Top Five Sights in Latvia

Ķemeri Bog and duckboard walking trail seen from observation tower
Bogged down in Ķemeri

There's much more to Latvia than just Riga! Here are the top attractions outside the capital.

1. Jūrmala

Historic timber bathing pavilion in Jūrmala, Latvia
History at the beach

Just a half hour train ride from Riga, Jūrmala is a seaside resort where east meets west - and anything goes! Timber cottages mingle with Soviet concrete behemoths, secluded dunes are a short walk from buzzing beach fun, and museums cover contemporary art (in the world's only working railway station/gallery), Latvian poets, and ancient fishing boats. Savour a massage at a luxury spa or a healthy hike through the surreal landscape of Ķemeri Bog.

Let me show you Jūrmala on a full day private tour or a 2-hour walking tour.

2. Rundāle Palace

Front gates of Rundāle Palace in Latvia
Nice driveway

This aristocratic extravaganza in the middle of Zemgale's flat farmland will take your breath away. Built by the Duke of Courland in the 18th century as the ultimate status symbol, its dozens of rooms flaunt period artworks, furniture, chandeliers, porcelain and everything else befitting a mini Versailles. The rose gardens are a knockout, too.

3. Sigulda and Cēsis

Turaida Castle in Sigulda, Latvia
Try conquering that

From fairy tale castles to stunning walks in Gauja National Park to speedy sports like bobsleigh and bungee jumping off a cable car, Sigulda is a mecca for adrenaline junkies and romantics alike. And a little further east, medieval Cēsis will charm your suit of armour off with its cafes, cobblestone lanes and alfresco concerts.

Come with me to Sigulda on a fascinating full day tour!

4. Kuldīga

View of Kuldīga old town and red brick bridge over the Venta River
Bridging the centuries

Thanks to its restoration-loving people, Kuldīga has blossomed from a backwater Kurzeme town to a UNESCO World Heritage site. Take a few days to soak in the delightful Baroque buildings, Europe's widest waterfall (with jumping fish!), and culture from wild Midsummer parties to the world's first vertical piano maker.

Bus timetables and tickets.

5. Liepāja

Aerial view of central Liepāja with Liepajas Dzintars concert hall in foreground
Amber gem

From a bleak Soviet naval  base to the European Capital of Culture in 2027, Liepāja has come a long way in just a few decades. The Baltic Sea port packs a lot in, from symphonies at the cutting edge concert hall to a slew of rocking clubs, Art Nouveau treasures to the brutalist Karosta district, and miles of pristine beaches. 

Train and bus timetables and tickets.

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Two storks perched on a chimney of a rundown tin roof in Latgale, Latvia
Latgale airport

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Wander in Riga's charming Old Town, eyeball stunning Art Nouveau, see the city's top attractions on one tour, or get comradely on a Soviet tour.