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An April 2009 trip to Liepaja by michaelhudson

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Quote: A weekend in Liepaja, Latvia's third biggest city.

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Liepaja Photo, Liepaja, Latvia
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At three and a half hours each way, Latvia's third biggest city is just out of reach of a daytrip from the capital. This is a good thing. On the Baltic coast, with a good collection of hostels and one of the country's best stretches of white-sand beach, Liepaja is a place that deserves a more leisurely look.For short-term visitors the city can be split into three sections: the beach and seaside park, the compact Old Town a few hundred metres inland, and Karosta, a run-down suburb four kilometres north that was once a self-contained naval base. The train and bus stations are right next to each other in the direction of Karosta, eight hundred metres north of the Old Town. Follow the tram...Read More
Travellers Beach Hostel Photo, Liepaja, Latvia
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Halfway between the beach and the city centre and convenient for both, the Liepaja Travellers Beach Hostel is part of an Australian-owned chain which includes the Argonaut and Barons in Riga. It has a mixture of dorm beds and private rooms, with prices starting at just under thirteen euros for the 14-bed dorm.It’s the small touches that set hostels apart from the crowd. When we arrived at the Beach Hostel there was a can of beer each, a map and listings guides for the city, and two cartons of orange juice in the fridge. There’s no curfew here either – instead you’re given smart cards that work on the front and dormitory doors. The room, like the rest of the hostel, was immaculately cle...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2009

Karosta Cietums

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Attraction | "Karosta Naval Prison"

Karosta Cietums Photo, Liepaja, Latvia
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"Please," said the man in the Soviet prison warder's uniform, extending his arm towards the open cell. The door shut behind us with a clang and in an instant all light vanished from the world. I heard a wooden stick being tapped against a wall, then there was nothing but the cold, still air and a musty smell like an underground drain. "This was special punishment cell," the guide resumed, pulling back the bolts. "Three hours in here, no more problems. You have any questions?" Built by the Tsarist authorities at the beginning of the 20th century as a naval hospital, Karosta Cietums never admitted a single patient. Immediately after the 1905 Revolution it was converted into a prison, which ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2009

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First Rock Cafe

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Liepaja Photo, Liepaja, Latvia
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Latvia's First Rock Cafe commemorates a long and proud musical history. The first Amber of Latvia festival was held in Liepaja in 1968. It's now the oldest rock festival in the whole of the former USSR, and turned Liepaja, not Riga, into the heart of the country's music scene.Open daily from 9am - 4am the First Rock Cafe is the hub on which Liepaja's day and nightlife revolve, from the morning breakfast menu to the late-night club in the basement. The glass-fronted building is a tourist attraction in its own right, with memorabilia stuck to the walls, it's own in-house music channel, the largest guitar in the country, and a Walk of Fame featuring 35 bronze plaques with the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2009

Karosta

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Karosta Cietums Photo, Liepaja, Latvia
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In 1890, fearful of the threat from German naval power, the Tsarist authorities began construction of a planned military suburb four kilometres north of central Liepaja. Called the Port of Alexander III, it was a fully autonomous community with its own electricity power plant, sewage system, cathedral and schools and was home to Russia's Baltic fleet. A line of fortifications was built to protect the port from attack and a swing bridge, based on drawings made by Gustav Eiffel, was constructed to link the suburb with Liepaja. Abandoned at the outbreak of WW1, when blockships were sunk at the port entrance, the area was taken over by the independent Latvian state and was renamed Karosta, ...Read More

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