During our Bike Tours we can visit the Kipsala island which is right on the way to Jurmala. On the island You can see quite a lot of the old wooden buildings restored properly and being used by private owners, companies and embassies for various countries.
The streets of the Kipsala island may give an insight how the old parts of Riga suburbs may have looked like centuries ago – just before 1860’s it was required by the military powers that all buildings, with few exceptions, had to be made from wood.
Nowadays we can see some of the old wooden architecture of Riga scattered around in the Central District, Moscow District and also Torņakalns and Āgenskalns districts among other.
Unfortunately quite a lot of the wooden buildings in some parts of Riga are abandoned, mismanaged and letdown giving a false impression of a ghetto, but originally the buildings were homes for many worker, tradesmen, craftsmen and sailors families of Riga.