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Have you heard of Kundzinsala island?
To be honest, until recently I had never heard of this place.
Even though Kundzinsala is the biggest island in Riga, it’s pretty close to the city center, and I’ve been living in Riga since 2005. Until a couple weeks ago, on my quest to find interesting places where to go cycling in Riga, I went to the island of Kundzinsala.
Is it worth it? It is.
Getting to Kundzinsala Island
Looking on the map it seems like it’s very easy to get there.
The island is big, and it looks like there are 2 bridges / roads to get there, right? Nope, only one of them can be used by regular people like you and me, the other is part of the port, and you’ll not get on it. Trust me, I foolishly tried.
Go directly to Sarkandaugava area, turn on the Tvaika street, and then on the bridge going to Kundzinsala.
The road leading to the bridge is easy to miss if you don’t look on the map.
If you need a bike, it’s very easy to rent a bicycle in Riga.
Cycling on Kundzinsala, Riga
Once you cross the bridge — it’s easy.
Just go where the bicycle takes you. Even though the island is pretty big, only a small part of it is accessible, the rest is fenced and is a part of the port, just like in Voleri. And that’s not the only similarity with Voleri. All in all this place as well feels a lot like a small village somewhere far away in countryside of Latvia.
But it’s there, a short ride away from the Riga city center.
And, in my opinion, that’s the main reason to visit it.
To have that village-experience in Riga.
Here is what it looks like on Kundzinsala.
Have you been to Riga? Did you visit Kundzinsala? Did you try cycling in Riga? What was your experience?