The Riga Card ( gives visitors free use of buses, trolleybuses and trams, free train trips to Vecaki and Jurmala, free or discounted museum admission and discounts in shops, cafes, restaurants and on car hire.

Outside, the statue of the Latvian riflemen remains the subject of much local controversy.

Another of Riga's most striking edifices is St Peter's Church, which is dedicated to the city's patron saint.

This unmistakable redbrick style is common throughout countries that border the Baltic, from Germany through to Estonia.

There is also a rabble of stalls outside the main hangars.

This is a great place for photography but visitors should watch their camera and other valuables.

The Latvian War Museum is simultaneously one of the most interesting museums in the city and also the most controversial.

Within the redbrick of the 14th-century Powder Tower, there are displays illuminating the various wars that have ravaged the country.

There are good sections not only on the War of Liberation (1918-20), when the Latvians fought off the Soviets and the Germans, but also on the Latvian volunteers who served with the German Waffen SS during WWII.

There has been much historical debate on their role in atrocities and the surviving veterans who triumphantly parade through Riga every year are often a source of embarrassment to the government.