The Hostel's Great Room with TV, WIFI and computer. This was the place to rest, warm up and meet people from around the world. I highly recommend hostels for this reason. You can reserve private rooms or do it cheap, dorm-style.
espresso machine. This can save you a lot of money. Having the ability to pick up a few items from the neighborhoods market and bringing it back to the hostel for food prep, picknicking is a great time and money saver. You can still enjoy exploring the local cuisine like a foodie but in Europe, eating in a restaurant can be a 2-3 hour ordeal. It's more of an experience than the utilitarian property of feeding people. There is a lot of socializing, live music and impromptu dancing. Definitely, slowing down and enjoying life. This is a great experience maybe ONCE per day but having more efficient eating options is definitely a plus! After all, there are world class museums to visit and people watching to see;)
The view from our window:) We had a private family room. We ended up with two twins and a queen bed with bathroom ensuite. It was very roomy and comfortable. Our hostel was the third floor of one of the old Swedish Barracks. We had a restaurant and a dining club below us. The street we were on was very well located in Old Town. We only had 50 feet to walk to visit basement restaurants and amber jewelry stores.
The Art Nouveau Museum- As per their website:
Riga Art Nouveau Museum was opened on April 23rd, 2009. It is located in the apartment where the outstanding Latvian architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns (1859 – 1928) lived until 1907.
The building was constructed in 1903 as K. Pēkšēns' private house. The project for it is the work of K. Pēkšēns himself together with Eižens Laube, then a student of architecture. The building is notable for its extremely powerful dimensions and expressive silhouette. The ornamental reliefs, craftily incorporated in the architectonic shape, feature stylized motifs from the local flora and fauna – fir needles and cones and squirrels. The building has a spiral staircase with ornamental ceiling paintings, quite possibly sketched by the prominent Latvian artist Janis Rozentāls. This Art Nouveau staircase is among the most impressive not only in Riga but also the whole of Europe.
The authentic interior of 1903 has been renovated in the museum. Investigation of the premises was started in 2007 when the original interior decoration was revealed and registered. Renovation works were done from 2008 to 2009 under the guidance of master renovator Gunita Čakare.
The current display of the museum shows the characteristic furnishings of an apartment of a Riga inhabitant in the beginning of the 20th century. The author of this interior project is the architect Liesma Markova.
The history of Art Nouveau.
Art Nouveau in Riga.
Below are a few of Riga’s more well known architects from the period. With so many active at the time we have chosen those that for us stand out the most.
Born 1867 St. Petersburg, Russian empire – Died 1921 Berlin, Germany. Of German Jewish and swedish decent he is one of the most well known architects whom’s work adorns the streets of Riga. His ornate Eclectic style of Art Nouveau has been the victim of the photographers flash to a point of over kill. A must see in Riga but you must know he produced as few as 19 buildings within Riga, his style becoming over flamboyant and garish. Soon this bourgeois eclectic style would be replaced with the National Romantic moment. Notably his son is also rather famous, Sergei Eizenstein, the well known Soviet film maker.
The maid was responsible for the sewing of the household.