Old Riga Tour

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Basic Information
Total time
1 h 45 min
Price
„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
In front of St. Peter's Church. Look for a tour guide with yellow colours.Go to map
About

It may seem small compared to other European capitals, but it was desired by many over the centuries and so walking down the streets of Riga you still feel the city’s cosmopolitan vibe.


First there was the river, Daugava, known and used by the mighty Vikings and the sheltered, natural harbor that became an ideal setting for a bustling trading center. Thus, Riga was founded. Growing in time, it became a desired loot for the Christian Church and finally was taken by force and christianized. Joining the powerful Hanseatic League gave the city a boost to develop. And now many more wanted to lay their hands on the city. The Germans, the Poles, the Swedes and the Russians. There was a time when Riga was more important for Sweden than Stockholm and has become the largest Swedish stronghold. In Russian hands it grew, industrialized and became the largest timber export port in the entire world! 


But finally the time was ripe for changes. Intellectual ferment and new ideas took over the old city of Riga. In cafés and salons, the forward-thinking intelligentsia discussed the future of the city and the country. Finally, after World War I, the new Riga came into being – the capital of the independent Latvian state. 


World War II left Riga broken and destroyed, but the effort to rebuild it has led to the city’s inclusion in the prestigious UNESCO Heritage List. Coming off the decades of Soviet domination in 1991, the capital of once again independent Latvia became one of the progressive hubs of culture and economic growth, with its IT sector flourishing. 


Walk with us through the curvy, cobbled streets, pass the Gothic red-brick houses and churches of the old city. Get to know the origins of the Christmas tree (yes, its roots are here and strangely enough they involve a group of intoxicated young guys) and many more curiosities hiding out there. Our tour will take you through time and the complicated history of Riga and make you understand and know the city, its culture and its people.  


See and learn about:



  • St Peter’s Church

  • The Town Hall square, 

  • The House of Blackheads, 

  • The Dome Square and Cathedral

  • origins of the Christmas tree

  • Three Brothers – Latvian answer to Three Sisters in Tallinn!

  • …and much more!


After visiting Riga’s Old Town we recommend taking Riga Art Nouveau and Alternative Riga free tours to understand Riga better!


Meeting Point
In front of St. Peter's Church. Look for a tour guide with yellow colours.

BOOKING RULES
Our pay as you wish tours are designed for individual travellers and small groups. We don’t accept parties of more than 7 people on them. If you travel in a party of 8 or more (school groups, bigger groups of friends etc.), please choose a paid option, if it's available, or book a Private Tour. For more information on the latter, please contact us.



Awesome guide

Rated 5.0 out of 5
2 months ago

Was there over the weekend and chanced it (2023)

Daniel

Super interesting tour!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

Loved the tour! It was informative on all kinds of cool information about Riga. History, culture and even a little politics 😉

Thanks Kaspars, it was great to meet you as well!

Scott..

Scott

Great tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

Funny guide with a lot of knowledge. Some information about modern day Latvia would have been nice

Juliane

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Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

amazing

Andreea

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Rated 5.0 out of 5
1 year ago

Awesome

Ayinurue Future Bright


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