Old Town. One can enjoy the aura of an ancient city in the narrow streets. Unique complexes of residential houses and sacral buildings are found here – Riga Cathedral, construction of which started in the 13th century, Gothic style St. Peter’s Church, St. Jacob’s Cathedral which houses the Seat of the Roman Catholic Church, St. George’s Church, called the White Stone Palace, the beautiful Synagogue of Old Riga, the yard of the Convent of the Holy Spirit, the Dannenstern House, the complex of residential houses “The Three Brethren”, Riga Castle, and others.
During medieval times, Riga was a mighty harbour and was a member city of the Hanseatic League which joined the traders of the Baltic Region and North Germany. The Large and the Small Guild, as well as the reconstructed House of the Blackheads recall the Hanseatic times.
These were built by the Guilds of craftsmen and artists buildings in a growing city. Old Riga is a masterpiece of architecture which has retained the atmosphere of old times and has adjusted to the 21st century tourist flow – numerous comfortable hotels, restaurants, and places for recreation are found here. Old Riga is as lively at midnight as during the daytime.
Tour by private car / bus in Riga City Centre will highlight Boulevard Semi-Circle, Bastejkalns park, National Theatre, Academy of Arts, National Art Museum, Latvian University, Freedom Monument, Latvian National Opera House and charming Art Nouveau (Jugendstile) Museum.
Length: 3-4 h
Combined tour by car / bus and walking tour
Languages: English, German, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish etc.
Suggested entrances: Dome Cathedral, St Peter's Church Tower, Jugendstile Museum