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Riga: 3-Hour Soviet Walking Tour

1. Riga: 3-Hour Soviet Walking Tour

On this 3-hour walking tour a local guide will take you to some of the must-see places in Riga. Visit sites that are legacies of the city’s Soviet past, and some that are symbols of Latvians' desire for independence. Learn more about the local history of the 20th century, including 3 occupations and miraculous movements towards independence. See typical Soviet-era monuments and buildings, hear about life during the occupation and enjoy great panoramic views.

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Riga: Jewish Heritage Private Guided Tour

2. Riga: Jewish Heritage Private Guided Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel and sets out towards the heart of Riga. Visit the Zanis Lipke memorial and learn about Zanis and his wife Johanna who helped create an underground bunker to save Jews from the Nazis. Then head to the memorial of the Great Choral Synagogue and pay respect to the events of 1941 during which hundreds of Jewish refugees were forced into the basement that was later intentionally burned to the ground. From this horrible event, only the ruins of a metal menorah and memorial stone are left but they still paint an incredibly somber image of the atrocity. Afterwards, continue onto the Jewish Community Center, also known as the Museum of Jews in Latvia. At the center, learn about the history of Jewish contribution to the modern day Riga. Travel through the historical Jewish quarter of Maskavas Forstate suburb next, and look out for the little wooden houses where the Jewish people used to live. Following the walk, arrive at the Museum of Occupation of Latvia for an introduction into the history of how Jews survived under Soviet rule. Follow your guide onto Riga’s Ghetto and Holocaust Museum where you can find the names of more than 70,000 people who were sadly killed during the Holocaust. In the museum, you can also see a photograph exhibition dedicated to antisemitism propaganda. The tour ends at the Bikernieki Memorial, one of the largest memorials of its kind dedicated to victims of the Nazi regime. Read the inscription on the memorials symbolic alter and take a moment to remember those who lost their lives.

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What people are saying about Riga

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 23 reviews

Really interesting and informative tour

A really interesting and informative tour, visiting several sites in Riga, starting at the Freedom Monument, then moving on to the former KGB HQ ('Corner House'); the Victory Monument; the station from where many Latvians were deported to Siberia; the Academy of Sciences ('Stalin's Birthday Cake') - we paid an extra 5 euros to get the lift up to the viewing platform for spectacular 360° views over Riga. The tour included a short bus ride across the river and a train ride back (tickets included in tour fee). The tour ended in a great little authentic, Soviet-style bar - we paid extra for refreshments but they were so cheap! Our tour guide, Liga, was lovely - very friendly and knowledgeable. Her English was excellent. We learnt a lot from her about Riga's Soviet past. It was particularly interesting to hear about her own experience of growing up during the Soviet occupation, as well as the experiences of her family members. All in all, well worth the money and highly recommended.

Excellent tour - highly recommended

I am normally not fond of these types of tours, but this was amazing. The experience-based account of life in the Soviet time was an eye-opener and extremely interesting. Highly recommended tour for all types. You will not look at Riga the same again afterwards.

Very interesting and touching tour

Our guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting with both facts and her personal story. Great way to learn some history while seeing parts of Riga you might not otherwise visit.

Edite was an excellent guide and she knew everything we want to know. The walking around to the special places gave us the knowledge what happened on this further times. Thanks again to her.

Fantastic and fascinating!

Great, informative guide. Be prepared though for lots of walking with few rest stops. However fascinating and interesting tour.