Latvian City: Liepaja

Interesting pedestrian street Tirgon, Church of St. Anna (1508 g.), Trinity Church (1742-1758.) with one of the largest bodies of the world, the open-air concert hall "Put, Veini!" ("Wei, breeze!"), Holy Nikolsky Naval Cathedral, Huge Ice Manege and DR. In Liepaja, the beautiful sandy beach, the largest park in Latvia – Primorsky, in which more than 170 different types of plants grow, as well as more than 200 wooden houses of the XVIII century, among which Peter I and Charles XII houses are distinguished.

Looking at the eyes of a tourist, it can be expressed like that – in this city stopped the time. If a historical film was filmed here, they would not have to build scenery, tint facades, shoot modern attributes in the form of ATMs, Coca-Cola advertising, or excessive steep cars. Almost fully preserved the old, the era of classic is the building of the center, practically not undergoing changes to the brown 20th century. Here are whole neighborhoods of old wooden houses that resemble a miracle, surviving areas of Tallinn and Riga, now announced by wooden architecture monuments. Here are almost everywhere cobbled bridges, magnificent parks, many merchant estates and … tiny trams, cheerfully rushing around the streets.

Around Liepaja

Military history lovers are most likely to be interested in two former military bases of the Soviet Army. One of them, the base of strategic bombers, is located near the village of Wainods, about 30 km east of Liepaja. Here are well preserved powerful hangars and take-off stripes. Now there are competences for race cars. The second base, this time, is a rocket, located on half of the way between the towns of Embut and Wainead south-east of Liepaja. Rocket mines and underground labyrinths have been preserved here.


Kosta – the northern suburb of Liepaja, itself being a landmark. The path goes there in two bridges: the first – through the channel connecting the nearby Liepaja Lake (Liepajas Ezers) and Baltic, the second bridge – through the KAROST channel, cutting into a few kilometers deep by sushi. Previously, the docks of the Soviet Baltic Fleet operated in the depths of the channel, and the path to these places was ordered by most citizens.

The history of the Military Town of Kosta has more than 100 years. Even the our king Alexander III issued a decree on the bookmark here for the seaport. In parallel with the development and expansion of the port, the most powerful fortifications along the Baltic coast was built. On the territory of the former military town, to this day, a lot of monuments of those years have preserved. First of all, a steel recovery bridge, built in 1906, and acting to this day. A little further – the impressive Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas, built in 1901. Nearby – the most Military prison, which is a somewhat good-free 2-3 storey buildings of red bricks. Some of the first prisoners were sailors who took part in the revolution of 1905, and the fraternal cemetery on the contrary – became the place of their last refuge, the executions were made directly opposite. Under the Soviet power of the corps served as a gaupvakta, and after obtaining independence Latvia – for a while for the needs of the Latvian army. However, the latter did not fit here and gave all this good to the deposit tourists.

Prison has its own website on the Internet, where it is very colorfully described and is shown about the past and present prison. Now this is a museum, outdoor for visitors. Especially for tourists in the chambers everything is furnished as if people are still here. Dirty Mattresses, Stools, Metal Mugs. Administrative compartment, where in the convoy cabinets, Lenin portraits, executed metal tables, on a hanger Militia form.

A little north of the district area is another interesting object – Northern Forts. After his construction at the beginning of the 20th century, this chain of coastal fortifications performed its functions for only a few years. In 1908, on the instructions of the our king, they were blown up on the occasion of a peace treaty with Germany. And what a strange era suffered Russia in this very 20th century? Only after 6 years, Russia with Germany again became fatal enemies, the destruction of forts only weakened the position of the country, and after a few years he ceased to exist and actually the Tsarist Russia.


Grude – an interesting city 10 km east of Liepaja. Once the city was the seaport, at the time when the river was shipping. In the 13th century, the castle of the Livonian Order arises, with its construction, GUSHION became the center of the region. In the time of the Kurzeme Duchy, the castle was a residence. Various mystical legends are associated with the castle, both about the underground moves in it, and about the stamped daughter of the knight.


The wood castle – the fruit of architectural research of the resident of the town of Eyzput, Edward Damberg. Masonry firewood without nails are created in the form of various shapes and reach a height of 15 meters. The author is constantly expanding and changes the shape of his woodlock castle, which makes it more and more unusual.

Cities of Latvia Liepaja

Aizput – a small town that is considered an open-air museum. The historical center is included in the European Cultural Heritage List. In 1249, on the banks of the river, the German Order began to build a fortified stone castle. It is the year of bookmarks of the castle is considered the year of the foundation of Eyzput. The city castle was repeatedly modified and expanded and its construction was completed only by the 15th century.

Reviews and studies of trips

Liepaja – Military Town, Tsarist Coastal Strength and Nonparade Areas

I will say that – more recently, five years ago, the military town was a scary hole, but recently local authorities seem to be for the extraction of this area. Read more →

Conrad | Spring 2015

In the footsteps of Soviet Latvia: the ghost city near the scrund

Here is the military town who left the our already army, where military servicemen served a radar station installed here in 1969. Read more →

Conrad | Autumn 2014

Poor Liepaja, Latvia

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