Riga Wooden Architecture Tour

Red historic timber house with white shutters in Riga's Agenskalns district

About the Tour

Wooden house in Riga's Agenskalns district with two silver skyscraper towers in background
Wooden house in Āgenskalns

With over 4,000 historic timber buildings, Riga has one of the richest collections of wooden architecture in the world. 


This tour is a journey through the history of these beautiful structures, and a chance to see some of the finest examples, inside and out.

hammers and nails

The wooden Church of Jesus in Riga
The Church of Jesus

The tour begins with a walk in central Riga to explore timber buildings with two centuries of history, including Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Church and Riga Design and Art High School.


We then drive to the Maskačka district to see the Lutheran Church of Jesus and different styles of wooden working class houses.

Blue and white wooden mansion on Kipsala Island in Riga
Captain's home on Kipsala

Next we cross the Daugava to Ķīpsala Island for grand ships' captain's home and timber Art Nouveau gems. 


Then we go to the Āgenskalns neighbourhood to see 19th century aristocrats' summer mansions and the Kalnciems Quarter, a restored ensemble of timber houses housing a cafe and a weekend market.



Riga tour guide Philip Birzulis with a group outside a yellow timber house in Riga
Philip conducting a Wooden Riga tour

The final stop will be Hotel Janne, a model of timber restoration and a buzzing urban beekeeping centre. We will have the chance to sample the delicious honey gathered there.


The tour is by car driven by the guide. I will meet you at your hotel and also drive you back to the city centre. Maximum of 6 persons per group. Duration: 4 hours. Price: 190 euros for one person, 200 euros for two people, 210 euros for three people, 220 euros for four people, 230 euros for five people, 240 euros for 6 people.

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