St. James's Cathedral, Riga

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Riga: Guided Old Town Walking Tour

Riga: Guided Old Town Walking Tour

Discover Riga's Old Town on a guided walking tour of its main sights. Listen to your local guide's fascinating stories and learn about the city's rich history. Pass well-known locations, including the House of the Blackheads, the Three Brothers building complex, and the Swedish Gate. Start your tour at the museum of Mentzendorff and head inside the Old Town. Marvel at the centuries-old buildings surrounding you here. From the Town Hall Square dating back to the 13th century to the towering Saint Peter's Church. Continue your walking journey and see the magnificent Great and Small Guild Halls, the medieval buildings and Art Nouveau Cat House, the Three Brothers Buildings, St. Jacob's Cathedral, the Swedish Gate, and more. Along your route, learn about how Art Nouveau architecture swooped into Riga, local and historical stories, and insights into what food to taste while in Latvia.

Riga: Medieval City Exploration Game

Riga: Medieval City Exploration Game

The city game starts at Bastejkalna Park. It will take you between two and three hours to complete, but you can also explore at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location it was paused. You will finish near the Gallery Bastejs. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. You can also complete some fun challenges to get from one place to the next. After you book the game, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phone. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

Riga Old Town Legends Audio Tour on Your Phone (ENG)

Riga Old Town Legends Audio Tour on Your Phone (ENG)

Uncover the essence of Riga's Old Town in a completely new light through this captivating in-app audio tour! Your self-guided adventure begins at the Freedom Monument, a poignant symbol of Latvia's enduring resilience. From there, you'll meander along narrow cobblestone streets and bustling squares, whisking you back to the Middle Ages. Along the way, you'll be regaled with tales of the clever schemes employed by the city's merchants to amass wealth and prestige. Your journey will lead you to the venerable Riga Castle, gracefully perched on the banks of the Daugava River. Not only has it been home to Latvian rulers, including Soviet leaders and Latvian presidents, but it also hosts a local legend about the Sword of Destiny. You'll be enchanted by the trio of Riga's most iconic churches – St. James's, St. Peter's, and the Dome Cathedral. Marvel at their breathtaking Gothic architecture and discover their unexpected historical roles. As you stroll around the Town Hall Square, you'll stumble upon the magnificent residence of the mysterious Blackheads community and encounter the whimsical Bremen Musicians. To cap off your journey, make your way to an authentic bar and souvenir shop to savor the legendary Riga elixir – the Black Balsam, a genuine taste of Latvian heritage.

Highlights of Riga Private Walking Tour

Highlights of Riga Private Walking Tour

Discover the highlights of Riga in this three-hour private tour of the medieval Old Town. You’ll be picked up from your hotel or cruise port and taken on an exciting journey through the rich history of the Latvian capital. Witness the splendor of Riga's Art Nouveau district. Recognized as one of the finest collections of Art Nouveau architecture in Europe, discovering the intricate details of hundreds of facades makes for a truly unforgettable experience. Next, stroll through the cobbled streets of the Old Town, as your expert guide shares legends of fierce merchants and sailors who found their way to Riga over the years. Discover the House of Three Brothers, dating back to the 15th century, and marvel at the historic landmarks in Riga's Town Hall square, such as the House of Blackheads, the towering Riga Cathedral, and St. Jacob’s Church. Explore the vibrant Guild Houses and the remnants of the city's fortifications at the Swedish Gates. You’ll also have an opportunity to try ‘Black Balsam’ - a miraculous Latvian health-enhancing liquor that is said to have healed Russian Empress Catherine the Great when she visited Riga in 1752. The tour ends in the heart of the Old Town, where your local guide can offer recommendations for a delicious lunch in one of the city’s many restaurants or can direct you back to your cruise ship or hotel. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the charming city of Riga – the pearl of the Baltic!

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The tour was great and the tour guide was amazing! It was very informative and you can feel how much independence means to the Latvian people. Just a note, this is the same thing as the free walking tours but you are just paying the guide in advance. I will say, our group looked smaller than the other free walking tour groups I saw, so if you prefer a smaller more private group I would recommend booking through here!

The tour was very interesting and enjoyed it much. The guide was excellent and provided us with many interesting facts about Riga. Can only recommend.

Very nice guide named Ines, who led us wonderfully through the old town and was also able to tell nice little stories.

Ines was great: a great person and great explanations - I'd go back anytime! Thank you!

Svetlana showed us the entire old town and included little anecdotes. Very interesting tour