(No)freedom in Liepaja.
Take a contrasting, unforgettable day trip to Liepaja, Latvia’s third largest city. On this trip, you will get a distinct taste of captivity and freedom.
First, we will be in captivity. We’ll visit Karostas – the largest military territory in the Baltics. Karosta is a district in northern Liepaja, built as a naval base by order of Tsar Alexander III of Russia between 1890 and 1906. We will take a guided tour of the former military prison of Karosta. This is more than a simple tour. You will have to be disciplined and obey instructions, and at the same time you will discover what has been hiding behind the walls of Europe’s only prison open to tourists for more than a century. There is also a buffet with Soviet-era waitresses and specialities.
After breaking out of the prison, we will visit other historical sites in Karosta. We will visit the largest and most beautiful Orthodox church in the Baltic States – St. Nicholas of the Sea Orthodox Church. This Orthodox church can be called the visual and spiritual landmark of Karosta. We will also see the water tower that used to supply water to the whole of Karostha, where the old water pumps are still in place, and where today various art exhibitions are held. We will go to the sea, where the Northern Forts, which surrounded the territory of the Karosta, still stand.
We will leave behind a Karostha that still smacks of captivity and military spirit. The feeling of freedom will slowly return to us after a hearty lunch. It would be wrong not to try the famous, hearty Liepajas Mencini, a special Liepajas fish dish made especially for us in one of Liepaja’s cafés. In the afternoon, we will take a guided walking tour of Liepaja’s Old Town, taking in the main sights and architectural gems.
The sea and beaches are within easy reach. This is where the true sense of freedom takes over. Walking along the promenade or Kūrmāja Avenue, spotting sculptures of the characters of the Liepaja anthem or the amber clock, you will reach the beach. This is a stretch of coastline of extraordinary white and fine sand. The 50-80 m wide strip stretches for 8 km. The exceptional quality of this beach is attested to by the “Blue Flag”
After a relaxing hour by the sea, we’ll have a chance to buy some Latvian souvenirs and head home.
- For paid facilities + pre-booked lunches have ~ 18 Eur./asm
- Guided tour with show elements in the former Karosta Prison – 5 Eur./person. Seniors and schoolchildren – 4,5 Eur.
- Swimming gear is required, as there will be an opportunity to swim in the sea, weather permitting.
- The programme and the prices of the paid facilities may vary slightly.
Programą sukūrė ir parengė bei kelionės metu Jus lydės gidė Vilija Bakutienė.
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The program is flexible for groups.
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Tour operator UAB JND
Certificate No 16407 issued by the State Department of Tourism under the Ministry of Economy. Guarantee of Swedbank. No. 20-046812-GM.
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