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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's Old Center and Art Nouveau Tour

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

4.6 / 5

based on 57 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.

An excellent tour with more than just an overview of Riga. Old town is fascinating with some great stories and ideas for further exploring. Art Nouveau district is a gem! The real treat was the markets with a great introduction to this mammoth market. Highly recommend

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.

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.