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If you need a useful, helpful advice from a local...

Hello to everyone, who plans, intends, wishes to visit Riga and Latvia!

From this forum I understood that many problems that occur with fellows-travellers occur from what can be called "blind traveling". When you just get a cheap plane ticket, book a hotel through the net and go. I also do that - and, must admit, successfully. But I also have to admit, that my dear home country is not to be visited like that. Many people here still want to make and make money from ripping off tourists.

I wish to do something good to my country, which is beautiful and not that bad, and that's why I offer my advice and help to everyone, who wish to see the good parts of Latvia. I'm sorry I can't be helpful to those, who come here for stag parties, since I don't visit local bars. My offer is more for those, who like nature, maybe museums, seeing the city and country!

Will be glad to answer your questions!

Kind regards,

Eva

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681. Re: If you need a useful, helpful advice from a local...

Is there anything interesting to see in the area of Saulkrasti on a gray and chilly day when the beach is not welcoming?

Riga
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There is a bicycle museum in Saulkrasti, if that is an interest to you.

latvia.travel/en/…saulkrasti-bicycle-museum

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683. Re: If you need a useful, helpful advice from a local...

hi. Im not doing to your country for the stag party)))And thank you so much for your help.

it looks that we can come only in late february- beginning of march. How bad is this time of year and what problems we can have in Riga and around Riga at that time of year?

thank you again,

alla

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Hi Eva, I'm an avid photographer and I can't wait to visit Riga. I am planning to visit October 24-31. I am very concerned about the weather. While the cold is fine by me, it's the rain I'm worried about. Also are a lot of cafes, the market closed at this time. This is my first trip but not my last. I want to come in the off season to avoid all the "parties". I'm just looking forward to the history, the people and the architecture. I don't want to be disappointed if everybody is hiding indoors and a lot of places are closed. Any advice would be very helpful and appreciated. Thank you so much!

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Greetings!

We'll be visiting Riga in late Sept. this ismud-point in our travels and I'd like to do laundry, or have it done. We'll be staying at the Radisson Blu. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

Siggiewi, Malta
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Hi,

Sorry if i'm repeating any questions but I'm noticing that this post is quite old so asking for more recent advice.

We will be visiting Riga for 4 days from 2nd November. Any tips re food markets, nature parks and travelling with public transport please?

Regards

Maria

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I just returned from 4 days in Riga. IMHO, you must start with a walking tour. I went with 3 others & had an English speaking guide. She was wonderful, remarkably informed, & quite entertaining. The hotel concierge arranged this & our guide met us at our hotel.

We also booked a Foodie Tour of the Central Market. I was really looking forward to this tasting tour. The hotel concierge also arranged this for us, but we had to go to the meeting place for this tour, & unfortunately we got incredibly turned around & arrived 20 minutes after the tour had left on foot. (The tour actually had originated in a bicycle shop.....there was no sign to indicate a Food Tour & we had walked past the place at least 3 times!). So my advice would be to book tours with a guide who meets you at your hotel.

Riga is a very interesting old city, not that large, & once you walk around a bit, you'll find it quite charming! Wear comfy shoes for cobblestone walkways.

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688. Re: If you need a useful, helpful advice from a local...

What is the terrain of central Riga? Is it flat or hilly? We'd like to stay in easy, fairly flat walking distance of the old town.

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hello I am an antique dealer coming to Riga the beginning of June. How are the flea markets? and antique shops? thanks Steve

Riga
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690. Re: If you need a useful, helpful advice from a local...

Central part of the town is very flat, so there shouldn't be problems. But keep in mind that the streets of Old Town are cobbled.

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