Latvia Travel Guides for Backpackers

The Best Sightseeing Spots in Riga, Latvia

The Latvian capital Riga is well known for it’s historical and cultural diversity. Having the finest collection of Art Nouveau buildings, hosting the world’s largest amateur Song and Dance Festival and being home of the oldest beer brewery in Northern Europe says it all – the city has everything it […]
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Viljandi – perfect place for a half-day trip in Estonia

Estonia isn’t the most popular tourist destination. Mostly it’s associated only with its capital – Tallinn, treated as a short gateway destination from Finland, or just skipped as not worth visiting (too small? too expensive?). As someone who loves such small, charming countries, not overwhelmed with tourists, I’ve never understood […]
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CULTURE IN RIGA: JOIN THE DANCE

  If you’re thinking about spending a few days in the Latvian capital, you’re holding a good idea. I got the opportunity to spend two semesters there as Erasmus student, and I had much more fun that I had hoped for! Many things make it a paradise for students: delicious […]
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Welcome to Riga 101: tips from a local

Riga is probably not your first destination choice on a trip through Europe, but if it has landed in your travel route, congratulations – you’ve chosen wisely! Riga is often called the “hidden gem” of the Baltics, or Europe, even. Paradoxically, a part of what makes it a gem is […]
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Tallinn: A Medieval Journey

Walking into medieval times Spend your time within the old town walls and go back to medieval times. When walking into Tallin, through it's old old town walls, you truly feel like you are walking straight into the Middle Ages. There are a lot of small streets and alleys that look […]
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The Magic of Florianopolis

Curios about Florianopolis? Every time I hear about Brazil, the major cities that come to my mind are Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. I went to the previous two cities and they are so distinctly beautiful and alive. Upon being invited to stay in a city named “Florianopolis”, I […]
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Wai-O-Tapu: the best volcanic park in New Zealand

“Visiting New Zealand without touching the volcanoes? Nonsense!” – my friend and I thought while planning our trip to the North Island. We had only fifteen days for the whole adventure, half of the time to be spent in Wellington, but still we just couldn’t miss the chance to visit […]
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Latvia : The uniqueness of Riga

Latvia : The uniqueness of Riga Most of the people around USA probably would be slightly confused hearing the word “Latvia”, not even talking about its capital Riga. Yes, it definitely is a small country, needless to say – quite unpopular. However, you might be missing a lot if you […]
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Overview of Tallinn

      Estonia is a small country which is located in Northern Europe in the Baltic Region. It has borders with Latvia from the South, Russia from the East, Finland from the North and Sweden from the West (Finland and Sweden are across the Gulf of Finland and Baltic […]
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Tallin – the medieval pearl of Baltics

Baltic states consists of three countries – Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Tallin, the capital city of Estonia, lays on the North of the country, near the Gulf of Finland. Filled with testimonies from middle ages, alluring parks and great shopping and business centres, Tallin is a mixture of a little […]
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Tallinn: A Virtual Tour of the Old Town

Why Tallinn? Most people these days are so obsessed with cities like Paris, London or New York, that traditional and beautiful cities are often forgotten. Tallinn is the capital of Estonia – a country in the European Union, located to the south of Finland and to the north of Latvia. […]
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Dream country – Australia. Next stop Brisbane!

Latvian girl exploring Brisbane! “Welcome to Queensland, where Australia Shines”, said the flight attendant, approaching Brisbane International Airport. Since i was a small kid, I have always been crazy about Australia and anything related to it. This unexplainable obsession developed this motivation in me to achieve my goals. With determination, […]
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