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Latvijas Zinātņu Akadēmija – Behold! This is Riga!

Latvian Academy of Sciences (Latvijas Zinātņu Akadēmija) is located in the first ever skyscraper here in Latvia. It was opened in 1961 and it was built on a cemetery. Maybe that is why some folks call it Stalin’s birthday cake!?

The 107 meter high building has 21 stories and a very interesting history but let’s get to the main attraction: the viewing platform.

The viewing platform of the Latvian Academy of Sciences is located on the 17th floor and that is like 65 meters above the ground. It offers a fascinating view over the Old Town, Pardaugava district and other parts of the city. Here is a little peek of what you will be able to admire.

This adventure has great value as no reservation in advance is necessary, there’s no time limit for your visit, basically you can do anything up there, as long as you behave reasonably and well.

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Details about this spot



Akadēmijas laukums 1, Riga

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Opening Times

May - Nov 09:00 - 22:00 daily


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)