Tag Archives: Latvian History - Page 2

07 Oct
2015
Most people usually do a little bit of research before to go abroad. There are many different ways to gather knowledge about the most important sights, restaurants and activities. One of the probably best ways is to look up recommendations on travel platforms as you always get opinions from all over the world. At trip-advisor ...
26 Aug
2015
“Rundāle” comes from the German place name Ruhenthal (Valley of Peace), yet Rundāle Palace has not had the most peaceful existence since its construction in 1768… Following the abdication of Duke Peter and the absorption of the Duchy of Courland to the Russian Empire in 1795, Catherine II presented the palace to Count Valerian Zubov, ...
22 Jan
2015
One of Riga’s most popular and interesting attractions is the Riga Cat House. Located in Old Riga near the town center, the Cat House is easily spotted due to the two black cat statues situated on the roof. The building was originally constructed in 1909 and has art nouveau architecture. Although the building itself is ...
10 Jun
2014
There is so much to see in Riga for every type of tourist, and if you’re a museum-person you’ll be spoilt for choice! Here are our top five not-to-be-missed museums: 1. National History Museum of Latvia (Latvijas Dabas muzejs) One of Riga’s oldest museums has been recently renovated and modernised and now boasts interactive exhibits ...
27 Mar
2014
Riga is a stunning city, and full of incredible architecture, fascinating museums and beautiful scenery, and you should, of course, make sure you see as much of this as possible! However, if you’re looking for something a little bit different, try finding these places instead. First up, there’s the Bastejkalns, a small park surrounding Brivibas ...
17 Mar
2014
Latvia isn’t just home to Latvians but to Latgalians as well, the ethnic Latvians of Latgale, one of the four historical and cultural regions of Latvia. Latgale is the eaternmost region, north of the Daugava River and has a large population of ethinc Russians, especially in the largest city in the region, Daugavpils. As such, ...
06 Mar
2014
Latvia may never have been a mighty kingdom, but there are plenty of ancient fortresses and stunning palaces to visit, with hundreds of different locations still standing! In each Latvian parish and town there’s at least one beautiful manor house or medieval knight’s castle with its own history, unique architecture and heritage. The first castles ...
27 Feb
2014
Latvia has a very special relationship with singing and music, and the dainas all reflect Latvian life, with songs dedicated to farming, mythology and the stages of life, such as birth and death.  The country has had a difficult past and was occupied by the Soviet Union and the Germans and the people found that ...
16 Aug
2013
Though Liden & Denz will open its new language centre in Riga (Latvia) only in January next year, we already want to make you familiar with the city and its beauties. Today (August 16), Riga celebrates its city day with an yearly festival – “Rigas Svetki”. The most important celebrations are traditionally held on the city embankment ...
31 Jul
2013
As you may have heard, Liden & Denz is opening a new Russian language centre in Riga, Latvia. In all three Baltic States, Russian is to some extent spoken by people without any ethnic connection with Russia, as a result of the Soviet occupation, during which citizens of these countries were forced to learn Russian. ...