The canal trip is an excellent way to see the picturesque architecture of old Riga, many bridges in the park as well as over Daugava river, the legendary Central Market, the cruising on Daugava river etc. The boat trip journey starts from the city park at Bastion Hill and takes an hour before it returns to its original starting point, but passengers can get off at any of the other stops along the way. It operates between 10:00 am – 8:00 PM (no service in Winter months). I paid 18.00 Euro for the trip. It was not part of my plan but finally I felt good, otherwise, I would have missed something fabulous.

A view of canal in Riga
The beautiful canal going through different part of Riga and the bridges are really impressive.

Early in the morning left my hotel on foot even I could have taken the bus which was just around the corner but found it more enjoyable walking over the Vansu Bridge on a beautiful sunny morning.

The beautiful canal trip in Riga starts from here!
The beautiful canal trip in Riga starts from here!

Soon I crossed the Daugava river I ended up at the corner of Latvian National Theatre and the park, saw a beautiful canal passing through the park, entered the park and keep on following the sound of music coming from far away. Few people were playing local folk songs right by a walking bridge over the canal and a small beautiful historical design boat called ‘Maria’ passing through the canal what a perfect view to enjoy. so keep on following the boat while taking some pictures and enjoying the music until I arrived at the starting point of the trip.

Canal Trip in Riga
Beautiful view under the bridge – The best thing I did was taking the Canal Trip in Riga

A boat waiting to leave in 5 minutes so I could not resist spending an hour of my valuable time to give it a try. And to tell you the truth I enjoyed every moment of it starting from the beginning till the end of the trip. I enjoyed the landscape around the canal, the historical buildings around with great architecture, the old town, going through the shopping mall “Stockmann” and the central market was amazing also the beautiful skyline of Riga from the Daugava river kept my eyes wide open. It was well worth to take the boat trip through the City Canal.

Places of Interest Along The Way

Bastion Hill

Latvian National Theatre

Freedom Monument

Latvian National Opera

Latvian National Opera, Riga
Latvian National Opera, Riga

Central Market

From the canal a view of Central Market in Riga
From the canal bat trip a view of Central Market in Riga

National Library of Latvia

National Library of Latvia
National Library of Latvia

Old Riga panorama

A view of Old Riga and St. James's Cathedral
A view of Old Riga and St. James’s Cathedral

Riga Castle

Riga Castle, Riga
Riga Castle, Latvia

Riga Passenger Terminal

Riga, Latvia
A view of Daugava River from the Vansu bridge in Riga

Riga Passenger Terminal

Hasan Mahmud

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