Liepāja Museum


Features a variety of impressive displays, such as an interactive exhibit that brings to life the tough lives of people living in the South Kurzeme in the 19th century. Another recalls the six months in 1918 and 1919 when Liepāja was the capital of Latvia as the nation fought for its independence.

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1. Peter’s Market

0.48 MILES

Vendors have touted their wares here since the mid-17th century. The market expanded in 1910, when an art nouveau–style pavilion was constructed adjacent…

2. Seaside Park

0.51 MILES

Ancient trees, manicured flower beds, water features, elegant walkways and cycling trails make this 3km-long park the very definition of an urban oasis…

3. Liepāja Beach


This Blue Flag beach is a fabulous place for a dip. The fine white sand is over 50m in width and the shore stretches for 8km. In summer you'll find a few…

4. House of Craftsmen

0.61 MILES

Check out the largest piece of amber art in the world, plus legions of old women knitting scarves, mittens and blankets available for purchase. The…

5. Liepāja Under Occupation Museum

0.64 MILES

Traces the bloody history of the Soviet and Nazi occupations in Latvia, with an emphasis on Liepāja. Captions are in Latvian, but no words are needed to…

6. Karosta Prison

2.57 MILES

Gluttons for punishment will get a bellyful in this creepy old Soviet-era prison, which operated right up until 1997. Built in 1900 as an infirmary, it…

7. St Nicholas Maritime Cathedral

2.93 MILES

The stunning cathedral, with its bulbous cupolas, shines like a precious stone through the grey concrete of the decrepit Soviet apartment blocks that…

8. Šķēde Dunes Holocaust Memorial

6.19 MILES

The beauty obscures the horror. Some 10km north of Liepāja, off a long dirt coastal road, is a memorial at a place of death. Amidst a flawless white sand…