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“Back in time to Soviet Union”

Riga Radio and TV Tower
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Everyone sees the TV tower. But it's not advertised for tourists, it's not really maintained and it's even a bit difficult to reach. I assume Latvians don't really like this piece of USSR.
But if you're fan of travelling back in time, it's worth the walk.

Thank hevoonen
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

This is well worth a visit, yet appears to be undervalued by most locals.
Drove onto island from the bridge, no problem finding entrance.
The tower is an incredible structure and the entry price is very reasonable at 2.60 lats for adults.
Upon arrival in the main reception area we found nobody around, almost likened to an abandoned building but there was a sign in Latvian stating the guide would be back shortly.
She came down in no time and after receiving payment led us towards a lift explaining the history of the tower in latvian.
The lift ride up in on of the curved legs is an experience in itself, taking 42 seconds to travel 97m, rattling along the way but the relaxed nature of the guide helps you realise the lights going off for a split second is the norm.
The views once up the tower are amazing, on a clear day you can see 20km in all directions, best views of Riga by far.
The guide also explained that there is to be major development on the island starting in 2 years that will include an amusement park with roller coasters etc.
Leaving the tower, we discovered the guides cat walking around reception making it rather surreal but giving it a personal touch you would not expect.
Completely different to any experience in a tower in the west which would involve checkpoints and security checks etc.
Would recommend to anyone, great value and an interesting experience in many ways. Not overly exciting but what do expect from something like this.
Well worth a visit.

4  Thank googlies99
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Don't be put off by the lack of signs. We walked from the hotel hansa. Care when crossing the bridge. You do not need to walk on the traffic level. There is a lower walk deck which we found on the way back! To get in take the first open gate on the right then through the car park and up the steps to the lobby. Look for the office in front and when you have paid the lady will take you up for lats 2.60. Good views.

Thank Steve_Grant1
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The tower was supposed to be closed at 5 pm but when we rived 5:02 the ticket lady greeted us happily and led us to the elevator. The view was amazing. I think the Riga TV tower is underrated, maybe because it has no cafeteria/restaurant as many others?

Thank Varulla
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Riga Radio and TV Tower (368m)
-LVRTC Tower-
I walked on a lovely day from the old town across the main bridge use the underside of the bridge.
Once on the island its pretty much deserted except for people using the quiet roads to learnt to drive.
At the main entrance there is small gate beside the electric gate for vehicle entry on here is the opening times and I was in Luck.
You gain access by this gate and proceed via the small subway with stained glass artwork probably back to the communist era showing all the heights of the Former U.S.S.R's towers this one being the second largest in Europe.
The Riga Radio and TV Tower (Rīgas radio un televīzijas tornis) in Riga, Latvia is the tallest structure in the Baltic countries. It was built between 1979 and 1986. Its highest point reaches 368.5 m (1209 ft), which makes it the second tallest tower in Europe and eleventh in the world. There is an observation platform at the height of 97 m, Riga) from which most of the city can be seen (and in good weather, the Gulf of Riga), and many of the city surroundings.
The tower is built on an island called Zaķusala in the middle of the River Daugava, and the base of the tower is located in the altitude of about 7 m above mean sea level. The tower is said to be able to withstand even extreme wind, at speeds of up to 44 m/s (98 mph), without any noticeable vibration amplitude.
There are two elevators, one in the north-east pillar and one in south-west pillar. The third pillar has the stairs.
The tower started broadcasting in 1986 My guide was Latvian and spoke only Russian or Latvian and a tiny amount of English.
Once up the tower at the observation deck its like being on a set of a bond movie very 1970's worth going just to climb the 90 odd metres in about 20 seconds,when you see the angle of the legs on this lovely building It will bug you how the lifts actually work and so fast too!

Views are awesome,I managed to dodge a rain shower and lots of kids were coming and going in school parties.
It must have been some place in its heyday with a piano in the corner so it has been used to for some grand entertainment over the years?

It looks tiny until your underneath it,its massive trust me and worth the 5 Lats entry which to be honest is nothing in the real world,She got another 5 from me just for gibbering in Russian.
I would go back again as the views even from the observation height are amazing,I dread they day when they don't use this and rely on satellites which even from the garden they knew was going to happen back in the day!

1  Thank RoamingRoy
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