The hedonistic party venues of its spectacularly Gothic and Art Deco capital, or the lively beach strips of Jurmala further up the coast, are possibly the most famous of the Baltics' middle children.
But if you go a little further into Latvia's backcountry, you'll see Teutonic castles, tsarist palazzos, and untamed woodlands dotted with charming towns.
Take a look at some of the top spots to visit in Latvia:
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