Top Historical Places in Riga

Are you looking to explore the history of Riga through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Riga including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Riga. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Riga ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Riga, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Riga for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Riga with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. House Of Blackheads

    4.6 (1172 Votes)
    House Of Blackheads

    Historical Site, Architecture , Heritage Building

    The most lavish housebuilt in the 1300’s, the House of Blackheads is a common photo on many a Latvian postcards. In its glory days, the House of Blackheads was a frat house for unmarried German merchants. The House underwent some destruction during the Second World War and was rebuilt by the Soviets. A fine example of Dutch Renaissance architecture, the House of Blackheads is not to be mi...Read more
  2. Freedom Monument

    4.6 (1204 Votes)
    Freedom Monument

    Landmark, Monument, Statue

    Like most monuments and landmarks that symbolize the lands freedom from its oppressors, the Freedom Monument is a tall structure with a proud lady standing atop the column with three stars in her hand, one for each of the three regions of Latvia. It’s the coming of these three regions that stood for the independent Latvia. During the time of annexations, the three regions were under diffe...Read more
  3. Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum

    Art And Culture, Museum, History Museum, Historical Site

    A little outside the city, the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum is an excellent place to explore the culture of Latvia especially if you’re pressed for time. The open air museum prides itself in covering a wide array of local culture; the local life of the 18th and 19th century is well depicted by way of artifacts such as recreated homes, churches, windmills, etc. The Latvian Ethnogra...Read more
  4. Latvian War Museum

    4.5 (576 Votes)
    Latvian War Museum

    Museum, Memorial, War Memorial, Exhibition

    One of the largest and oldest museums in Latvia, the Latvian War museum was founded in the year 1916. Back then it was known as the Latvian riflemen museum. Located in a historical building, the museum is housed in the 14th century Powder Tower- a former fortification tower of Riga. The museum was formed with the aim of educating visitors about the complex military and political history of Latv...Read more
  5. Nativity Cathedral, Riga

    4.7 (495 Votes)
    Nativity Cathedral, Riga

    Religious Site, Cathedral

    The Nativity Cathedral of Riga was built between 1876 and 1883 and is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the Baltics. Stunningly enormous and beautiful, the exterior is Neo-Byzantine while the interior is made up of traditional icons of Orthodox cathedrals. The cathedral was turned into a planetarium during Soviet times. But, the cathedral has returned to its original glory. Trivia- some...Read more
  6. Vermanes Garden

    4.6 (518 Votes)
    Vermanes Garden

    Garden, Monument, Play, Fountain

    Situated in the heart of the city, Vermanes Garden Park is Riga's second oldest public park. Created in the early 19th century with the help of donations, the park is named after Anna Gertrud VÄ“rmane, a wealthy widow who had allocated a piece of land and a generous donation for the formation of the park. Highlights include: Various sculptures, including a statue of Ann...Read more
  7. Zanis Lipke Memorial

    4.7 (144 Votes)
    Zanis Lipke Memorial

    Museum, History Museum, Historical Site, Memorial

    Zanis Lipke was a dock worker and a brave man who saved around 50 Jews from the Nazis during World War II by hiding them in a bunker under a shed. Note that the German police never found this shelter and Lipke was never caught and none of the people involved were ever betrayed. A memorial was built right next to Lipke’s house in the year 2012. Within the memorial building, you will find l...Read more