Old German Zeppelin hangars, Riga central marketOld German Zeppelin hangars, Riga central market

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Impressive Zeppelin hangars!!

My experience, Explo description: 

The Zeppelin hangars of the Riga central market have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

They were planned in 1922 and built from 1924 to 1930, reusing old German Zeppelin hangars and incorporating Neoclassicism and Art Deco styles.

Indded, Riga old market (Daugavmala Market) was not convenient any more and the municipality decided to move it to a better place. The plans for the new market were selected in an international competition. The winners were Riga's architect Pāvils Dreijmanis and engineer S. Žitkovs. They proposed to reuse metal frameworks from WWI German Zeppelin hangars Walhalla and Walther used in Vaiņode Air Base.

As the initial large structure design was impractical due to their size, only the top roofs were reused. Buildings themselves were constructed from stone and reinforced concrete. The construction started in June 1924 and finished in autumn 1930, taking 7 years instead of planned 5 (the construction halted during 1926–1928 due to financial problems).

This was at the time the biggest construction project in Europe spanning 57,000 square metres (610,000 sq ft).

All buildings had modern central heating and electric lighting.

The complex was built in Art Deco style. The products were moved topside with cranes without disturbing traffic and sells. The basement has 3 underground tunnels connecting to the adjacent river bank.

You can still visit the 5 pavilions that were envisioned (the largest is 5,000 square metres (54,000 sq ft) hangar for wholesale and meat processing). Smaller ones are dedicated to retail.

My personal recommendations: 

For sure, while visiting the hangars, have a look at the huge market!

How getting there: 

Just a few hundred meters East from the old town!

A tip to eat: 

In the market!!

A tip to sleep: 

Hotel Tiger (cheap, central and clean).

Useful information: 
Open hours: 

8am till late.

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+371 67229985

Access security: 

Be careful, some thefts are reported in the market!...