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Swedish Gate, Riga

Swedish Gate, Riga: Our most recommended tours and activities

Riga Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

1. Riga Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

Get to know Riga at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Riga’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start the activity anytime, the schedule is indicative. Start your tour at the imposing Latvian National Museum of Art! Visit the Freedom Monument a symbol of Riga. Learn about Laimas Pulkstenis this magnificent watch with rare architecture and admire the Powder Tower which is one of the oldest in Europe. The Swedish Gate will surprise you, with its terrible legend. Visit the oldest housing complex the unique aesthetics. Then Riga Castle awaits you, don't forget to take pictures! Riga Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent interior and exterior. Admire the House of the Blackheads with its unique colors and architecture. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be St. Peter's Church, which will mark you for the rest of your life with the unique view from its tower.

Riga: 2-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town

2. Riga: 2-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town

On this 2-hour walking tour you will explore the Old Town of Riga, the historical and geographical center of Riga on the right bank of the Daugava River. The Old Town covers a relatively small inner area of the old fortifications where unique monuments of medieval architecture are concentrated. The professional guide will show you around the Old Town and tell you all about the history and culture of the city, as well as answer your questions. The walking tour starts at the Town Hall Square, which was the central square of the city from the 13th century to the 19th century. The most famous building in the square is the magnificent Gothic-style House of the Blackheads. During the tour you will also see famous spots of Riga, such St. Peter's Church, the Swedish Gate, and the Powder Tower. Experience the aura of an ancient city as you walk down the narrow streets, where unique complexes of residential houses and sacral buildings are found. Here you can explore the 13th century Riga Cathedral, the Gothic-style St. Peter's Church, the beautiful Synagogue of Old Riga, the Convent Yard of the Holy Spirit, the Three Brothers residential housing complex, Riga Castle, St. George's Church, and St. Jacob's Cathedral. You can also discover Riga's hanseatic past at the Large Guild and the Small Guild, as well as at the reconstructed House of the Blackheads. Recall the medieval times, when Riga was a mighty harbor and a member of the Hanseatic League, which joined traders of the Baltic region with north Germany.

Riga's Old Center and Art Nouveau Tour

3. Riga's Old Center and Art Nouveau Tour

During the guided tour you'll walk along the narrow streets of the Medieval Hanseatic Old Town and enjoy the splendors of the Dome cathedral, Old Guild house, and Riga castle. The walking tour starts at the Town Hall Square which was the central square of the city from 13th up to 19th century. The most famous building of the square is the magnificent gothic House of the Blackheads. During the tour you will also see such famous spots of Riga as St. Peters Church, Swedish Gates, and Powder Tower.  Roughly thirty per cent of buildings in the center of Riga are art nouveau, which is more than any other European city. Moreover, art and architecture connoisseurs believe that it is in Riga that art nouveau found its especially powerful and sweeping expression. In order to preserve Old Riga, Riga’s wooden building,s and the art nouveau architecture, the historical center of Riga has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The areas where art nouveau features most lavishly are Alberta Street and the so-called embassy district nearby.

Riga: Ghost Walking Tour and Balsam Tasting

4. Riga: Ghost Walking Tour and Balsam Tasting

Get ready to be spooked on a ghost tour of Riga after dark, and encounter all the unknown things that have always attracted people to the city. Search for the ghosts that wander the streets at night, and hear stories from the city's past that will make you shiver. Learn about the ghouls of Riga on a walk with a professional guide as they talk about the various legends regarding the former city walls and imposing Swedish Gate. Find out where all the ghosts come from, and why people were incarcerated in the walls. Discover the site of an historical prison and what the cellars of the 16th century looked like. Visit one of the most haunted sites in Riga on a spooky itinerary that ends with a balsam tasting. Savor the high alcoholic herbal drink traditional to Latvia and Eastern Europe, made from many different natural ingredients.

Riga: 1-Hour Old Town Tour

5. Riga: 1-Hour Old Town Tour

Start your tour at Riga's Liberty Monument, where your expert guide will explain the diverse history of Latvia and Riga. Get an introduction to the Latvian language and traditional culture. Make your way to the Powder Tower, which was originally part of the city's defences. Walk along the medieval walls and enter the Old Town through the Swedish Gates, built in 1698.  Discover the main sights of the Old Town. Walk past the Dom Cathedral, often regarded as the grandest cathedral of the Baltic region. See St. Peter's Church and its spire, a renowned symbol of the city. Walk by the Cat House, once the meeting point for Riga's richest merchants.  You can also taste the legendary Riga black balsam during the tour. This drink is largely used in traditional medicine, considered to be a good cold remedy and used to treat digestive problems.

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What people are saying about Swedish Gate, Riga

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Alexander is a great guide. He is very friendly, experienced, educated and can guide anyone in the beautiful city of Latvia, its history and architecture. As soon as I had booked the guide, he contacted me to arrange the time and place. We both agreed and met. The hour went by very fast. I learned a lot of interesting information about Latvia and Riga. I was told about the sights I could see or do. So, overall I can say I had a wonderful time. In fact I would recommend that any visitor in Riga should opt for this activity at the beginning of the visit.

Just great! Explore the city with fun without a tour group and without time pressure and discover and experience a lot. Since it rained continuously after 2 hours on the first day, we interrupted the scavenger hunt & were able to continue it the next day without any problems.

Very nice tour with a good selection of different puzzle types. We made small stops between the individual places and took a closer look at the surroundings, so we were able to discover a lot of beautiful things. We definitely liked it a lot!

Fantastic activity to get to know the city, the riddles had the right level of complexity to be neither too easy nor too difficult

Very nice guide, knows a lot and super interesting