Latvian Tourism Newsletter
September, 2014

Riga 2014
In 2014, as part of the European Capital of Culture year in Riga, the notorious former headquarters of the Soviet KGB in Riga, also known by locals as the "corner house", has been opened to the public, and will continue to be open until mid-October. Since the building opened its doors for tours on May 1, 21,000 persons have visited the "corner house" and have listened to stories of the horrors...
As part of the European Capital of Culture events in Riga, for the seventh year in a row, the festival of light "Staro Riga" (Beaming Riga) will once again be held in the Latvian capital from November 14 to 18, where artists from Latvia and all over the world will decorate the city’s urban landscape with amazing light installations. Guests and residents are also invited to pop in and enjoy...
This past August, the Bank of Latvia issued the very first 2 euro coin of special design called "Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014". The graphic design of the coin has been created by Henrihs Vorkals, and Jānis Strupulis is the author of the plaster model. The new 2 euro coin has been struck by Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg in Germany, the same mint...
On November 7, as part of Riga’s European Capital of Culture year, a special concert will take place at the Latvian National Opera featuring the world famous Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons and one of the most renowned orchestras in the world – the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Jansons is dedicating this concert to his late father, the great composer Arvīds Jansons, honoring...
Cultural tourism
With an autumn-like feel to it, this November, Riga and Sigulda will once again host the 14th International Bach Chamber Music Festival, which will be dedicated to the legendary composer’s 300th anniversary. The annual autumn session of the chamber music festival will open on November 8 at the "Baltais Flīģelis" (White Grand Piano) concert hall in Sigulda, where a concert featuring piano...
Entertainment tourism
Latvia has many proud ancient fortresses, grand palaces and enchanting manor houses, and is a paradise for those interested in architecture, history and art. Latvia holds hundreds of these historical landmarks and ruins, each with its own history and legends, as well as unique architecture and cultural legacies. The red brick Turaida Castle on the banks of the Gauja River is full of historical...
Nature tourism
An enchanting video of Latvia's nature in the warmest months of the year. Submitted by Eaglewood Films as an entry for Summer In, a Neumann Films short film competition. See the mist rise over a lake in the woods, the waves lap at the pristine pebble beach and the setting sun paint a colourful scene over the Baltic sea. This is Latvia in all its summertime glory!...
Tourism industry news
The Latvian Tourism Development Agency (TAVA) will be participating in various international tourism exhibitions this fall, so the better inform foreign residents about the many travel destinations in Latvia and services offered. At the beginning of November, TAVA will have a stand at the international "World Travel Market" tourism exhibition in London, which is one of the most important events...
The Hungarian low-cost airline "Wizz Air" came out with an announcement on its expansion in Riga this past August - the airline will introduce its second aircraft - a brand new "Airbus A320" - and offer flights from Riga to Hamburg, Lubeck, Stavanger and Liverpool. The new destinations will be launched from April 22, 2015, and the flights will take place twice a week. During the summer season of...
Latvia in The Media
The AFP news agency has written an article about the "dark secrets" of Riga’s former KGB headquarters, known by locals as the "house on the corner". "The "house on the corner" was one of the most feared places in Latvia during Soviet times, but now people are flocking to the former KGB headquarters in the capital Riga, keen to uncover its dark secrets," the AFP writes. Built in 1912, the...
The U.S. newspaper "New York Times" has written an enthusiastic article about Latvia’s Rundāle Palace, calling it "Latvia’s Versailles". The article talks about the palace’s restoration/renovation works over several decades, which was finally concluded this year bringing the castle back to its former glory. Rundāles Palace remains one of the outstanding monuments to Baroque...
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