Explore Latvia's hidden industrial heritage this weekend

September 28 to 30 will bring a great opportunity for members of the public to explore the industrial heritage of Rīga and its surrounding region with many famous factories and sites opening their doors, some of which are normally out of bounds.

As well as free tours there will be educational lectures and various other activities on the last weekend of September.

Among the participants are the Riga Water Supply Museum, the bicycle factory 'Ērenpreiss', VEF History Museum, the Aldaris Brewery, the Laima Chocolate Museum, the Balozi Peat Bowl and more. Many events are free.

The capital and surrounding region has a rich and lengthy industrial history according to Andris Biedriņš, Chairman of the Latvian Industrial Heritage Foundation. 

"In an effort to save them from abandonment or demolition, there is a sizable number of production and transport objects listed as protected cultural heritage sites in the world. In Europe there is great interest in the history and industrial heritage of former factories and they are able to attract both domestic and foreign tourists. Also there are many different industrial heritage objects in Latvia, because during the 19th and 20th centuries this was one of the most industrially developed provinces of the Russian Empire, and Riga before the First World War was the third largest industrial city."

More information is available at the Industrial Heritage for Travel website and a dedicated Facebook page.

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