Castle in Ventspils

Livonian Order Castle

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…
Museum in Ventspils

House of Crafts

Visitors can learn about the handicrafts of Kurzeme here and watch local artisans spin yarns (literally), before purchasing something to take home with them.
Church in Ventspils

St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

The onion-domed church was built near the modern ferry pier in 1901,
Church in Ventspils

Nicholas Evangelical Lutheran Church

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.
Museum in Ventspils

Open-Air Museum of the Coast

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…
Historic Site in Ventspils

Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre

This Cold War site contains a large Soviet-era telescope now owned by the Latvian Academy Sciences.
Monument in Ventspils

Monument to Krišjānis Valdemārs

The monument is dedicated to the Latvian writer and educator who empowered thousands of Latvian peasants by setting up the first naval school.
Gardens in Ventspils

Reņka Garden

A manicured gardens in the centre of Ventspils.
Sculpture in Ventspils

Seven Mental Meteorites

This sculpture ensemble by Ojārs Feldbergs looks like a stone garden designed by aliens.
Beach in Ventspils

Ventspils Beach

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…