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Riga: Entrance Ticket - House of the Black Heads

1. Riga: Entrance Ticket - House of the Black Heads

Wander through centuries in House of the Black Heads! Feel the magic atmosphere of luxurious halls of celebrations, decorated with brilliant chandeliers and a gallery of royal portraits. Explore the mysterious medieval cellars and elaborate historical rooms with a surprising silverware collection. For the past 700 hundred years, the House of the Black Heads has pleased and enraptured inhabitants and guests of Riga. This is one of the most magnificent buildings in Riga, preserving both the unique historic heritage of the legendary Brotherhood of Black Heads and the history of Riga. For centuries House of the Black Heads was the cultural epicenter of Riga, gathering the most respectable inhabitants of Riga and their guests, during celebrations organized by the Black Heads and their successors. This building, which is situated in the heart of Old Riga, is the symbol of Riga and among the central premises of representation of Riga – not for nothing also the President of Latvia has chosen House of the Black Heads as his temporary residence for almost four years!

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Riga: Culture and Food Tasting Tour

2. 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: 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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Sigulda Day Tour - Castle Ruins, Gūtmaņala Grotto, & More

4. Sigulda Day Tour - Castle Ruins, Gūtmaņala Grotto, & More

There is so much to see and do in Sigulda that sometimes it is difficult to fit it all in. This comprehensive tour led by a professional guide, is designed to show you around the historic highlights of the city in just a day. Ride the aerial cableway in Sigulda. Opened in 1969, this is the only one of its kind in the Baltic States. The cableway was built in cooperation between Sigulda and Chiatura, a city in Georgia, and offers spectacular views over the city. Explore the Sigulda castle ruins and the new castle. The Order of the Brothers of the Sword began building Sigulda castle in 1207. During the Great Northern War, the castle was destroyed never to be restored again. However the convent building with its famous gothic window plus the main gate tower still stand, and offer an insight into a bygone age. Delve deep into the Gūtmaņala grotto. This is the most popular and vast cave in Latvia. It was formed in the course of 10,000 years by water gradually eroding sandstone, and is a protected geological site. The cave is the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. Marvel at the ancient inscriptions lining the walls. A trip to the Turaida Museum Reserve should not be missed. The 42 hectares of the reserve feature archaeological, architectural, historical, and art monuments, dating back from the 11th century.

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Riga's Old Center and Art Nouveau Tour

5. 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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Walking Tour of Riga's Beautiful Art Nouveau Architecture

6. Walking Tour of Riga's Beautiful Art Nouveau Architecture

Discover Riga's most amazing art nouveau buildings on this walking tour of Latvia's largest city. A century ago, Riga, just like other European cities, was swept away by a style of architecture and living inspired by a longing for creative freedom and daring opulence. This style became known as art nouveau. By learning from nature, delighting in bunches of flowers, and ornamentation, art nouveau rendered Riga more lavish, mysterious, and seductive. Raise your eyes upwards and discover Europe’s most beautiful art nouveau buildings while you learn the fascinating history behind them. Walk away with a newfound knowledge and appreciation for the relatively recent art form.

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Riga: Art Nouveau Architecture Tour

7. Riga: Art Nouveau Architecture Tour

Explore the Art Nouveau architecture of Riga with a knowledgeable local guide. Stroll the streets of Latvia's capital and marvel at building facades covered in dragons, wolves, and gargoyles - art nouveau’s dalliance in the macabre. Learn about the city's distinctive look and how 40 percent of all the buildings in central Rīga were built in the Art Nouveau style, marking the city like no other in the world. Start near the old town, which is surrounded by an arch of boulevards and parks, and enjoy the beautiful flower beds, trees, freshwater springs, and statues. Hear stories of the city's most prolific Art Nouveau architects, such as Mikhail Eisenstein, and find the collection of his buildings on Alberta Iela, which is famous for its unusual sculpture, colored tiles, geometric ornaments, and uniquely shaped windows. Continue to the Art Nouveau Museum for a fascinating look at an Art Nouveau apartment, where even the bathroom and kitchen are adorned with Jugendstil elements.

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Art Nouveau Walking Tour in Riga

8. Art Nouveau Walking Tour in Riga

Discover some of Europe's most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings on this guided walking tour through Riga. The Latvian capital has long been known to have one of the world's greatest collections of Art Nouveau architecture, so let your guide show you around central Riga's elegant neighborhoods. The Art Nouveau architectural style arose in the late-19th century in Brussels, at a time when Riga and Latvia in general were at their peak of economic prosperity. The Art Nouveau architectural style quickly became popular, and today there are about 800 Art Nouveau buildings still standing in Riga. This tour includes a walk down Elizabetes Street and Alberta Street, both home to the city's most ornate and impressive Art Nouveau buildings, giving you plenty of time to take in the splendor of this grand and artistic architectural style. Learn all about this history of these areas, and what they represent today as part of the exciting city of Riga.

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Riga: 1-Hour Old Town Tour

9. Riga: 1-Hour Old Town Tour

Start your tour at Riga's Liberty Monument, where your expert guide will explain the diverse history of Latvia and Riga. Get an introduction to the Latvian language and traditional culture. Make your way to the Powder Tower, which was originally part of the city's defences. Walk along the medieval walls and enter the Old Town through the Swedish Gates, built in 1698.  Discover the main sights of the Old Town. Walk past the Dom Cathedral, often regarded as the grandest cathedral of the Baltic region. See St. Peter's Church and its spire, a renowned symbol of the city. Walk by the Cat House, once the meeting point for Riga's richest merchants.  You can also taste the legendary Riga black balsam during the tour. This drink is largely used in traditional medicine, considered to be a good cold remedy and used to treat digestive problems.

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What people are saying about Riga

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 33 reviews

We spent a very interesting and inforative day with our tour guide Ilze. A very sweet lady, very knowledgeable and easy to chat with. We can highly recommend this tour-

Charming, welcoming, we fully appreciated the guide's comments to better understand the history of the city of Riga

Our guide Ilze was very knowledgeable and friendly. Really enjoyed seeing this beautiful side of Riga. Recommended!

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