Yellow house in Kundzinsala, Riga

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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.

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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.

Two storey building in Kundzinsala, Riga

A road in Kundzinsala, Riga

Gravel road in Kundzinsala, Riga

Red house in Kundzinsala

A yellow two storey house on Kundzinsala island, Riga

Yellow house in Kundzinsala, Riga
Cycling on Kundzinsala island, Riga

Old wooden house in Kundzinsala

A cat in the window of a yellow house

Cycling in Kundzinsala island, Riga

A country road in Kundzinsala, Riga

A street in Kundzinsala island, Riga

Cycling in Kundzinsala, Riga
Cycling in Kundzinsala, Riga

Cycling in Kundzinsala, Riga

Fence to the port in Kundzinsala, Riga

Houses in Kundzinsala, Riga

A wooden building in Kundzinsala

Private house in Kundzinsala, Riga

Have you been to Riga? Did you visit Kundzinsala? Did you try cycling in Riga? What was your experience?