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Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti) Tours and Activities

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The best known Swedish monument in Riga, the Swedish Gate (or Zviedru Varti) was built in 1698 after the conclusion of the Polish-Swedish War, when the Swedish Kingdom took over the city. Designed to provide access to the barracks outside of the city walls, it is set in the largest remaining section of the old city’s fortifications. According to one legend, the apartment above the gate belonged to the city executioner, who would place a red rose on the window ledge the morning before an execution, while according to another, a rich merchant cut the gate out of an existing house because he didn’t want to pay taxes each time he brought goods into the city.

Restored during Soviet times, the gate today leads to Trokšnu iela, the Old City’s narrowest and quaintest street. It is also popular among tourists as a backdrop for photographs.

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Private Photoshoot Tour in Riga

Private Photoshoot Tour in Riga

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"Discover Old Riga" is a spontaneous photo walk activity that will show you around the beautiful Old Town of Riga, during a 90 min. waking tour along the most emblematic spots. Using its medieval streets and historical buildings as unique creative backgrounds, you will have a professional photoshoot taken along the way, while learning stories and interesting facts about Riga's fascinating medieval past. The resulting pictures will be edited and sent to your email within 3 working days. Overall, an exciting activity for couples, families, groups of friends or solo travellers who want to experience Riga in the most unique way!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.06
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$58.06
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Old Town Walking Tour of Riga

Old Town Walking Tour of Riga

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Get to know Riga’s Old Town on a 2-hour walking tour, and view the city’s historical highpoints. As you stroll from sight to sight, hear about the city’s past as a mighty seaport during the Middle Ages, and enjoy photo stops at the prettiest medieval landmarks, such as the Old Guild House, Powder Tower and magnificent House of the Blackheads. Learn about the Riga’s role as a member of the powerful Hanseatic League between the 1400s and 1600s, and discover must-sees such as St Peter’s Church and the Swedish Gate.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.65
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$106.65
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The best of Riga segway tour

The best of Riga segway tour

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Cover lots of ground in Riga on this 1.5-hour Segway tour that covers all of the important landmarks. Perfect for those short on time or those who have difficulty walking, touring via a 2-wheeled, self-balancing scooter in Riga is easy and enjoyable. After a brief intro session, zoom off into the streets of Old Riga to see and learn about the history and culture of the Latvian capital.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.32
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$53.32
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Private Riga Old Town Walking Tour

Private Riga Old Town Walking Tour

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Get to know Riga on foot on this private walking tour. Wander through the city’s scenic cobblestone streets and learn about the history of Riga from a guide. Explore Old Town and see sights that include St. Peter's Church, St. Jacobs Church, St. Dom Cathedral, the Powder Tower, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, and more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$77.02
per group
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$77.02
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Riga's Night Photoshoot Tour

Riga's Night Photoshoot Tour

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There are places that have a special magic at night, and Riga is definitely on of them… "Riga's night" is an exclusive night photo walk around the beautiful Old Town of Riga, using its street lights and enlightened buildings as unique backgrounds where to take your most artistic pictures while learning stories and facts about Riga's medieval past. The resulting pictures will be edited and sent to your email within 3 working days. Overall, an alternative photoshoot-tour experience for those who want to enjoy Riga in the most creative way!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$58.06
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$58.06
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Private grand Riga city tour

Private grand Riga city tour

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Firstly, after selecting most suitable transport – passenger car or minivan your tour will start along the central boulevards of Riga to Art Nouveau district.  You will be able to discover one of the largest and best-preserved collections of Art Nouveau buildings in the world. After that district excursion will continue to the Riga Central market, where on the way you will be able to enjoy City Canal parks, the Fine Arts Museum, the Freedom Monumen and Daugava river with its bridges. Reaching the Riga Central market you will enjoy the diversity of typical national food. Secondly, you will have the opportunity to leave your transport and continue with a walking tour through Riga Old Town seeing most famous sights like St. Peter's Church, St. Jacobs Church, Dom Square, and St. Dom Cathedral. You will be introduced with a secretes of Cat House and will see Town Hall Square with beautiful and elegant Blackheads House.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$106.65
Price varies by group size
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$106.65
Price varies by group size
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Old Riga walking tour

Old Riga walking tour

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The central story of the tour will to fully explain the answer to a legendary question “Why Riga will never be ready and completed to the end." This is a true legend - the Latvian capital is not afraid of change and is proud of ambitious plans. You will see the most interesting places in the Old Riga, once surrounded by ramparts. Guide will show bring you along the narrowest street of the Old Town and get acquainted with the “Three Brothers”. During this tour, you will see remarkable sights like St. Peter's Church, St. Jacobs Church, St. Dom Cathedral, Dom Square and the Great and Small Guilds. You will see fragments of powerful city fortifications - towers, ditches, fortress walls - and make a wish, passing through the Swedish gate. You will be introduced with a secretes of Cats House and will see Town Hall Square with beautiful and elegant Blackheads House. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.43
Price varies by group size
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$60.43
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Shore Excursion: Riga Highlights Tour with Art Nouveau Museum

Shore Excursion: Riga Highlights Tour with Art Nouveau Museum

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Check out Riga on this shore excursion that starts from the port. With a guide, you’ll take a panoramic sightseeing tour to see Riga Castle and a wealth of monuments around the pretty Latvian capital. Stroll around Riga Old Town to hear the history behind the House of the Blackheads, then finish with a visit to the UNESCO-listed central district and the Art Nouveau Museum.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.95
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$82.95

Riga Self-Guided Audio Tour

Riga Self-Guided Audio Tour

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This wonderful tour of Riga will take you through the flat cobblestone streets where you will see sights such as historic Riga Castle and the magnificent National Opera House of Riga. Perfectly suited for discovery on foot, our self-guided audio tour allows you to set the pace and explore at your leisure as you uncover the stories of this exciting city. You will learn about Riga’s history from its foundations as a trading port, to its rise in prominence as part of the Hanseatic League, the influence of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, and Latvia’s struggle for independence. To discover this magnificent city in your own time and at your own pace just download this self-guided audio tour, pop in your headphones, open the map that comes with your download and start walking. The tour will take approximately two hours, but you can pause the audio guide when needed. Grab a bite to eat or do some shopping along the way. Please note that this tour is only available in English.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$15.29
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$15.29
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Private Shore Excursion: Walking Tour of Riga

Private Shore Excursion: Walking Tour of Riga

Get to know the highlights of the center of Riga in a 3-hour walk with a professional guide who will accompany you from the ship and back. You will see Riga Castle, House of the Black Heads, St. Peter's Church, Riga Cathedral, Swedish Gate, Cat House, Latvian National Opera, etc.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$167.00
Price varies by group size
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$167.00
Price varies by group size
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Scavenger hunt through Riga's old town

Scavenger hunt through Riga's old town

First of all, you are flexible. You can start the quest anytime, any day in case the weather or your plans should change. You don't have to stick to a tour start, but leave when it suits you. Second, you can do it at your own pace. With the quest you determine your day. Do you want to set a time record or take your time to visit museums, churches, etc., that's up to you. It is also possible to have lunch breaks, go shopping or just let the city work its magic. After pressing the start button you have 12 hours to complete the quest. We love the flexibility of a quest and we are sure you will too. You don't have to pick up or bring anything back. Our motto: Book and start immediately!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$34.36
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$34.36
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Join-in Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Tour of Riga

Join-in Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Tour of Riga

The tour includes a sightseeing tour of Riga and a walking tour of the city center. You will see Daugava embankment, Riga Castle, House of the Black Heads, St. Peter's Church, Riga Cathedral, Art Nouveau Riga, Swedish Gate, Cat House, Latvian National Opera, Riga Art Nouveau, etc.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$216.00
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$216.00
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Riga old town walking tour

Riga old town walking tour

Walk with a local who can tell you all about Riga and has a longtime experience in guiding. My tour is not really a historicall lesson, but is more oriented on local traditions and how people live. Though some basic historical and cultural data you would absolutelly receive.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.55
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$35.55

Excursion to old town and center with guide, Riga

Excursion to old town and center with guide, Riga

Excursion during which you will get to know both Old Riga and central Riga, Freedom Monument, National opera, as well as the picturesque Bastion Hill. And have a nice guide who speaks in your language
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.55
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$35.55

Private Riga Tour and Jewish History Places

Private Riga Tour and Jewish History Places

5-hour sightseeing tour of the main attractions of Riga with photo stops and a coffee break. You will visit Synagogue, Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum and the Riga Art Nouveau Museum, as well as see Riga Castle, House of the Blackheads, St. Peter's Church, Riga Cathedral, Riga Art Nouveau, Swedish Gate, Cats House, etc. Attention! On Mondays, the entrance to the Art Nouveau museum will be replaced by a visit to the Dome Church.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$526.00
Price varies by group size
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$526.00
Price varies by group size
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Riga Ghost Tour & Balsam Tasting

Riga Ghost Tour & 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.
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  • 2 hours
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$303.72
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$303.72
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Private Tour: Highlights of Riga and Art Nouveau Museum

Private Tour: Highlights of Riga and Art Nouveau Museum

A 4-hour sightseeing tour of the main attractions of Riga with photo stops and a visit to the Riga Art Nouveau Museum. You will see Riga Castle, House of the Black Heads, St. Peter's Church, Riga Cathedral, Art Nouveau Riga, Swedish Gate, Cat House, Latvian National Opera, etc. Attention! On Mondays, the entrance to the Art Nouveau museum will be replaced by a visit to the Dome Church.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$453.00
Price varies by group size
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$453.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Riga Ghost Tour & Balsam Tasting

Riga Ghost Tour & 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.
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  • 2 hours
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$307.50
per group
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$307.50
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Private Riga Shore Excursion: City Tour and Jewish History Places

Private Riga Shore Excursion: City Tour and Jewish History Places

5-hour sightseeing tour of the main attractions of Riga with photo stops and a coffee break, as well as a visit to Synagogue, Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum and the Riga Art Nouveau Museum. You will see Riga Castle, House of the Blackheads, St. Peter's Church, Riga Cathedral, Riga Art Nouveau, Swedish Gate, Cats House, etc. Attention! On Mondays, the entrance to the Art Nouveau museum will be replaced by a visit to the Dome Church.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$483.00
Price varies by group size
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$483.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Shore Excursion: Highlights of Riga and Art Nouveau Museum

Private Shore Excursion: Highlights of Riga and Art Nouveau Museum

A 4-hour sightseeing tour of the main attractions of Riga with photo stops and a visit to the Riga Art Nouveau Museum. You will see Riga Castle, House of the Black Heads, St. Peter's Church, Riga Cathedral, Art Nouveau Riga, Swedish Gate, Cat House, Latvian National Opera, etc. Attention! On Mondays, the entrance to the Art Nouveau museum will be replaced by a visit to the Dome Church.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$372.00
Price varies by group size
From
$372.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Walking Tour of Riga

Private Walking Tour of Riga

4-hour walk with a professional guide in the historic center of Riga. You will see the Riga Castle, the House of the Blackheads, St. Peter's Church, the Riga Cathedral, the Swedish Gate, the Cat House, the Latvian National Opera, etc.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$258.00
Price varies by group size
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$258.00
Price varies by group size
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Should I book Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti) tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti) 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti) costs USD 15.29. Guided Swedish Gate (Zviedru Varti) tours start around USD 15.29 per person.
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