Soviet Ghosts of Riga Walking Tour

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Visit must-see places in Riga that are legacies of the city’s Soviet past, find out what life was like behind the Iron Curtain, and taste typical Soviet-era food on a fascinating walking tour with a friendly local guide.

Duration: 3 hours
    Available in
  • English
We were lucky to have a nice lady as tour guide who could tell the history of Latvia and Riga in a pleasant way, An mix of facts, places tot show and her own experience. For us it was a highlight of our trip!
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Highlights

  • Visit must-see places that are legacies of Riga’s Soviet past
  • Learn about life during the occupation
  • Admire beautiful panoramic views
  • Taste typical Soviet-era food
  • Enjoy a small-group or private tour

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Description

What was it like living in Riga during the Soviet occupation? How did it start? How did it affect the local people? If you want to find out what life was like behind the Iron Curtain, join our fascinating and historical walking tour!

This tour takes you to some of the must-see places in Riga that are legacies of the city’s Soviet past. You’ll see typical Soviet-era buildings, hear about life during the occupation, visit a famous KGB building, and enjoy great panoramic views.

You'll also see a Soviet-style cafeteria and have the chance to taste some typical Soviet-era food.

NB! This tour is suitable for active people; a moderate amount of walking is involved.

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What’s included & not included

  • Local tour guide
  • Public transport ticket
  • Admission to the Academy of Sciences viewing platform (€5 per person)
  • Snacks and refreshments in the cafeteria (approx. €3 per person)

Meeting point

Anywhere in Central Riga (within the walking distance of Old Town).

Reviews from travellers (19)

4.8/5

Great tour that you should not miss!
We were lucky to have a nice lady as tour guide who could tell the history of Latvia and Riga in a pleasant way, An mix of facts, places tot show and her own experience. For us it was a highlight of our trip!
Excellent coverage of a difficult subject.
I booked this tour as I wanted to find out more about the reality of living in a Soviet satellite state and it was everything I had hoped for.

Lisa is an excellent guide and had clear memories of living through the transition to independence in the early 1990s, as well as family anecdotes from the ww2 period which brought home the horrors of living through wartime occupations.

As this was a private tour we could indulge ourselves in additional discussions about other Riga issues, so covered many other interesting areas like the Orthodox Cathedral and the new State Library, finishing up at the memorial to those who were deported to Siberia during the Russian occupation in the 1940s.

Highly recommended, if this is a subject that interests you.
Really nice, off the beaten track tour
Really nice, off the beaten track tour that covers some alternative routes of the recent history of Riga.
Totally recommended :)

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4.7/5

great time!
we were taken around by Liga. She was fantastic. We were a hen party of 11 and Liga was so thoughtful to work some anecdotes on Latvian wedding traditions and even had a small gift for the bride.

The tour should have finished at two but it ran over a little and Liga was really patient and stayed with us.

The actual content of the tour was fascinating and we learnt a lot about architecture and sime great stories from the history of Riga.
it was great!
A perfect way to get known the city of Riga!
We learned and heard so much about Riga, the people, the food, the buildings there.
Liga was the best tourist guide ever. She tried to tell us what we were interesstes in. Thank you so much for this great day! We would really recommend the walking tour!
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Excellent Tour. Would definitely recommend.
The Tour was excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable, informative and enthusiastic.
All areas of the City were covered, All questions that were asked were answered.
Excellent Walking Tour!
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