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Riga: Entrance Ticket - House of the Black Heads

1. Riga: Entrance Ticket - House of the Black Heads

Wander through centuries in House of the Black Heads! Feel the magic atmosphere of luxurious halls of celebrations, decorated with brilliant chandeliers and a gallery of royal portraits. Explore the mysterious medieval cellars and elaborate historical rooms with a surprising silverware collection. For the past 700 hundred years, the House of the Black Heads has pleased and enraptured inhabitants and guests of Riga. This is one of the most magnificent buildings in Riga, preserving both the unique historic heritage of the legendary Brotherhood of Black Heads and the history of Riga. For centuries House of the Black Heads was the cultural epicenter of Riga, gathering the most respectable inhabitants of Riga and their guests, during celebrations organized by the Black Heads and their successors. This building, which is situated in the heart of Old Riga, is the symbol of Riga and among the central premises of representation of Riga – not for nothing also the President of Latvia has chosen House of the Black Heads as his temporary residence for almost four years!

Riga Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

2. Riga Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

Get to know Riga at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Riga’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Start the activity anytime, the schedule is indicative. Start your tour at the imposing Latvian National Museum of Art! Visit the Freedom Monument a symbol of Riga. Learn about Laimas Pulkstenis this magnificent watch with rare architecture and admire the Powder Tower which is one of the oldest in Europe. The Swedish Gate will surprise you, with its terrible legend. Visit the oldest housing complex the unique aesthetics. Then Riga Castle awaits you, don't forget to take pictures! Riga Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent interior and exterior. Admire the House of the Blackheads with its unique colors and architecture. The icing on the cake of this unique tour will be St. Peter's Church, which will mark you for the rest of your life with the unique view from its tower.

Riga Classical Old Town 2-Hour Walking Tour

3. Riga Classical Old Town 2-Hour Walking Tour

Discover Old Town Riga on a 2-hour walking tour through the historic and geographical center of the city. Listen as your guide tells you the real stories and legends of the Old Town and points out the sights of interest. First, visit the most impressive building in Riga; the House of Blackheads. It was completely destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in 1999. Then you will see the complex of living buildings known as "3 Brothers," considered the oldest stone building in Riga. Continuing your walk, pass by Riga Castle, Riga Cathedral, the Old City Wall and Swedish Gate, the Powder Tower, and even the Art Nouveau Cat House. When your tour ends, you will emerge with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the historic Old Town and the history of Riga itself.

Riga: 2-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town

4. Riga: 2-Hour Walking Tour in the Old Town

On this 2-hour walking tour you will explore the Old Town of Riga, the historical and geographical center of Riga on the right bank of the Daugava River. The Old Town covers a relatively small inner area of the old fortifications where unique monuments of medieval architecture are concentrated. The professional guide will show you around the Old Town and tell you all about the history and culture of the city, as well as answer your questions. The walking tour starts at the Town Hall Square, which was the central square of the city from the 13th century to the 19th century. The most famous building in the square is the magnificent Gothic-style House of the Blackheads. During the tour you will also see famous spots of Riga, such St. Peter's Church, the Swedish Gate, and the Powder Tower. Experience the aura of an ancient city as you walk down the narrow streets, where unique complexes of residential houses and sacral buildings are found. Here you can explore the 13th century Riga Cathedral, the Gothic-style St. Peter's Church, the beautiful Synagogue of Old Riga, the Convent Yard of the Holy Spirit, the Three Brothers residential housing complex, Riga Castle, St. George's Church, and St. Jacob's Cathedral. You can also discover Riga's hanseatic past at the Large Guild and the Small Guild, as well as at the reconstructed House of the Blackheads. Recall the medieval times, when Riga was a mighty harbor and a member of the Hanseatic League, which joined traders of the Baltic region with north Germany.

Riga's Old Center and Art Nouveau Tour

5. Riga's Old Center and Art Nouveau Tour

During the guided tour you'll walk along the narrow streets of the Medieval Hanseatic Old Town and enjoy the splendors of the Dome cathedral, Old Guild house, and Riga castle. The walking tour starts at the Town Hall Square which was the central square of the city from 13th up to 19th century. The most famous building of the square is the magnificent gothic House of the Blackheads. During the tour you will also see such famous spots of Riga as St. Peters Church, Swedish Gates, and Powder Tower.  Roughly thirty per cent of buildings in the center of Riga are art nouveau, which is more than any other European city. Moreover, art and architecture connoisseurs believe that it is in Riga that art nouveau found its especially powerful and sweeping expression. In order to preserve Old Riga, Riga’s wooden building,s and the art nouveau architecture, the historical center of Riga has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The areas where art nouveau features most lavishly are Alberta Street and the so-called embassy district nearby.

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What people are saying about House of the Blackheads

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 72 reviews

Just great! Explore the city with fun without a tour group and without time pressure and discover and experience a lot. Since it rained continuously after 2 hours on the first day, we interrupted the scavenger hunt & were able to continue it the next day without any problems.

Very nice tour with a good selection of different puzzle types. We made small stops between the individual places and took a closer look at the surroundings, so we were able to discover a lot of beautiful things. We definitely liked it a lot!

Fantastic activity to get to know the city, the riddles had the right level of complexity to be neither too easy nor too difficult

No waiting time. Beautiful building! Just fantastic!

Very nice guide, knows a lot and super interesting