|Sightseeing tour by car or bus
Duration: ~ 1,5 h
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The development of Riga always has been kept in step with the times. The city has always been keeping up with current trends in architecture and urban planning, but at the same time it has been preserved the city’s integrity in the course of development. Nowadays the historical centre of Riga holds only 4,4 sq. km of area. It includes the medieval core – Old Riga, as well as former suburbs surrounding the medieval town that were laid out in the beginning of the 19th century. At the beginning the imposing wooden buildings in neoclassical style have been built here, but later when permanent stone buildings were allowed instead, the buildings in the Art Nouveau style appeared. In 1997 the historical centre of Riga has been inscripted into the list of UNESCO World Heritage.
This sightseeing tour is a great opportunity to know what else Riga is proud of besides the city’s ancient part – Old Riga. The city outside the old fortress walls looks quite different. Spacious boulevards have replaced narrow winding streets, low houses – respectable multi-storey apartment houses. This is New Riga – a new in spirit and implementation.
During the sightseeing tour you will get acquainted with a development of the Boulevard ring, see Art Nouveau style masterpieces, find out where Riga's Russian merchants built their houses, admire the panorama of the old town from the opposite bank of the Daugava River, appreciate Riga's success in preserving the "wooden" heritage, and also visit remote corners of the historical centre, where you don’t want to go by foot.