The 5 km must see tour around the Old Town of Riga is a amazing tour with a highly diverse architecture. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the architectural pearls from different centuries.
The running tour starts at the Latvian National Opera – the unique 19th century architectural pearl, nowadays famous for presenting high class classical opera, modern opera and ballet performances.
We will continue running passing by the Freedom Monument which has been Riga’s central landmark for almost a century. This almost 50 m tall granite and copper work of art is a symbol of the Latvian nation’s fighting for freedom and independence. It is often a point of public gatherings and official ceremonies in Riga.
Enjoying all the spectacular views of different architecture we will reach St.Peter’s Church and the Dome Cathedral – a unique church of cathedral type with monastery and the oldest and grandest church in Latvia.
In the Middle Ages, Riga had a port and was a member of the Hanseatic League, which was a confederation of merchant cities of the Baltic Sea in the Baltic region and Germany. The prosperity of this period we will see by visiting the Small and Great Guild halls, as well as the House of the Blackheads with the statue of Rolands in front of it.
On this running tour we will also run by the Riga castle which was constructed in 1330 as a residence for the master of the Livonian Order.
Before we run back to our starting point, narrow cobble-stone streets will lead us to Three brothers – the oldest medieval dwelling houses in Riga.
This 5 km tour is amazing opportunity to have an easy run and enjoy the historical views of old Riga dating back many centuries and every building has its own story. Come, we will have a great run or jog!