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Bastion Hill, Riga


Bastion Hill is one of the most romantic places in central Riga, as it features narrow paths, alleys of trees, stone garden, water cascade... The park right next to the Freedom Monument has been a delight to an eye and soul for more than a century. Either it's winter or summer - special amosphere is always here.

The paths run around the hill on different levels; they can take you to the very top where a nice view opens on the evening sun or the busy city or walk you around the hill to show the splendid scenery.

Artificial waterfalls, colourful flowers, several sculptures, and benches to take a rest. Pay attention to the small bridges; the just married have left their padlocks here, which, according to belief, brings a long life and happiness.

Ducks and swans have beloved the canal. A special swan house is set up here on the bank. If you are lucky, you'll see the canal's most interesting residents - badges.

But at summertime, a dock next to the park is open to all those who would like to take a river tram or a boat.


After the Crimea war the Riga Guildhall decided to demolish the defensive dykes around the city, because they haven't already had their military importance. The city fortifications were demolished in 1857. The soil of the defensive dykes was used to make 15 m high artificial hill, which was called Bastion hill. In the year 1860 the pavilion was built on the top of the hill. In the year 1880 the Bastion hill was rebuilt according to the project of Georg Couphaldt, the footpaths going to the top were built. In 1884 the territory near the hill was landscaped, the trees were planted, but Riga bird society has gifted two swans to Garden administration. The little swimming house was built according to the project of Henrich Shell for their needs.

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