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Jelgava palace is the largest baroque style palace in the Baltic states (but has more modest interiors than Rundāle palace and doesn't have a royal garden). It was built in 1772, designed by the same architect as Rundale - Bartolomeo Rastrelli. In everyday, Jelgava palace functions as the Agriculture University of Latvia.

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Main trump of Latvia's capital city is the unrivaled collection of Art Nouveau buildings from 20th Century beginning, as well as nice Old Town with a beautiful skyline made of medieval church spires. Riga has also got several modern landmarks, enjoyable parks, wide river in it's centre, good old perimetrical planning of it's 100+ years old central apartment districts and a big, cosmopolitan city feeling.

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This is by far the most popular vantage point in Riga. Many of the city's classic panorama views you find on the internet are taken from here. St Peter's church tower offers an observation platform at the height of 72 meters (it's accesible by an elevator, so you can spare your legs for more city exploration walks on the street level). 

St Peter's church is located in Old Town, right in the middle of the city, thus it provides centrally located panorama point to whole Riga. The views are good indeed - you can see the sea of Old Town's and historical centre rooftops, compositions with Daugava river and the modern buildings on the other bank of the river, up to soviet apartment block districts in the periphery. 

Practical information. The entrance fee is quite expensive - 9 EUR (students got it for 7 EUR, pupils - 3 EUR, and for the children up to 7 years old the entrance is free). Opened from Tuesday to Sunday - doesn't work on Mondays. Working hours - in winter season (September-April) from 10 to 18 (Tickets office: 10-17), Sundays - 12 to 18, in summer season (May-August) from 10 to 19 (Tickets office: 10-18), Sundays - 12 to 18.  


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On the top floor of Radisson Blu hotel highrise in Riga there is a skyline bar - a place which offers probably the most beautiful panoramic view of Riga. The harmonious scenery includes centre boulevards and parks, Old Town and almost all the highrise accents in one, charming view. Especially beautiful it gets in blue hour when the lanterns are switched on, the streets turning yellow/orange, the trees remains green and the rooftops turns blueish. On the opposite direction the panorama leads your eye in voyage over the 19th/20th Century "belle epoque" age (Eclecticism, Art Nouveau and other  styles) buildings' rooftops, layouted in impressive perimetrical quarters. 

The downside of this location is that the view is seen through windows so reflections of interior can be very disturbing and annoying, especially if you're photographing and trying to get high quality pictures. Heavy and difficult post-processing will be required to at least minimize reflections.

Practical information. Technically the entrance is free, but as it is the restaurant/bar, it would be polite to order some drink. They're not cheap in this place but with just a coffee you could go with few euros. However there's another complication - the place is very popular and that means if you want to be sure you get to the table at the window to Old Town side, you must likely should make a reservation before. Btw, there is also an option to see the views to southern and northern sides of Riga from the staircase windows (and the view to Old Town is visible also from the toilett next to the Skybar but, well, it doesn't seem to be the most appropriate place to enjoy the scenery :)).  


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Makonkalns hill offers beautiful view over fields and meadows to Rāznas lake - one of largest lakes in Latvia. It's an idyllic rural summer pastoral with meadows, agriculture lands and the mighty lake in background - as many points out, resembling the colors of Vincent Van Gogh paintings.
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Area around Sigulda town is locally called the "Little Switzerland" and has always been one of the tourist hotspots in Latvia. Several great vantage points is to be found in this area, and one of the most impressive is Keizarskats view - here a wide panorama of Gauja river valley is visible, with Turaida castle also seen in distance.
MAIN FACTS
LOCATION Latvia, Sigulda
HEIGHT (ABSOLUTE) 90 metres
VIEW DISTANCE up to 10 km
VIEW ANGLE 150 degrees
RATING (8,7/10)


The vantage point was specially created for Russian Tzar Alexander II when he visited Latvia in second half of 19th Century. It's told that The Tzar was very thrilled about the view.
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According to enthusiasts collected data (there is no official statistics) Rietekla juniper tree is the thickest juniper tree in Europe (girth more than 3 metres). It's 200 years old but hard to say how long it will grow, because the tree has tilted to one side.