Riga Art Nouveau Walking Tour
We are on HOLIDAYS! and there will be NO TOUR running from October 20 to October 25.
We are back with you – our dear guests, on October 26th! Welcome!
Riga is a pearl of Art Nouveau architecture! There is no other city in the world with a collection of over 750 art nouveau buildings! Many of the houses have been renewed and therefore are a true pleasure for your eyes.
As you walk on the streets of Riga, you will see that Art Nouveau architecture houses are decorated with symbolic signs and hidden codes. If you want to know what are the meanings behind these symbols join our exciting Riga Art Nouveau and Boulevard Walking Tour!
On this tour you will do & learn:
- History of boulevard district
- Art Nouveau style
- Secrets behind symbols
- Inhabitant stories
- Enter some buildings
- walk the green parks
We run this tour – EVERY DAY at 15.30. from Riga Trips meeting point at Laima clock. At the meeting point, we will wait for you dressed in RigaTrips green T-shirt with RigaTrips sign in our hands!
Come and join the tour on the spot, we are sure there will be a place for you, but if you choose to book the tour in advance, we will provide you with booking confirmation.
There is no payment requested when you book the tour, as we are collecting payment for the tour at the meeting point in CASH and exchange it for RigaTrips Ticket of the tour.
SPECIAL OFFER for FAMILIES – kids join FREE, only parents pay for the tour!
- Departure Laima clock, near Freedom monument
- Departure Time Every day at 15:30 PM
- Return Time 17.30 PM on corner of Elizabetes and Strelnieku street.
- Dress Code Casual and vacational | Hat - from mid September till mid April | Comfortable walking shoes | Umbrella will be useful on a rainy day
- Included Best photo spots adviceEntrance to hallway where other groups cannot accessKnowledgable and passionate local tour guide
- Not Included Food samples of traditional Latvian food – cheese, meat, bread, fish, meat and more.FREE tasting of Latvian traditional dark chocolate LAIMAFREE tasting of Riga Black Balsam
ART NOUVEAU TOUR at 15.30 meeting point is Laima clock.
RigaTrips MEETING POINTS
meeting point is Museum of Mencendorfa nams, Grecinieku street 18.
We will wait you in our meeting points dressed in RigaTrips green T-shirt or jacket.
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Riga Art Nouveau Walking Tour is a focused tour from Rigatrips with close attention on main treasure of Riga – the beauty you see as you walk on streets but often do not notice, as you need to lift up your head to observe it fully. Come to our tour with knowledgabe and entertaing tour guide, who will point out your eyes to exciting details you would otherwise miss.
Tour starts at Laima clock – Rigatrips meeting point, from where we will walk you to - „silent centre” of Riga, that has become unofficial centre of art nouveau architecture, as it has widest compilation of most decorative art nouveau buildings. Alberta Street, one of the TOP 3 must see in Riga as suggested by Latvia travel tourist information site - will be our main target of the tour.
We will pass every building on the street and learn all the details of most of the houses, as well as find out about life in Riga around change of centuries in years 1900 – 1914, just before the World War I.
Art Nouveau area also houses museum of art nouveau that has a wide selection of interior decors and is pleasant way to walk through as offers fully furished and equipped apartment from 100 years ago showing how rich inhabitants of Riga then were leading their lifestyle. We will show you where museum is located and also bring you to passway of the house to show you interior decorations – to expand your experience with art nouveau architecture style.
Knowledgable local tour guides, members of association of professional tour guides will point at important details of houses, tell you the meaning of symbols used on the house by architects as well as share our proudness of the country – local architect names and their life stories.
More on Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau was an artistic movement which peaked in popularity in Europe between 1890 and 1905 which was practiced in the fields of art, architecture and applied art. It is a French term meaning "new art" and is characterized by organic and plant motifs as well as other highly stylized forms. The organic forms often took the form of sudden violent curves which were often referenced by the term whiplash. Its short success was a reaction against the late 19th century academic art and was replaced by the development of 20th century modernist styles.
Architecture particularly shows this synthesis of ornamentand structure; a liberal combination of materials—ironwork, glass, ceramic, and brickwork—was employed, for example, in the creation of unified interiors in which columns and beams became thick vines with spreading tendrils and windows became both openings for light and air and membranous outgrowths of the organic whole. This approach was directly opposed to the traditional architectural values of reason and clarity of structure. Art Nouveau buildings were erected in cities throughout Europe; increasingly urban populations needed new places to live, and changing infrastructure meant many opportunities for new architecture.
The Art Nouveau architecture in Riga makes up roughly one third of all the buildings in the centre of Riga, making the Latvia capital the city with the highest concentration of Art Nouveau architecture anywhere in the world. Built during a period of rapid economic growth, most of Riga's Art Nouveau buildings date from between 1904 and 1914.