Obesity & Diabetes will be held in lovely Riga, Latvia in the heart of Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU).

Riga Stradins University Medical Education Technology Centre

Anninmuizas bulvaris 26a, Riga

How to Reach RSU?

You can find all details to reach RSU by clicking here.

Accomodations in Riga

The Organising Committee selected a wide range of hotels, from 23€ by night.

Don't forget to mention that you are coming from RSU guests to obtain privileged prices.

You can access to the list of hotels where we have negociated prices by clicking here.

You can also select your hotel among others by clicking here.

Why Riga?

History of Riga

In the course of eight centuries, Riga, the capital of Latvia, has developed from a small settlement to a large metropolis with nearly one million inhabitants. Riga was founded in 1201 when Bishop Albert moved his residence from Ikšķile, a nearby settlement, to a place near the Daugava estuary at the Riga river (also called Rīdzene).


Nowadays Riga is located on both bank of the Daugava river but the heart of the city, its historical centre – Old Riga, lies on the right bank of the river. In the city plan it looks like a small field but it is right here where the history of the city as well as its wonders of many centuries can be best seen – sacral buildings, dwelling houses, the Riga Castle, guild halls, etc.


The centre of the present-day Riga next to the old town attracts visitors with its spacious parks and gardens and Art Nouveau architecture. There are so many examples of this kind of architecture in the city that Riga referred to as the European capital of Art Nouveau. Riga has about 800 Art Nouveau buildings the majority of which are concentrated in the central part of Riga, especially in Albert Street. The architecture of central part of Riga presents a unique cultural value, therefore it has been declared a UNESCO World heritage Site in 1997.


Source: www.riga.lv


Why Rīga Stradiņš University?

The Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) is one of the leading and most advanced higher education teaching institutions in the Baltic region with an ambition to become a well-recognised university in the field of medicine and social sciences not only in Europe, but also in the world. University focuses on specialities, which are greatly needed by the society and the state.


Source: Rīga Stradiņš University

Getting to Riga


By plane

Riga International Airport is the biggest in the Baltic States. It offers flights to 78 destinations in the entire world. Schedule and map of flights is available here: (www.riga-airport.com)


Riga International Airport is located in a 20 minutes driving distance from the centre of the city. Trip with taxi will cost approximately 8 - LVL 10 (12 – 15 Euro), but by bus that goes directly to the center of the city – LVL 0.70 (1 Euro).


By bus

Riga has developed bus traffic to many cities in Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, Switzerland etc.. Riga International Coach Terminal is located in the very centre of the city.


Time table of bus traffic is available here:


Some companies that provide passenger traffic services to Riga are:








By car

In Latvia, just like elsewhere in the continental Europe, traffic flow is organized on the right side of the road. The driver needs an internationally recognized driver’s license, but the car needs to be insured. The driver and the passenger need to have their seat belts fastened.


When travelling with trailer, there are two campsites in Riga that offer the necessary trailer service.


By ferry

Every day a passenger ferry drives from Stockholm to Riga. The trip lasts approximately 15 hours. Riga Passenger Port is located in ~ 15 minutes walking distance from the center of Riga, but a trip with taxi will last ~ 5 minutes. Approximate fee for the taxi – LVL 5.00


More information about ferry traffic between Stockholm and Riga can be found here: http://www.tallinksilja.com/en/schedules/stoRig/


Source: LiveRiga



Your Stay in Riga

Currency:  Latvian national currency: the lat (LVL).

1 LVL (Latvian lats) = 100 santims

1 Euro = 0.7028 LVL

1 USD approximately 0.55 LVL


Attraction and Sights

Riga has an ancient history and rich cultural heritage. As Riga has always been located at a juncture of trading routes, it is a multicultural city which means there are things to see here. Information about Top 15 Sites in Riga here:



In Riga from October 23 till October 26 are 2 events:

  •    Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS;
  •    Exhibition “Riga Porcelain. Small Plastic Arts 50s – 90s of the 20th century”.

Detailed information here: http://www.liveriga.com/en/6/?from=2013-10-23&;;till=2013-10-26


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