The Most Beautiful Parks In Riga

Ieva Matiejunaite

The capital of formerly Soviet-occupied Latvia, Riga is a beautiful mix of old times and modernity. The city is also well-known for its parks, which, though nearly all located centrally, are very clean, relaxed and well-landscaped. Check out this list of five spots of greenery and peace in the bustling town.

Rhododendrons in Riga’s Botanical Garden

1. Vermanes Park


Though located close to the city center, this park is a perfect place to escape the rushing world and have a leisurely walk, or sit in one of the small cafes situated on its pathways. Like all Riga parks, it is very clean and well maintained. There are plenty of benches, flower beds, and shady, tree-lined walkways to escape the summer heat. Some of the many sculptures located in the park are fun and quirky, like a huge glittery, disco snail. There is also an opportunity to go for a romantic canal boat cruise on the water.

Kronvalda Park

Another centrally located park, Kronvalda is the second richest public park in Riga. The park was named after the participant of the Neo-Latvian movement, Atis Kronvalds. It includes around 104 foreign tree and bush species and a huge, stunning fountain, which offers a show of lights and colors at night. There is also a playground, roller-skating tracks, and a canal which offers boat and water bicycle rides during the summer.
By Ieva Matiejunaite

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