Riga is the capital of the small Baltic country of Latvia in Eastern Europe. It’s the largest city in the Baltic States & is a major shipping centre sitting, as it does, at the south end of the Gulf of Riga, on the mouth of the Daugava River. Founded in 1201 by German crusaders, the city accommodates a mix of medieval buildings and contemporary office towers and factories. Just like its Baltic neighbours of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia (to the north), & Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania (to the south), Riga boasts a charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town. However, unlike Tallinn & Vilnius, Riga’s Old Town is particularly notable for its extensive Art Nouveau architecture, gawking at which is a definite highlight of a visit to the city.