10 Things to Do in Kurzeme Region That You Shouldn't Miss

August 13, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Discover the best top things to do in Kurzeme Region, Latvia including Ventspils Beach, Venta Waterfall, Jurmalas Park, Northern Forts, St. Nicholas Orthodox Sea Cathedral, The Castle of the Livonian order, Ventspils Children’s Town, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Karosta Prison, Ventspils Museum.
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1. Ventspils Beach

Ventspils, Latvia
Excellent
73%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 151 reviews

Ventspils Beach

Reviewed By David L - Bergen, Norway

The Baltic sea can be a bit cold for swimming, but the beach itself is nice enough. Not nearly as crowded as, for instance, Palanga in Lithuania, and a lot less drinking on the beach. Ventspils seems to be mainly catering to families, and from the looks of it they will eventually succeed. At least if global warming kicks inn.

2. Venta Waterfall

Venta river Kuldiga, Kuldiga 3301, Latvia
Excellent
61%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Venta Waterfall

Reviewed By jamemarchbest

Kuldiga is a small but very nice city and the attraction number one - waterfall. Actually this is a small waterfall, I mean not height but long in width. Waterfall goes trough river with beautiful bridge and good view to take some photo shots.

3. Jurmalas Park

Along the Baltic Sea coast, Liepaja 3430, Latvia
Excellent
83%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 64 reviews

Jurmalas Park

Reviewed By VaidaBer - Klaipeda, Lithuania

For me, it is number 1 when visiting Liepaja. Well kept park, nice playground, loved the little swan pond. The sea is near the park. Visited this place in january and there were lots of children playing, people doing sports, I think there are lots of people during summer.

4. Northern Forts

Jatnieku iela 25, Liepaja 3401, Latvia +371 26 369 470
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 111 reviews

Northern Forts

Reviewed By Samantha S - Birmingham, United Kingdom

I had a tour guide from Karosta Prison take me round the Forts. It was worth having a guide as he was very knowledgeable of the area and had many stories to tell. He pointed out where the Iron Curtain was and also took me underground by candle light which was quite scary and many horror movies came to mind!! It was a great tour. I wouldn't have found out all about the history and explored underground if I had just visited them on my own.

5. St. Nicholas Orthodox Sea Cathedral

Katedrales iela 7, Liepaja 3414, Latvia +371 63 457 634
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

St. Nicholas Orthodox Sea Cathedral

This monumental symbol of both the Orthodox Church and the tsarist monarchy must have been at odds with communist doctrine and no doubt a thorn in the side of the party devout. Finished in 1903 and christened by Nicholas II himself, it served as the garrison’s church much as it did during the Latvian period. The Soviets however used it as a warehouse, gymnasium and meeting hall.

Reviewed By Maria R - Aiken, South Carolina

Our second visit to this gorgeous, typically Orthodox Cathedral. The restoration is progressing nicely (I think it's privately funded). Disclosure: a member of my family was an officer in the pre-WWII Latvian Navy; he may have worshipped here. And a note to my fellow tourists: the dress code for Orthodox churches is fairly conservative, but no more so than Catholic and Protestant churches were pre-1970. Not a big deal.

6. The Castle of the Livonian order

Jana iela 17, Ventspils 3601, Latvia +371 63 622 031
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 77 reviews

The Castle of the Livonian order

Reviewed By Armands F - Riga, Latvia

It is unavoidably located, with easy access and parking. If you love history and architecture, you will enjoy the place. There is a small museum inside, it will not take a lot of your time, however you might want to some additional Reading yourself to make sure you are in loop what this place actually represents for historical heritage of region and country. As I told - it will not take too much of your time and later you can have a good meal in nearby restaurant.

7. Ventspils Children’s Town

Vasarnicu iela / Liela prospekta iela, Ventspils, Latvia +371 63 622 263
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 44 reviews

Ventspils Children’s Town

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Must have excitement for families with children for sure! You'll spend lots of hours there. Safe place for children to run, to play and to enjoy activities parents could just dream about in childhood.
Weakest point could be luck of a good public bistro there, but strongly recommended to visit Diana store by foot not far away from park, on second floor of store is great and cheap bistro with great meal variety.
Children are always happy visiting the Ventspils children town.

8. Holy Trinity Cathedral

Barinu 9, Liepaja, Latvia +371 63 423 234
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Holy Trinity Cathedral

Reviewed By Sturdusts - Liepaja, Latvia

Ooooooooohmmmmyyyyyygoooood! What a soooound! Best organ sound in world for me...reaaaalllyyy. All temple is so impressive! Fantastic place for rest...

9. Karosta Prison

Invalidu iela 4, Liepaja 3414, Latvia +371 26 369 470
Excellent
42%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 120 reviews

Karosta Prison

Reviewed By Evaldukas - Vilnius, Lithuania

There is only guided tour, but this is not a problem. You can choose from two type 1) informational tour 2) experience tour. We took informational tour. Angry lady came and tried to act as jail guard, but it looked quite silly. During the tour, we were said that this is NOT A PRISON, but they called it prison, so it will be easier for tourists to know it. Also, when lady was talking about penalties for imprisoned people, she said it with pride and joy. which was quite strange. Also, lady got to know, that people rights is not a good idea. Very bid disappointment as some more historical facts and figures could make it quite interesting tour. Also tone and outfit of lady should be changed.

10. Ventspils Museum

Rinka iela 2, Ventspils 3601, Latvia +371(0)63624467
Excellent
65%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Ventspils Museum

Reviewed By Maria_199018 - Nicosia, Cyprus

when you hear museum you think of serious stuff! this one was in the nature, with games that anyone at any age could enjoy! you could even have fun in the "things" (ex. houses, boats etc.) that were exhibited there!! I had great time and the fun of my life with everything there!! Even with the trees in the park!! :D the most exciting it was the mill.. and of course the train that get you around the park and the small forest!

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