Europe’s only military prison open to tourists, no inmate of which was ever able to escape.

The building of the Karosta Prison was constructed around 1900, and it served as a prison for military personnel.

The last inmates left their inscriptions on the cell walls relatively recently: in 1997.

Karosta Prison offers its guests

  • visiting the cells, the solitary confinement cells, and the prison museum exhibition that tells the story of World War 2, the Kurelieši and the Soviet regime;
  • enforcing discipline for those who choose a visit with show elements;
  • participating in a show based on actual stories from the life the Karosta Military Prison;
  • for those who look for something more exciting, the possibility to take the role of an inmate as part of the ‘Extreme Night’ show and spend the night in the prison cell;
  • hearty lunches at the prison canteen, with Soviet-style employees.

The Karosta Prison has been recognised as one of the most surprising and unusual hotels in the world.

Ghosts in the Karosta Prison

From its very beginning, this place has been a grim place designed to break people’s lives and suppress free spirit. Various inexplicable phenomena have been observed in the prison: loud steps, electric bulbs unscrewing themselves, locked cells opening, apparitions showing up in the corridors.

The ‘Ghost Hunters International’ team of professionals with the most up-to-date equipment has tried to find ghosts at the Karosta Prison, concluding that it is one of the most ghost-infested locations in the world.

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Karosta, Invalīdu iela 4, Liepāja

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Karosta, Invalīdu iela 4, Liepāja

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