Information about direct flights, railway, bus and ferry…

By plane

Riga has a range of direct flights with European cities: London, Manchester, Liverpool in the Great Britain, Paris and Nice in France, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dusseldorf in Germany, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Barcelona in Spain, Rome in Italy, Istanbul in Turkey, Tel Aviv in Israel and more others. You can use different airlines to fly to Riga. airBaltic is the Latvian national airline that flies to Riga from more than 25 international cities.

Other airlines flying to Riga:

Riga International Airport is the biggest in the Baltic States. It offers flights to 78 destinations in the entire world. Schedule and map of flights is available here: www.riga-airport.com

By Rail

The central train station is located in the very center of the city. Direct trains link Riga with St. Petersburg, Moscow and Minsk. See more detailed information about local and international train timetables www.ldz.lv

By bus

Riga has good developed bus traffic to many cities in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Great Britain, France and etc.

Companies that provide passenger traffic services to Riga:

By ferry

Every day a passenger ferry drives direct from Stockholm to Riga. The trip lasts approximately 15 hours. More information about daily ferry traffic between Stockholm and Riga can be found here: www.tallinksilja.com

Riga City Festival 2017

18.08.2017
19.08.2017
20.08.2017

 

This year’s Riga City Festival is dedicated to Riga’s parks and gardens, inviting all city residents and guests for garden festivities in the city center, as well as in the suburbs.

During the festival, various outdoor cultural events will be held in Vērmane Park, Cathedral Gardeb, Zunda Garden, Dzegužkalns Park, Arkādija Park, Ziemeļblāzma Park and elsewhere. The extensive program of theatrical events and concerts will acquaint festival goers about the capital’s parks and gardens, their history and what they look like today. As usual, various outdoor fairs will also be organized, where Latvian farmers and craftsmen will offer their products.

Text -LiveRiga.com

Foto -google.com

Līgo market (22 of June)

Place: Dome Square

To properly prepare for the annual Midsummer of Līgo! festival, a traditional market will once again be organized on Riga’s Dome Square, where farmers and craftsmen from all over Latvia will offer flower bunches and garlands, oak leaf crowns, traditional teas and honey from Latvia’s aromatic summer fields, country bread, cheeses, warm pastries, smoked meat and other goodies necessary to properly celebrate the merry festival. Furthermore, Latvia’s best craftsmen will also be on hand, offering a wide range of items – wickerwork, clay dishes, linen tablecloths and bed covers, knitted items, wooden spoons, as well as traditional jewelry made of amber and silver. Meanwhile, traditional musical and dance collectives from Riga will maintain a merry festival atmosphere throughout the day!

 

Text source: LiveRiga.com

Photo source: Google.com

24.04.2017 – 30.04.2017

Sigulda Restaurant Week, guests are invited to enjoy three-course meals from a selection of nine restaurants in Sigulda and the surrounding area. Each restaurant will offer meal sets for two prices – 15 and 20 euros.

Five Sigulda restaurants will be welcoming food lovers throughout the week – Aparjods, Garšas Frekvence, Fazenda, Sigulda and Gadalaiki, as well as another four restaurants in the surrounding area – Kungu Rija, Bīriņi Palace Restaurant, Mālpils Manor Restaurant, and Rāmkalni Restaurant.

The meal offers at the restaurants will be published on Sigulda social-networks and by the restaurants themselves from April 18. We kindly recommend those who wish to enjoy a meal at one of the participating Sigulda Restaurant Week restaurants to book a table ahead of time.

Text & Photos – http://www.rigagauja.lv/en/9230-sigulda-restaurant-week-1

 

Everybody is invited to mark the Spring Equinox on Sunday, March 19, with a sunrise ceremony at 6:00-8:00 a.m. in Arkadija Park. During the event, participants will wash face in the Marupite river. Sunrise ceremony with songs, willow and birch twigs, swings and other rituals to ensure fertility, health and beauty.

To create the right mood for the event, take willow-catkins, budding birch twigs, colorful yarn ribbons to decorate the swings, and, of course, painted Easter eggs as offerings for swings, fortune telling, competition, eating, presents, treats.

From 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Spring Equinox celebration at Livi Square.

Celebration of Spring Equinox with decorating swings and swinging, Easter songs, painting eggs, egg battles and games, dances.

The event is organized by the Latvian Folklore Society, traditionally with participation of Riga folklore groups.

Text & photos – https://www.liveriga.com

Travelling to Estonia is easy – by plane, train, ferries.

By plane

The city’s international airport, Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, provides excellent facilities and a wide variety of services. Its convenient location – just 4 km from the city centre – means transport to most destinations takes surprisingly little time. Information on international and domestic airlines can be found here.

Airlines flying to Tallinn

The airport’s information service point is located in the departure hall. It opens 2 hours before the day’s first flight and closes after the last arriving flight. Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport: ph. +372 605 8888, www.tallinn-airport.ee.

By Rail

Two Go Rail trains serve the Tallinn-Moscow route, departing from both cities in the afternoon. Night passes unnoticed in the sleeping car. Two of Go Rail’s trains serve the Tallinn-St Petersburg route. The trains, which depart both cities in the morning and afternoon, complement each other in terms of time, providing a flexible timetable for passengers in both countries. Trains from the Latvian capital Riga set out for Valga in southern Estonia three times a day. The trip takes three hours. The railway station is situated near the Old Town
For further information: GoRail, ph. +372 631 0044, www.gorail.ee.

By Bus

Two international bus lines offer connections to Tallinn from several other European cities. Regular routes connecting Tallinn with Riga, Vilnius and St Petersburg operate several times a day.

International connections are provided by Lux Express and Ecolines.
Domestic bus lines, fares and timetables can be found here.

International and intercity buses arrive and depart via the Tallinn Central Bus Station (Tallinna Autobussijaam): Lastekodu 46, ph. +372 680 0900.

By Ferry

Ships from Helsinki bring thousands of travellers to Tallinn’s busy passenger port each day. There is an overnight ferry link with Stockholm and a semi-weekly cruise ship connection to St Petersburg. Large cruise ships stop in Tallinn from spring until autumn.

Ferries cross the Gulf of Finland between Tallinn and Helsinki several times a day, covering the distance in roughly 2 to 3 hours. From late spring to late autumn, high-speed vessels also operate on the route, reducing travel time to just 1.5 hours.

Ferries between Tallinn and Stockholm depart every evening, with the trip taking approximately 15 hours.

Eckerö Line
ph. +372 664 6000
www.eckeroline.ee

Viking Line
ph. +372 666 3966 (in Estonia: 1719)
www.vikingline.ee

Tallink
ph. +372 640 9808 (in Estonia: 1 7808)
www.tallinksilja.com

St. Peter Line
ph. +372 666 0800
www.stpeterline.com

 

Vilnius lies at the crossroads of East and West. Such a central location makes a capital city easily reachable by plane, train, bus.

By plane

Vilnius is easily accessible by air from all major European cities. It takes never more than three hours to fly from many European cities and “hubs” including Barcelona, Paris, Copenhagen, London, Frankfurt. The Vilnius International Airport is located just outside the centre of Vilnius. It is only 7 km/15 min driving distance from the centre of the city.

Other airlines flying to Vilnius:

For up-to-date information on flights, schedules, new routes and airlines see www.vno.lt

By Rail

Lithuania has a well-developed rail network. Direct rail links between Lithuania and Belarus, Russia and Poland provide convenient and inexpensive connections. Vilnius is the focal point for rail connections in the region. Vilnius Railway Station is situated close to the Old Town, just accross the street from the bus station. Routes and schedules are available at www.litrail.lt

By bus

There is a choice of international bus lines connecting Vilnius with other European cities. Buses are the cheapest but least comfortable method of reaching Vilnius. There are direct buses to the capital city from many European countries. Routes and schedules are available at www.eurolines.lt and www.ecolines.lt. The city’s bus station is centrally located. It is only a five-minute walk distance to the main train station and ten minutes to the Old Town.

Hiking around Latvia and discover the most spectacular routes. You can walk the shoreline, you can wander through river valleys and forests, you can just watch the landscape. Here is some hiking routs in Latvia.

 

SIGULDA

1.Three Castle Route (6 km /4h)

Sigulda train station – Pils Street – Key Square – Sigulda Medieval castle and New castle – Sigulda Lutheran Church – Walking Stick Park – cable car – Krimulda manor and Krimulda Medieval castle ruins – Serpentine road – Gūtmans’ Cave – Turaida Museum Reserve. Return by bus No. 12.

2.Sigulda in tales and legends: large route (13 km /4,5 h)

Sigulda train station – Pils Street – monument to Kr. Barons – Sigulda Medieval castle and New castle – Sigulda Lutheran Church – Walking Stick Park – chair lift – pathway along the Gauja River – pedestrians bridge across Gauja River – Krimulda manor and Krimulda Medieval castle ruins – Serpentine road – Gauja bridge – stairs up to the town – Festivity Square – Sigulda train station

3.Gauja valley picturesque nature (6 km /3 h)

Sigulda train station – Walking Stick park – stairs down to Gauja bridge – pathway along the Gauja River right bank to Līgatne side – Olu hill – rest area Vējupīte – Ravens ravine and cave – Painter’s Hill – Sigulda train station

CĒSIS

4.Cīrulīši Nature Trails (4,6 km /3 h)

The Cīrulīši Nature Trails will introduce you to the evolution of the beautiful Gauja River valley from Ice age to nowadays! The Cīrulīši nature trails at Cēsis reveal the history of the Gauja River and its surrounding nature. The area has two comfortable, easy accessible routes – 2,7 km and 4,6 km long. During the walk, fascinating natural objects can be seen: the impressive Cīrulīšu cliffs also called Spoguļu (Mirror) Cliffs beautifully reflect in the water of the oxbow lake. Dzidravots (Clear spring) is place where to quench your thirst after a walk. Legend of Līgavas (Bride) cave legend will again verify the power of love, but Cīrulīšu cave is also called the abyss.

Route map HERE

5.River Amata. Rocks and Cliffs (21 km /10h)

For travellers not afraid of large and frequent terrain differences, and also for those wishing to see and enjoy the beautiful banks of primeval valley of the River Amata while heading along remote forest paths. The path leading along the right bank travels through the upper and lower part of the valley, and therefore at some places difference of more than 40 m in height is experienced. This is sort of a geo-tourism route with an insight of dolomite and sandstone outcrops from the Devonian Period which are found in the primeval valley of the River Amata shaped by the glacier. Route: Amatciems – Melturi – Kārļamuiža – Kārļi – Zvārte Rock – Veclauču Bridge.

Route map HERE

6.Cēsis –Ērgļu Cliffs– Jāņmuiža (14 km /6h)

Suitable for travellers interested not only in the towns, but also in magnificent landscapes and one of the most monolith sandstone cliff walls in the Baltics — the Ērģeļu Cliffs. Destinations are easily linked with public transportation. Route: Cēsis Railway Station – Raunas iela – Lenču iela – Pieškalni – Ērģeļu Cliffs – Rāmnieki – Jāņmuiža

Route map HERE

 

7.One Day Around Cēsis (21km / 10h)

Suitable for very active hikers interested in nature and physical activities. The route introduces with excellent views of the primeval valley of the River Gauja, the history of the valley since the end of the Ice Age, and the values of boreal forests. The route runs through Gauja National Park.

Route: “Ozolkalns” – Cīrulīši Nature Trails – Mūrlejas iela – Gaujas iela – bridge over the River Gauja – Kvēpenes iela – Lake Raiskums – along the banks of the River Sveķupīte – along the banks of the River Lenčupe – Pārgaujas iela (Sarkanās Cliffs) – bridge over the River Gauja – Gaujas iela – Alkšņu iela – Kovārņu iela – “Cīrulīši” – “Ozolkalns”. Distance: ~ 24 km. You can take the shorter circle till the bridge over the River Gauja ~8 km.

Route map HERE

VALMERA

8.The Ancient Knight path (46km / 2 days)

Amazingly picturesque circular route from Valmiera to Sietiņiezis passing through Vaidava and Kocēni is suitable for pedestrians and cyclists. In the past, it has been referred to as a part of the Gauja corridor area of the Livonian Order. This route is also known and mentioned in the Livonian Chronicle of Henry as the Ancient Knight path that connected the ancient Hanseatic cities – Wolmar (Valmiera) and Wenden (Cesis).

Route map HERE:

9.Around the Burtnieki Lake (70km / 2 days)

This route will lead you through picturesque landscapes and along the way you will see great variety of nature wonders. You will have an opportunity to come across rare and protected species of plants and animals, especially some species of birds. Several parts of the route are the same as already marked regional route No. 17 and local route No. 112
Start and Finish: Burtnieki rural territory council
Route: Burtnieki – Dūre – Silzemnieki – Košķele – Vecate – Bauņi – Matīši – Burtnieki
Route map HERE
Kaļķu / Vaļņu iela, Rīga
Date: 14.01.2017
Time: 14:00 – 20:00

Riga Street Food Festival (winter)

Riga’s top chefs have risen to the challenge to create their own versions of Latvian gastronomic masterpieces in the blistering cold. Meals prepared will highlight the wide range of Riga-Guja region winter produce, encompassing both the primeval and the contemporary.

In 2017, the Riga-Gauja region will bear the honorary title of European Region of Gastronomy.

Dzintars Kristovskis, chef of Valmiermuiža embassy in Riga and the Riga-Gauja region ambassador: “European Region of Gastronomy is about returning to the roots – back to the produce and raw materials that we’ve hailed, respected and consumed for centuries, that have grown right here, behind the city walls – in our bountiful forests, meadows, fields, rivers and lakes.”

Text & Photos – www.latvia.travel/en

 

Dates: 18th Nov 2016 – 07. Jan 2017
Open every day 10:00 – 19:00
Hot Christmas drinks till 23:00
Christmas program On Fridays 17:00 – 19:00
On Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 – 14:00

Tallinn Christmas Market on the Town Hall Square is to open this Friday, 18 November, at 16:55

For many years residents and guests of Tallinn are enchanted by the annual Tallinn Christmas Market. It is a true fairy-tale land – there is a tall Christmas tree on the historic town square surrounded by little houses shining with lights that sell Christmas delicacies and folk craft products. Children will be happy to see merry-go-rounds and Santa Claus, the main stage will feature hundreds of singers and dancers performing, and amazing aromas of gingerbread and mulled wine will spread all over the square. Tallinn Christmas Market is recognized as one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe by many foreign media, including CNN, Elle UK and Vogue Italia.

This year the opening ceremony of the Christmas Market will take place on 18 November at 16:55. The speech at the opening ceremony will be delivered by the Elder of the City Center Alar Nääme. (NB! After the opening ceremony journalists will be able to interview the speaker!)

Tallinn Christmas Market will be open from 18 November 2016 until 7 January 2017, daily from 10:00 to 19:00.

Each year Tallinn Christmas Market changes a little. This year Christmas lights decorating the square are replaced with new ones. Their warm light makes the market even more cozy than before. The Christmas tree this year is especially rich and beautiful, with many new decorations: new LED lights as well as red and gold Christmas baubles of different sizes. The stage is decorated with over 600 Christmas stars. There will be over 40,000 lights lit for the Christmas Market on the Town Hall Square. This is a great way to celebrate 575 years since the first Christmas tree was displayed in Tallinn (and probably in the world, too) – in 1441 it was brought to the Town Hall Square by members of the Brotherhood of Blackheads.

Traditionally, the Tallinn Christmas Market offers a wide selection of gifts and delicacies, most of which are made in Estonia.

Here you can also have a meal and various refreshments. Selection is large: from well-known Christmas dishes, such as sauerkraut and blood sausages, to fish and duck. Hot and heating drinks are offered by many sellers on Sun.-Thu. until 22:00 and on Fri. and Sat. until 23:00.

Visitors will enjoy the cultural program on Fridays and Saturdays from 17:00 to 19:00 and on Sundays from 12:00 to 14:00. Explore the schedule at www.ChristmasMarket.ee. This year approximately 1,700 artists will perform on the Town Hall Square stage: folk dance groups Sõleke and Viisuveeretajad, folk dance groups of Märt Agu Tallinn Dance Academy, the nine-time winner of school dance competitions Carolina dance studio, the winner of Estonian Golden Cup and high awards on European and World Championships Free Flow dance club, and many other.

On the New Year’s Eve there will be a special program featuring performances by the Latin dance group Pantrid, cabaret group Dance Wonderland with their special Moulin Rouge program and La La Ladies band.

On Sundays advent candles will be lit. On the First Advent, on 27 November at 14:10 everyone will be greeted by Provost of Tallinn Jaan Tamsalu and Tallinn Vice-Mayor Taavi Aas. Church choirs will perform.

Santa Claus can be found in his house, where every day from 12:00 to 18:00 children will be able to read him poems and ask for Christmas gifts. The best poem readers will receive sweets!

Tallinn Christmas Market welcomes everyone to the Town Hall Square to participate in Christmas celebration!

 

CULTURAL PROGRAMME

 

FRIDAY, 18.11.2016
16:55 Opening ceremony of the Christmas Market 2016/2017. Opening speech by the Elder of Tallinn City Center Alar Nääme
17:00 Folk dance groups of Tallinn Dance Academy
17:45 Carolina Dance Studio
18:30 Folk Dance Group Viisuveeretajad
18:55 Artists of Mystical Fire Show

SATURDAY, 19.11.2016
16:00 Folk Dance Group Kiilitar ja Kiili Keerulised
16:45 Dance Troupe Alhambra
17:30 Irish Dance Troupe Solas
18:15 Free Flow Dance Studio

SUNDAY, 20.11.2016
12:00 Dance Troupe Mustad Kassid
12:45 Dance Ensemble Sõleke (Tallinn Hobby Center Kullo)
13:30 Dancing Girls of Tallinn University / Kalev and Dancing Kids from Tallinn Järveotsa Upper Secondary School

FRIDAY, 25.11.2016
17:00 Tantsugeen Dance Studio
17:45 Dance Troupe Kõku
18:30 AS-SA Dance Society

SATURDAY, 26.11.2016
16:00 Dance Studio Black & White Dance
16:30 Pelgulinna Community Center Folk Dance Group Pelgulinna Memmed
16:45 Dance Ensemble Kullaketrajad
17:30 Dance Troupe Asmarah
18:15 Folklore Society Leigarid

SUNDAY, 27.11.2016
I ADVENT
12:00 Santa’s arrival
12:15 Dance Club Koit
12:30 Folk Dance Group Kuu
14:00 Choirs of St. John’s Church, St. Kaarli Congregation, the Holy Ghost Church, Bethel Congregation, Dome Cathedral Congregation, Nõmme Rahu Congregation, Viimsi Congregation and the German Congregation of Tallinn Deanery
14:10 Greetings from Tallinn Vice-Mayor Taavi Aas and Provost of Tallinn Jaan Tamsalu. First Advent candle is lit on the Christmas tree.

FRIDAY, 2.12.2016
17:00 V.A.T Stuudio Dance Studio
17:45 Students of the Fine Arts Class of Tallinn Rahumäe Basic School
18:15 Dance troupe Up With People
18:30 Latin Dance Group Pantrid

SATURDAY, 3.12.2016
15:00 Theatre Festival Muinasjutt
16:00 Folk Dance Group Tantsusarvikud
16:45 Desiree Dance Studio
17:00 Dance Group Kolga Lainerid
17:30 Järva-Jaani dance groups Jürid-Marid, Tuttuued naised and Ei me ette tea. Vocals by Janeli Ait

SUNDAY, 4.12.2016
II ADVENT
12:00 Handbell Studio Kellaring
12:45 Folk Dance Society Pääsuke – I mixed group and a younger female group
13:30 Dance Troupe Modus
13:50 Christmas greetings by the pastor of Tallinn Methodist Church Joel Aulis
14:00 The pastor of Tallinn Methodist Church Joel Aulis lights the second Advent candle. Music by Matri Joosua and Karl Saamuel Hollman

FRIDAY, 9.12.2016
16:30 Tallinn Hobby Center Kullo KT Stuudio
17:00 Folk Dance Society Pääsuke II mixed group and II female group
17:30 Free Flow Dance Studio

SATURDAY, 10.12.2016
16:00 Mixed folk dance group Tammed ja Toomed and female group Harku Harakad
16:45 Dance studio of Nõmme Youth Center
17:30 Dance Troupe Happy Feet Sakust ning Kate & Lana
17:45 Dance Studio The Art of Dance

SUNDAY, 11.12.2016
III ADVENT
12:00 Tallinn City Transport Brass Band, conductors R.Sild, A.Avarand, T.Kaljuver
12:45 Folk Dance Group Tuisuline
13:30 Song Studio Minimuusikal, students of 5th-9th forms
13:50 Christmas greetings by the pastor of Toompea Congregation of Estonian Christian Pentecostal Church Ivo Unt. Music by Anneli Rand, Tobias Rannut and Ahti Lohk
14:00 The pastor of Toompea Congregation of Estonian Christian Pentecostal Church Ivo Unt lights the third Advent candle

FRIDAY, 16.12.2016
16:30 Song Studio Minimuusikal, students of 1st-3rd forms
17:00 Tallinn Hobby Center Kullo KT Stuudio
17:30 Dance Ensemble Sõleke (Tallinn Hobby Center Kullo)

SATURDAY, 17.12.2016
16:00 Latin Dance Group Pantrid
16:10 Irish Dance Troupe Solas
16:45 Tantsugeen Dance Studio
17:30 Dance Club Rosa Verde

SUNDAY, 18.12.2016
IV ADVENT
12:00 Siki Dance Studio
12:45 Taisi Singing Kids
13:40 Miina, Marta, Paula ja Uku Madis
13:50 Christmas greetings by the pastor of Tallinn St. Olaf’s Church Ülo Niinemägi. Songs by intra-congregation children chorus Juhhei, conductors Varje Soon and Annika Soon
14:00 The pastor of Tallinn St. Olaf’s Church Ülo Niinemägi lights the fourth Advent candle

FRIDAY, 23.12.2016
12:00 Christmas concert by Heli Song Studio
13:10 Karjamaa Basic School Group Võluflööt and Tallinn Kadaka Basic School

SATURDAY, 24.12.2016
CHRISTMAS EVE
12:00 Mayor of Tallinn announces Christmas peace

SUNDAY, 25.12.2016
12:00 Girl Group of the English College and folk dance group Leesikad of the French Lyceum
12:45 GAG 385 LIVE – Talented students of Gustav Adolf upper secondary school

FRIDAY, 30.12.2016
17:00 Kristiina Kalle, Valeria Nikolajeva, Maia Grjaboi and Inna Litvin
17:45 Dance Troupe Isar Dance
18:30 Dance Club Rosa Verde

SATURDAY, 31.12.2016
NEW YEAR’S EVE
22:00 Latin Dance Group
22:30 Girl Band La La Ladies
23:30 Cabaret Troupe Dance Wonderland “Moulin Rouge”
0:00 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
0:20 Girl Band La La Ladies
01.00 Festive music by DJ Aivar Havi
The program hosted by Santa Claus Äffy

FRIDAY, 6.01.2017
16:00 Dance Troupe Modus
16:45 Performance of Bõliina Ensemble
17:30 V.A.T Stuudio Dance Studio
18:15 Roosi II female group of Riisipere Community Center
18:30 Folk Dance Group Soveldaja

SATURDAY, 7.01.2017
16:00 Folk dancers of Saku municipality
16:45 Dance Troupe Red Roses
17:30 Performance of Juri Zaljubovski
18:15 Dancing performance of mixed group Vöör ja Ahter and female group of the Estonian Maritime Administration
18:45 Artists of Mystical Fire Show

 

Text & photos  – http://www.christmasmarket.ee/eng/