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Best in Travel Cities for 2014: Riga, Latvia - #4 of Top 10!

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#1 | Posted: 5 Nov 2013 12:27 | Edited by: yuta
I was astonished to know today, that the "Lonely Planet" (which, statistically, is the largest travel guide book publisher in the world!) claimed Riga as #4 in their Top 10 for Best Cities to travel in 2014.

This is mostly because Riga will officially appear as the "Europe’s culture capital" in 2014, and with no doubt it is now "the cosmopolitan cornerstone of the Baltic" like they propose.

Here is to add, that Riga is followed after Paris (France), Trinidad (Cuba) and Cape Town (South Africa), but followed before such giants like Zürich, Shanghai, Vancouver, Chicago, Adelaide, Auckland.

The full quote as follows:

Sitting at the crossroads of the great empires that wrote the pages of Europe’s elaborate history, Rīga was – for centuries – a strategic linchpin in the annexation of important lands, until it was smothered into obscurity when the Iron Curtain fell. Today, with two decades of freedom (and a renewed status as Latvia’s capital) under its belt, the city is reclaiming its rightful title as the cosmopolitan cornerstone of the Baltic. Over the past few years hipster-chic cafes have spread like wildfire throughout the city centre, sweaty pork-and-potato dinners have been swapped for savvy new-Nordic-inspired dishes, and hundreds of crumbling facades are being restored to their brilliant, art nouveau lustre – all in time for Rīga to earn the long-deserved honour of being named the European Capital of Culture.

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#2 | Posted: 5 Nov 2013 12:48
Small note: visit the portal of Riga European Capital of Culture.

There you will find the planned program of these events, as well as descriptions and locations of many of them.

Enjoy and welcome to Riga!
Brismonitis 
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#3 | Posted: 28 Dec 2013 01:51
Riga is indeed worth a visit. Too sad people forget to visit the countryside afterwards.
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#4 | Posted: 3 Jan 2014 18:36
Brismonitis:
Too sad people forget to visit the countryside afterwards.

Could you recommend something in the area of Riga? I've heard there is a movies museum called Cinematica but not sure... also, not sure what else could be seen countryside in January, February, March... at least Riga has its decor in January. Not in other months. I think tourism in Latvia has chances to survive only in the 1/2 of the year.
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#5 | Posted: 13 Jun 2014 13:13
What characteristics of Riga city that has been among the top ten cities?
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#6 | Posted: 20 Jun 2014 16:56
Guest:
I've heard there is a movies museum called Cinematica

You've probably meant Cinevilla. It's an open air museum with a lot of live decorations, where you could even film yourself.

Note: this museum is not located in Riga. On their website, only Latvian version available, that's why above in the link I've given the straight URL to their contacts and map, it's located near Tukums (about 50 km from Riga).
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#7 | Posted: 20 Jun 2014 16:56
Arad:
What characteristics of Riga city that has been among the top ten cities?

They are all quoted in the very first post, pal.
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