The weather is not quite nice on this day. The sun can only be seen from time to time. So we decide to take a city tour by Hop-On Hop-Off bus.
Departure is on the banks of the Daugava, behind the Latvian Museum of Occupation at Strelnieku Square. From here, the bus drives south in a big bend around the old town to the main station and the Stockmann shopping center.
Next stops are the National Opera and the National Theater. At the Latvian National Museum of Art, the bus turns right and goes to the Orthodox Cathedral.
After the circumnavigation of the Freedom Monument, the route leads through residential areas around Elizabetes iela, Krisjana Barona iela, and Bruninieku iela. Children’s playgrounds and small parks characterize the scape of the neighborhood.
Next stop is at the City Hotel Teater*, near the modern building of the Latvian Dailes Theater.
Then it goes through the K. Valdemära iela and the Emilia Meingaila iela to the Albert Hotel in the Art Nouveau District. In this district, you find most of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in Riga.
The Kronvalda park with its congress center and pretty fountain in front of it extends directly afterward. Now the bus goes directly to the Daugava and crosses the river on the Vansu bridge.
On the other side of the river are some skyscrapers. But in a residential area behind, the architectural style of some houses still corresponds to the Russian timber construction.
At the Victory Park, the bus turns back towards the Daugava. This time we cross it via the Arkmens Bridge, next to the National Library. From the bridge, you have the most beautiful panoramic view of Riga.
At the other end of the bridge, we reach our starting point and thus the end of the tour.
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