Latvian Tourism Newsletter
March, 2015

Cultural tourism
The Corner House exhibition at the former Latvian SSR KGB building at Brivibas Street 61 in Riga reopened its doors to the public in February. The exhibition about the KGB’s activities in Latvia, located on the first floor of the former KGB headquarters and organized by the Museum of the Occupation, is free of charge. Visitors can also go on guided tours of the building’s detention...
Entertainment tourism
Easter is a great time to visit Latvia. The Easter holidays in Latvia are celebrated twice as much as anywhere else – one is celebrated during the traditional spring solstice at the end of March, while the other according to Christian traditions in April. Honoring the pre-Christian era traditions, folk-lore groups throughout the country come together to celebrate the spring solstice...
This year, Liepāja Karosta Prison is offering visitors to participate in a new adventure game called Escape Room Karosta. Escape Room Karosta is a real-life adventure game, where persons are locked in a room full of secret puzzles. The aim of the adventure game is to escape from the prison by solving puzzles and completing tasks, but there is only 60 minutes to complete the mission. Escape Room...
Culinary tourism
This spring, Jelgava invites guests to arrive for its Gourmet Tour through the city between February 1 and May 31. During this campaign, everyone is invited to go on a special Jelgava tourism route, visit the city’s most significant tourist attractions and enjoy special dishes made only in Jelgava – the main course Hercoga bura, dessert Šarlotes skūpsts, and the refreshing...
Health tourism
A new clinic has been opened in central Riga called Rigaer Turn-Verein, which focuses on providing medical services in the area of reproductive health, as well as offers physiotherapy and medical cosmetology services. With financing worth over EUR 3.5 million, the historical building holding the clinic on Vingrotāju Street 1 in Riga has been completely renovated and restored. The building...
Nature tourism
The international Green Key eco-label has been granted to three new accommodation establishments in Latvia – the Avalon Hotel and Konventa Sēta hotels in Riga, as well as the Ventspils Seaside Camping facility, becoming the first camp-site in Latvia to be granted the eco-certificate. At the same time, several Latvian accommodation establishments, which were previously recognized with the...
Amongst the most interesting birds which can be spotted in Latvia between March and June, such species as the European roller, Lesser Spotted Eagle, White-backed Woodpecker, Middle Spotted Woodpecker and Black Stork should be mentioned. European roller, Coracias garrulus – known also as the blue-crow, but in Latvia and L ithuania is called the green-crow for some reason, even though the...
Tourism industry news
In June, Riga will be hosting the largest gathering of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-persons (LGBT) in Europe – Europride. In 2012, the Latvian capital beat out such cities as Barcelona, Milan and Manchester to host the 2015 Europride events. The event is being organized by the Latvian Association of LGBT and their friends Mozaika, which believes that the organization of this event is...
Latvia in the media
The popular travel blog Posh, Broke and Bored has written a special section about the offers available to travelers visiting Riga and Latvia, paying special attention to the top class culinary experience the Latvian capital has to offer. The author of the blog dined at several of Riga’s top restaurants, praising their sophisticated design and appealing atmosphere, as well as the delicious...
In the February edition of Swiss Airlines’ in-flight magazine Swiss, the magazine has devoted a colorful and extensive article about Latvia, as well as a Riga city guide, and describes the Latvian capital as a "intersection of European cultures". "Riga is not just a picturesque old town on the Baltic, famed for its brickwork Gothic and its abundance of art nouveau. Riga is the north in the...
The U.S. travel portal and magazine Premier Travel USA has included Liepāja Karosta Prison on its Top 10 list of unusual stays. The magazine offers a peek at its ''picks for places that offer memorable experiences— ten wild, wacky and wonderful stays around the globe that just might provide you with that touch of adventure for which you’ve been searching all along''. ''Adventure...
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