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Liepaja, Latvia: a Laid-Back City of Contrasts

Liepaja

The fourth day of your Baltic Run will see you in beautiful Liepaja, Latvia, “The city where the wind is born”. Liepaja is dotted with more sights and attractions than can be crammed in a day; here are the ones that make it the most unique. Enjoy. Photo by Helmuts […]

Four Things You’ll Only See in Riga

Winner of the title Cultural Capital of Europe in 2014, Riga has remained at the forefront of cultural endeavors ever since; it has continued to foster all manner of artistic expressions, traditional and brand new, serious and tongue-in-cheek, and everything in between. Some of these will hit you as soon […]

Ligatne Secret Soviet Bunker

The Baltics, of course, courtesy of the latter part of the 20th century, abound with post-Soviet memorabilia that beg to be roamed around in, gawped at, and, possibly, ‘grammed into oblivion – we have already written about a few, here, here and here. Ligatne Secret Soviet Bunker now completes our […]

Hidden Gems of Latvia: Daugavpils Fortress

If you liked the idea of a whole city to yourself, here’s a twin adventure of a similar magnitude, because – yes – you could (drum roll) take a long stroll back to the aeon of Napoleon and be the hero of Daugavpils Fortress, just for one day. Photo by […]

Hidden gems of Latvia: Cinevilla Movie Studio

Cinevilla

As you rebound from your spell in the middle ages, your second time travel adventure awaits you on your way: here in Cinevilla, you have the chance to spend the night in a town from 1920s Latvia. Photo by wikimedia commons

Hidden Gems of Latvia: Āraiši Lake Fortress

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Ever wished you could simply walk way back trough time into another era and lose yourself in the sights and sounds there? If so, Āraiši lake fortress in Latvia is the place for you. This wooden island fortress is the perfect destination to simply stroll back to the 9th Century, […]

Hidden Gems of Latvia: Skrunda-1, A Soviet Ghost Town Hidden in a Forest

Skrunda-1

Our Hidden Gems of Latvia series kicks off with this eerie blast from the past that is sure to linger in the memory of all who set foot here: the secret ghost town of Skrunda-1. Photo by Sarunas A

A Traditional Latvian Menu

Latvian traditional cuisine is high on protein, a bit heavy and fatty, but highly delicious. Some basic ingredients are meat, rye, beans, potato, all kinds of soup, cheese, sour cream, and cranberry for desserts. And, of course, we cannot forget about its traditional drinks! Here is how a classic traditional […]

8 Internationally Popular Baltic Actors and Actresses

Maybe there are some names you recognize in this list, but, if you are a cinema fan, then you will know the faces for sure. Behold the most popular (according to IMDB) actors and actresses from the Baltic States: the ones that made it big and went internationally popular! Estonian […]

8 Movies Set in the Baltic States

Liam Neeson in Schindler’s List, set in Krakow, Poland. One of the best ways to learn about a country-besides, obviously, travelling there- is to watch some movies! On the Baltic Run you will travel across Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, countries that have a long and great cinema tradition. However, […]