For the best 360-degree view of Riga, head to St. Peter's Church in Old Town and take the old, clanky elevator to the church's observation platform, the highest point in the entire city.
The ride to the top is slow but your patience will pay off with a spectacular panoramic view of the city, including all the rooftops of Old Town, the five Zeppelin hangars that make up the Central Market, and the Daugava River. The ride will set you back 5 lats, but it's worth it!
Save your visit till after you've already walked about Old Town so you can spot the landmarks from high above.
The viewing platform atop St. Peter's is narrow and might feel flimsy to some. If you suffer from vertigo, go instead to the Acacdemy of Science's 17th-floor balcony, which is open to the public but only from April to September. Entry costs 2 lats.
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A view from the top
This is the view from the top of St Peter's Church tower. The day is cold and windy at the top but the view is spectacular. Everyone including myself starts snapping pictures the minute we're up there before the hands get numb from the bitter wind and cold.