The Academy of Sciences Provide 360º Views of Riga
For a 360 degree birds-eye view of Riga, head to the Academy of Sciences in the former Russian quarter, Maskavas. A 1956 gift from the Soviets, for 2 lats (approx. € 3) you can take a series of elevators and stairs to the 17th floor.
Looking out towards the old town, both the spires of St. Peter's Church and the Dome Cathedral can be seen. Leading from the spires across the river is Vanšu Tilts, a 1981 bridge by a trio of Soviet architects, ending next to the first post-1991 skyscraper, the Swedbank headquarters.
Directly in front is the active Central Market, featuring five Zepplin hangars from the 1930s.