Esplanade park

It is likely that Esplanade is the park with the largest number of things to see in Riga. The park’s territory features memorials or monuments dedicated to many important figures in Latvian history – the fallen commander of the first Latvian military unit in the battles for independence Oskars Kalpaks (1882-1919), politician and writer Rainis (1865-1929), famous painter Jānis Rozentāls (1866-1917).

The territory also features the recently renovated Latvian National Museum of Art, as well as the Latvian Academy of Art (1919) and the Nativity Cathedral. The park has also served for the past 100 years as a venue for many important events – the Latvian Song and Dance Festival, Latvian military parades, as well as various outdoor events and concerts, which are still held here regularly. Since 1993, the present from Latvia’s sister city in Japan is also located on the corner of Kalpaka Boulevard and Kr Valdemāra Street – a metal clock from Kobe, which shows the time of both cities. Various cafes are open for business in the park in the summer season, as well as entertainment objects for the children. In the wintertime, there is a crafts market operating inside the park, as well as a skating rink.