K.Valdemāra Street - Brīvības Street

Krišjāņa Valdemāra Street is one of the most important transport streets, and Brīvības Street is the main artery of the city. The constant bustle and the striking concentration ofArt Nouveau buildings make them one of the most expressive features in the face of Riga.

Tērbatas Street - A. Čaka Street

One of the liveliest neighbourhoods in the centre of Riga. Imposing multi-storey buildings tower next to small wooden houses built at the beginning of the 19th century. Only Marijas Street (which after Avotu Street is named in the honour of Aleksandrs Čaks, the poet who sang praise to Riga city) is densely framed in five- and six-storey buildings.

Old Town

The history of Old Riga is the very history of the whole city. It is a place where medieval times meet modern day. Old Town is a place where the secular and ecclesiastic powers get along side by side – ministries and artists' workshops, offices and cafes, banks, lounges, galleries, antique shops and pubs.

The road to Mežaparks

Mežaparks is a picturesque neighbourhood of private residences with mainly Art Nouveau aesthetics prevailing in its architecture. Mežaparks features both the so-called „Swiss chalet” style and architectural forms closer to the German „fatherland style”. You can get off at the Mežaparks tram stop, visit the Riga Zoo and return to the centre of the city with the next retro tram.

Riga Boulevard circle

In a fifteen minute ride along the „Riga Boulevard circle” route you can see and study the symbols of architecture and culture of Riga: the Latvian National Opera, the Monument of Freedom, the Latvian National Theatre and other significant and prominent architecture objects.

The jewels of Riga Art Nouveau

At the end of the „Riga Boulevard circle” route, Ausekļa Street, you can go on an independent walk around the „Art Nouveau district” (Elizabetes Street, Alberta Street and others) with the help of „The jewels of Riga Art Nouveau” guide, and explore the most remarkable examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Riga.

The architecture of Wilhelm Ludwig Nikolai Bockslaff in Riga

One of the most brilliant talents in the bright constellation of architects of Riga at the beginning of the 20th century was Wilhelm Ludwig Nikolai Bockslaff (October 12, 1858, Riga – March 9, 1945, Poznan). Compared to some of his contemporaries, he has not built particularly much in Riga – just about 30 multi-storey residential and public buildings as well as a few factory buildings, but almost every single piece of his work is a trailblazer in a particular area.

The jewels of Riga Art Nouveau

This neighbourhood is often regarded to as the quiet centre. It adjoins the Boulevard circle directly but has none of the city hustle and bustle. This area does not have many shops, but certainly a great variety of Art Nouveau architectural forms. The monolithic, dense building structure was mostly created at the beginning of the 20th century in a vacant lot with no previous buildings. The famous Albert Street is also located in this neighbourhood. It astonishes with the interplay of Art Nouveau ornamental decorations that grow into spectacular fireworks in places, and the modestly grey earnestness of national romanticism can be surprisingly colourful.
Brochure „The jewels of Riga Art Nouveau”, an illustrated guide to the Art Nouveau architecture of Albert Street and the „quiet centre”, in Latvian and English.
Size: A5, Price: 2.00 LVL

Art Nouveau in Riga

Art Nouveau is a trend of art and architecture that dominated the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. In architecture Art Nouveau begins the system of modern styles. The growth of Art Nouveau in Riga was urged by the rapid upswing of the city at the beginning of the 20th century when the characteristic structure of the city centre took shape. Until the beginning of the 20th century the most common architectural style in Riga was eclectism, which disappeared completely by 1904. Art Nouveau buildings constitute 40% of Riga city centre structure, and that is more than in any other city in the world.
Catalogue „Art Nouveau in Riga”, an illustrated catalogue on Art Nouveau architecture in Riga, in Latvian and English.
Size: A4, Price: 4.00 LVL

Art Nouveau in Old Town

The history of Old Riga is the very history of the whole city. It is a place where medieval times meet modern day. Old Town is a place where the secular and ecclesiastic powers get along side by side – ministries and artists' workshops, offices and cafes, banks, lounges, galleries, antique shops and pubs. Brochure „ Art Nouveau in Old Riga”, an illustrated guide to the Art Nouveau architecture of Old Riga, in Latvian and English.
Size: A5 Price: 2.00 LVL