Liepāja has often defined trends and has been among the first in many areas both historically and today in Latvia, the Baltics and worldwide.
Liepāja in the world
- Kristaps Porziņģis – a basketball star from Liepāja, NBA player.
- Anastasija Sevastova – a tennis star from Liepāja, among the top 20 women’s players in the world.
- The world’s largest unreconstructed mechanical organ in the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
- “Lauma Fabrics” manufacturing building is the 10th largest in the world by area.
- The most unusual and surprising hotel in the world – the Karosta Prison.
Liepāja in Europe
- A unique monument of engineering – Oskars Kalpaks metal swing bridge.
- Peter’s Market – architecturally one of the most beautiful market pavilions.
- The unusually white and fine sand of Liepāja Beach which can be found on very few beaches.
- The Karosta Prison is the only military prison open to tourists.
- Lake Liepāja is a “Natura 2000” protected area because of nesting and migratory birds that can be found there.
Liepāja in the Baltics
- Liepāja was the first city (1899) in the Baltics which had an electric tram line – the most modern mode of transportation at the time.
- The largest historical military territory – Karosta. It covers about a third of the city.
- The Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is the oldest orchestra in the Baltic States.
- Liepāja has the only diving training school in the Baltics.
- The highest dome structure in the Baltics – the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Naval Cathedral – is located in Liepāja.
- Liepāja is the first city to acquire the title of the European City of Sport.
Liepāja in Latvia
- Liepāja – the capital of Latvia. For a short time in 1919 Liepāja had to take on the role of the capital city due to the fact that the Latvian Provisional government was located onboard the steamship “Saratow” in the Port of Liepāja after a coup d'état by the German Army.
- The second city in Latvia with such a rich heritage of art nouveau. There are over 70 art nouveau buildings in the city.
- Liepāja is the only city besides Riga to provide transportation by air, land, and sea. You can fly from Liepāja to Riga in 27 minutes.
- The 3 km long Liepāja Seaside Park with its area of 50 hectares is one of the largest planted parks in Latvia. There are around 140 different local and foreign tree species available to see in the park.
- The largest drum set in Latvia is found in the Seaside Park at the end of Peldu street.
- The longest amber necklace can be found at the House of Craftsmen.
- The oldest Latvian professional theatre is The Liepāja Theatre.
- The wooden altar of St. Anne’s Lutheran Church is the largest and artistically the most significant wood-carving in Baroque style in Latvia.
- The longest zipline in a scenic location – over the water reservoir in the Leisure Park “Beberliņi”