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Behind The Iron Curtain- Soviet Time Suburbs of Riga

Soviet iron curtain has fallen and now the whole world has opportunity to see what was once behind it for 46 years when Latvia was part of the Soviet Union (USSR). Use this chance to see the raw parts of Riga which are usually missed by tourist eyes. We like to think that Riga is not only the Old Town, there is much more to it.
TransportSummerWinter| Duration: ~4 Hrs
Price & Booking
Price: 22 Eur per person*
Price includes:
  • Guide who is also a local resident of Kengarags
  • Transportation

*Price is provided for the complete groups! To get quote for your group size click "+ Book This Tour"!
About this tour
    This tour will introduce you with Eastern part of Riga, suburbs named Ķengarags, one of the biggest suburbs of Riga where citizens of Riga actually live and the local way of life can be seen.

    For about four hours you will be in the area built during the Soviet times, where not a lot of things have changed since the fall of the iron curtain except that MIG airplanes are not shaking windows of houses with noise when taking off the military airfield just a few kilometers away from this area.

    The architecture (living houses, schools, suburbs) had same standards around the USSR, sometimes even identic suburbs were built in different cities. Visit of this area will give you an insight into how other suburbs of USSR looked.

    Tour will take you also to a local bistro to enjoy the Russian cuisine which will give you another dimension of experience.

  • Building of a popular former Soviet time Riga restaurant

  • Train station from which thousands of latvians were deported to Sibiria in Russia

  • Residential yards

  • Tipical Schools and other buildings of the Soviet time

  • Promenade of Kengargs

  • Russian traditional cuisine bistro

  • Local market in Kengarags

Reviews of This Tour
"Riga Communist Tour"
Reviewed January 30, 2015
Simon from United Kingdom
We were met at or hotel by Rihards who took us on a bus about 15 miles top the suburbs of Riga. We had a walk around & were shown many interesting things about Latvia under Soviet rule. This is were people still live. We then went for a traditional Russian meal & after Rihards took back to the hotel door by tram. The whole private tour lasted about 4.5 hours I cannot recommend this tour enough.

Visited January 2015
"Interesting tour with good background information"
Reviewed April 9, 2014
Dominic from Rüfenacht, Switzerland
The tour shows a different site or area of Riga, which you would normally not visit as a tourist. The information about the Sovjet time was first-hand and very interesting.

Visited April 2014
"Behind The Iron Curtain"
Reviewed March 26, 2014
Lizzie from Redcar, United Kingdom
Rihards made this tour very interesting indeed, there were things he shared with us that we would never have discovered for ourselves. It was a very informative and interesting tour and Rihards was very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the tour very much and spending time together. We would definitley use Discover Latvia again as they are more up to the minute tours.

Visited March 2014
"Many contrasts and big experience"
Reviewed October 29, 2012
Dennis from Snekkersten, Denmark
My girlfriend and I took the trip "Behind The Iron Curtain-Soviet Time Suburbs of Riga" from "Discover-Latvia.lv". We were picked up at the hotel by two very enthusiastic hosts, Rihards and Juris and the trip took place in public transport. Both bus and tram. Here we got a glimpse of Latvians everyday, which is much more than "Old-city" which tourists usually only sees. We were on and off a few times and got to see a lot of the areas and neighborhoods where "ordinary" citizens of Latvia living in everyday life. The tour also involved a visit to a Russian restaurant which featured a huge and delicious buffet of mixed dishes from the former Soviet Union and the Latvian cuisine today. We went for a old militarie-base from the Sovjet. We walked past some old disused factories and got an explanation for why things were so. We asked many questions along the way and no question went unanswered and the two guys seemed very committed to their work. Thumbs up from here - we look forward to visit Riga again and try some other trips from this homepage.

Visited October 2012
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