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Mini guide to Latvia


The largest of the three Baltic republics (Estonia and Lithuania are the other two), Latvia is one of northern Europe's most exciting destinations, after having been hidden away from the world's view for over half a century by Soviet occupation. Prior to the occupation, Latvia was one of the most dynamic countries of Europe. Now the country is still struggling to regain its place in the world.

There is much to see in Latvia, ranging from untouched nature areas to historic buildings dating back to the days of the great trading in the Hanseatic League. You can also see remnants of the Soviet occupation; along with a host of museums, castles and other historic buildings.

As a holiday destination, Latvia is truly remarkable. Home to almost 2,500 lakes, 12,000 rivers and hundreds of kilometres of unspoilt beaches, the opportunities for water activities are endless. Add to this the fact that over 40 per cent of the country is covered by forests, and outdoors lovers will have plenty to do.

Latvia's capital, Riga is an up and coming city. Visit sights such as: Brivibas Piemineklis (Freedom Monument) and Riga Doms (Riga Cathedral). The Latvijas Okupacijas Muzeja (Occupation Museum of Latvia) is housed in an ugly Communist-era building and takes visitors on a journey through Latvia's history. Outside of the capital of Riga, be prepared to step back into history as the infrastructure in most parts is not yet developed.

Despite the local specialties of cabbage soup and grey peas, eating out in Latvia is a pleasant experience offering cuisine from all over the world. To wash it all down, try the local beers including: Bauskas Tumsais and Porteris, as well as Bauskas Gaisais, Aldara Zelta and Aldara Luksusa. Another traditional Latvian spirit is Riga's Melnais Balzams or Black Balsam. This is a thick, black alcoholic liquid which supposedly cured Catherine the Great of fever when she visited the country.

By rail, the Berlin-St Petersburg service passes through Daugavpils in southeastern Latvia. Trains also link Riga with Moscow, St Petersburg and Minsk. There are direct buses to Riga from Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Belarus, Estonia and Lithuania. Riga's airport is in Jurmala, 14kms west of the city centre; direct flights link Riga with most major European cities. By sea, there are direct ferries to Riga from Travemünde in Germany and Stockholm in Sweden.

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