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View of Old Riga From the Ferris Wheel

Last winter Old Riga welcomed a very unusual visitor. The giant Ferris wheel “Hanse Rad”, which was touring Eastern Europe, made itself at home on Livu Square offering an exciting and very different view of the city’s historic centre. Those brave enough to challenge the cold weather were rewarded with a new perspective on Riga. Rising 40 metres above the ground in just a few moments, flying past streets and rooftops, many fascinating discoveries sprung into view. Peculiar stone animals and birds sit with perfect calm on buildings’ façades, hidden terraces and old chimneys emerge here and there; the sun glints from the many gilded elements that generously decorate the town… If you haven’t managed to take a ride on “Hanse Rad”, we welcome you to do this virtually! To explore Riga from a bird’s eye view you can also choose among several permanent observation platforms – St. Peter’s Church (71 m), Skarnu iela 19., tel. 67 229 426, open: 10am – 6pm (ticket office closes at 5.30pm), tickets 1-3 Ls. See 360º panorama. Academy of Science (65 m), Akademijas laukums 1., tel. 67 229 350, open: 9am – 8pm (from 1 May – 15 October), tickets 2 Ls. See 360º panorama. TV Tower on Zakusala Island (97 m), Zakusalas krastmala 1, tel. 67 108 643, open: 10am – 8pm (15 May – 30 September), 10am – 5pm (1 October – 14 May), tickets 0,80-2,60 Ls. See 360º panorama. If you’re in the mood for combining grand view with a good drink, head to Skyline Bar on the 26th floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija. More information on their website.       Virtual Latvia would like to thank the management and employees of the “Hanse Rad” for their kind support in production of this multimedia story.

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