Latvia - a popular tourist destination in Europe. Tourists from all over the world come to this country to spend a weekend in Riga or vacation by the sea - in Jurmala. Foreign tourists are attracted by reasonable prices for accommodation and food, as well as cheap. Russian go out of a sense of nostalgia for the romantic Jurmala and Riga, glorified in songs from Soviet times. Young people want to get to the contest "New Wave" and "Yurmolina" when two or three weeks Jurmala resort turning into a Mecca of Russian-speaking youth.
Latvia - a state in north-eastern Europe. It has borders with Estonia, in the east - Russia, in the south - with Belarus and Lithuania. On the west by the Baltic Sea.
The coastline - 531 km. Most of the country is occupied by plains and lowlands, low hills surrounding the Vidzeme Upland (the highest point - Gaiziņkalns, 311 m.). About 44% of the country is covered by forests. In the territory of Latvia was stretched sufficiently extensive network of water - more than 3 thousand. Lakes and 12 thousand. Rivers, which provides good opportunities for active tourism.
Latvia - the country, deservedly proud of its long tourist tradition. In addition to cherished national traditions and architectural masterpieces Latvian cities, there is a warm Baltic coast, dozens of modern resorts, almost fifty old castles, the famous amber, hundreds of lakes and mineral springs, as well as many hundreds of square kilometers of scenic landscapes.
Areas of the valley of the Gauja River, the banks of the Daugava River and Salaca Vidzeme and Kurzeme coast of the Gulf of Riga, near the village of Ergli and Vecpiebalga, "mountains" and Gaiziņkalns Sauleskalns, nearby towns Tukums and Tulsa, the ancient town of Cesis and Kuldiga, picturesque lakes and Esha Reznas - all this is a unique "Necklace of the Baltic", which gives the country a unique appearance.
Riga - the main attraction of this country. Capital was founded in 1201 by knights of the Livonian Order, although people in the area still lived in the early Neolithic. City rich in history and culture, this architectural monument in the open air, the center of folk music and the venue for hundreds of fairs and festivals, Riga on the right is a list of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
The main attraction is considered to be a small area of Riga Vekriga ("Old Town") with dozens of old buildings, among which the most interesting buildings Minor and Great Guild Hall (XIX c.) With gorgeous paintings, "Cat House" (1910) with figures of two cats on spiers towers, palace of Peter the Great, the last bastion of the old city walls - Pulvertornis (Powder Tower, XIII c.), building barracks Yakovlevskoye (XVIII c.) Zviedre Varty (Swedish Gate, 1689) in the tower Ramer, St.. Jacob (XIII c.), the residence of the President of the Republic of Latvia - Riga Pils (Riga Castle, 1330), famous buildings Tris Braley (Three Brothers, XV-XVIII cc.), church of Our Lady of the Mourning (1764), the Anglican church of the Redeemer (1733), Town Hall Square with the statue of the patron saint - St. Roland house "blackheads" (XIV c.) opposite the Town Hall, the Cathedral of Orthodox Christmas, Mentzendorff (XVII century.) with the Museum of life in Riga XVII-XVIII centuries. , Church of St.. Peter (XII-XIII cc.) with 137-meter tower and the church of St.. John (XV-XVI centuries). yard Convention (Convention set, XV c.) and Midsummer yard (Jana Seta) with a fragment of the city ramparts, Freedom Monument (30th of XX century.), as well as a number of medieval buildings on the street Trokšņu most narrow street in Riga - Rosen's home in a modern style in Alberta Street and picturesque street overlays.
Symbol of the city is the famous Dome Cathedral (1211) with one of the world's largest organ (1884). Also interesting garden Viesturs defined in honor of Russia's victory over Napoleon ALEKSANDROVSK gate at the entrance, as well as the building of the National Opera (1863), located in the balloon hangar WWI Riga Central Market, recreation complex Lido water park "Aqualandia" and park along the city canal. The city has many interesting museums, among which the most interesting military museum in the building of the Powder Tower, the Architectural Museum in the "Three Brothers", Foreign Art Museum, Historical Museum and the Museum of Latvian literature, theater and music in the Riga Castle, the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation Latvian Museum of Medicine, Museum of "Dauderi" nature Museum, Sports Museum, the only one in the Baltics porcelain Museum, the Museum of photography, Latvian State Art Gallery, Museum of Decorative Arts in the former church of St. George (1204), the Ringstrasse Era Theatre, the Synagogue and the Jewish Museum in the city suburbs Maskavas (here during the Nazi occupation of the ghetto), Automobile Museum in Riga ("Motor Museum"), the Railway Museum, the Wax Museum, Riga Film Museum and outdoor Latvian Ethnographic Museum on the lake Yugla with a collection of buildings from all over the country - from wooden churches to windmills XVI-XIX centuries.
In and around the city a lot of modern sports facilities, a spa and mud resort Baldone the picturesque park, and in Rurrenabaque (77 km. South of Riga) is a famous park and the Palace of the Dukes of Courland Rastrelli. The small town of Bauska - www.bauska.lv - (65 km. South of Riga) is known for its castle, the church of St.. Spirit (XVI c.) And the Palace of Mežotne (XVII cent., 10 km. West of Bauska).
In the area of interest Lielupe summer residence of the Russian ambassador to Latvia and ultramodern house von Gerkan. In Buldri - Dendrology park and a lot of old houses. In Dzintary - wooden swimming Maksimovic (1906), houses the original architecture and the famous Avenue Dzintaru concert hall "Dzintari" (1936). In the majors - an estate background Frix and picturesque Juras street with old houses. In Dubulty should familiarize themselves with the sanatorium "Marienbad", the Lutheran Church, gymnasium (1909) and the building of the bank (1911) of the original architecture. Jaundubulti known as the place of work of the poet and playwright Rainis, now it is a museum-giving, dedicated to his work. In Melluzi - residential building in the style of romanticism on the avenue Strelnieku house in Art Nouveau style in the street and Pukyu floor "family house" on the avenue Melluzu. Asari is famous for its strawberries, as well as the picturesque old houses on the streets and Ariyas Melluzu. Kemer interesting scenic park (XIX c.), "The White House" (hotel "Ķemeri", 1936) and the Lutheran Church (1897). And, of course, - amber, beaches, rehabilitation centers, excursions and so on. D. Jurmala borders the national park "Ķemeri" so eco-tourism gets here becoming more common.
No less prominence than the capital, has a Baltic resort of Jurmala (www.jurmala.lv), which stretches for 32 km. along the Gulf of Riga, a string of resorts and sanatoriums. Healthy climate, cool sea, dunes and pine trees, lots of tennis courts and swimming pools (in Vol. H. Known water parks "Aqualandia" and "Nemo"), museums and exhibition halls, entertainment venues and restaurants, as well as excellent fishing, brought this area deserved fame "holiday heart" of Latvia.
Kurzeme district - one of the four historic regions of Latvia, located in the western part of the country.
Ventspils (www.ventspils.lv) lies on the Baltic Sea coast, 180 km. from the capital. Major industrial and commercial center, and he managed to keep its unique character, and the purity of its beaches. Noteworthy enclosed malls with established on the outskirts of the southern breakwater lighthouse (1814, malls themselves serve as places for walking and recreation), Ventspils Port, Olympic Stadium, one of the best in Eastern Europe, a children's amusement park (40 pads!), Ventspils Castle (XIII c.) with a unique museum, the original fountains, the oldest residential building in the city - Ostgals (1646), Seaside Park (area - 21 ha.) with the Museum of fisheries and Maritime outdoor water park with three pools and various water attractions , "triangle cafe" on the street Liela and dozens of entertainment venues. Not far from the city, Ugāle, is the parish church (XVIII c.) To the oldest organ in the country.
Liepaja (www.liepaja.lv) has been known since 1253, and since 1625 has gained the status of the city. Now it is the third largest city in Latvia, a special economic zone and the fast-paced commercial port. Tirgonu interesting pedestrian street, the Church of St.. Anne (1508), Trinity Church (1742-1758), with one of the largest bodies of the world, a concert hall in the open "Poot, Wein!" ("Blow, wind!"), St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, a huge ice arena and others. Liepaja beautiful sandy beach, the largest park in Latvia - Seaside, in which there are more than 170 different species of plants and more than 200 wooden houses of the XVIII century, among which are the houses of Peter I and Charles XII.
Looking at Liepaja eyes of a tourist, so to speak - in the city stopped the passage of time. If there were shooting a historical film, it would not have to build scenery, tint facades, shoot modern paraphernalia in the form of ATMs, advertising Coca-Cola, or excessively steep cars. There is almost completely preserved old buildings era Classicism center, virtually unchanged in the exuberant age of 20. Here entire neighborhoods of wooden houses, reminiscent of a miracle, preserved areas of Tallinn and Riga, now declared monuments of wooden architecture. There are almost all paved roadways, beautiful parks, a variety of merchant mansions and tiny ... trams, cheerfully zipping through the streets.
Karosta - a northern suburb of Liepaja, in itself a remarkable sight. The way there is through the two bridges: the first - through the canal linking the nearby Lake Liepāja (Liepajas ezers) and the Baltic Sea, the second bridge - through Karostsky channel, crashing a few miles inland. Earlier in the depths of the channel operated docks of the Soviet Baltic Fleet, and the path to these places has been ordered to most citizens.
The history of the military camp Karosta more than 100 years. Another Russian Tsar Alexander III issued a decree on the tab here seaport. In parallel with the development and expansion of the port was built a powerful system of fortifications along the coast of the Baltic Sea. The former military camp, to this day, there are numerous monuments of those years. First of all - steel swing bridge, built in 1906, and operates to this day. A little further on - impressive Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas, built in 1901.
Close - the same military prison, which is a few good-quality 2-3 storey buildings with red brick. One of the first prisoners was the sailors who took part in the revolution of 1905, and fraternal cemetery opposite - it became their final resting place, the executions were carried out directly in front. Under the Soviet regime the housing served guardhouse, and upon receipt of Latvia's independence - a time for the needs of the Latvian army. However, the latter is not settled down and gave all that stuff at the mercy of tourists.
At the prison has a site on the Internet, where it is very colorfully describes and shows the past and present prison. Now it is a museum open to visitors. Especially for tourists in the cells all furnished as if there is still contained people. Dirty mattresses, stools, metal mugs. Administrative section, where the offices of the convoy portraits of Lenin, the state-owned metal tables, on a hanger police uniform.
Just north of the district Karosta is another interesting object - Northern forts. After its construction in the early 20th century, this chain of coastal fortifications serve only a few years. In 1908, on the orders of the Russian Tsar blew them on the occasion of a peace treaty with Germany. And what a strange era befell Russia in this very 20 st century? After only 6 years, Russia and Germany once again became mortal enemies, the destruction of the forts but only weakened the country, and a few years ceased to exist and the actual Imperial Russia.
In Kuldiga (first mentioned in documents in 1242) are interesting, "Stone Bridge" (1874) over the River Venta Palace Ēdole (XIII c.), The ruins of the fortress (2.5 km. North of the city) and the waterfall "Venta rumba "on the Venta River - the widest in Europe (width 275 m. at a height of 2 m.). Tulsa - Dundaga medieval castle (XIII c.) And the famous "Crocodile statue" dedicated Arvydas Blyumenfeldsu background. Also very popular hike along the river valleys and Abava Venta Jaunmokas Castle (1901), the Museum of the forest near the Tukumsa and towns Kandava and Sabile, famous for its vineyards.
Thanks to the fertile lands of the region Zemgale called the "breadbasket of the Latvian" and therefore are actively developing rural tourism, is in eco-friendly decor and some literally actually perceived, rest.
Jelgava - www.elgava.lv - (ancient Mitava) was once the capital of the Duchy of Courland. Now it is a beautiful and tranquil town, quickly reducing the consequences of the destruction of the Second World War. Among the attractions of the city is worth noting Jelgava Palace (1737-1740 year, now here is the Latvia University of Agriculture), the oldest educational institution in Latvia - Academy Petrina (XVIII c.), The Church of St.. Simeon Lutheran Church. Anna and Villa Medem (1818).
Historic district Vidzeme located north-east of Riga. Here stretched perfect Vidzeme seaside. In Salaspils National Botanic Garden of interesting and memorial concentration camp "Salaspils." Dole island is famous for its natural park (1776) and the Museum of the Daugava River in the accommodation Doleskogo estate.
Resort Sigulda (www.sigulda.lv) - "Latvian Switzerland" and one of the most visited cities in Latvia. City known for its National Park, Sigulda castle ruins, ancient castles Turaida (XIII c.), The estate of Prince Kropotkin (XIX c.) With Turaida Lutheran Church (XVIII c.), Sculpture park, as well as the stunning landscape of the valley of the river Gauja. In Sigulda also has one of the best bobsleigh tracks of the world and even a ski center. In the vicinity of attractive manor and castle Bīriņi (1860), the palace Igate (1880), an ancient settlement on the lake and the ruins Āraiši Åraißi castle (XIV-XVII centuries.).
One of the most charming cities in the region - Cesis (www.cesis.lv), which lies in the northern part of the Vidzeme Upland, 38 km. Sigulda. In this ancient city (founded in 1207) come to see the fort "Riekstu Kalis" ("Nut Hill") with the remains of ancient fortifications on the streets and Valnju Palasta famous Cesis Castle (1237-1561), the up to 1561 . served as the residence of the Master of the Livonian Order, "New Castle" estate of Count Sievers (1777-1878 year, are here placed Cesis History Museum), castle Park (founded in 1812), the Church of St.. John (1283) with stunning authority and ancient sundial, and the main monument of the city - Victory Monument (1924-1998 year). Neighborhood of the city - one of the most beautiful places in Latvia, and besides, still and having an output of mineral waters, so there are plenty of resorts.
In Aluksne (formerly Marienburg - the birthplace of the Russian Empress Catherine I) is a wonderful park (XVIII-XIX cc.), The ruins of the castle (XIV c.), The Museum of the "Bible of Gluck's" estate and mausoleum Fitinghoff (now in the estate is a small museum of local lore) shafts ancient fortifications on the hills around the city, the Lutheran church (XVIII c.), gorgeous and one of the biggest in Latvia Alūksne Lake and suburban landscapes. Between Aluksne and Gulbene reaches another local landmark and pride of local residents - last narrow gauge passenger in Latvia. In Stamere interesting "new" castle (1908). One of the most beautiful in the country, Cesvaine Palace (1890) is located between Gulbene and Madonna and badly damaged by fire. Very picturesque, surrounded by a landscaped park palace in Yumurda and recreation center "Hacienda Yumurda." Loved by tourists and scenic border with Estonia Vidzeme regions, with hundreds of small picturesque hamlets and pastoral landscapes.
Latgale region (Latgale) interesting identity of the people, the unique nature and turbulent history.
Daugavpils (www.daugavpils.lv), the second largest city of Latvia, lies 230 km. of the capital, near the borders with Belarus, Lithuania and Russia. It is a major industrial and transport center of the country, retaining, however, and its historic core, and its beautiful nature. The main attractions are the Daugavpils fortress (1813-1878), the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul (1848), Boris and Gleb Church (1904, the largest Orthodox church in Lithuania), the natural park Daugavas Loki, picturesque lake Stropskogo (417.9 ha) and beautiful pine forests in the surrounding area. In the area of Mežciems widely used medicinal properties chloride mineral water and mud, and the number of rivers and lakes, suitable for a relaxing break, just huge. To the east of Daugavpils is Kraslava, famous for its church Kraslavsky (Latgale is the center of Catholicism in Latvia). In Algona is a unique Catholic Basilica (1699-1800) and spread out around the monastery (XVIII c.), Built around the miraculous power and is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in the country. Latgale Culture and History Museum is in Rezekne. Hundreds and hundreds of rivers and lakes in Latgale provide all conditions for recreation in natural surroundings.
The climate is transitional between maritime and continental. Summer in Latvia warm spring and autumn - soft enough. Winter, which lasts from November to March can be very cold.
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The official language is Latvian state. It belongs to the Indo-European languages, the Baltic group. Widely used by Russian, English and German.
Latvian Lats (Ls), equal to 100 centimes. Used banknotes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 armor, coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 centimes and 1 and 2 lat.
Need a visa or a tourist voucher and passport. The visa is issued on the basis of submission of the Consular Section of the Embassy of the passport (must be valid for at least another 3 months after the expiry of the visa, and must contain at least 2 free pages), a copy of the internal passport (must be certified by the seal of the company, which employs bidder visa), the original invitation (must be certified by the Immigration Service in Latvia) or tour-voucher, medical insurance, as well as profiles 1 and 2 photos. The set of documents required may vary depending on the type and duration of the visa.
Latvian entry visa can be obtained only if there is an invitation from the person or entity from Latvia in the form agreed to the Latvian Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs. Travel voucher is not the basis for the issuance of a visa. In addition, to obtain a visa is necessary to confirm the presence of a certain amount of money coming - 40 lats (about 85 dollars) per day for hotel accommodation and 10 lats - for those who stopped by the people invited them, as well as an insurance policy that guarantees coverage costs for services rendered in Latvia where necessary medical services. The maximum validity of a visa - 90 days.
Standard Latvian visa issuance takes a week. In a matter of urgency, you can get emergency visa, visa international carriers and visas issued by international treaties.
Children under 16 years must be included in the passport of one of the parents or have their own passport. Children traveling alone or with one parent must have a notarized letter of permission from the other parent, as well as a birth certificate.
Attention! In the case of a passport with a photo of the old visa, similar supplied the Latvian visa may be denied. Requirements for the package of documents in various different representations of Latvia - in the Moscow consulate, for example, need two photos, color or black and white; and in St. Petersburg Consulate Photo need one, but only a color.
Religion: Evangelical Lutheran, Orthodox.
Holidays in the country of a great many, and most of it falls exactly on the tourist season. The most famous event of the country - the National Song Festival (held since 1873), which takes place on the eve of Midsummer every 5 years. Special event - an ancient pagan holiday Ligo accompanied trips to the country almost the entire population of the country, cooking special dishes and, of course, song festivals across the country. A large fair of folk crafts and applied art "Gadatirgis" held in Riga in the first weekend of June.
The glory of the "singing country" regularly support the International Organ Festival in Riga (June), the Fair "Waiting for the Day Michele" (held in Riga on the eve of the day of the "folk saint"), Opera Festival in Sigulda (July), the Early Music Festival in Bauska castle (July), the annual international festival of stars piano music and rock music festival "Liepajas Dzintars" in Liepaja (mid-August), traditional music festival in Jurmala KVN (July), the traditional contest of young singers "New Wave" in Jurmala (July -August) and the Festival of Young Performers "Tu Esi Parmanits" in Jurmala (August).
Every city in the country holding its "City Day", with many of them in its scope and the number of interventions are not inferior to festivals in the capital - Aluksne celebrates the city in early July, Sabile - in late June (parallel to the Wine Festival is held), Limbazhi - in early August (in parallel are "Hanseatic Days"), organizes Ludza city Day and music Festival "Sunny rain" in early August, Ogre - in late August and early September, Valmiera - in mid-September, and so on. d.
Also interested in "Holiday Jomas Street" in Jurmala (mid-July), Holiday Festival of beer and rural chapels in Cesis (mid-July), the International Regatta "Cutty Sark Tall Ship Reysiz" in Riga (early August), as well as on the Day of Ascension church celebrations Aglona (August 14-16), International Rally of antique cars "Retro Jurmala" (August), the Day of the narrow-gauge road Aluksne (early September), and others.
January 1 - New Year's Eve.
March 25 - Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Communist Terror.
April-May - Easter.
May 1 - Spring Festival, the Day of the convening of the Constitutional Assembly of Latvia.
1st Sunday in May - Mother's Day.
May 4 - Day of Declaration of Independence of Latvia.
May 8 - Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Second World War.
June 14 - Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Communist Terror.
23-24 June - Midsummer Day, Midsummer Festival (summer solstice).
4th of July - Memorial Day Holocaust.
August 11 - Day of Remembrance Latvian Freedom Fighters.
September 22 - Day of Unity of the Baltic States.
November 11 - Lacplesis Day (Day of Remembrance of the fallen heroes).
November 18 - Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia (1918).
December 25-26 - Christmas and Christmas time.
Traditional cuisine Latvia
Local cuisine is quite simple in appearance, but are satisfying and very tasty. Culinary traditions of the country have embraced the Baltic peoples recipes with elements of Polish, German, Belarusian and Scandinavian traditions. For Latvian cuisine is characterized by numerous dishes of potatoes and fish - Baltic salmon and lamprey in all forms, thousands of options cooking cod liver oil, smelt, eel, sprat and herring, smoked flounder stuffed with fish eggs, casserole of herring with boiled potatoes "siltyupudinsh" pike roe, baked potato with cheese, as well as many potato salads, burgers, meat balls and toppings.
Along with potatoes widely consumed legumes and various vegetables - set beet, pumpkin, and so on. D. Salads, boiled gray peas, salad of tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers with greens, braised sauerkraut with different cereals, soup, spinach and sorrel soup cabbage soup, vegetables or even fruits and berries, and is considered the national dish of cold beetroot soup "aukshta Zupa".
Of the meat dishes can be noted under the steak onion sauce "klopps", "peasant breakfast" of fried and baked meat in the egg, "Kurzeme Stroganoff" soup of chicken patties with bacon, the original "cheese" from a pig's head, lamb in cumin sauce, fried on a grilled pork ribs, as well as hundreds of varieties of sausage, sausages, bacon, pies, and so different. d. characteristically inclusion of dishes at the same time several kinds of meat, as well as a clear preference for natural meat to minced.
Also here you can find a variety of dishes that may seem incredible combination of products, such as cream of wheat with whipped whites "buberte" beer or bread soup with dried fruit, jelly and brown bread or brown bread with cranberry juice and honey, rhubarb jelly with whipped cream and others.
A sweet cake interesting famous "Alexander" with raspberries or cranberries, sweet cherry soup with dumplings, a variety of cakes with fillings, puffs of rye bread, pastries and bakery products.
Local alcoholic drinks are also very original. The most famous "Riga Black Balsam" with 1755 being the hallmark of the country. In Latvia produced a variety of high-quality vodkas and liqueurs, of which the most interesting caraway vodka "Kimenu Degvins" vodka and tomato, as well as numerous herbal tinctures. His first-class quality and know the local beer. The most popular varieties are bright "Zelta Aldaris", "Aldaris Luksusa" and "Bauskas Gaysais" and dark beers "Bauskas Tumsais" and "Porteris."
Political system Latvia
Latvia - a republic with a presidential form of government. Head of Government - Prime Minister. Legislative - unicameral Supreme Council or the Diet (Saeima, 100 deputies elected for a term of 4 years). Administrative division - 26 districts and 7 municipalities.
Around 2.62 million. Persons. Latvians (57%), Russian (30%), Belarusians (4%), Ukrainians (3%), Poles (3%), and others.
At the entrance to Latvia is allowed to import duty-free: products and other products for non-commercial purposes in the amount of 300 lats; personal items (clothing, toiletries) are excluded from this amount; food (except for products that require heat treatment) in the amount of 15 lats; alcoholic beverages (for persons older than 18 years) in an amount of 1 liter or 1 unit of the original packaging but not more than 3 liters; 200 cigarettes or 20 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco (for persons older than 18 years); import of foreign currency is not limited.
On the export of furs and hunting trophies requires a permit issued by the State Department of Forestry. Also requires permission of the State Administration for the Protection of Cultural Monuments for the export of cultural objects and art.
Medical aid Latvia
Insurance policy for the duration of stay in Latvia is required. No vaccinations are required.
Working hours Latvia
A large number of currency exchange offices located in hotels, shops, post offices, railway stations, in other independent institutions. Most banks are open from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 16.00, some of them are open on Saturdays from 9.00 to 12.30.
On weekdays, the shops are open from 10.00 to 19.00 and on Saturdays - from 10.00 to 16.00. Grocery stores and department stores are generally open from 8.00 to 19.00. In Riga, there is also a sufficient number of grocery stores, which operate around the clock.
Move around the country quite easily - the road network is dense and well maintained. Local drivers follow traffic rules carefully and cases of aggressive behavior on the roads are quite rare.
Stir in the cities rather complex - an abundance of historical monuments and narrow streets forced local authorities to restrict the movement of vehicles in many parts of Riga, Jurmala, Ventspils and others.
The entrance to the "Old Town" Riga is possible only by special permit issued residing or working in the "Old Town". For tourists, it is made quite rare and expensive. Some hotels supply their guests such gaps, but they do not apply to the parking lot, and do it without certain skills within the historic part of the city is very problematic.
At the entrance to Jurmala charged a fee (usually 1 LVL per night stay), paid in vending machines on the side of the highway Riga small coins. The police often check these receipts for non-collection of faces is large enough penalty.
In the historical part of Ventspils parking almost impossible to find.
Latvia - a small country, so the air and rail transportation are small, the main role takes on trucks. Coaches modern enough and follow strictly according to schedule. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or bus stations (in the course of another) from the driver. The fare is quite high - from 2 to 5 lats per trip at close range. The central bus station of Riga is open from 5.30 to 00.00, luggage - from 5.30 to 23.00.
Intra-urban communication is made by trams, trolleybuses, buses, route and ordinary taxis operating from 6.00 to 23.00. After 23.00 only go some route and ordinary taxis, as well as duty buses and trams (not more than one flight per hour). Fare in all modes (including "bus") is the same - 20-25 centimes (payment at the entrance from the conductor).
Fare in after 22.00 is twice higher than in the afternoon. One-off tickets are fit to travel in one direction to the end station of the route that the vehicle in which they are acquired. The so-called "travel card", which indicate the type of vehicle, route, month and days of action.
Very convenient form of payment for travel - a special discount card for tourists "Riga Card" two species (for both children and adults) and the validity of 24 (8 armor for adults and for children 4 LVL), 48 (LVL 12 for adults and 6 for Latin children) and 72 (16 LVL for adults and for children 8 lat) hours. In addition to fare, "Riga Card" allows free travel on trams, trolley buses and a train to Jurmala (Major) and Vecaki, as well as the right to a discount of up to 15% when traveling by car company "Riga Taxi" and a 20% discount on exploring new places, some night clubs and the zoo.
Taxis in Riga only "organized", the private carting almost absent. The car can be ordered by phone, stop in the street and found in any decent hotel at any time of the day. Rates are high - 0.3 lats per km. day plus 0.4 lats planting and 0.4 lats per km. night (from 00.00 to 6.00) plus 0.6 lats landing. All taxis operate only on the counter - day rate is denoted by the number 1 on it, night - figure 2 At the request of the passenger taxi driver is obliged to write a check. Calling on the phone machine is free and comes booked car is usually very fast.
Line Voltage - 220 V, 50 Hz. Apply two-pin plug of the European type.
Smoking restrictions are in Latvian educational and medical institutions, in workplaces, theaters, concert, dance and sports halls, museums, banks, post offices, public transport and so on.
In the near future, this list will be expanded - plan to ban smoking in the buildings, which are located in the state or local government agencies, in the stairwells of residential buildings, public transport and stadiums during sporting events.
The restaurants are usually a percentage of the service is already included in the bill. Otherwise, the server can keep a 5-10% "tea". It is also customary to tip taxi drivers and hotel clerk.