The tour highlights medieval Old Town with its cobbled stone streets, squares and courtyards, as wels as most popular tourist sites: Dome Square and Cathedral, Riga Castle, Town Hall and the House of Blackheads, Swedish Gates, Jacob’s Barracks, Liivs’ Square etc.
The City Centre boasts green parks and Boulevard Semi-circle around which you will see Latvian National Opera House, the Monument of Liberty, National Theatre, National Art Museum, Latvian University, as well as of course the charming Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) area with beautiful houses and Art Deco style.
The Latvian Open-Air Ethnographic Museum is one of the oldest and largest open-air museums in Europe. 118 old buildings from all historical districts of Latvia – Kurzeme, Vidzeme, Zemgale and Latgale – built from the end of the 17th century up to the second half of the 1930s have been relocated, reconstructed and furnished.
Farmsteads of Latvian farmers, craftsmen, and fishermen have been created in the museum. They all house the permanent exhibition – household and working tools, interior furnishings – which characterises the time period, the district, and the owners’ vocation. The farmsteads of Liv fishermen from Kurzeme and Russian Old Believers from Latgale are also open to visitors.
The museum was established in 1924, and so compared to similar establishments elsewhere in the world, its collection is unique because its formation started at a time when many objects were still preserved and had not been destroyed in the war. The Open-Air Museum covers an area of 87.66 hectares of a pine forest in Riga on the shores of Jugla Lake.
Length: 6 h
Combined tour by private car / bus and walking tour
Languages: English, German, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish etc.
Entrances: Latvian Ethnographic Open-air Museum, Dome Cathedral, St Peter's Church Tower