Liepāja War Port and Līgatne Bunker

Latvia is rich in historical military points of interest, which are open to the public and allow them to get a feel of Soviet-era atmosphere. One of the most popular such sites are the Liepāja War Port (Karosta) and the secret Soviet bunker in Līgatne.

In the territory of the rehabilitation centre "Līgatne", 9 meters underground, a secret Soviet-era bunker is located, which is a well-equipped facility with a total area of 2,000 square meters. The bunker’s existence was only declassified in 2003. The bunker was built for the needs of the political and military elite of the Soviet Republic of Latvia in the 1980s in case of a nuclear war.

The authentic bunker has remained almost exactly as it was when it was constructed. It is possible to visit the site and take a tour of the bunker with a knowledgeable tour guide, as well as have a typical Soviet-era lunch.

Another impressive military site is the War Port (Karosta) near Liepāja (southwestern Latvia), which was originally built by the Russian Czar at the end of the 19th century. During the Soviet-era, the War Port was the Soviet Union’s main naval base on the Baltic Sea, and was closed to unauthorized persons. The site became a civil area in 1994 when the final Russian soldiers left.

The site looks more like a ghost town today, however, the War Port’s unique Prison Museum has attracted much interest from tourists from around the world.

The Prison Museum offers brave persons the opportunity of becoming a Soviet prisoner for 24 hours, or even become a soldier. It is even possible to spend the night in the prison.

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