecrīga an integral part of Latvia, and a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site listed as "Historic Centre of Riga". I am a big believer of historic landmarks, because it gives me a healthier understanding as to why the city has evolved into what it is now, and it being a UNESCO World Heritage Site is proof that there’s more to it than meets the eye.

After doing a quick trip to the LMT Olimpia Shopping Mall, which is rightfully just reachable by foot, it is rather easy to visit the Old Riga area. It’s flocking with restaurants, casinos, museums, and churches. Sometimes, there are Christmas markets being setup in this area too, which is nice because experiencing the night life in such renowned area is not just for tourists, but for locals to enjoy. Some places to take note of here are the Latvian War Museum (Latvijas Kara muzejs), the historical landmark known as the Three Wall Street, the House of the Blackheads (Melngalvju nams), and certainly not to be forgotten, the Riga Cathedral (Rīgas Doms).

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Likewise, you might be interested to try out the Old Riga Free Walking Tour, if you aren’t much of a self-guided walking tour person like me. Interesting enough, Riga offers that kind of Free Walking Tour, which is in English and recommended by none other than the Trip Advisor itself. There’s a slot at 3:00 P.M. and another one at 12:00 noon. You can choose either thru: Riga Free Tour, which is located near the St. Peter’s Church, or you can also go for that gastronomical experience via: Riga Tours SIA 'Eat Latvia', located near the Pharmacy Museum (Farmācijas muzejs).

So yes, before you do your own tour or participate in a free walking tour around the Vecrīga, maybe you can do a bit of shopping first, or maybe some drinks in any of the abundant bars and cafes available around the area. Perhaps try the Riga Black Magic? Or maybe some Asian food, Wok to Walk? Cos we all love Asian food, right? Hahaha.

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bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Riga Latvia :: Vecrīga: Walking Around the Old Town of Riga, Latvia
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Riga Latvia :: Vecrīga: Walking Around the Old Town of Riga, Latvia
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Riga Latvia :: Vecrīga: Walking Around the Old Town of Riga, Latvia
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Riga Latvia :: Vecrīga: Walking Around the Old Town of Riga, Latvia
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Riga Latvia :: Vecrīga: Walking Around the Old Town of Riga, Latvia
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Riga Latvia :: Vecrīga: Walking Around the Old Town of Riga, Latvia
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Riga Latvia :: Vecrīga: Walking Around the Old Town of Riga, Latvia
bowdywanders.com Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo :: Riga Latvia :: Vecrīga: Walking Around the Old Town of Riga, Latvia

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 60 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

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