Riga audio tour: A walk through Old Riga from St Peter's Church to the Monument of Freedom

A walk through Old Riga from St Peter's Church to the Monument of Freedom

Walking Tour

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45 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

If you’re looking for an engaging and informative tour that covers the complex history of Riga but also explores what it is like to live here today, then this is the tour for you. I’ve made sure that we don’t miss any of old Riga’s most famous landmarks on our walk including St Peter’s Church, Town Hall Square and Dome Square, but don’t expect a dry history lesson. On this tour, you’ll find out about the surprising origins of the Latvian language, the fate of churches during the Soviet occupation and the little known history of Latvia’s symbol of independence.

I’ve lived in Riga my whole life and worked as a tour guide for the better part of a decade, and this is both a personal and a comprehensive tour of the old town. I love telling people about my city and, having travelled a lot myself, I know how enriching an authentic local perspective can be.

Some of the highlights you can look forward to include:

• Discovering the origins of the Christmas tree
• The street used in the filming of the popular Russian production of Sherlock Holmes
• The unique history of Dome square
• The home of what was once the largest pipe organ in the world
• An in-depth look at the local Russian community
• The meaning behind Latvia's symbol of independence

The tour takes around 45 minutes to complete. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars all along the route for breaks.

Tour Producer

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Edvards Rutkis

Hi, I'm Edvards and I am a tour guide. I've been doing all kinds of tours in Riga for the past 5 years - walking tours, kayak tours, segway tours, beer drinking tours - you name it , I've done. The cool thing is - it just doesn't get boring, I estimate I've done at least a 1000 tours and still, quite often, I find something new and interesting about the city. Apart from guiding, I perform regularly at the Riga Improv theatre, I have a background in academic debating and a degree in Business management. Hope you like my tours and enjoy Riga!

Major Landmarks

  • St Peter's Church

  • The Town Hall square

  • The House of Blackheads

  • The Dome Square and Cathedral

  • The Three Brothers

  • The Parliament

  • The Swedish Gate

  • The Old Wall

  • The Powder Tower

  • The Monument of Freedom

Directions to Starting Point

The starting point is the front entrance of St. Peter's church. To get there, you can use tram nr.1. and get off at "Grēcinieku iela"'or bus nr.3 and get off at "13. Janvāra iela"· Both of those stops are a 3-5 min walk away from St. Peter's. There are many other public transport options available.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

The Town Hall square, The Dome Square and Cathedral, The Monument of Freedom, The Three Brothers

Best time of day

Any. The streets will be more empty in the early morning and after 5 pm.

Precautions

Nothing special. Note that you have priority over cars everywhere in the old town.

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A walk through Old Riga from St Peter's Church to the Monument of Freedom