Latvia’s Centennial celebrations start in May 2017, and culminate on November 18, 2018. Come to visit any time – we will be expecting you.
For starters, we offer you some tips on places to visit and people to meet on your Latvia100 journey.
Search for amber on the rugged beaches of Liepāja
The wild landscape of Latvia’s West coast hides many treasures – try your luck and look for amber in the sands of Liepāja’s Blue Flag beach. If you don’t find a piece of amber of your own, don’t despair – there is the “Great Amber”, a concert hall boasting superb acoustics and cutting edge architecture. The venue is offering a rich cultural programme all year round.
While in Liepāja, go to the historic military district, the Karosta - step into the shoes of a Soviet-era prisoner or walk the steps of a soldier through the underground labyrinths of the fort. And don’t forget to visit the Suiti ethnic group in Alsunga village just outside Liepāja; the Suiti cultural space has been recognised by UNESCO. Their culture is characterised by colourful traditional costumes, unique wedding traditions and special harmonic drone-singing.
Roll up your sleeves for some good work
Savour local cuisine in the beautiful Riga-Gauja region
By the way, make sure you pop into the modern Cēsis Concert Hall for an uplifting musical experience, check out the Wall of Books at the Latvian National Library in Riga and look for Riga’s best-hidden museum, the Žanis Lipke Memorial on Ķīpsala Island, telling a story of a local family who had provided a hiding place for Jewish people during WWII. And follow the footsteps of Reformation-500 across the region.
A rendezvous with Mark Rothko’s colour magic in Daugavpils
Latgale, the eastern borderland of Europe, is the place to recharge your spiritual batteries with its high density and variety of holy sites – the Catholic basilica in Aglona, the recently restored Baltic’s oldest wooden synagogue in Ludza or St. Boris and Gleb Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Daugavpils are just a few stopping places on your journey around Latgale.
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Sing along and tone your muscles at the Song and Dance Celebration
Watch a video about the Latvian Song and Dance Celebration here!
For more inspiration on what to see and do in Latvia and Riga, the capital, visit: