Best of Riga free walking tour

Duration: 2h and 30min
Guru: Philip
Quality Verified Registered on December 18, 2022

I'm not the youngest guide around, but hopefully my experience can compensate for the grey hair!:) I was born in Australia, but moved to Latvia, my parents' homeland, in 1994. I've worked as a journalist, a translator and a guide, and have lived through some huge changes in this amazing part of the world. My passion is showing visitors around this country, especially fascinating Riga and beautiful Jūrmala. I have tons of history, stories, images, songs and jokes to share with you - so come and join me for an in-depth but fun journey!:)

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Riga is a beautiful city with amazing history!
And this tour is the perfect introduction to this fascinating place.
Find out how trade shaped Riga, as we explore handsome warehouses and merchants' villas.
Discover the amazing things hidden under the cobblestones, from ships to jewellery.
Learn about the miraculous rise from the ashes of St. Peter's Church and the House of Blackheads.
Hear legends of the world's first Christmas trees, famous black cats and intoxicating Riga Black Balsam.
Enjoy spectacular Art Nouveau architecture and lovely parks.
Plus, I'll tell you about life in Latvia today.
And get great tips on other places to enjoy in Riga and Latvia.
Join me for a unique journey through an incredible city!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Old Riga, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-105...
    Old Riga, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
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    We meet on Alberta laukums, the Old Town square right across from the train and bus stations. I will be wearing an orange hat

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Alberta laukums

    Riga began 1,000 years ago at this site, on the shores of a lake which has mysteriously disappeared... We see some fine old warehouses and talk about the sailors and merchants who made Riga one of Europe’s greatest ports.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    St. Peter's Church

    This beautiful church has dramatic stories of fires devastating the steeple, history-changing sermons and champagne glasses smashed for a good cause!

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Cat House

    Next to the ancient Guild Halls, the black cats on the roof of this pretty yellow house embody Riga's in-your-face attitude.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    House of the Black Heads

    The magnificent merchants' clubhouse is the home of the world's first Christmas trees!

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Riga Cathedral

    This is the biggest medieval church in the Baltics. It boasts a world-famous organ and an intriguing story of why it is three metres lower than the rest of the city. And discover why the family on the bank across the road are naked!

  • 6
    Outside visit

    Latvia's parliament and the 1991 Barricades Monument are reminders of the nation’s long, brave struggle for independence. I share some jokes about communist leaders and talk about the Singing Revolution and non-violent protests against tyranny.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Powder Tower

    Together with the remnants of the old city walls, this impressive tower reminds us of what life was like in medieval Riga. Dirty, smelly, but well defended!

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Freedom Monument

    This striking monument symbolizes Latvia's struggle for freedom. I'll tell you about the impressive sculptures, how it was saved from Soviet demolition, and its role in bringing down the Evil Empire.

  • 9
    Outside visit
    Bastejkalna parks

    This lovely park boasts canals, sculptures, flowers and... beavers!

  • 10
    Outside visit
    Embassy of Russia

    Reflecting the passionate politics of Latvia today, we see a huge, ugly picture of Putin facing the embassy and learn why it now sits on the Street of Ukraine's Independence...

  • 11
    Outside visit
    Alberta iela

    This small street is filled with outrageous Art Nouveau buildings from the turbulent turn-of-the-century. Half-human sphinxes, lions, butterflies, trees Greek and Norse Gods are just a few of the bizarre ornaments.

  • 12
    Outside visit
    Riga Art Nouveau Center

    This ship-shaped building is home to Riga's most beautiful staircase. We stand in this gorgeous space and discover the rich cultural life of the time it was built. Painters, writers, architects and composers...

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Veronika 02 Oct 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Ich war positiv überrascht - wir waren das einzige Paar, die gekommen ist und die Führung fand trotzdem statt. Unser Guru war energievoll, freundlich und sehr kompetent. Wir haben diese Tour wirklich genossen.
Bernie 28 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Be careful in booking Guru Walk. There is no commitment on the part of the tour guide. Our guide (Philip) canceled and left us to find another tour just a couple days before our departure. At this late date the obvious alternatives were all booked up and we had so little time that we were not able to schedule another tour.
viktoriia 19 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Philips is quite passionate about Riga's architecture. Hus tour was enjoyable and pleasant. Thank you once again!
Igor 13 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Sep 2023
Philip is a great guy and makes the whole visiting experience very pleasant. Certainly recommended
גוטרמן 13 Sep 2023
Kefar Sava

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Philip was very interesting ,clear, a multidisciplinary guide; rich in information, history , culture , architecture. we enjoyed the tour very much and recommend to join his tour.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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