2. Sliteres National Park
3. Guaja National Park
4. Koknese Castle
Originally created to be a hospital, Karosta Prison was actually used for military training. Essentially, as I remember it, any prisoners that misbehaved were sent to Karosta to be sorted out. The conditions sounded horrible. It changed a bit over the years throughout Soviet occupation and was eventually shut down. But of course it is open to tourists now and holds some really cool military artifacts. And, if you’re game, you can spend the night in the prison in actual prisoner quarters. Pretty creepy place, but definitely a good stop if you have time.
Located just outside Riga, this beach town is a very popular weekend getaway or even just a quick day trip. The beach is obviously very popular, and very large, but there is also a nice walking street (Jomas St), nature parks, and water slides.
Daugavpils is Europe’s largest fortress. What makes this place a little different than you’re typical European fortress is it’s sheer size. It’s basically a small community with a wall surrounding it. It’s located at the far southeast corner of Latvia, so if you’re coming from Riga it may not be the best use of time. Worth checking out only if it’s on your route, but I wouldn’t make a special trip. Unless of course you’re really into this sort of thing. It’s not medieval, it’s a bit more modern, and there isn’t much in the way of ancient artillery or stuff like that. Seems to be a popular tourist destination, perhaps if you’re coming from or going to Lithuania.
Not overly interesting or a place to go out of your way for, in my opinion, this town does have a Livonia castle and old town. Seems to be one of the more well known, popular places in Latvia.
- Lodging: $296 (AirBnB)
- Transportation: $294 (taxi, bus, rental car)
- Activities: $19 (castles)
- Food: $160 (estimated $20/day)
- Getting Around The Baltics. I used Luxe Express bus company which was amazing. Reasonably priced, super comfortable, and great amenities including charging outlets, toilets, WiFi and individual screens to watch movies.
- Rental Car. Can use U.S. driver's license to rent a car.
- Guides. InYourPocket offers great advice on the city in the way of sights, food, nightlife, etc.