Cultural- & Eventtrips

Riga

One of the oldest European and Art Nouveau capitals

Foto: Latvian tourism development agency

Riga is one of the oldest European capital cities and since its foundation it is the biggest city in the Baltic States. In the Middle Ages today´s capital of Latvia belonged to the most significant ports in the region of the Eastern Baltic Sea and it also once belonged to the Hanseatic League. Trade and commerce flourished within the Hanseatic League and the city developed to an important trade and cultural center in the Baltic States. Even today, the wealth of the medieval trade metropolis is still clearly visible in the narrow streets of the Old Town. The Old Town represents a masterpiece of urban development with its unique medieval monuments and buildings, like the Riga Cathedral that was built in the 13th century, the St. Peter´s Church- built in brick Gothic style and the Jacob´s Cathedral – residence of the Roman Catholic Cardinal. 
The church of the Holy George, that is also referred to as the castle of white stone is worth seeing as well as the synagogue of the historic center, the houses  “Three Brothers – the oldest stone houses in Riga and the Riga Castle. 
The city of Riga is also known for its Art Nouveau architecture. About 40% of the buildings in the center of Riga were built in the Art Nouveau style which is why the city is also referred to as the Art Nouveau capital. In order to preserve these unique architectural monuments, the city center of Riga was declared as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Today, the visitor finds many comfortable hotels, restaurants and cafes as well as quaint places in the historical city center. Let yourself be enchanted by this exceptional city.

Our suggested program:

Minimum participants: 20

Day 1 – Arrival day and first impressions of the city

Arrive at the airport in Riga.
Meet your  local tour guide at the airport and coach transfer to your hotel. 
Guided city walk through the Old Town of Riga where you will among others see the St. Peter´s Church, the Cathedral, the Swedish Gate, the House of Blackheads, the Latvian Parliament and the ancient Riga Castle. Following, enjoy a city tour by coach past further historical sights such as the bastion mountain, Powder Tower & City Wall, National Museum of Art, Freedom Monument, Latvian University, “The Three Brothers” – the oldest dwelling houses in Riga, Opera House and the banks of the Daugava river with its bridges and the passenger port that is situated in the city.   
Dinner at the hotel or at a restaurant in the Old Town.

 

Day 2 – Excursion to the Baroque Castle of Rundale

After breakfast depart for an excursion to the baroque Castle Rundale, the most famous baroque castle of the Baltic States, also referred to as the “Versailles of the Baltic States”. The castle was built by the famous architect F.B. Rastrelli in the 18th century and served as the summer residence of the Duke of Courland, Johann Biron. Explore the rich collection of art objects, magnificent galleries, the Golden Throne Room  and the famous White Hall.  

 

Day 3 – Excursion to Sigulda

Depart for Sigulda in the morning which is located 50 KM away from Riga and is situated in the Gauja Valley. This area is also known as the“Latvian Switzerland” because of its beauty. Explore a Crusader castle dating back to the 13th century, the Kropotkin Castle from the 19th century located at the river banks near Sigulda and then enjoy a walk to the sandstone caves on the banks of the former river bed. Let yourself be inspired by a beautiful view of “God´s garden” from the 30 m high keep (tower) of the Turaida Castle. Visit the History Museum and the sculpture park which is dedicated to the Latvian folklore (folk songs).


Day 4 – Depart Riga

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. Transfer to the airport and depart Riga. 

 

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