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Rīga, the capital of Latvia and an MSC Northern Europe Cruises destination, is the largest and most cosmopolitan city of the Baltic region. See Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture, the beautiful Bastejkalns Park, and a wide assortment of shops, restaurants, and cafes.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• The Narrow Cobbled Streets of Old Rīga
• Ethnografic Open Air Museum
• Sigulda Medieval Castle and Turaida Museum Reserve
Historical Rīga – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is an old quarter with real soul. On an MSC Cruises excursion, you’ll discover a cluster of cobbled medieval streets, as well as characterful squares and churches. Visit religious jewels such as St. Peter’s, St. George’s, and St. John’s churches, and the incredible Dome Cathedral. Pass by the Swedish Gate and the Rīga Castle, a superb medieval edifice. See the 14th-century Powder Tower and the impressive Town Hall Square. Wandering around Rīga’s Old Town is like stepping into an earlier era!
The Ethnographic Open Air Museum occupies an area of picturesque pine forest by the shores of Lake Jugla. Take an MSC Cruises excursion to this remarkable institution which houses a wealth of historical Latvian buildings. Explore the houses of farmers, artisans, and fishermen which display original tools and interior furnishings. Afterwards, discover an array of churches and beautiful windmills at this extraordinary location.
Visit Sigulda Medieval Castle and the Turaida Museum Reserve on a fabulous MSC Cruises excursion. Enjoy a tour of the 1214 Gothic Turaida Stone Castle featuring a fortification tower and a Latvian folklore sculpture park. A short distance away, discover the remains of the 13th-century Sigulda Medieval Castle, constructed by the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in 1202. Here, you’ll admire the remains of the ruins and splendid countryside views.