Riga Art Nouveau Tour

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Total time
2h 30 min
„Pay what you wish” tours do not have a fixed price. It is up to you to evaluate your guide’s work and reward it. Some people give 10€, others 50€ depending on their satisfaction and abilities.
Meeting point
Steps of the National Opera. Look for a tour guide with yellow colours.Go to map

Beyond the old Riga, there lies a new city which rose in the late 19th and early 20th century in splendid and flamboyant Art Nouveau style. These were the days of spectacular economic, industrial and demographic development of the city. A time when the walls and gates of the old town began to suffocate the growing metropolis. So, it got rid of them and gave space to wide boulevards, lush green parks and gardens. But first and foremost to magnificent houses and palaces built for the Riga’s rising middle class, bourgeoisie and architects themselves. 

There is so much to look at (or rather up) and admire. From the beginning of the 20th century up to the First World War more than 750 buildings (more than in any other city in the world) were designed in this fascinating style. What is not there: starting from floral ornaments, mythical beasts, Greek gods, strange creatures typical for Latvian folklore up to screaming masks and even… robots! Iron work of balconies and fences, the mastery of tiles, lamps and stained-glass windows will leave you enchanted and dreaming of spending a day or two in those beauties. 

Let us walk you through the Riga’s Art Nouveau patch to show you the most beautiful and iconic places, as well as those hidden from most tourists’ eyes. 

See and learn about:

  • National Opera House

  • buildings by Mikhail Eisenstein (father of Sergei Eisenstein, the creator of the most famous Soviet film, „Battleship Potemkin”!)

  • Alberta street and Elizabetes street – the hottest address in Riga at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries

  • …and much more!

Meeting Point
Steps of the National Opera. Look for a tour guide with yellow colours.

Walkative! free tours are designed for individual travelers and small groups. In the best interest of our visitors we aim to keep our free tours relatively small. Hence, we cannot accept parties of more than 8 people on our regular free tours and guides have the right to deny participation to such groups. If you travel in a party of 8 or more please book a Private Tour. For more information please contact us.

Ciekawe spojrzenie na Rygę

2 weeks ago

Edward błyskotliwie i wciągająco zaprezentował architekturę Rygi z przełomu wieków XIX i XX. Nawet dla takich laików jak my, było to przejrzyste i bardzo interesujące. Serdecznie polecamy, inaczej spojrzeliśmy na miasto 🍀


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