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Travel Info

Travel info

Tourism Ancient history and unspoilt nature, music festivals from classic to pop, boating on swift rivers and leisured sightseeing of Riga’s Art Nouveau architecture — Latvia offers a broad spectrum of activities for all tastes and ages.

Nationals of EU countries do not require a visa for stays up to 90 days within any six-month period.

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Major cities Daugavpils, Jelgava, Jurmala, Liepaja, Rezekne, Ventspils

Top tourist attractions

  •   Historic Centre of Riga
  •   Gaizinkalns (highest point in Latvia)
  •   Gauja Valley
  •   Cape Kolka
  •   Rundale Palace
  •  Jelgava Palace (Mitava Palace) - the largest Baroque style palace in the Baltic states
  •   Latgalia
  •   Jurmala
Whether this is one of your first trips to Latvia or not, there is no shortage of things to do and see in Latvia. From history to art to culture to the outdoors, Latvia attractions are plentiful.
Relief It consists of fertile, low-lying plains, largely covered by forest, mostly pines, the highest point being the Gaiziņkalns at 311.6 m (1,022 ft).
Climate The Latvian climate is humid, continental and temperate owing to the maritime influence of the Baltic Sea. Summers are warm, and the weather in spring and autumn is fairly mild; however, the winters can be extreme due to the northern location.


Standard Rate 22% (since Jan 2011). Reduced Rate 12% (since Jan 2011).

Public holidays

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Good Friday - The Friday before Easter
  • March/April Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday - The day after Easter
  • 1 May - Labour Day
  • 4 May - Restoration of Independence day
  • Mother's day - Second Sunday of May
  • 23 June - Midsummer Eve
  • 24 June - Midsummer
  • 18 November - Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia
  • 24 December - Christmas Eve
  • 25 December - Christmas Day
  • 26 December - Boxing Day
  • 31 December - New Year's Eve