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Liepaja


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The beach resort "where the wind is born"
Liepaja has two faces, attracting different types. The city is mostly known as a beach resort, with its gardens, park, musical festivals, showy concert hall, and sandy stretch. Among Latvians, Liepaja is also known as the "city where the wind is born," thanks to its Chicago-like gusts (which power the country's largest wind farm nearby). Liepaja's other side is especially clear in the district of Karosta (Latvian for "War Port"), home to many of the city's Russian-speakers. One of imperial Russia's main ports, Liepaja (then known as Libau) is the port from which most Russians Jews sailed to the New World. One of the Czar's main naval bases, then made into one of the Soviet Union's secret cities, Karosta is ringed by fortifications, many of which are slowly falling into the sea. Follow the fortifications far enough, and you'll find a massive menorah, a memorial to the city's Jews, who were murdered there by the SS. While today known for its shore, this humble town played a major role in American history, as the port from which many Poles, Lithuanians, Jews, and Russians embarked for new lives in the New World.
Liepaja is an ideal stop between Riga and Klaipeda. Halfway to Riga, you can visit Kulgida, a charming well-preserved small town known for its wooden architecture, and home to Europe's widest waterfall. To the north, you can visit Ventspils, a town with a similar history, but a busier port and smaller beach. Ventspils was built around a 13th century Crusader castle, which now has a 19th century exterior.

What I love about Liepaja

Bettina

Central Europe Team Leader

Stopping in Liepaja was a real delight to take a break from the sightseeing in the cities. Sometimes it's nice to enjoy a couple of slow-paced days, lay on the beach, read a book, get some sun, eat some nice fish dish, slow down. This coastal town is perfect for that.

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Liepaja

Spend some time in Liepaja on a tour that takes in other cities in Latvia and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Liepaja and other destinations throughout Latvia and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Where to stay in Liepaja

From an elegant 3-star 19th-century Art Nouveau hotel to a 5-star canal-side design hotel within a refurbished brick warehouse, we've chosen places with a style, location, and ambience to suit everyone. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Contemporary Design Hotel in Liepaja
Contemporary Design Hotel
Diverse design hotel in which each room is differently decorated. Prefectly located steps away from the Liepaja theatre and concert hall, the hotel also has its own restaurant with a summer terrace and a bakery for the guests to enjoy.
Lovely Design Hotel in Liepaja
Lovely Design Hotel
Canal-side design hotel within a historical warehouse.
Historical Boutique Hotel in Liepaja
Historical Boutique Hotel
An elegant 19th-century Art Nouveau hotel.

Things to do in Liepaja

From the sandy pine-lined beaches that draw most of Liepaja's visitors, to the ruins and stories of Karosta, the czarist and Soviet military harbor to the north, we're happy to offer tours with guides we've vetted, and suggestions for places to visit on your own.
Liepaja Private Walking Tour
Liepaja Private Walking Tour
Karosta Private Tour
Karosta Private Tour

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Liepaja

What are typical opening hours in Liepaja?
Most places are open from 10 AM to 5 PM, with malls and large stores open daily from 8-10 AM to 10-12 PM. Museums are generally closed Mondays.
How can I take out local currency in Liepaja?
We recommend taking euros out at Liepaja's bank ATMs, such as the SEB Bank ATM at Klaipedas iela 62, or the Swedbank machine at Karla Zales laukums 8.
How can I get around Liepaja?
Liepaja's center is compact and walkable, but if you want to travel further, such as to Karosta, you can buy a bus ticket from a newsstand or kiosk for $0.75, or a driver for $0.85. A one-day pass costs $2.70, and needs to be validated before used. A two-mile taxi ride is about $3.80
How safe is Liepaja?
Liepaja is very safe, but watch your possessions in public places.
Does Liepaja have options for those with dietary restrictions?
Most cafes and restaurants in Liepaja offer at least a few vegetarian/vegan options. Even if traditional Latvian cuisine features plenty of pork, fish, and dairy, most restaurants are happy to change their recipes to fit your dietary needs.
How long should I stay in Liepaja?
People tend to spend a night in Liepaja.
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