The charm of Liepāja is concealed in its special atmosphere. Perhaps a bit restrained and harsh, yet also noble and rebellious. Sometimes calm, sometimes swirling – like the sea washing the shores of Liepāja. Genuine and truthful - this is Liepāja.
Liepāja has grown from a small fishermen village into the third largest city in Latvia with the population of 70 000 people. Liepāja has rich cultural and sports traditions. City's intense cultural pulse attracts thirsty for high quality culture, creativity and entertainment. The sea and bounties of nature attract leisurely travellers. As the most successful industrial city in the country, Liepāja also tends to attract business tourists.
The people of Liepāja have always been very proud, sometimes even too proud. They have always tried to stand out, to take the biggest, the best, the newest and the most modern for themselves. They have always wished to be the first. In fact it has not been without the reason. Which city in Latvia except Riga has had the honor to become the capital of the country? Although only half of the year and at the very beginning of the newly established country, but still...
Fortunately, we - the people of Liepāja - can also smile about this character feature of the people of Kurzeme region. And, finally, it has given the city a lot of good and will be used with pleasure, honored and shown to the guests by the next generations.
If you should choose your travel destination, it is good idea to go to the place where many unique things can be seen. Unique in Latvia and the Baltics, in Europe and all around the world...
IN THE WORLD :
The largest Mechanical Organ - Holy Trinity Lutheran Cathedral in Liepāja
d’s longest Amber Neckless - Liepāja Craftsmen House
The whitest and finest sand - Liepāja Beach
IN EUROPE :
The only military Prison in Europe opened to tourists - Karosta Prison
A prominent sample of technical engineering - The swinging metal construction Bridge over Karosta canal
One of the most beautiful Market Pavilions in Europe - The Art Nouveau Pavilion of Liepāja Peter’s Market
IN THE BALTICS :
The largest Historical Military Territory - Liepāja Naval Fortress and Karosta (Naval Port)
The oldest Electric Tram - Liepāja Tram
The highest Building with cupolas - Liepāja St. Nicholas Orthodox Maritime Cathedral
IN LATVIA :
The highest White Sand Dune - Pūsēnu Hill (Pūsēnkalns) in Jūrmalciems is 37m high
Giant Guitar and Drums - The largest Environmental Design Objects in Latvia
The Westernmost Point of Latvia - “The Green Beam” (“Zaļais stars”) in Bernāti Nature Park
Tours & Activities
Top things to do
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity and World’s Largest Organ
The foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid in 1742, and initially it was used by a German congregation. One of the greatest treasures of the Cathedral is its pipe organ. It is the largest mechanical organ in the world with 131 stops, 4 manuals and more than 7000 pipes. Use the opportunity to climb up to the top of the tower of the Cathedral and enjoy a wonderful view over the city!
The Blue Flag Beach and the Seaside Park
The beach has been a popular swimming location since the 1860s, when the Russian tsars and their retinues began to visit here. Liepaja beach has white fine sand which amazes even those people who have been to the world’s most famous beach resorts. After a strong wind you can find some pieces of amber washed ashore.
The Latvian Musicians Walk-of-Fame and Giant Guitar
Everyone is welcome to match their hands with the handprints of Latvian musicians made in bronze at the Latvian musicians Walk-of-Fame. The largest guitar in Latvia stands nearby and is awaiting its player.
The St.Nicholas Orthodox Maritime Cathedral
The St.Nicholas Cathedral is the visual and spiritual dominant of the whole Karosta area. The Cathedral has been designed and erected in the style of the 17th century Orthodox churches in Russia. The church is the highest building with cupolas on the Baltic Sea coast
City walk "Liepāja – notes to follow!"
It is the easiest way to go sightseeing in Liepāja and visit the most famous tourism sites in the city centre. Simply follow the silvery notes engraved in the street’s pavements! Two routes of your choice: 3,7 km or 5,8 km long.