The capital of Latvia, Riga has a growing reputation as a popular tourist destination, with its vibrant nightlife and friendly locals. The city is experiencing a new renaissance with a series of large restoration projects aimed at rejuvenating the city centre. Riga is perhaps most famous for having the largest concentration of Art Nouveau architecture (Jugendstil) of any city in the world. The local carrier airBaltic offers the largest number of routes to the city; with flights from Riga with London, Paris and many other European capitals. With such a wide selection of routes available, you're almost certain to get a cheap flight to the city. The low cost carrier Ryanair currently operates a direct service to Riga from East Midlands too; making it easier than ever to find yourself a good deal to this city. Located in an austere black building in the central city, the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is a must see for visitors passing through Riga. This comprehensive museum is a delight for history fans, and has an in-depth exhibition detailing the country's recent history. Of particular note are the sections of the museum that deal with 20th century history, when Latvia was under the control of the USSR and Nazi Germany. One of the city's most historic buildings is the House of Blackheads which dates back to the 14th century. This splendid building was once home to wealthy merchant's guild, but nowadays it houses a concert hall, museum, and a tourist office. The Old Town (Vecriga) is another essential destination for tourists. The Old Town is made up of a complex network of narrow streets and small squares, where you are invited to sample the renowned local beer. Wandering around this charming area allows you to get a sense of the ambience of the city.
Once you have landed at the airport there are couple of reliable options to get the city centre. There is a bus service (route number 22), that goes from the airport to the city's main rail station. The bus journey will take approximately 25 minutes and buses depart every ten minutes at peak times. There are also a large number of taxis available to the city centre, but they can be expensive if a meter is used. Make certain to negotiate a fixed price with the taxi driver before the journey commences.