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Riga: Behind the Iron Curtain 3.5-Hour Communism Tour

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Riga: Behind the Iron Curtain 3.5-Hour Communism Tour

From US$ 79.17 per person

Find out what was hiding behind the iron curtain in Latvia for 46 years on a 3.5-hour communism walking tour of Riga. Familiarize yourself with the Soviet Union legacy in Latvia and see real life the way it has been here for more than 60 years.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Latvian, Lettish
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  • Pass by one of the most popular restaurants of the Soviet times
  • See the train station from which thousands of Latvians were deported to Siberia in Russia
  • Walk by residential yards
  • Be amazed and astonished at the antiquity of some of your surroundings
  • Gaze upon the architecture of schools and other buildings from the Soviet time
  • See an old bomb shelter (from outside)
  • Sample traditional Russian cuisine
  • Learn about the local way of life from an expert who lives in Riga
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See Riga on foot and learn about the history of life behind the Iron Curtain on a 3.5-hour walking tour. You will be introduced to the Latgale region of Riga named Ķengarags, which is one of the most interesting and largest suburbs where locals do actually live and the way of life can be seen. During the tour you will feel just like you have stepped back in time, because almost nothing has changed in the looks and life of the Ķengarags suburbs. The one exception is that the Soviet military airplanes aren’t shaking the windows of the houses with the noise made from taking off at the nearby military airport of Rumbula. The architecture (living houses, schools, suburbs) of the Soviet times was very similar in the different parts of the union, with different cities sometimes having identical suburbs. By visiting Ķengarags you will get an understanding of the looks of other USSR cities.
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  • Guide who is also a local resident of the visited suburbs
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4.7 /5

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Every day life in Soviet Riga

Great and interesting tour. Instead of just getting to see military complexes or very expected stuff like that, we got to go to one of Riga's suburbs and walk around where people lived, and still live, in Soviet-built houses. The guide was great and spoke very good english and had answers to all our questions. Great and interesting tour!

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June 10, 2014

Our guide Rihards was great. Despite the rain and cold, he was in good spirits, showed us interesting and historically significant places, shared a lot of information and stories with us, and provided good company. He also recommended some cool bars and nice local beers. It was a very interesting tour that showed us places we wouldn't have found by ourselves, and gave us insights we otherwise would've missed out on. It provided us with a much broader and more nuanced picture of Riga, and Latvia as a whole. Definitely recommended!

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September 6, 2021


Interesting tour with good background information

The tour shows another side or area of Riga, which you would normally not visit as a tourist. The information about the Soviet era was first-hand and very interesting.

April 7, 2014

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