St. John’s Church, Riga Tickets & Tours

St. John’s Church, Riga: Our most recommended tours and activities

Riga: Guided Old Town Walking Tour

1. 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: Old and New Walking Tour

2. Riga: Old and New Walking Tour

Delve into the mysterious charm of Old Riga. Admire the luxurious Art Nouveau buildings and learn about their former inhabitants, stop to photograph "The Three Brothers". Meet your guide in the city center and start exploring. Walk past the most important cultural and historical highlights of Old Riga such as the Town Hall Square, St. Peter’s Church, Convent Yard, St. John’s Church, and St. John’s Yard, Discover the bustling Liv Square and admire the colorful "Three Brothers" residential complex. See the Riga Cathedral and St. Jacob’s Church and learn about the richest and most influential residents who once called Riga's Art Nouveau buildings home.

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 and St. John's Church, the Three Brothers residential housing complex, Riga Castle. 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.

From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour

4. From Riga: Cēsis, Sigulda & Turaida Castle Tour

Take a full-day tour of the beautiful green area of Northern Latvia. Explore Cēsis (the ancient city of Livonia and Brothers of the Sword base) and the picturesque town of Sigulda. Enjoy a day of rich history with medieval monuments, as well as spectacular natural scenery. Trip Itinerary: Medieval castle ruins of Cēsis You experience the castle in a way the people did centuries ago — your guides will light up a candle in the lantern and you will be on our way. You will explore the dark stairs, medieval corridors, and rooms with the help of candlelight as there is no electricity in this 13th century castle. This complex of castle buildings, preserved for centuries, is regarded as a landmark of monumental architecture, which reflects artistic styles from the Livonian period. Cēsis St. John’s Church St. John’s Church is one of the oldest medieval architectural monuments in Latvia. The church was built in the beginning of the 13th century when Cēsis became one of the most important German power centers in the Baltics, from 1237 up to 1561. Medieval castle ruins of Sigulda The Order of the Brothers of the Sword began building Sigulda castle in 1207. Initially, it was a castellum-type fort. Following the defeat of the Brothers of the Sword in 1236, the Livonian Order modified it. Goodman's cave The Gūtmaņala (Goodman's Cave) grotto is the most popular and biggest cave in Latvia. It was formed over the course of 10,000 years by water gradually eroding sandstone. The grotto is a protected geological site and the oldest tourist attraction in Latvia. Museum reserve and medieval castle of Turaida Turaida Museum Reserve is a beautiful heritage site and former village that was named "garden of the gods" by the locals. Turaida is a wonderful place to get to know the Latvian way of life, culture, history, and spirit. The 42 hectares of grounds are replete with archaeological, architectural, historical and art monuments, all of which provide an account of the events from the eleventh century onwards.

Riga: Outdoor City Scavenger Hunt Mobile-Based Game

5. Riga: Outdoor City Scavenger Hunt Mobile-Based Game

Discover Riga as never before with this original interactive game experience. Using your cell phone, your challenge will start at St John's Courtyard. Simply open your e-mail link and your adventure will begin. See the House of the Blackheads, have the option to enter the building of the Three Brothers and admire the Dome square. Curious facts: Get to know more about Riga, discover the secrets of the main attractions, and learn about curious facts that you won't read elsewhere. Find monuments and hidden secrets: Our local creator created an interactive walk through the city. Cryptic indications make you wind through the cities streets, inviting you to pay attention to details which you usually won't notice. Once you've arrived at the next stop, you will have to solve a question: open your eyes and mind and use your location to find the right answer! Enjoy: While doing this discovery trail, you will get to know the city from another point of view. Even locals discover new facts while doing secret city trails! Solve 14 riddles created by our local creators. Sharpen your senses and appreciate the most wonderful (and little) details around you. Whether you know the Old Town of Riga or have just started exploring here, get a perspective on the discovery that will inspire your curiosity wherever you go next.

Riga: Guided Old Town Walking Tour

6. Riga: Guided Old Town Walking Tour

Explore the history of Riga, walking down the narrow streets of Old Town and discover the main historical sites. Your unique tour starts from the Powder Tower with a walk around the City Wall. Along the way attendant will show you Riga Castle, The Swedish Gates and Three Brothers Building complex. You will enjoy magnificent Riga Cathedral and churches of Old Town. The attendant will walk through the most quite courtyards and most busy squares, so that you can see the city from different angles. The tour finishes at the Town Hall Square. You will hear detailed historical information about each site, stories about Riga and recommendations. During your tour you will explore more than 20 main sights of the Old Town. The starting point of the tour is a Powder Tower, where you will meet one of our attendants. You will get a receiver with headphones to avoid other tourist groups disturbing you. You can choose the language you would like to get your tour – English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, French or Finnish.

From Riga: Gauja National Park Hiking & Sightseeing Trip

7. From Riga: Gauja National Park Hiking & Sightseeing Trip

Meet the guide at a hotel in Riga in the morning and get ready for the one-and-a-half-hour drive to Gauja National Park. Be ready for around 12-14 kilometers of hiking on hilly terrain during this unforgettable day. Start the adventure by hiking in some of the most beautiful nature trails in Gauja National Park. Explore pristine and unique forest habitats, fast-flowing salmon rivers, and enjoy "forest bathing" - be immersed in the forest atmosphere and soak it up through every sense. Travel down some of the most beautiful nature trails in Gauja National Park, well hidden in the wilderness. Explore Ligatne, a small charming town hidden in the beautiful forests of Gauja National Park. Have a look at the beautiful scenery and some of the more than 300 unique man-made caves made in the awesome sandstone cliffs. Get to know more about the history of this place and potentially have a taste of some local wines in the local winery. Check out one of the most beautiful towns in Latvia - Cesis and learn about its history, dating back to the 13th century and almost as old as Riga. Stroll down the historic Old Cēsis Town, see its beautiful squares, St. John's Church (built in the 13th century), the House of Harmony, House of Princesses, and other sights in this town that is both the historic and modern heart of Latvian culture. Feel the special charm and atmosphere of this town that is very different from more cosmopolitan Rīga. Visit the famous Cēsis Medieval Castle, first built in 1218 and still one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Latvia. Explore its beautiful park, dark medieval rooms, and corridors, and get to know more about its extensive history. Visit the Gauja River, and walk along the beautiful riverbanks of the longest river in Latvia. Admire some of the largest sandstone cliffs in Latvia and the most stunning natural landscapes of Gauja National Park, while soaking up the fresh and healthy air of pristine Western Taiga pine forest. End the tour filled with new impressions and emotions and return to a hotel in Riga (or stay in Cēsis, Sigulda, or Līgatne towns for more adventures in Gauja National Park).

Riga: Private Old Town Walking Tour

8. Riga: Private Old Town Walking Tour

Explore the history of Riga, walking down the narrow streets of Old Town and discover the main historical sites. You can arrange meeting with an attendant at any place in the Old Town (Hotel/apartment/cafe/bus stop). Your unique tour will start from the Powder Tower with a walk around the City Wall. Along the way attendant will show you Riga Castle, The Swedish Gates and Three Brothers Building complex. You will enjoy magnificent Riga Cathedral and churches of Old Town. The attendant will walk through the most quite courtyards and most busy squares, so that you can see the city from different angles. The tour finishes at the Town Hall Square. You will hear detailed historical information about each site, stories about Riga and recommendations. During your tour you will explore more than 20 main sights of the Old Town. You will get a receiver with headphones to avoid other tourist groups disturbing you. You can choose the language you would like to get your tour – English, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, French or Finnish.

Cesis: Medieval heritage and natural treasures

9. Cesis: Medieval heritage and natural treasures

Cesis is a medieval gemstone and the third oldest town in Latvia. It attracts tourists with lovely streets and the beauty of natural treasures in the Gauja National Park. Charming ruins of the medieval castle invite you to explore the history and feel the medieval spirit in a candle light. Despite the wars, the old town has remained almost unchanged. On the city tour you will see such highlights as the City Hall, Merchant House, Princess House and St. John's Church. Eight hundred years long history of Cesis is visible not only on the streets but also in Cesis castle complex. Inside the medieval castle you will receive a lantern and climb up its towers. Afterwards, nature is waiting for you! You will go for a short, about three kilometers long hike to see beautiful red sandstone cliffs along the ancient Gauja River valley and enjoy our wonderful nature.

Cēsis, Līgatne & Sigulda Tour: Must-see Highlights

10. Cēsis, Līgatne & Sigulda Tour: Must-see Highlights

Step outside cosmopolitan Riga and explore the lush rural areas and towns of Latvia. Experience the charm and character of architecture which has been well-preserved since the Middle Ages.Meet your guide at your hotel in Riga in the morning. Lean back and enjoy a scenic drive to Gauja National Park. Stroll historic Old Cēsis Town and feel the atmosphere of both the historic and modern heart of Latvian culture. Have a look at St. John’s Church, built in the 13th century. Visit a medieval castle erected in 1218. Explore its beautiful park, dark medieval rooms and corridors and find out about its chequered past. Walk along the riverbanks of the longest river in Latvia, the Gauja. See some of the most impressive sandstone cliffs in Latvia and Europe. Inhale the fresh air of northern pine forests and maybe pick up some blueberries on your way.Explore Līgatne, tucked away in the forest.. See a few of the (more than 300) unique man-made caves carved out of the sandstone cliffs. Get to know more about the town’s unique history. Sample some of the wines in the local winery.Then head to famous Sigulda Town and cultural heritage site Turaida Museum Reserve. Snap photos Turaida castle’s picture-postcard viewpoint. Find out more about ancient Latvian poetry, medieval history, Livonian cultural heritage, and historic Latvian lifestyle here.

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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!

My friend and I were the only ones on this tour. I found it very interesting and exciting. The tour guide was very helpful and we felt comfortable.

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!

Inara was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable and friendly