With 641 423 inhabitants (2017), Riga is the largest city of the Baltic States and home to one third of Latvia’s population. The city is an important seaport and a major industrial, commercial, cultural and financial center of the Baltic Sea region. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the river Daugava. Riga’s territory covers 307.17 km2 (118.60 sq. mi) and lies between 1 and 10 meters (3.3 and 33 ft.) above sea level, on a flat and sandy plain.
Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga’s historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture. The city was the European Capital of Culture in 2014, along with Umeå in Sweden. The city hosted the 2006 NATO Summit, the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 and the 2006 IIHF Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships. Riga is served by Riga International Airport, the largest airport in the Baltic States.
During the tour you will visit Riga Old Town – the historical and geographical center of Riga on the right bank of the Daugava river. Old Riga covers a relatively small inner area of the 13th-18th century fortifications where unique monuments of medieval architecture which, surprisingly, have survived two world wars are concentrated.
Art Nouveau district – Experts in architecture and art deem that construction of Art Nouveau buildings are especially remarkable in Riga – 40 percent of the buildings in the center of Riga are in the style of Art Nouveau, hence Riga is justly considered the capital of Art Nouveau architecture.
Central Market – having 72.3 thousand square meters of space and over 3000 trade stands each 1 to 100 square meters large it is one of the largest markets in Eastern Europe and every day is visited by 50 000 to 80 000 people.
Through the centuries, Kipsala, formerly an island of fishermen, developed into a posh residential district. The architecture of Kipsala is very eclectic, where beautifully restored wooden houses are interspersed with large, modern buildings.
Drive through the Agenskalns – a district in Riga, located on the left bank of the Daugava, an old neighborhood, mainly built in the late 19th – early 20th century and Kalnciema Quarter – an ensemble of buildings representing 18th / 19th century Western European architecture of late classicism and eclecticism executed in wood. The complex is unique in the European level, as the wooden buildings of this period in other countries, have not survived in such concentration.
Price from EUR 50 per person (depends on a size of the group)
Included: Hotel pick up/drop off, transportation and a tour guide.
Duration: 3.5 – 4 hours