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3 Fun Facts about Riga, Latvia

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Art Nouveau District

Some of the finest examples of Art Nouveau in the world can be found in the Latvian capital of Riga.

A whole district is dominated with examples of the architecture and art works from the late 19th Century. Some of the best examples can be found on the main street of Elizabetes Iela . There are over 800 Art Nouveau buildings in the city so good luck ticking them all off.

A medical themed restaurant

Doctors in Riga have opened a restaurant called Hospitalis where the dining room looks like an operating room and the waitresses wear nurse’s uniforms on wheeled beds. There are syringes and operating tools for cutlery as well as test tube and beakers for wine glasses. If you order the cake then you’re likely to see some fake fingers balanced on the top!

And finally….a flying penis

The Red Bull Flugtag competition was held in Riga in 2008, where complete nutters try to defy gravity and fly through the air over the river. Riga paid host to the usual crowd of strange ideas but one rose to the occasion, so to speak. A giant penis and testicles made its way into the water with the owner standing on top.

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Photo of Art Nouveau building facade in Riga, Latvia, by Blind Höna

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Venere Travel Blog writer phil mcdonald

Phil is a freelance writer working on various writing and editing projects ranging from feature film scripts to travel writing. He enjoys writing from experience and sharing information on the many places he has visited over the years

2 responses to “3 Fun Facts about Riga, Latvia”

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  1. R H says:
    October 8th, 2009 at 14:39

    Hi, nice to see your comments on Riga, one of my favourite cities! Like your fokus on Rigas very special Art Nouveau architecture!

  2. liz says:
    December 8th, 2013 at 16:59

    Very interesting and helpful,I bow down to all.

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