Places to visit in Riga

Riga. From Hotel Astor to the most mysterious restaurant of the city


Description: An hour walk in the evening Riga from the Hotel Astor to the medieval restaurant through the powder tower, the bank and the shopping center, the courtyard of the Inquisition, the chimney sweeper's house and Torgovaya street - when the most expensive and prestigious street of old Riga Translated with Google Translate
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1.78 km
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1h 53 m
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Citadele banka, KAC "Centrs"
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A bank branch is located in a shopping center. The history of the shopping center is also interesting, but more on that later. Here I decided to change the money - dollars for euros. Usually, currency exchange in banks is not a profitable event. In addition to the "biting" course, banks charge a fee. But, due to the relatively late hour, the exchangers were already closed, but I was impatient :) and I gave up to the last open bank. When the girl who took the sum rose, it seemed to me that she was two meters tall. When another employee joined her, I felt like a midget in the land of giants. Only Vika, my long-time acquaintance who had fallen in love with me in Riga almost 20 years ago, noticed my dismay and said that a podium was made for the bank employees on which they are above any visitor. This is done on purpose. The girls in the bank were, by the way, very friendly and sincerely sympathized with the commission and the course, but they did their work correctly, categorically pointing to the side any bill with a period, mark, spot or any hint of non-curvature. Translated with Google Translate
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Salons "Ma Beauty"
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In 1919, the shop “All for the Army” (my free interpretation) shop (Armijas Ekonomiskais Veikals) was founded on the site of a modern shopping center. Probably in those years, the years of the first Latvian independence, it was very much in demand. In 1926, the store was moved to 16 Audēju Street, a building known as “Princeses Spikeris”. The expanding store demanded new areas and work on its restructuring began in September 1936. The modern shopping center was rebuilt in 2006, incorporating under its glass roof a part of Ridzenes Street, which bears its name after the former branch of the Daugava River, which had been in place in 1810, which previously existed here. According to one of the versions of the name of the city of Riga - comes from Ridzina. By the way, the project of restructuring a shopping center received an award from the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for the best project in the world in the category “Renovating and expanding an existing project” in 2008. Translated with Google Translate
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Riga Porcelain Museum
Riga Porcelain Museum
Not reaching the porcelain museum on Kaleinaya street (Kuznetskaya street) you can see the arch in the old fortress wall. Above it is depicted the ancient symbol of Riga. This is the entrance to the courtyard of Jan (John Compound - my freestyle interpretation). Translated with Google Translate
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Konventa terrace
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Jan Seth's courtyard is named after John the Baptist, or rather according to belonging to the neighboring church of John the Baptist. The yard is only 70 meters long and the whole Yana street is located between Kalu (Forge) and Skarnu (Myasnitskaya) streets, but it was here that the residence of Albert, the bishop of the founder of the city, was located. It was here that the first urban center on the banks of the small river Ridzina (the one that was buried under the shopping center), where the bishop, the Order of the Sword and the city community fought for power. In 1215, everything was lost in the fire, which accelerated the development of the new city center pledged in 1211 where the Riga Dome Cathedral stands today. After almost 20 years in 1234 by the papal legate Wilhelm of Modena, the territory of the old city center was transferred to the Order of Dominicans and inquisitors appeared in Riga, who erected the Church of St.. John Translated with Google Translate
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Brēmenes pilsētas muzikanti
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Near the Cathedral of St. Peter on the street Skarnyu stands a monument to the Bremen Town Music. It was presented to Riga by the sister city of Bremen. The scene of the monument reminds one of the plots of the Grimm brothers' tale when the characters gathered in the pyramid and peek into the burglar hut. They say that this is a hint of the times of the Cold War, when from the west they tried to look behind the Iron Curtain. I did not really like this hint. Many years have passed since the collapse of the USSR, and time has shown that we should not pin hopes, we should not demonize and idealize, and we should only hope for ourselves and believe in ourselves. Translated with Google Translate
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Chimney Sweeper's House
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This house on the corner of Skarnu and Kalku is famous for its legend about the chimney sweep. He is even depicted on the roof, you can see in the photo a sitting figure with a ladder. Tradition says that a girl lived in this house - a real beauty and her father charity and kept her. He placed his daughter on the top floor away from ordinary people and picked up her successful party. It is clear that the girl happened to meet a chimney sweep and they fell in love with each other. Riga cats shouted loudly on the roofs every time a chimney sweep came to meet his lover. Hearing their meowing, the girl's father felt something was wrong, and one night he waited until the chimney sweep began to rise after meeting his beloved on the rope to the roof, and cut the rope. The chimney sweeper fell and crashed, and after him the inconsolable girl. Since then, legend has it, at night, when cats shout loudly, this house is usually bypassed. Nevertheless, this does not prevent the restaurant Fridys, which occupies the first floor of the house, to walk noisily until the morning. Translated with Google Translate
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Laipu Street
Laipu Street
This small street once led to the exit from the city. The Franciscan Monastery was founded on it in the 13th century. The modern look of the street was formed from the 18th to the 20th century, when houses were built on the site of a monastery. In many ways, houses use fragments of the monastic walls., Translated with Google Translate
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Dettman Tirgon House 4
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This beautiful house on Tirgonu street (Torgovaya and Merchant) was built in 1903 in the then Art Nouveau style. The building, which was located here before, together with the land, was then bought by a German, Heinrich Dettman, who obtained a lot of money from selling his factory and invested almost the entire amount in building the house. In those years it was the most expensive project in all of Riga. The facade of the five-story building was designed by architect Karl Gan from Lübeck. The first floors were set aside for an optics store — Dettman's core business, and living quarters were located on the top three floors. But ... Dettman died at the age of 46, almost simultaneously with the completion of the construction of his beautiful home, without having had time to enjoy the quiet life in full prosperity for which he had been so eager. Translated with Google Translate
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Lido
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Here is one of the most popular restaurants in Riga - Beer Yard. It is said that smoked stewed ribs are served in clay pots for local draft beer. I do not know, was not :) But in the house next door, pink, was. This is a residential building built in a medieval building of the 15th century. It has a huge wall thickness and windows occupy almost the entire space of the outer wall. In this house apartments are sold and you can only imagine how, probably, it is romantic to live in an old house in Riga. Translated with Google Translate
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Rozengrāls
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This restaurant is, strictly speaking, the purpose of the walk. The restaurant is located in the medieval halls, built at the end of the 13th century. Then it was a wine cellar, connected by a labyrinth of underground tunnels. The restaurant completely recreated the Middle Ages: furniture, waiters' clothing, partly utensils and dishes, live medieval music sounds and everyone lights candles and candles only. The menu is replete with names and descriptions associated with medieval stories and characters. It seems that the menu is connected history and cooking. Bread - small flat cakes, brought wrapped in a piece of linen fabric. Everything creates an atmosphere of the Middle Ages and does not betray modernity, except, perhaps, the understanding that you are still in a 20th century theatrical restaurant and not in a time machine. Say tasty food I can not. I have been here several times and in terms of taste I was not impressed, but the atmosphere compensates for everything! Translated with Google Translate
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