My name is Philip Birzulis, and I'm a tour guide in Riga, the capital of Latvia - the heart of the Baltics!
I was born in Australia in a migrant Latvian family. Latvia regained its independence in the early 1990s, and after getting a degree in history at Sydney University I came here for a brief visit, which turned into a full-blown love affair with the country stretching more than 24 years. I've worked in Riga as a journalist, a translator and a tour guide, because I want to share my passion for this place with visitors.
Riga has so much to offer! Fascinating history. Stunning architecture from medieval cathedrals to art nouveau gems and some eye-popping Soviet buildings. Exquisite art, bustling markets, vibrant nightlife and delicious cuisine. Above all, the city has lots of amazing stories, and I'd love to share them with you on a walking tour or using my car (there's room for four passengers). Every visitor is unique, and I can tailor a tour to suit you. So contact me today and let's hit the streets of Riga together!
I also do free tours, i.e. based on tips, a few days a week. On Fridays and Saturdays, join my Best of Riga Walking Tour, starting at 11.00 from the House of Blackheads, covering the highlights of the city. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I run an in-depth Art Nouveau tour leaving from the Rainis Monument in Esplanāde Park at 14.00. And I'll be launching an Old Town walk in June. Please go to the links above to book a place on my free tours!
See you in Latvia!
People often ask for my recommendations as a local about where to eat, hang out and have fun after my tours. So I've put together this guide to special places where you can get a taste of the real city, away from the tourist traps. As we say in Latvian - baudiet Rīgu! Enjoy Riga!