Food and Drink
National cuisine is similar to German. A special place is the bread. Some varieties of bread baked from rye or wheat bread, rye bread varieties have very much - sour, sweet and sour with nuts, caraway seeds, raisins or dried fruit. Loved in Latvia, and baked cakes with corned beef or ham with cabbage or potatoes, cottage cheese, or carrots. The most popular dish is "gray peas with bacon", and the pea dumplings, Jani cheese curd, black pudding. Most recipes are found in herring, herring and sprat.
Food, simple and nourishing, it is recommended to wash down with local beer. Beer - is a traditional drink, mention of which occurs even in folk songs. In Latvian beer is traditionally brewed from barley and hops, add honey. For a flavor of juniper berries or put wormwood. Today there are many types of beer in the breweries that produce the country. The most popular are Aldaris (Aldaris), Cesu (Cēsis), Piebalgas (Piebalgskoe), Tervetes (Tērvete) Uzavas (Uzava), Bauskas (Bauska) and Lasplesa (Lachplesis beer).
Capital - Riga
Language - Latvian
Currency - Latin
Latvia country, famous for the unique culture of the Baltic, the ancient Gothic architecture of Riga, pure pine air, gentle Jurmala, stretched at ease on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The best time to visit the country - summer (sun, sea, beach and winter (snow sea is not less beautiful than the enchanting Christmas atmosphere of the cities).
Features of Latvia
Latvia - a fascinating country, impregnated by the wind from the Baltic Sea, which preserves a rich cultural heritage and boldly looking to the future. Amazing folk tradition that presents the country as a bright and distinctive, with each year attract more and more visitors from around the world.
Capital of the country - Riga - fascinates tourists bizarre interplay of old architectural styles and elegant modern buildings, well-groomed nice restaurants and cafes. From the observation platform of the Cathedral of St. Peter opens an impressive panorama of the city, leading its history since 1201. A unique collection of wooden houses in the central part, the famous capital of Riga yugent make valuable World Heritage listed in the UNESCO list.
In Latvia, there is not only the largest city in the Baltics, Riga, by Graham Greene called "the Paris of the North", but also many other interesting towns and villages. Suffice it to mention at least the ports of Ventspils and Liepaja. In Latvia, the city survived with a rich historical past - Rezekne, Jelgava and Bauska, as well as authentic antique gems - Kuldiga, Cesis and Ludza. These are the three oldest cities in the country. Even in small villages of Latvia has its own castle hills, beautiful churches and old wooden houses.
Each step, each turn carries a lot of extremely interesting discoveries. The rich architectural heritage turns walking around the city in an exciting acquaintance with ancient streets - witnessing ancient events. During the tour of the historic district travelers will no doubt surprise the beauty of the surviving medieval buildings - House of the Blackheads, St. Peter's Cathedral, the Convent set, Dome Powder Tower, "Three Brothers" and this is not a complete list of treasures.
It should be noted that Riga - multinational city of 800,000 people of the indigenous population - are only one-third. The mixing of cultures and religions, in For centuries, formed a unique atmosphere of the city.
Nature of Latvia - a country's national heritage and pride. There is no amazing scenery, but there is a magnificent landscape, which is a vast forests (more than 40% of the area), interspersed with fields, farms and estates.
At the same time the country is home to many species of plants and animals, some of which are in Europe on the brink of extinction. In Latvia, there are even black storks, eagles, lynx and many others. Environmental protection is one of the major areas of state-funded and foundations.
Gauja National Park - the largest in Latvia, is located in Sigulda, and reserve, which contains more than 500 historical sites. These places are often referred to as "Latvian Switzerland" for the beauty of nature. The park is especially known for its cliffs of the Devonian sandstone, stretched along the banks of the River Gauja, the height of the cliffs in some places reaches 90 meters. Among the hills paved hiking trails. The park operates cable car - the only of its kind in Latvia. The bearing suspension cable length 1060 m at 40 m above the Gauja connects Sigulda and Krimulda.
Riga. Latvia. The Dome Cathedral. Riga yard.ber. Sigulda. Castle Turaida The nature of the Baltic Sea.