One of Latvia’s biggest advantages lies in its undiscovered locations and the small distances between them.
On average, the capital city Riga is within two hours’ flying time of Europe’s biggest cities, while the most remote corners of Latvia can be reached within 3-4 hours by car. In recent years, Latvian locations have doubled as Berlin, Saint Petersburg, London, the beaches where the Allied invasion of Normandy took place, as well as many other backdrops. Here, you will find picturesque beaches for romantic scenes of couples falling in love, partially-ruined castles for ghost films and carefully restored manor houses for acting out scenes of aristocratic intrigue.
One of Latvia’s greatest assets is its pristine nature typified by vast forests, large and small lakes, rivers and varying coastlines, where one will alternately find bluffs, wild and stony beaches lined with ancient fishing villages, as well as elegant stretches of white sand adjoining spa towns.
Riga offers filmmakers the chance to bring numerous eclectic eras and styles to life – within touching distance of 13th century churches, one will find elegant Art Nouveau buildings, while a little further away, a vibrant cultural and commercial scene unfolds amids authentically restored monuments to wooden architecture. However, the legacy of the Soviet era is also in evidence here in the form of giant abandoned industrial buildings and residential areas ravaged by time.
Even outside Riga, Latvia is a source of endless surprises. Its regions are home to hundreds of manor houses and castles, which are gradually being restored to their former glory. Small towns have a special charm, characterised by ancient churches, ruined castles and quiet streets lined with old wooden buildings.
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