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#Baltikum #By #Ferie #Hotell #Hovedstad #Latvia #Reise #Riga #Turisme

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As of Sunday, 25 October, a winter flight schedule was set in at Riga International Airport, Latvia. Several airlines will mark the occasion with increasing the number of flights to various destinations and opening a number of new routes, reported

Starting from 26 December, airBaltic will operate flights once a week to Verona in Italy and Salzburg in Austria.

The airline Aeroflot from 25 October will fly more frequently to Moscow Sheremetyevo – from 21 to 28 flights per week. The Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air will double its flight number to London Luton to 14 flights per week.

From 27 October, the airline Ryanair will open a route to Berlin Schönefeld with seven flights per week.

As of 31 October, the carrier Air Cairo will start charter flights once a week to Hurghada in Egypt.

Overall, in the winter season Riga International Airport will offer flights to 69 destinations operated by  21 airlines: airBaltic, Aeroflot, Air Cairo, Belavia, Brussels Airlines, Corendon Airlines, Finnair, LOT, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Onur Air, Ryanair, Swiss International Air Lines, SAS, Transaero, Turkish Airlines, Turkmenistan Airlines, Utair, Ukraine International Airlines, Uzbekistan Airways, Wizz Air.

#Baltikum #Belgia #Berlin #Brussel #By #Egypt #England #Ferie #Finland #Flyplass #Flyselskap #Hovedstad #Hurghada #Hviterussland #Irland #Italia #Kairo #Latvia #London #Moskva #Polen #Reise #Riga #Russland #Salzburg #Storbritannia #Sveits #Turisme #Turkmenistan #Tyrkia #Tyskland #Ukraina #Ungarn #Usbekistan #Verona #Østerrike

#Airline #Airport #Austria #Belarus #Capital #City #Germany #Holiday #Hungary #Poland #Russia #Switzerland #Tourism #Travel #Turkey #UnitedKingdom

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Are you a 37-year-old man from Estonia or Lithuania? If so, congratulations, you are completely average as far as Riga is concerned, Latvian Public Broadcasting –, reports.

The average Riga tourist is 37-year-old man from a neighboring country, accoring to Vita Jermolovica of the ‘Live Riga’ tourism agency run by the Latvian capital.

Speaking on Latvian Radio, she said that most tourists came from fellow Baltic states, Scandinavia, Germany and Great Britain, although she stressed that interest in tourism to Riga remained strong in Russia despite the collapse of the ruble and political tensions.

“However, the drop off in numbers from Russia has been very considerable,” Jermolovica said.

She also noted growing interest from Belgium and the Netherlands, as well as Spain and France. 

But as Latvia does not have direct flights to Asia, this region’s tourists face more of a challenge in getting to the Latvian capital, Jermolovica said.

“The average tourist stays in Latvia for around two and a half days,” she added.

Riga is seen by some as a cheaper alternative to the Swedish capital, Stockholm, for those seeking a Baltic break, she added.

#Baltikum #Belgia #By #Ferie #Frankrike #Hovedstad #Latvia #Litauen #Nederland #Reise #Riga #Russland #Skandinavia #Spania #Stockholm #Storbritannia #Sverige #Turisme #Tyskland

#Baltic #Belgium #Capital #City #France #Germany #Holiday #Lithuania #Netherlands #Russia #Spain #Sweden #Tourism #Travel #UnitedKingdom

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The Latvian central bank, Latvijas Banka, has issued another in its ongoing series of collector coins, this time taking Riga’s historic castle as its subject, the Public Broadcasting of Latvia – website reports.

Riga Castle

On Wednesday, 16 June, Latvijas Banka issued a new 5 euro silver collector coin called ‘500 Years of the Riga Castle’ featuring the famous edifice’s silhouette on the right bank of the Daugava, a characteristic feature of the Riga skyline over the centuries.

The graphic design has been created by Ivars Drulle, and Ilze Lîbiete and the coin has been struck by Switzerland’s mint Faude & Huguenin SA.

Unusually, the coin is square.

The obverse features the stone mouldings on the gateway of the Riga Convent showing the Madonna and Walter von Plettenberg, the Master of the Livonian Order; the reverse depicts a bird’s-eye view of the stylised Riga Castle. 

The year 1515 is the accepted date for the construction of the Riga Castle to comply with the provisions of a capitulation treaty after defeat in a battle near Bukulti in 1491 and to recognise the rule of the Master of the Livonian Order and Archbishop of Riga, the citizens of Riga had to build a castle in place of the former residence of the Master of the Livonian Order, which they had torn down.

The Castle has been the residence of different rulers through centuries. Its outlines and appearance also changed over time.

After the armistice of Strazdumuiþa (3 July 1919), the Latvian flag began to be flown from the tower of the Castle. The Prime Minister and the State Chancellery moved into the Castle, but in 1922 it became the residence of the President of Latvia. During the occupation period, some of the Castle space was turned over to the pioneer organisation, whereas since the summer of 1995, the Riga Castle once again became the residence of the President.

An important symbol of Latvia, the Riga Castle is marking its 500th anniversary with a fresh coat of paint and a silver collector coin dedicated to it by Latvijas Banka.

It also has a new roof after a catastrophic fire in 2013 got rid of the previous one. The cause remains a matter of conjecture.

Only 7,000 of the commemorative coins will be produced and as of 17 June, it will be on sale at Latvijas Banka Cashier’s Offices (K. Valdemâra iela 1B in Riga and Teâtra iela 3 in Liepâja) and such traditional points of sale as banks and souvenir and jewelry shops.

The price of the coin at Latvijas Banka Cashier’s Offices is ?41.07. 

#Baltikum #Bank #By #Euro #Ferie #Hovedstad #Latvia #Mynt #Reise #Riga #Slott #Sveits #Turisme #Valuta

#Baltics #Capital #Castle #Coin #City #Currency #Holiday #Switzerland #Tourism #Travel

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airBaltic on May 26, 2015, launched a new route between Riga and Dubrovnik, Croatia. The new route offers a new summer holiday destination for travellers from the Baltics, as well as, open convenient travel options to Riga and beyond to destinations in Scandinavia, the Baltics, and the CIS, the website reports.


Christophe Viatte, Chief Commercial Officer of airBaltic: “With its breath-taking Old Town, imposing city walls, and the shores of the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s top summer destinations. Adding it to our route map enables travellers from the Baltic region to conveniently reach this popular destination.”

Starting from May 26, 2015, airBaltic flies from Riga to Dubrovnik once a week. Passengers will board a Boeing 737-300 aircraft for a flight, that will last 2 hours and 40 minutes.

The price of a one-way ticket starts at EUR 99, including airport fees and transaction costs. A full schedule of airBaltic flights can be found on the company’s homepage at

airBaltic serves over 60 destinations from its home base in Riga, Latvia. From every one of these locations, airBaltic offers convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East. In addition, airBaltic also offers new direct flights from Tallinn, Vilnius and the Baltic seaside resort of Heringsdorf (Kaiserbad) in Germany.

#Baltisk #By #Dubrovnik #Estland #Ferie #Flyselskap #Heringsdorf #Hovedstad #Kroatia #Latvia #Litauen #Midtøsten #Reise #Riga #Russland #Skandinavia #Tallinn #Tyskland #Vilnius

#Airline #Baltics #Capital #City #Croatia #Estonia #Germany #Holiday #Lithuania #MiddleEast #Russia #Travel


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Det tidligere KGB-hovedkvarteret i Riga. Foto:

Museumslokalene i det tidligere KGB-hovedkvarteret i Riga i Latvia, på folkemunne kjent som “Corner House”, ble i dag gjenåpnet, etter å ha vært stengt en periode, skriver

Den beryktede, og fryktede bygningen, som ligger i Brivibas-gaten 61 (Brivibas iela 61), huser nå Latvian Museum of the Occupation. I museets første etasje åpnet det i dag en stor utstilling om Sovjet-Unionens okkupasjon av Latvia gjennom 50 år.

Det blir også organisert guidede turer gjennom bygningen, som ble åpnet for publikum i 2005. Bygningen er nå et populært og mye besøkt kultursenter med utstillinger, bibliotek, konferanser, seminarer og konserter.

Riga var, sammen med Umeå i Sverige, europeisk kulturhovedstad – European Capital of Culture – i 2014, og kultursenteret i Brivibas-gaten 61 var et av hovedstadens aller mest populære samlingssteder. 

Siden 2005 har bygningen hatt 100,000 besøkende.

I år er det 25 år siden Latvia og de andre baltiske statene, Estland og Litauen, gjenvant sin uavhengighet.

The museum premises in the former KGB headquarters (pictured above) in Riga, Latvia, commonly known as The Corner House, today was reopened after being closed for a period.

The infamous and dreaded building, located in Brivibas Street 61 (Brivibas iela 61), now houses the Latvian Museum of the Occupation. In the museum’s first floor a major exhibition devoted to the Soviet Union‘s occupation of Latvia for 50 years, is now on display.

There are also organized guided tours through the building, which was opened to the public in 2005. The building is now a popular and much-visited cultural center with exhibits, libraries, conferences, seminars and concerts.

Riga was, along with Umeå in Sweden, European Capital of Culture in 2014, and the cultural center in Brivibas Street was one of the capital‘s most popular venues last year.

Since 2005 the building has had 100,000 visitors.

Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania regained its Independence 25 years ago this year.

Les mer på museets hjemmesider:

#Baltikum #Estland #EU #Ferie #Hovedstad #KGB #Latvia #Litauen #Museum #Riga #Reise #SovjetUnionen #Sverige #Umeå

#Baltics #Capital #Estonia #Holiday #Lithuania #Sweden #Travel


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Av utenlandske turister som besøker Latvias hovedstad Riga, er det nordmenn som i snitt bruker mest penger per døgn. Det viser tall fra Riga Tourism Development Bureau, skriver baltic-course.

Mens gjennomsnittsturisten legger igjen nær 75 euro (645 kroner) per døgn, bruker norske turister i snitt vel 122 euro (1060 kroner) per døgn, viser tallene.

Turister fra Belgia kommer på plassen bak Norge, med vel 100 euro per døgn, mens turister fra Litauen bruker aller minst, 48 euro (417 kroner) i døgnet.

Ellers viser undersøkelsen at den typiske turist i Riga er en 36 år gammel mann, med middels inntekt, som oppholder seg i byen to til tre døgn, bor på et fire-stjerners hotell, og bruker 74 euro og 86 cent per døgn.

56 prosent av byens besøkende velger å bo på fire-stjerners hotell, 33 prosent på tre-stjerners hotell, og bare 10 prosent velger fem-stjerners hotell, mens hele 42 prosent av russiske besøkende velger å ikke bo på hotell, men velger andre overnattingsmuligheter. 27 prosent – 537,000, av Latvias innbyggere er etniske russere, og mange besøkende fra Russland velger ofte å bo hos slekt i Latvia.

27 prosent av alle turister i Riga overnatter hos slekt og venner.

#Reise #Belgia #Euro #Hotell #Hovedstad #Latvia #Litauen #Norge #Riga #Russland



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Riga i Latvia er tildelt det ene gruppespillet i europamesterskapet i basket for menn, EuroBasket 2015. Rigas turistkontor sier dette vil bringe en strøm av turister til hovedstaden, og det skal bygges flere nye hoteller det kommende året, med til sammen minst 600 nye rom, slik at hotellkapasiteten i byen vil vere på 14.000 hotellrom.

De andre landene som skal arrangere gruppespill er Kroatia, Tyskland, og Frankrike, med finale i franske Lille. Finalen skulle egentlig gått i Ukraina, mens Finland, Israel, Polen og Tyrkia var de andre landene som hadde søkt om å få gruppespillene.

Riga har tidligere arrangert flere store, internasjonale arrangementer, som ishockey-VM i 2006, og World Choir Games i juli år, med 20,000 deltakere.

EuroBasket 2015 i Riga går av stabelen 5.til 20.september, og følgende land skal delta:

Litauen, Spania, Frankrike, Slovenia, Kroatia, Ukraina, Serbia, Finland, Hellas, Tyrkia, Estland, Israel, Nederland, Bosnia og Herzegovina, Island, Poland, Østerrike, Belgia, Makedonia, Georgia, Tsjekkia, Latvia og Russland.

#Reise #Basket #Belgia #BosniaHerzegovina #Estland #Europa #Finland #Frankrike #Georgia #Hellas #Hovedstad #Ishockey #Island #Israel #Kroatia #Latvia #Lille #Litauen #Makedonia #Nederland #Polen #Riga #Russland #Serbia #Slovenia #Spania #Tsjekkia #Tyrkia #Tyskland #Ukraina #Østerrike


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Foto: airBaltic

Denne uken åpnet #airBaltic to nye sommerruter fra #Riga i #Latvia til henholdsvis #Palma de #Mallorca i #Spania og #Bucuresti, hovedstaden i #Romania. skriver 

Ruten til Bucuresti trafikeres fire ganger ukentlig (tirsdag, onsdag, fredag og søndag) med en  Bombardier Q400 NG. Flytiden er to timer og 55 minutter.

Ruten til Palma de Mallorca trafikeres én gang om uken – hver søndag, med en Boeing 737. Flytiden mellom Riga og Palma er på tre timer og 40 minutter.

Begge rutene – både til Bucuresti og Palma, har ifølge selskapet  avgangstider som passer til airBaltic`s flyvninger til danske, norske og svenske flyplasser.

airBaltic åpnet i slutten av mai også  en ny sommerute til #Burgas i #Bulgaria.