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The Cat's House, Riga

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Landmark Tourist Spot
If you're wondering how cats became an unofficial symbol and landmark of the city, spend some time at The Cat's House. Here, the sculptures of two angry-looking cats perch on twin medieval turrets. The cats' posteriors were originally turned toward the building of the Great Guild. Legend has it that the owner of the house put up the cats as the act of revenge because the guild refused to approve his membership. He was admitted to the guild after a lengthy court battle, but he was forced to turn the cats' posteriors the other way. Architect Friedrich Scheffel designed the house in 1909. Notice how the medieval design merges with some elements of Art Nouveau on its elaborate portal. The Cat's House is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Riga Edition.
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  • We do not understand the purpose of this point. Cat statue on the roof, that's all. We thought that it would be more interesting with one of the city's most famous symbols of the origin of the story, but we were very disappointed. Cannot be recommended.
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  • I passed by it several ttimes, always looking up at the funny, ironic cats that have transformed in real landmarks - you will find tons of merchandising in the souvenir shops with the black cat.  more »
  • There is like a small park in front ( or around the house) so we kept looking for the cat, and then realized that it was right there . Love the story behind the cat in the roof. And then you could see...  more »
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  • Place with a good selection of beer. With excellent service, and with terrible food.
  • A house with cats on it. Why? Because a rich guy was denied the membership in the guild. So - as a protest - he put sculptures of cats on his house with their a** facing to the parliament. The story is much funnier than the house...
  • A very upscale restaurant - value for money.
  • very tasty food.. good service. .. what else ??!!! must try !!!!!
  • Good food but terrible service where only one person was given cutlery and a napkin and we had to ask twice before the other person got any.

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As tourism surges in Riga, accommodation options and variety have grown too. The Baltic capital has quality lodging for every budget, from centrally located and affordable hostels, to private apartments and hotel rooms, to chic main-street hotels. The Old Town, a World Heritage Site, sits at the center of it all, so consider staying here if you want to be in the thick of things. For lower prices, look slightly outside of the city's core but within walking distance. For somewhere a little quieter, check out neighborhoods like Agenskalns and Tornakalns, which are less touristy, well-preserved districts.
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