We are delighted to welcome You to Latvia.

About Riga
Riga, the capital of Latvia, was officially founded in 1201. Riga is located along the Baltic Sea at the southern coast of the Gulf of Riga, on the Rigava coastal plain. The historical core of Riga is situated on the right bank of the Daugava River, about 10 kilometers from where the Daugava flows into the Gulf of Riga. The natural terrain of this area is a flat and sandy plain, about 1 to 10 meters above the sea level.  

Public transport
Riga Airport is accessible by Riga public transport bus No 22.
Please purchase your ticket in advance using the "Rīgas Satiksme" app.
For more information on public transport tickets, please visit: https://www.rigassatiksme.lv/en/tickets-and-e-ticket/
Drive from Airport till bus stop Slokas iela / Slokas street, then walk till next bus stop (Valsts arhīvs) towards city center / river Daugava and drive till next stop in Ķīpsala. Or just have a nice walk from Slokas steet till Paula Valdena street 5. 

About money 
The currency in Latvia is the euro.
Most of the shops and restaurants can be paid with bank cards, but you are also welcome to bring the cash, because the smaller shops can be paid only with cash.  

Latvian cuisine can be tasted:  
"LIDO VĒRMANĪTIS", Address: Elizabetes iela 65, Riga
"LIDO RESTAURANT CENTRE", Address: Krasta iela 76, Riga  

Near shopping centres - food, clothing, restaurants:  
"SPICE", Address: Lielirbes iela 29, Riga
“OLYMPIA”, Address: Āzenes iela 5, Riga

Conference adress:
Riga Technical university Scientific Library building located on the island
Address: Paula Valdena iela 5, Riga

Hotels near conference:
Hotel Islande Riga. Address: Ķīpsalas iela 2, Riga. Web: https://islandehotel.lv/ 
Hotel Vantis Riverside. Address: Tīklu iela 10, Riga. Web: http://vantis.hotel-in-latvia.com/en/
Rixwell Elefant Hotel. Address: Kalnciema iela 90, Riga. Web: https://www.rixwell.com/en/hotels/rixwell-elefant-hotel
Radisson Blu Daugava Hotel. Address: Kuģu iela 24, Riga. Web: https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-riga-daugava
Park Inn by Radisson Riga Valdemara. Address: Krogus iela 1, Riga. Web: https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/park-inn-riga-valdemara
Primo Hotel. Address:  Nometņu iela 62, Riga. Web: https://www.booking.com/hotel/lv/primo.lv.
Hotel Jane. Address: Pilsonu iela 18, Riga. Web: https://hoteljanne.lv/en/
Bellevue Park Hotel Riga. Address: Slokas iela 1 k-1, Riga. Web: https://hotelbellevue.lv
Two Wheels. Address: Baložu iela 12, Riga. https://www.booking.com/Share-yuNtB5c

Riga ZOO:  
Ticket price: 15,00 EUR / person
Address: Meža prospekts 1, Riga
Riga Zoo (Riga Zoological Park) was opened in Riga's greenest district Mežaparks in 1912. During dozens of years, its collection was significantly supplemented, and now you'll meet there many interesting animals like lions, giraffes, kangaroos and coatis, visit the Tropical House and explore the underwater world. This is a great leisure site for adults and children since it is located by Lake Ķīšezers and surrounded by pine-trees.

Riga from above: 
At St. Peter's Church, you see Riga from tower.
Ticket price: 9,00 EUR / person.
Address: Reformācijas laukums 1, Rīga 

St. Peter's Church is the highest church in Riga and one of the oldest and most notable sacred buildings of medieval monumental architecture in the Baltic States. The Church was built in 1209. Later it was several times rebuilt and enlarged. External walls of the current building's side areas and some of the interior pillars preserved from the 13th century. Inside the basilica, one can learn about the history of the building, as well as appreciate several original interior elements – tombs, restored stone and wooden memorial plaques, and the impressive giant bronze seven-branched candlestick made in 1596.

The Freedom Monument 
The Freedom Monument has been Riga's central landmark for almost a century. This 42.7 m tall granite and copper work of art is a symbol of the Latvian nation's striving for freedom and independence.
Coordinates: 56°57'05.4"N 24°06'38.6"E
56.951491, 24.110724

Riga Dome Cathedral
Address: Herdera laukums 6, Riga
Ticket price: 5,00 EUR / person.
The Cathedral is the largest and one of the oldest sacred buildings of the medieval period in the Baltic region, combining Romanesque, early Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau features. Today, alongside church services the cathedral hosts concerts by local and internationally renowned musicians. The foundation stone of Riga Dome Cathedral was laid in 1211. Over time, the cathedral was enlarged by the construction of the west transept and side chapels, as well as by raising church's central area, thus turning it into a basilica. Cathedral's medieval tower surmounted by an octagonal pyramidal spire can be seen in the oldest image of Riga published in Sebastian Münster's book "Cosmographia" (mid-16th century). At the end of the 16th century, a new tower with a pyramidal spire and two galleries was built. The rooster that was installed on the top of the tower is currently on display in the cathedral. At the end of the 18th century, a new Baroque tower was constructed.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, restoration works were carried out at the Riga Dome Cathedral, which led to the church's present appearance.

House of the Blackheads 
Address: Rātslaukums 7, Riga
Ticket price: 7,00 EUR / person.
The House of the Blackheads is among Riga's top sights, located in the heart of Old Riga, near the Town Hall Square, facing the Riga City Council. The house is very deservedly called grand and royal, and it is a must-see for every city guest. The House of Blackheads has been delighting citizens and guests of the city for almost 700 years. This is one of the most luxurious buildings in Riga, which preserves both the unique historical heritage of the legendary Blackheads Brotherhood and the history of Riga. Historically, the house's primary function was to promote entrepreneurship - it was a gathering place for merchants and sailors for several centuries.

Running routes in Riga:  
See here: https://www.liveriga.com/en/visit/what-to-do/running-routes-in-riga 

Visit the sea: 
If you want to see the sea, take the train to 'Jurmala' city. Tickets and train times can be found on the website: https://www.vivi.lv/en/ 
'Jurmala' city is approx. 20 km from 'Ķīpsala' Island. By train you need to go to "Majori" station. 
Ticket price: approx. 2,00 EUR / person  (one way).