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Riijalda is a capital of small country in North-Easter Europe. Started as a hanseatic medieval town, it was part of German Empire, Russian Empire and USSR, and now it’s a thriving independent country, with rich culture and history.
Recent surge in tourism and commercial business led to rapid expansion of a town, particularly New Riijalda district, a home to modern architecture, a striking contrast with its medieval town. Don’t limit your visit in Riijalda to just central town, take a chance to dip into several distinct time periods in this breathtaking place!
You can still see remains of town wall and ditch that once surrounded town
And of course medieval castle, one the main tourist attractions in Riijalda
Jugendstil (Art-Nouveau) Town
Riijalda didn’t grew much past medieval town until late 19th century, when it experienced massive growth fuelled by economic boom. As such, this place is a wonderful collection of Art-Nouveau buildings.
Soviet Era Town
After becoming part of USSR after WWII, Riijanda seen a massive growth, mainly due immigration from Russia and surrounding villages. Fast growth and tough economic times meant simple block of flats have dominated city for good portion of 20th century. These days city council spends a lot of resources trying to revitalise those grey and tired concrete jungles.
After Riijalda became a capital of new independent country and joined European Union in early 21st century, it started to experience new phase of growth. But not from people moving in, but rather from businesses and tourists.
Soon, a new planned modern town emerged on the other side of river, highways were built to connect with neighbours, and airport was upgraded to accommodate new rising needs. New Riijalda never stopped growing, there are still numerous building in progress!
It proved to be challenge to build airport this big on hilly terrain, but this was achieved throughout many decades of upgrades. These days it can accept 99% of all aircrafts, has a connection to highway and bus network to town. There currently are plans to build a second terminal and expand road network, as well as to build a light railway connection to central town.
A riverside cottage village in close proximity to Riijalda, a usual escape to rich citizens. Has a small dock for personal yachts.
Another small cottage village on the other bank of river, opposite Bukulti.
Previously a farming and industrial village, now a bit desolated place. Most people living here commute to Riijalda to work.
A small soviet-era built farming town, built in the woods, on the edge of farmland.
A lot of land around Riijalda are still farmlands, with city slowly encroaching on it. Some farms are no longer active, as they were over-farmed in the past.
There are few well maintained old mansions located around Riijalda, what once was a popular retreat for royalty, now converted into public parks and museums.
Park on the border between Soviet and Jugenstil town
New Riijalda Science Park
Highway intersection running over abandoned farm fields
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Capital of small North-Eastern European country