The historic centre of Riga, also known as the Old Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The buildings are beautiful and the area is well known for both its Art Nouveau and wooden architecture.

Here are a few of the highlights...

Pilsētas kanāls, or city canal, is an old moat that once protected the city from invasion. It is now a park, with the waterway dividing Old Riga from Central Riga.

The Nativity of Christ Orthodox Cathedral is architecturally stunning and historically interesting, having been an Orthodox cathedral, Lutheran church and even at one point a planetarium.

The building of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, or House of the Blackheads, was built in the 14th century as an association for unmarried merchants and shipowners in the city. It is now a museum that is open to the public.

The Freedom Monument was privately constructed in the 1930's as a memorial of the lives lost in the Latvian War. It is an impressive site that honours Latvian culture and history.

Tourists can experience the changing of the guards, check out the video below.