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Karosta Prison

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Address: Invalidu iela 4, Liepaja 3414, Latvia
Phone Number: +371 26 369 470
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Fascinating destination

I took the bus from Riga to Liepaja which was easily done (takes 3.5 hours) and a cab from the bus station. I had read about the place and wanted to take a look. The staff were... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
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San Francisco, California
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Boliden, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The only military prison in Europe you can visit. You can only visit it with a guide, and there are visits every hour (at least, during Summer). Check updated info. It is a short visit (45 min), in English and Latvian, but very interesting. There is also a nice shop. If you have time, after the prison, go around the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

My friend and I travelled around Latvia by car for a week and this was definitely the highlight of the trip. We stayed overnight at the prison which is a lot of fun. Juris stayed with us took us on a tour that night. He was previously a chief at the prison and has written his own book about it.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I took the bus from Riga to Liepaja which was easily done (takes 3.5 hours) and a cab from the bus station. I had read about the place and wanted to take a look. The staff were cool, the atmosphere was authentically chilling and the tour was fascinating. If you want more than just the basic tour, though, check out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Nice flashback of the disaster that once was here. Getting there could be challenging without a car. Guides speak descent English, Russian and know more than they're saying.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Very nice place and good experience. I Like it a lot and my friends too! next time planning to stay over the night.

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Rome, Lazio, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

I will never forget the experience at Karosta, it is a very interesting place, a true museum where to live the old time, a jump in the past URSS. It is really amazing to see the walls of the jail and read all the messages from the prisoners. The soldiers-staff looks to work till there as that time ago, so... More 

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

It's part of a full morning's sightseeing, combined with the northern fort, the breakwater and a quick look at the cathedral in Karosta. Tours leave on the hour and despite us being only two, are also in English. You really need a car to access all these sights comfortably though. Certainly recommend it if staying near Liepaja.

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Liepaja, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Back to USSR...incredibile! So real!!! Oooohmmmyyyy...enjoy and keep calm! When you're fearless...that's for you...

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Latvia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

It is not really a prison, but very informative place. Our guide was good, but instead of asking if we have any questions he could have told us a bit more about this place. Been there twice now and enjoyed it.

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Ravenna, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

We enjoyed visiting the prison. It's amazing the locals didn't know it was there. Not sure how that is possible.

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