Excursions around Karosta Prison

The prison started functioning over 100 years ago


This is the only military prison in Europe open to tourists


The prison nobody has ever escaped from


In different surveys Karosta prison is named as the most surprising and most unusual hotel in the world


Ghost Hunters International from the USA called Karosta Prison the most ghost haunted place in the world


The garrison prison of Liepāja’s Karosta was built at the beginning of the 20th century and in all times it has been used as a short term disciplinary penalty place for navy sailors and non – commissioned officers since the beginning of the 20th century.
Garrison sailors, who participated in the events of the revolution in 1905, served their sentence in the prison.
The building has been used as a short term disciplinary penalty place for sailors and non-commissioned officers by both the Soviet and Latvian Navy. The last of the convicts have scratched calendars, drawings, slogans, catchwords and messages on the walls of the cells just a short time ago, in 1997.


Excursions in Karosta Prison are guided only. During the excursion you will have an opportunity to see the prison, which has not changed since tsar times, get to know history of Karosta and interesting events from prison life. Also, to see prison cells and a punishment cell as well as an exposition by museum of Karosta prison about WWII, Kureliesi, soviet times and third Latvian Awakening in Liepaja.

Every working day excursions start on the hour every hour. Duration of excursion is 45 minutes. Groups more then 10 people recommended to book in advance by phone +371 26369470.


Prices for excursion

Adults 7 EUR

Schoolchildren, students, seniors 3.50 EUR

Children under 6 years free of charge.



An option for those too scared to take part in the “Behind Bars” show but still want a tour that is a little out of the ordinary.

During the excursion you will be asked to maintain high discipline, take part in military drill, you may be put in the cell, but if you disobey, you will be punished…

This offer is for groups (10 and over) by prior request by phone +371 26369470.

Approximate duration one hour.


Prices for excursion with elements of spectacle

Adults 8 EUR

Schoolchildren, students, seniors 4.50 EUR

Min price for group (6-10 pax) – 80  EUR


Opening hours:

in June, July, August daily 9:00 – 19:00

in May, September daily 10:00 – 18:00

Oct – Apr on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 16:00.


The Karosta Prison building is managed by a public benefit organization “Karosta rescue society”, whose goals are preservation, restoration and promotion of cultural and historical objects of Karosta. By purchasing a ticket for a tour in the Karosta Prison, you donate 50% of the sum for the preservation of cultural and historical objects of Karosta. The donations received in 2022 will be used for renewal of museum expositions in Karosta Prison and for light installation in Redan.


Excursions and other activities available at different times all year around on working days and weekends by booking in advance by phoning +371 26369470.

Excursions in German and Lithuanian are available by prior request.

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