Latvian Tourism Newsletter
June, 2011

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Culture tourism
The year’s most prestigious open-air musical event – the International Sigulda Opera Festival – will be held from July 29 to 31. The festival will take place on the open-air stage in the historical ruins of Sigulda Castle. Each year, the festival gathers many of the world’s top opera stars.   The special charm of the event is created by the fact that opera...
The annual Schubertiade Chamber Music Concert will once again be held this year at the romantic Ungurmuiza Manor Garden on August 6. The concert is dedicated to the Austrian composer Franz Schubert (1797-1828), and will feature music composed by Schubert and other musicians with similar musical tastes.   Schubertiade is a special musical genre, which was started in the 1820’s when...
After several years of renovation, the historical building of the Riga Stock Exchange in the heart of Old Town Riga, which is built in Venetian Renaissance palazzo style and is a listed architectural landmark of national significance, will become the new home of the Museum of Foreign Art from August 20. The Museum of Foreign Art was founded in 1920 as the State Museum of Art. From the very...
Entertainment tourism
One of the most prestigious pop music competitions of up and coming artists in the post-Soviet area is held in the Latvia coastal resort city of Jurmala each summer. The "New Wave" competition gathers over a dozen young musicians from around the world, who compete with one another on the stage to win first prize.   Thanks to the huge interest the Russian media has in the competition, the...
For one week, from July 18 to 23, the Latvian coastal town of Saulkrasti will become the country’s jazz capital, as it will once again be hosting the annual "Saulkrasti Jazz" festival.   As in previous years, this year’s festival will also feature special concerts, jam sessions and workshops. The open-air festival will be held at the "Minhauzena Unda" recreational center, which...
The annual Sea Festival (in some places known as Fishermen's Festival) in Latvia is the second largest summer festival after Midsummer’s Night on the Latvian summer calendar. Even though this festival is celebrated in coastal towns and villages throughout the country, people from all over Latvia flock to the coast during the festivities to honor fishermen for their work, the sea for its...
  From August 12 to 19, the 7th international music festival "Summertime" will once again be held in the Latvian coastal resort city of Jurmala. The festival’s opening concert will feature the famous Latvian soprano Inessa Galante and her friends from various world opera houses, as well as conductor Tadeusz Voicehowsky (Poland) and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. The...
Shopping tourism
Going out to purchase Latvian made jewelry during a visit can become an exciting journey through the country’s art world, as persons will be able to acquaint themselves with Latvia’s rich jewelry making traditions and learn about silver, gold and other metal jewelry made by very skilled local artists. The jewelry made in Latvia represents a wide range of styles, from copies of ancient...
Active and sports tourism
The "Great Baltic Tour 2011" is an adventure campaign that takes place in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It is an exciting way to spend free time and is full of new impressions and adventures that can be experienced across thirty different tourist attractions, ten in each country.   While traveling with family or friends through the Baltic States, participants will come across unique and...
Due to the fact that yachting is a popular hobby in Latvia, almost every coastal city, town or village in Latvia has a larger or smaller yacht fleet. Many yacht owners gladly offer rides to visitors in coastal waters. There are many different yachting options available in Latvia, from rides that take several hours along the coast of the Gulf of Riga, to rides that take several days to the...
Nature tourism
July and August are the months when roses are in full bloom in Latvia. The gardens at Latvia’s majestic Rundale Palace have a magical atmosphere during this time, as its beautiful rose gardens are also in full bloom.   The gardens feature many types of roses, which are arranged chronologically, thematically and decoratively throughout.   The Rundale Palace’s rose...
Culinary tourism
During the summer months in Latvia, people flock to coastal villages throughout the country not only to enjoy the beach, but taste the many delicacies the Baltic Sea has to offer. A wide variety of fresh smoked fish are sold in roadside stalls or local markets in these charming coastal villages. Even though this summer phenomenon springs up mostly in coastal areas, more and more fresh and smoked...
Tourism industry news
Latvia’s first ever catalogue for conference, congress and corporate event organizers ''MEET RĪGA. Meeting and convention planner’s guide to Riga & Latvia'' has been released.   The catalogue has been put together by the Riga Tourism Development Bureau (RTAB) in cooperation with the State Tourism Development Agency (TAVA) and regional tourist information...
Riga is a very clean city and stands out with the fact that it is pedestrian friendly, the business information portal "Nozare.lv" was told by Raphael Sheffield and Antonio da Costa, representatives from one of the largest airplane manufacturers in the world "Airbus", who participated in May’s "North Hub Riga" aviation conference.   "Riga does not live up to previous stereotypes of...
Useful Information
The State Tourism Development Agency has set up an official tourist information hotline 1188 to heighten convenience and comfort for visitors while in Latvia, offering support, advice and trouble-shooting 24h in the English, German, Russian and Latvian languages. Tourist Hotline 1188 offers: • Informative support in emergency situations (for example, theft, scams,...
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