Duration: 3 hours
This tour runs every day
- Morning departure at 10:00
- Afternoon departure at 14:30
- We meet at the Freedom Monument (Lady Liberty holding stars). Your guide will have a signboard which says Walks In Europe.
Riga Behind the Iron Curtain – Soviet Times Heritage
Get to know another face of Riga, a part of its history which locals very often avoid talking about.
21st of August 1991 will never be erased from the Latvian people’s hearts and memories. It’s the date when Latvia was declared an independent country. Not anymore part of the Soviet Union, but an independent country with a right to own a flag, a hymn, and values. It’s been more than 25 years since the day Latvia became independent, but ghosts from the Soviet union buildings, and memories, can’t be erased that easily.
Join our walking tour and find out how it was to live in a city under the Soviet Union’s influence. You will be able to hear how the occupation affected local people’s lives then and now. We will visit mythical buildings like the famous KGB.
The big highlight from this walking tour will be the observation deck in the Latvian Academy of Science, where you will be able to oversee the impressive panorama and hear how this building was used during the Soviet times. Fun fact, this building sometimes is referred to as ‘’Stalin’s Birthday Cake’’. Our professional and friendly tour guide will tell many stories related to the past of the Academy of Science. From the observatory deck, you can see the Central Market, the National Library and the little boats running along the river of Daugava.
This walking tour will bring you also to the Suburbs of Riga. Kengarags is where the Russian speakers live. Latvia has a tortured history and in Kengarags, you will be able to see former houses, markets, and a local life frozen in the Soviet past and still preserve the spirit with symbols that are long forbidden.
In the end, our tour guide will bring you to Soviet times cafeteria, where you will be able to try typical foods of Soviet time, to get an even better taste of past.
- A small group of maximum 8 people or choose to go private
- Learn about the development of Riga- from the Soviet time until today
- Observe the panorama from the ‘’Stalin’s Birthday Cake’’ building
- See the Tornkalns deportation memorial- the place from which Latvians were deported to Siberia, Russia
- Visit the KGB building- former prison cells, basements, examination room.
- See the Kengarags- Russian speaking people suburb of Riga
- Learn about life during the occupation
- See Soviet Victory monument- celebrating a victory of USSR against Nazi Germany. Find out why this monument is so disliked by Latvians.
- Taste typical Soviet time food.
- Entrance fee to KGB museum.
- Professional and friendly guide resident of Riga.
- Small-group tour of max 8 persons.
- Entrance ticket to the Academy of Science Observatory.