Latvia isn’t somewhere you’ll want to simply pass through. It’s somewhere you’ll want to stay.

Home to tranquil landscapes  


Theatrical architecture


 Fascinating history


Latvia –

A small country with a big heart

Where nature and modernity collide.

A tranquil landscape of lakes, woods, white-sand beaches and towering sand dunes make Latvia the ideal place for a relaxing retreat.

Forests cover around 45% of the country, making it one of the greenest places in Europe. While cycling, trekking or gently meandering, you will be likely to find a slice of untouched nature all for yourself. 

Come and discover the so-called ‘Gem of the Baltics’.

Riga has a lively café culture, and is awash with stylish boutiques, bistros and cultural institutions. In the summer its sunny squares are swarming. In the winter it resembles a Christmas card – fitting for the place where the first Christmas tree was erected.

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Practical information

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Due to the vicinity to the Baltic Sea, the weather in Latvia can change quickly. The coldest month is January with an average of -6°C while July has an average of 19°C. Nevertheless frost can occur even till mid-June!

Public Transport

Riga has an efficient and user friendly public transportation system consisting of trains, trolleybuses and busses to go around the capital.


WiFi is offered by many hotels and also available in various public places – cafes, hotels, business centers, airport and bus terminals.


Latvia’s previous currency was “Lats” until it was replaced by the Euro in 2014.


Shopping in Riga takes visitors back in time when walking along the cobbled streets of the Old City. The main shopping spots in the Old Town are Valnu street and Basteja Pasaza with huge concentration of fashion shops and famous brands’ boutiques.

VAT Refunds

Citizens and residents of a country outside the EU can claim a Value Added Tax (VAT) refund when shopping in stores with “tax free shopping” signs. A minimum purchase per shop is required. When approaching the refund point, please make sure that you have the following with you: Your goods, your Global Blue tax-free form, your passport/ID.


Did you Know?

This information can be useful when traveling to Latvia

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  • The two million Latvians are called “The Singing Nation”. They treasure their folk songs as they truly represent the Latvian culture.
  • The official language is Latvian, but most people speak English as well.
  • Latvia has one of the oldest flag in the world, dating back to the 13th century.
  • The capital Riga has about 4,000 wooden houses – more than any other European city.
  • Riga is home to one of the oldest and biggest markets in Europe: Riga Central Market.
  • Ventas Rumba Waterfall in the west of Latvia is the widest waterfall in Europe.

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