Practical Information - About Riga
Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. Riga's historical centre has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Jugendstil architecture.
The historical core of Riga is situated on the right bank of the Daugava
River, about 10 kilometers from where the Daugava flows into the Gulf
of Riga. The natural terrain of this area is a flat and sandy plain, about
1 to 10 meters above the sea level.
Latvia's currency is the lat (LVL). There are many bureaux de change
in Riga, especially in its old town. As they are located close to each
other, it is a good idea to shop around for the best rate. It is also
convenient to change money at one of the many banks situated throughout
the city, both in the centre and in outlying neighbourhoods. 1188's currency
The climate of Riga is humid continental. The coldest months are January
and February, when the average temperature is - 5 °C. Average high
temperature in October/November is between 10 °C and 4 °C.
Tourist Information Centres
The office "Welcome to Riga!" is located at the Riga International Airport, providing city tourist discount cards Riga Card (for public transport, various museums, hotels and restaurants) and Riga public transport tickets (E-talons). The office is situated on the ground floor at the arrivals sector E.
Other Riga Tourist Information Centres can be found on on Lïvu Square and Town Hall Square. www.liveriga.com/en/home