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House of the Blackheads (Melngalvju Nams) Tours

House of the Blackheads (Melngalvju Nams)
Built in 1334 for the Brotherhood of Blackheads—a guild for unmarried German merchants in Latvia—the House of the Blackheads (Melngalvju Nams) is one of Riga’s grandest buildings. This Gothic structure, which features an elaborate Renaissance facade, now functions as a venue for concerts, exhibitions, and festive events, and the interior is open for visitors to explore.

The Basics
Inside the House of the Blackheads, you'll find magnificent crystal chandeliers, a painted ceiling above the conference hall, and exact replicas of 19th-century chairs and sofas; the exterior is the perfect backdrop for a photo. There’s an admission fee to enter the building and an additional fee for a guided tour. Walking tours of Riga typically include a visit to the building, although usually only allow you time to view the facade.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • House of the Blackheads is a must-visit for architecture and history lovers.
  • Admission to the building includes access to its halls, cabinets, and medieval cellars.
  • The house is home to the Baltics’ largest private silverware collection.

How to Get There
House of the Blackheads is located in the heart of Old City Riga (Vecriga) and is within an easy reach of many hotels and attractions, including City Hall and Riga Cathedral. The closest tram station is Grecinieku iela, which is served by lines 1, 2, 5, and 10.

When to Get There

House of the Blackheads is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 6pm. The building also opens in the evening for occasional special events. Check the website for details.

A Motto to Rebuild

The House of the Blackheads has been rebuilt on several occasions, most recently in the 1990s, long after having being completely destroyed during World War II. This commitment to rebuilding fulfills the words engraved above the entrance: “Should I ever crumble to dust, rebuild my walls you must!” Look out for the motto before you enter.
Address: Rātslaukums 7, Centra rajons, Riga LV - 1050, Latvia
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Private Photoshoot Tour in Riga

Private Photoshoot Tour in Riga

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"Discover Old Riga" is a spontaneous photo walk activity that will show you around the beautiful Old Town of Riga, during a 90 min. waking tour along the most emblematic spots. Using its medieval streets and historical buildings as unique creative backgrounds, you will have a professional photoshoot taken along the way, while learning stories and interesting facts about Riga's fascinating medieval past. The resulting pictures will be edited and sent to your email within 3 working days. Overall, an exciting activity for couples, families, groups of friends or solo travellers who want to experience Riga in the most unique way!
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Private Tour of Riga

Private Tour of Riga

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Riga, the historic capital of Latvia, holds multi-dimensional appeal. Opt for a personalized experience of the city on a private 2-hour walking tour of Old City Riga (Vecriga) and other monumental highlights. While you receive undivided attention, you’ll tick off top attractions such as St. Peter’s Church, Riga Dome Cathedral, and the Gunpowder Tower. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Private grand Riga city tour

Private grand Riga city tour

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Firstly, after selecting most suitable transport – passenger car or minivan your tour will start along the central boulevards of Riga to Art Nouveau district.  You will be able to discover one of the largest and best-preserved collections of Art Nouveau buildings in the world. After that district excursion will continue to the Riga Central market, where on the way you will be able to enjoy City Canal parks, the Fine Arts Museum, the Freedom Monumen and Daugava river with its bridges. Reaching the Riga Central market you will enjoy the diversity of typical national food. Secondly, you will have the opportunity to leave your transport and continue with a walking tour through Riga Old Town seeing most famous sights like St. Peter's Church, St. Jacobs Church, Dom Square, and St. Dom Cathedral. You will be introduced with a secretes of Cat House and will see Town Hall Square with beautiful and elegant Blackheads House.
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Riga Old Town walking tour

Riga Old Town walking tour

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Get an orientation to Riga on this no-cost tour with a guide providing navigation and insightful commentary. This is a great overview of the city for first-time visitors or travelers who prefer to explore on their own; you can get tips on where to visit further after the tour. You can also taste some local Latvian specialities and ask plenty of questions.
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Old Town And Art Nouveau Walking Tour Of Riga

Old Town And Art Nouveau Walking Tour Of Riga

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Explore Riga’s Old Town and art nouveau architecture on a 3-hour walking tour with an informative guide. Stroll the cobbled Old Town lanes past gabled houses, and see highlights including the House of the Blackheads and St. Peter’s Church. Then, pass the Laima Clock tower, walk through Opera Park, and explore the art nouveau district, home to many buildings designed in the flamboyant, early 20th-century style. Admire Riga Opera House and the mansions along Albert Street, and visit the Art Nouveau Museum to learn about this artistic architectural movement.
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Old Town Walking Tour of Riga

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Get to know Riga’s Old Town on a 2-hour walking tour, and view the city’s historical highpoints. As you stroll from sight to sight, hear about the city’s past as a mighty seaport during the Middle Ages, and enjoy photo stops at the prettiest medieval landmarks, such as the Old Guild House, Powder Tower and magnificent House of the Blackheads. Learn about the Riga’s role as a member of the powerful Hanseatic League between the 1400s and 1600s, and discover must-sees such as St Peter’s Church and the Swedish Gate.
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Riga Highlights and Art Nouveau Museum Private Tour

Riga Highlights and Art Nouveau Museum Private Tour

With just one day in port in Riga, the most convenient way to take in the highlights is on a private guided tour. This shore excursion includes a walking tour of the UNESCO-listed Old Town, a visit to the Art Nouveau Museum, and free time to shop for souvenirs. Port pickup and drop-off is included.
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Private Riga Old Town Walking Tour

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Get to know Riga on foot on this private walking tour. Wander through the city’s scenic cobblestone streets and learn about the history of Riga from a guide. Explore Old Town and see sights that include St. Peter's Church, St. Jacobs Church, St. Dom Cathedral, the Powder Tower, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, and more.
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Shore Excursion: Riga Highlights Tour with Art Nouveau Museum

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Check out Riga on this shore excursion that starts from the port. With a guide, you’ll take a panoramic sightseeing tour to see Riga Castle and a wealth of monuments around the pretty Latvian capital. Stroll around Riga Old Town to hear the history behind the House of the Blackheads, then finish with a visit to the UNESCO-listed central district and the Art Nouveau Museum.
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Private Walking Tour of Riga Old Town

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Delve into Riga’s enchanting Old Town on foot on a 2-hour private tour, with your own professional guide. Stroll from sight to sight, and hear intriguing tales and history as you see pretty landmarks such as the Three Brothers, St. George’s Church and the Powder Tower. Learn about the city’s medieval past and amble around Town Hall Square to admire the gabled buildings and House of the Blackheads, one of Riga’s architectural treasures. If there’s something you want to see more of, let your guide know: the itinerary is flexible.
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Riga's Night Photoshoot Tour

Riga's Night Photoshoot Tour

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There are places that have a special magic at night, and Riga is definitely on of them… "Riga's night" is an exclusive night photo walk around the beautiful Old Town of Riga, using its street lights and enlightened buildings as unique backgrounds where to take your most artistic pictures while learning stories and facts about Riga's medieval past. The resulting pictures will be edited and sent to your email within 3 working days. Overall, an alternative photoshoot-tour experience for those who want to enjoy Riga in the most creative way!
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Riga Self-Guided Audio Tour

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Instead of joining a large group tour that keeps to a rigid itinerary, explore Riga at your own pace with this self-guided audio tour. At a time of your choosing, download the entertainingly-narrated mp3 audio guide and map and embark upon your self-paced tour that takes you through the flat cobblestone streets to such top attractions as Riga Castle and the National Opera House of Riga.
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Best of Riga Join-in Shore Excursion

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Explore Riga highlights on a half-day shore excursion that combines the benefits of a coach tour with the up-close experience of a walking tour. You’ll cover key sites by bus, then leave the vehicle behind to discover the narrow, cobblestone streets of Old City Riga (Vecriga). There, pass by the House of Blackheads, Latvian National Opera, and Riga Castle before returning to the ship.
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Join-in Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Tour of Riga

Join-in Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Tour of Riga

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The Instagrammable Places of Riga with a Local

The Instagrammable Places of Riga with a Local

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Private Shore Excursion: Highlights of Riga and Art Nouveau Museum

Private Shore Excursion: Highlights of Riga and Art Nouveau Museum

A 4-hour sightseeing tour of the main attractions of Riga with photo stops and a visit to the Riga Art Nouveau Museum. You will see Riga Castle, House of the Black Heads, St. Peter's Church, Riga Cathedral, Art Nouveau Riga, Swedish Gate, Cat House, Latvian National Opera, etc. Attention! On Mondays, the entrance to the Art Nouveau museum will be replaced by a visit to the Dome Church.
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  • 4 hours
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Old Riga walking tour

Old Riga walking tour

The central story of the tour will to fully explain the answer to a legendary question “Why Riga will never be ready and completed to the end." This is a true legend - the Latvian capital is not afraid of change and is proud of ambitious plans. You will see the most interesting places in the Old Riga, once surrounded by ramparts. Guide will show bring you along the narrowest street of the Old Town and get acquainted with the “Three Brothers”. During this tour, you will see remarkable sights like St. Peter's Church, St. Jacobs Church, St. Dom Cathedral, Dom Square and the Great and Small Guilds. You will see fragments of powerful city fortifications - towers, ditches, fortress walls - and make a wish, passing through the Swedish gate. You will be introduced with a secretes of Cats House and will see Town Hall Square with beautiful and elegant Blackheads House. 
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Private Walking Tour of Riga

Private Walking Tour of Riga

4-hour walk with a professional guide in the historic center of Riga. You will see the Riga Castle, the House of the Blackheads, St. Peter's Church, the Riga Cathedral, the Swedish Gate, the Cat House, the Latvian National Opera, etc.
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Private Shore Excursion: Walking Tour of Riga

Private Shore Excursion: Walking Tour of Riga

Get to know the highlights of the center of Riga in a 3-hour walk with a professional guide who will accompany you from the ship and back. You will see Riga Castle, House of the Black Heads, St. Peter's Church, Riga Cathedral, Swedish Gate, Cat House, Latvian National Opera, etc.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour: Highlights of Riga and Art Nouveau Museum

Private Tour: Highlights of Riga and Art Nouveau Museum

A 4-hour sightseeing tour of the main attractions of Riga with photo stops and a visit to the Riga Art Nouveau Museum. You will see Riga Castle, House of the Black Heads, St. Peter's Church, Riga Cathedral, Art Nouveau Riga, Swedish Gate, Cat House, Latvian National Opera, etc. Attention! On Mondays, the entrance to the Art Nouveau museum will be replaced by a visit to the Dome Church.
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Private Riga Tour and Jewish History Places

Private Riga Tour and Jewish History Places

5-hour sightseeing tour of the main attractions of Riga with photo stops and a coffee break. You will visit Synagogue, Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum and the Riga Art Nouveau Museum, as well as see Riga Castle, House of the Blackheads, St. Peter's Church, Riga Cathedral, Riga Art Nouveau, Swedish Gate, Cats House, etc. Attention! On Mondays, the entrance to the Art Nouveau museum will be replaced by a visit to the Dome Church.
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Jewish Heritage of Riga Private Tour

Jewish Heritage of Riga Private Tour

Meet your guide and driver by the ship / hotel and start Riga sightseeing tour by bus with overview of Jewish history and sites. Driving along the scenic Daugava riverbank, we will admire the medieval heart of Riga, the Old Town. We will take a stroll through the magnificent squares and medieval streets of this Hanseatic merchants town. On our way we will see the Town Hall and House of Blackheads. Our next stop is at the Synagogue - a unique building with a fascinating history. Leaving the city center behind, we will now head to discover a period in time, where the most beautiful houses in Riga were built in art nouveau style. The Art Nouveau Museum exhibits the best of it in a charming and inviting way. Thereafter, Riga Ghetto and Holocaust museum visit (Note: donation required). The tour includes some free time for shopping and roundtrip transfer from cruise port. At the end of the tour you will be taken back to the ship/hotel. • Guaranteed skip-the-line entrance
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Architectural Walk of Riga with a Local

Architectural Walk of Riga with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Discover the most impressive buildings in Riga and learn about each one and its characteristics in this invigorating architectural walk. Join me on this adventure and discover the beauty and unique characteristics of the city’s most significant buildings and get to know a bit more about the local culture in Latvia from my own perspective. During this walk you will become better acquainted with the local architecture, while also learning about the way in which this has changed over the years, with the city becoming more modern while still keeping its unique character. By the way, did you know that Riga is architecturally considered to be the Art Nouveau capital of the world?
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$60.22
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Photogenic Riga with a Local

Photogenic Riga with a Local

This Experience is provided by a private local. Come with me to discover the city of Riga through your camera lens! Join me on this short city walk for the unique opportunity to get to know the city from an insider’s point of view and take stunning pictures of it at the same time! Our walk will take us from the historical Old Town to the world-famous Art Nouveau district of Riga. While you use your camera to capture the beauty of Riga, you will get to discover local spots and hidden gems that your typical tourist tour won’t show you. Treat your curiosity by discovering an alternative side of Riga and all the unique beauty it has to offer! Don't forget to book the Experience at a suitable time to have the best light possible for the pictures! Once we reach the Opera house, you can continue walking by the canal to take amazing photos in either direction, capturing the authentic blend of the old and the new in Riga!
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  • 2 hours
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$31.96
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