Getting in by foot would mean a rather long walk as most points of interest are several kilometers from the more central parts of Riga.
Have a look at the network maps to see which tram, bus or trolleybus you need to take. Driving can also be an option.
- 1 Grebenshchikov Church, Maza krasta iela 73. An Old Believers' church.
- 2 Andrejsala. An artists' island is starting to emerge behind the passengers port a short distance north from the old town.
- 3 Riga Motor Museum, Eizensteina 6 (8km from the old town; take trolleybus 14 or 18 to Gailezers Hospital, then walk 500m). daily 10:00-18:00. Contains former vehicles of Stalin, Kruschev, and Brezhnev. Recently renovated. €10.
- 4 Riga Ethnographic Open Air Museum (Latvijas Etnogrāfiskais Brīvdabas Muzejs), Brivibas 440 (take the A2(E77) to the east out of Riga or take bus N.1), ☏ , fax: , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum is in Jugla, near a lake of the same name. There are many traditional Latvian countryside houses collected in a forest/park and exhibitions inside them about the traditional things. The employees are often dressed in the traditional Latvian costumes, creating a nice atmosphere.
- 5 St. Paul's Church, Augusta Deglava iela 1. Neogothic church from 1885 marks the center of Riga's main industrial neighborhood. Most of the mural paintings are from 1930s and represent the art of independent Latvia before World War II.
- 6 Gas storage buildings. Two gas storage buildings from 1882 and 1901 (end of Matīsa iela) are landmarks of the old gas factory in Riga. These enormous structures reaching 40 m in diameter are probably the largest buildings of their kind in Eastern Europe. Note the pressure meter that mimics a clock.
- 7 Baptist church, Matīsa iela 50b. Light neo-Romanic building from 1867 looks completely alien to its dark industrial neighborhood.
- 8 Twin water towers. Located at the crossing of three railway lines (Mazā Matīsa iela), they are known among locals as Anna and Zhanna (Ann and Joan). Legend has it that Anna was a skilled quack in medieval Riga. She was accused in being a witch and burnt to death. This triggered her sister Zhanna to commit suicide. Their ashes were brought to a place that was considered wicked, which is exactly the triangle between the railway lines where the water towers are located. This place is indeed quite strange and renowned for its remoteness dominated by a huge cemetery and a prison. The water towers from 1885-87 are very pretty, though, and seen from afar.
- 9 Matisa cemetery. Matisa cemetery adjacent to the water towers has an interesting monument to the heroes of the Russian Revolution of 1905. The monument was built during the time of Soviet occupation (1956-59) and represents the typical gloomy-gray concrete style of Latvian military monuments constructed after World War II. Another and equally gloomy 1905 monument is in the small park on Grīziņkalns hill on Pērnavas iela.
- 10 Russo-Balt factory. Valmieras iela and adjacent streets boast gorgeous industrial buildings from late 19th century. The largest factory was Russo-Balt that produced first cars and airplanes in the Russian empire. Most of these buildings are now abandoned and derelict but quite interesting to see. You will find lots of old plaques, signboards and other 100-year-old artifacts.
Southern and Eastern Maskavas forštate
The part of Maskavas forštate west of Lacplesa iela is covered in the Centrs article.
- 11 St. Francis Church, Katoļu iela 16. Built in 1892, a gorgeous neo-Gothic building in the middle of slums. Features copies of Giotto's mural paintings in the Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
- 12 All Saints Church, Katoļu iela 10. Orthodox church built in neo-Romanic style around 1880. Unlike other orthodox churches in Latvia, which are typically Russian in their style and nature, this one was designed by a Latvian architect.
- 13 Church of John the Baptist, Kalna iela 21. Construction started in 1913-14 but it was not finished before the Russian Revolution and continued in 1920s when Latvia became independent. This led to a strange mix of styles rendering the church a rare example of modernist architecture implemented in an Orthodox temple. The adjacent Ivanovskoe cemetery is the main Orthodox cemetery of Riga.
- 14 Church of Our Lady of Kazan, Kalna iela 21. Another church on the same cemetery. Build of wood in 1812-15 in a somewhat awkward style with 5 small domes sitting on a massive drum.
- 15 Church of Gregory the Illuminator, Kojusalas iela 5. Armenian church built in 2011.
- 16 Old New Synagogue (Altnaie Schul), Maskavas iela 57. The only synagogue that survived through World War II. Built in 1889, partially restored after the war and converted into a residential building.
- 17 Church of Michael Archangel, Maskavas iela 170. Old Believers church from 1894-95, nice example of the Russian Revival style.
- 18 Horse-drawn omnibus, Maskavas iela (crossing with Mazā Kalna iela). A funny monument commemorating the first Riga tram that was driven by horse power. An old iron construction nearby reminds of the former Hay Market.
- 19 Old Jewish cemetery (between Tējas iela and Ebreju iela). A huge area that reminds of the Jewish population of Maskavas forštate. Established in early 18th century, this cemetery kept expanding till the beginning of 20th century. After all local Jews were exterminated by the Nazis during World War II, Soviet government destroyed the remaining gravestones and converted the area into a Park of Communist Brigades. Now there is a small Jewish memorial.
- 1 Mežaparks (Take Tram 11). Forest Park is a pleasant park area on the outskirts of Riga. There are large, gorgeous residential houses once inhabited by Riga's prewar elite during the summers. They were largely let go during Soviet times but many are now being refurbished, repainted, and brought back to their original glory.
- 3 Arena Riga, Skanstes iela 21. An indoor sports arena and concert venue. Notable as the home rink of the city's ice hockey team Dinamo Riga, playing in the KHL, the arena is also where the world's greatest pop and rock artists and bands hold their Riga concerts.
- 1 [dead link] Lido Entertainment Center, Krasta iela 76 (Take Tram 3, 7, or 9 to Krasta masīvs), ☏ , fax: . Main restaurant: daily 11:00-23:00, express restaurant: daily 13:00-23:00, beer cellar: M-F 18:00-00:00, holidays 12:00-00:00, playroom: M-F 17:00-22:00, holidays 12:00-22:00. The wooden building features three floors of dining, a built-in wooden windmill, and a small amusement park outside. The ground floor and basement operate cafeteria-style. There is a huge choice available, including a variety of soups including borscht and the Latvian cold beetroot soup, as well as kebabs, breasts, chicken sausages, fish, red meats. Blinis are another specialty here. Cafeteria: €3.30 for a meat main course and €0.70 for a plateload of roast potatoes. Pancakes for €0.60. Top floor: Buffet for set price of €16.
- Lido has another restaurant at 2 Ieriku iela 3
- The Latvian pizza chain Cili Pizza has six restaurants in the area covered by this article. If roaming around Grīziņkalns, the closest is at 3 Matisa iela 25, for Maskavas forštate 4 Krasta iela 46
- 5 Fontaine Delisnack, Aristida Briāna iela 9a. Fast food, open 24/7.
- 6 Ezītis miglā (Avotu iela) (Avotu ezītis), Avotu iela 32a, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Reasonably priced drinks and food, nice atmosphere.
- 1 Apartment Hotel Riga, Brivibas iela 196. Apartments on Riga's main street. Every apartment has either two separate beds or one double, as well as a washing machine, television, gas ring, air conditioner, refrigerator, and set of dishes. €25 and up.
- 2 Days Hotel Riga VEF, Brivibas iela 199c (200m from the tram stop Rūpnīca VEF, then a 10 minute ride south to Old Town), ☏ , fax: . Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Part of the Wyndham/Days Inn chain. A great option if you don't need to be within walking distance of the center. €20.
- 3 Dodo Hotel, Jersikas iela 1 (10 min from old town by tram.), ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Modern rooms with shower, WC, flat-screen TV, and hairdryer. French owned. Double: €32.