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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  • August 17, 2017
    Take a guided walking tour of Riga and you will hear the romantic story behind the Swedish gate. A busker with a keyboard is often under the gate and livens up the area with some good tunes. If you fo...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    nothing more beautiful than other parts of the line. ... There are some nice restaurants like all over town .... I mean ... a walk there is
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  • August 12, 2017
    It is a sad legend can still hear my daughter crying in the middle of the night that Sweden gateway. Around old town is where a nice town, passed through this gate is especially nice. There were many gate, alley on the right is taking pictures.
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  • June 22, 2017
    A lovely place to have lunch with your colleagues, unless you're more than 4 people. The place is really tiny and it's best to visit in small quantities. Other than that: great food, friendly staff and welcoming prices.
  • May 26, 2017
    I am Swedish, therefore I liked this. Had I been of any other nationality I wouldn't have cared. It is a "hole in the wall" . Literally.
  • January 15, 2017
    Beautiful gate with nice surroundings. There are a lot of pretty cafes just near it, if you get tired in the old town you may have a seat and enjoy the time with full of history!
  • June 29, 2017
    With a guid this would probably be nicer to visit.
  • June 17, 2017
    Important part of Riga's history.

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