If you visit Riga, Latvia, you might notice a tall building in the distance that reminds you of the Empire State Building in New York City. This huge building houses The Latvian Academy of Sciences, but anyone can take an elevator up and take in the views.

The ground floor entrance is almost deserted, but there is a place to purchase a ticket.

There was no sign of the thousands of scientists that you would expect inhabit such a huge building. It’s almost as if the building is empty and has some secret purpose.

The elevator takes you most of the way, but there are a couple of flights of steps to climb before you reach the ‘Panorama Riga’ observation deck It was bleak and slightly raining when we visited, but it sort of added to the atmosphere of the place.

The following video shows a walk around the entire edge of the building.

The views are fantastic.

This is a view toward the Central Market, housed in the frameworks of WWI Zeppelin hangars,

I’d recommend a visit to the Latvian Academy of Sciences building – even on a bleak, rainy day.

Latvian Academy of Sciences
Akademijas laukums 1, Rīga LV 1050