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The Grand Riga Art Nouveau Tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
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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    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

With more than 800 Art Nouveau buildings, Riga has the world's biggest collection of this exuberant style. And this tour is a captivating journey through this incredible heritage!

A highlight of visiting Riga is wandering down Alberta iela to enjoy the bizarre-yet-beautiful creations of Mikhail Eisenstein. But that's only the tip of the iceberg of Art Nouveau in Riga. So on my tour, I'll also show you fantastic structures by Latvian architects Konstantīns Pēkšēns and Eižēns Laube. Along the  way, we'll drop into the place where a saint was born, see a chunk of the Berlin Wall, stroll in Riga's oldest park and find out where John F. Kennedy stayed in Riga. And check out a hilarious ugly poster of Putin near the Russian embassy!

Book now for an unforgettable Riga experience!

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Esplanāde, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-10...
    Esplanāde, Centra rajons, Rīga, LV-1050, Latvia
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    We meet in front of the big statue of the poet Rainis in Esplanāde Park (it's the park behind the Orthodox cathedral.) I'll be wearing an orange cap.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Alberta iela

    A gallery of wonderfully bizarre buildings designed by Mikhail Eisenstein

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Rūpniecības iela

    Beautiful buildings by Latvian architect Konstantīns Pēkšēns

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Viesturdārzs

    Riga's oldest park, including "JFK was here" plaque

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Esplanāde

    Lovely parked full of history and stories

  • 5
    Outside visit
    MONIKA Centrum Hotels

    A hotel where a saint was born

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).

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Greta 24 Apr 2024
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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Superb walk.. I’m now an expert on Art Nouveau in Riga (and more!)
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Does not accept large group reservations.
Pets
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is 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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