This blocky building doesn't look obviously castle-like from the outside, but the 13th-century interior is home to a cutting-edge interactive local history and art museum. During Soviet rule the castle was used as a…
Visitors can learn about the handicrafts of Kurzeme here and watch local artisans spin yarns (literally), before purchasing something to take home with them.
The onion-domed church was built near the modern ferry pier in 1901,
Built in 1835 on stately Rātslaukums, this church isn’t ‘St Nicholas’ because the house of worship was named for Tsar Nicholas II when he donated loads of cash to the local Lutherans.
For centuries, life in Kurzeme revolved around seafaring and fishing. Occupying vast parkland territory, the museum features a collection of fishing crafts, anchors and traditional log houses, brought from coastal v…
This Cold War site contains a large Soviet-era telescope now owned by the Latvian Academy Sciences.
The monument is dedicated to the Latvian writer and educator who empowered thousands of Latvian peasants by setting up the first naval school.
A manicured gardens in the centre of Ventspils.
This sculpture ensemble by Ojārs Feldbergs looks like a stone garden designed by aliens.
For Liepāja, the wide stretch of dazzlingly white sand south of the Venta River is what the Louvre is for Paris – its main treasure. During the warmer months, beach bums of every ilk – from nudist to kiteboarder – l…