Spent a couple of days working here.
Had some time to explore the city.
Different to the other Nordic/Baltic capitals - not on the sea, feels like a mix between Finland/Poland. Think of mixing the nice features of Helsinki with the not so nice features of Warsaw.
People very friendly - English spoken/understood nearly everywhere except by bus drivers!
Hotel recommendation: Novotel Astoria in the old town
good cafe: Pilies Kepyklele in Pilies St.
restaurants in the old town are expensive by local standards - ca €20 for a main with beer (1 beer...)
Lovely river flowing thru the city - It flows in from Belarus which is ca. 50 kms away. Apparently Mr Lukashenko in his infinite wisdom has decided to build a nuclear power station on the banks of this lovely river - just across the border. Let's hope Gaia inspires him to build a windpark instead!