Livionian Order Castle

Lonely Planet review

The city’s 13th-century castle looks rather drab and modern from the outside, but the ancient interior hosts a cutting-edge interactive museum on the region’s trade and feudal history, with digital displays and two panoramic telescopes for visitors to enjoy an eagle’s-eye view of the port and city. The museum also showcases fine pieces of amber discovered on archaeological digs in the region. During Soviet rule, the castle was used as a prison and a frightening exhibit in the stables next door recounts the horrors of the jail. An adjacent Zen rock garden will sooth your soul after looking at the nightmarish photographs and frantic claw marks on the prison doors.