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Riga: Culture and Food Tasting Tour

1. Riga: Culture and Food Tasting Tour

Explore three of Riga’s most essential districts on a half-day combined food tasting and cultural walking tour. Hear stories from the history of the city, and see the world’s largest collection of art nouveau architecture. Begin your tour in charming Old Riga, where the beautiful, centuries-old buildings speak extensively about Latvian culture - one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Highlights of Old Riga (also known as “Vecrīga”) include a reconstruction of the medieval city wall, Riga Cathedral, and the House of the Blackheads. Next, go to the remarkable Art-Nouveau district, where a local guide will explain more about the meaning of symbols hidden behind the beautiful façades. See masterpieces of art nouveau architecture at banks, offices and apartment blocks on almost every street corner. End with a food tasting tour of some typical local food in Riga Central Market. Sample mouth-watering, ecologically-grown local produce in the beautiful art deco and neoclassical market, Europe’s largest market and bazaar.

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Riga: Old Town and Central Market Walking Tour

2. Riga: Old Town and Central Market Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Riga's old town on a small-group walking tour through the city's scenic cobblestone streets. Marvel at Riga's famous sights, including St. Peter's Church, where you can climb its tower for amazing views of the city. Make your way inside the Dome Cathedral and learn about the Riga roosters, the Powder Tower, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, and more. Enjoy hearing about the city's past as a mighty seaport during the Middle Ages, and take in views of beautiful medieval landmarks, such as the Old Guild House and the House of the Blackheads. Continue on to Riga Central Market, one of the largest markets in Europe, and immerse yourself in local life. Learn about Latvian cuisine and the variety of local specialties, such as smoked meats, cheeses, herring, and hemp butter. Be sure to sample the favorite foods of the locals.

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Riga: 2-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town

3. Riga: 2-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town

On this 2-hour walking tour you will explore the Old Town of Riga, the historical and geographical center of Riga on the right bank of the Daugava River. The Old Town covers a relatively small inner area of the old fortifications where unique monuments of medieval architecture are concentrated. The professional guide will show you around the Old Town and tell you all about the history and culture of the city, as well as answer your questions. The walking tour starts at the Town Hall Square, which was the central square of the city from the 13th century to the 19th century. The most famous building in the square is the magnificent Gothic-style House of the Blackheads. During the tour you will also see famous spots of Riga, such St. Peter's Church, the Swedish Gate, and the Powder Tower. Experience the aura of an ancient city as you walk down the narrow streets, where unique complexes of residential houses and sacral buildings are found. Here you can explore the 13th century Riga Cathedral, the Gothic-style St. Peter's Church, the beautiful Synagogue of Old Riga, the Convent Yard of the Holy Spirit, the Three Brothers residential housing complex, Riga Castle, St. George's Church, and St. Jacob's Cathedral. You can also discover Riga's hanseatic past at the Large Guild and the Small Guild, as well as at the reconstructed House of the Blackheads. Recall the medieval times, when Riga was a mighty harbor and a member of the Hanseatic League, which joined traders of the Baltic region with north Germany.

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Riga's Old Center and Art Nouveau Tour

4. Riga's Old Center and Art Nouveau Tour

During the guided tour you'll walk along the narrow streets of the Medieval Hanseatic Old Town and enjoy the splendors of the Dome cathedral, Old Guild house, and Riga castle. The walking tour starts at the Town Hall Square which was the central square of the city from 13th up to 19th century. The most famous building of the square is the magnificent gothic House of the Blackheads. During the tour you will also see such famous spots of Riga as St. Peters Church, Swedish Gates, and Powder Tower.  Roughly thirty per cent of buildings in the center of Riga are art nouveau, which is more than any other European city. Moreover, art and architecture connoisseurs believe that it is in Riga that art nouveau found its especially powerful and sweeping expression. In order to preserve Old Riga, Riga’s wooden building,s and the art nouveau architecture, the historical center of Riga has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The areas where art nouveau features most lavishly are Alberta Street and the so-called embassy district nearby.

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Riga: 3-Hour Old town and Farmers Market Detective Tour

5. Riga: 3-Hour Old town and Farmers Market Detective Tour

Start the tour near the Liberty monument with a talk about the history of Latvia and Latvians. After a short walk through parks, past the Opera House and Bastion Hill see the Fat Powder Tower and defensive wall. Then enter the Old town through the Swedish gates. Here discover the Parliament building and Three Brothers, St. Jacob church, Riga castle, Dom cathedral, elegant art Nouveaux buildings, Palace of Peter the great, Black Head House and St. Peters. Observe the strange creatures on the façade of the Reitern House before entering Riga’s synagogue to learn the history of the Jewish community. Visit the wine cellars of Riga town hall. Then it’s on to the place where, according to legend, Riga black balsam was invented in middle of the 18th century. A visit to the Amber room of Riga is also included in the tour. The tour is "in Sherlock Holmes style" meaning visitors will not only hear the story of guide, but also be in a quest to resolve different puzzles. These include: who bricked people inside of walls of the Old Town? What is the meaning of the ghost statue behind Powder tower? Why did Russian tsar Peter I took as wife the daughter of Latvian peasant, servant and prisoner of war? Finally meet Riganers at Riga central. Taste Riga black balsam, an alcoholic drink with more than 260 years of history, esteemed by royalty.

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What people are saying about Riga Old Town

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 135 reviews

We really enjoyed this tour and it really matched our best expectations and needs. Līga took us on a varied and very interesting walk of Riga. Her English is excellent and she comes across very well. She managed to find a balanced level of narrative that suited us perfectly, with a good dash of humour and pride in her city, and was also very mindful of us as a group. Would definitely recommend this tour to those who wants to see the best of Riga and to feel the character of the city and are able and willing to walk for signficant distances, but are somewhat limited in time.

Thank you Edite for giving me a fresh and intense overview of beautiful Riga during a 4-hour-walk with lots of interesting information and good talks including a nice break in the post-Soviet Cafe. It is good to go on a private tour as this is much more personal.

Liga was a great guide with very good understandable German and good knowledge of Riga

We had a nice and expert guide, named Editta, and she is very kind and helpful.

Very nice guide, knows a lot and super interesting