The Traveller's Notes

Overplanning Riga and Vilnius Trips

As usual, like in my Oslo 2015 trip, I’m overplanning my trip. Some things I found online, I also got some inspiration about Vilnius from Kristyna Kubova. I hope she will manage to write about the food before I go to Vilnius, the overall post was interesting.

As usual, those plans won’t be entirely valid, as after coming to town, I will go to the tourist information and ask for some more suggestions.

But let’s start with the first town – Riga.


  • book fair (Friday 10:00 – 18:00)
  • wooden architecture
  • Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 1940-1991 (I want to visit it to understand the better When the Doves Disappeared by Sofi Oksanen which I still want to read). Open daily 11:00-17:00.
  • Museum of Photography (Thursday, 12:00-19 entrance fee over 2 euro for permanent exhibition, need to pay a fee to take photos)
  • Riga Film Museum (Thursday, 11:00 – 20:00, entrance fee around 3 euro)
  • Golden bar & club (Thursday 17:0 – 02:00)

Some LGBT-friendly places in Riga are on’s website or Gay Riga Map 2014.


  • book fair (Saturday 10:00 – 21:00 or Sunday 10:00 – 17:00)
  • Museum of Genocide Victims (Saturday 10:00 – 18:00, Sunday 10:00 – 17:00)
  • Literature Street (Literatu gatve) where Adam Mickiewicz 19th Polish romantic poet has lived. Actually, he is considered the national poet of Poland, Lithuania and Belarus, lol.
  • Jeruzale Sculpture Garden
  • The Republic of Užupis
  • The Hill of Three Crosses
  • Trakai (Polish: Troki) where there is Karaim synagogue (kienesa)
  • SOHO club (Saturday 22:00 – 07:00)

I found a map of LGBT friendly places in Vilnius on Foursquare.


Do you think I should see something else too?


  1. I´m so glad you liked my post 🙂

  2. Not sure if it’s wort to visit Jeruzale sculpture park, better but the are is very huge but worth to discover. If you are going to three crosses hill, for sure you need to explore other objects around it (Gedimino hill, Cathedral, Pilies street and etc.). Not sure what is your interests, so hard to suggest other things to do 🙂

    1. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m a fan of open space galleries. It looks like a place where I would like to go. 🙂 Generally, my interests are rather towards the streets, nature, history and stories. I’m not exactly a fan of churches and museums, but I visit them from time to time.

      1. I know that you already on the way, and don’t know if have time but try to visit Pučkorių exposure

        Near Užupis the bastion of Vilnius city
        don’t go to the museum, but around area is beautiful, can see Vilnius, three cross hill from opposite site and etc;)

        as well 2 churches you should visit for sure 🙂

  3. […] yes. A bit. I’m overplanning as usual but I have some scheduled parts of […]

  4. […] didn’t do everything I have planned for my Riga trip. I did visit the bookfair, saw some wooden architecture, went to the Museum of the Occupation and […]

  5. By the way, when do you go there? I wasn’t blogging for about a month now so I’m a bit behind…

    1. You mean Baltic states or Croatia? I’ve been to Riga and Vilnius 2 years ago. I go to Vienna and Rijeka this weekend. Cheers.

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