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Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti), Riga
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Walk under Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti), the only remaining old gate of the city, which once separated the town from the outside barracks. Built through the fortress in 1689, the gate had a rather ambiguous purpose. According to some records, the archway was constructed in the name of Scandinavian occupation; others believe it served as a simple passage to the outside houses; still others claim that a rich merchant who owned the area where the wall was built decided to open a passage through it, thus avoiding paying taxes when entering the city with his goods. Make Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti) a centerpiece of your Riga vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Riga trip itinerary planner.
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  • You find this gate in the old town. All the small streets around it are really nice to walk around and feel how old the city is. 
  • One of must-see places in Riga old town - the only remaining gate from the medieval city wall, which is now a part of residential buildings. Good place to make your pictures and listen to street music...  more »
  • The Swedish gate is known for the myth with the Swedish soldier and a local girl from Riga who fall in love with each other were and appointments at the gate. Because this strictly prohibited was they did this secretly, once when their love for each other came out, the story that the girl living in the wall is made of bricks. In the evening when it is dark you would be able to hear her call out ' but I loved him '. True or false, it's nice to see the port and there is a picture of it.
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  • Make sure you know how it looks like before you check this spot out. I thought I couldn't find it but I was actually there right in front of the gate.
  • Remarkable location and attraction! Absolutely beautiful and recommended.
  • Very historic place in Riga. Worth a visit and a good place to take photos.
  • Nice historical place, surrounded by beautiful old little streets. Good place for photos from old Riga.
  • Nice feature in a nice part of the old town