48 EUR

Discover the emotionally charged heritage of the Soviet period in Latvian history from ground level and from 16th floor viewing platform on the top of Stalinist skyscraper.

Duration: 2.5 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Swedish,
  • German,
  • Russian


  • See Stalinist building style in it's best (or worst) in the highrise building of Academy of Sciences
  • Enjoy the hidden gem of it's observation deck that offers great views of the city and the river including Brutalist TV Tower
  • Visit the train station where the mass deportations to Siberia started
  • Drive and walk through typical Soviet ''sleeping district''
  • Visit still emotionally charged controversial and massive Soviet Monument of the Liberators

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Guide will meet you at hotel or cruise harbor.
Driving past Riga Central Market you will see the first skyscraper of Riga - Collective Farmers’ Palace, now housing Latvian Academy of Sciences and still known by locals as Stalin's birthday cake. You will head up to the 17th floor platform (elevator), from which you'll be able to admire incredible panoramic views of Riga. This height opens great view of another Soviet brutalist creation - the Television Tower.
You will cross the river Daugava via Soviet built Stone Bridge.
Railway Station Tornakalns was the last stop on Latvian land for thousands to be deported in Soviet extermination and deportation campaigns.
A bit further a large field is dominated by Riga most controversial architectural ensamble, Soviet Monument to Liberators.
Now it is time to see the living suburbs of Soviet citizens still used by majority of population – prefabricated concrete panel housing units arranged in ‘’sleeping districts’’, with similar flats, schools and kindergartens, bearing the same look across all previous USSR.
In the end your guide will inform you about Riga canteens & bars, furnished like a Soviet flat.

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What’s included & not included

  • 2.5 h private guide services
  • 2.5 h private tour vehicle
  • Viewing platform entry ticket
  • Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price

Meeting point

At cruise port / hotel

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48 EUR
  • Full refund if you cancel up to 72 hours before the tour
  • No booking fees
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Tour operated by: Mundus Travels