august, 2022

202217augAll Day22Media/FAM tour for journalists: WWII and Cold War heritage tourism in Latvia and Estonia Event Organized By: Military Heritage Tourism

Event Details

On August 17th – 22nd, a media trip will be organised for media journalists interested in WWII and Cold War topics in Latvia and Estonia. The trip will introduce an ongoing Military Heritage Tourism project under which visitors now have an improved access to more than 600 military heritage sites in Latvia and Estonia, including museums, fortifications, military equipment, trails, bunkers, battlegrounds, military towns, infrastructure and memorial sites. The project idea is to highlight the history of independence of both countries as it goes with the slogan “Strong yesterday – free today!” 

About military heritage tourism in Latvia and Estonia: 

Travellers are invited to visit places where important historical events happened in Latvia and Estonia. These cover the beginning of World War I in 1914, the achievement of independence for both countries in 1918, and the recovery of said independence in 1990 and 1991. Each location relates to a specific period of history:

  • World War I/ Wars of Independence 1914-1920 
  • World War II, 1939-1945 
  • National partisan movement – forest brothers 1944- ~1957 
  • Under Soviet occupation/ on the way to the restoration of independence 1945-1991. 

Media tour programme: 

The media tour focuses on the sites and stories about WWII and the Cold War or Soviet period in the capitals and regions of both countries. The following visits are on the programme: 

  • Day 1. 17.08.2022. Riga, Latvia 
  • 10:00 – 11:30 Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 
  • 11:45 – 12:45 1991 Barricades Museum 
  • 13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 
  • 14:30 – 16:00 Exhibition in the KGB Building “History of KGB Operations in Latvia” 
  • 16:30 – 18:00 Žanis Lipke Memorial 
  • 19:00 Dinner 
  • Hotel accommodation in Riga 

  • Day 2. 18.08.2022. Kurzeme region, Latvia 
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Aviation Museum “SKY ZOO” 
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch Usma SPA 
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Rubenis’ battalion museum 
  • 15:30 – 17:00 Irbene military city “Zvaigznīte” and radio telescope 
  • 20:30 Dinner 
  • Hotel accommodation in Riga 

  • Day 3. 19.08.2022. Vidzeme region, Latvia 
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Museum of Battles in More 
  • 12:00 Lunch in Līgatne Soviet secret bunker 
  • 13:00 – 15:00 Secret Soviet Bunker in Līgatne 
  • 15:30 – 16:30 Bunker of national partisans – Forest Brothers 
  • 17:00 – 18:30 Historical Exposition “The Burning Conscience” 
  • 19:00 Dinner 
  • Hotel accommodation in Cēsis

  • Day 4. 20.08.2022. South Estonia 
  • 10:30 – 14:30 Military theme park in Valga with Festival, including lunch 
  • 15:30 – 17:00 KGB Cells Museum in Tartu 
  • 19:00 Dinner 
  • Hotel accommodation in Tartu 

  • Day 5. 21.08.2022. North Estonia 
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Kadila and Rohu missile base (with local guide) 
  • 12:00 Lunch 
  • 14:00 – 15:30 Hara harbour 
  • 16:30 – 18:00 Estonian War museum 
  • Memorial to the victims of Communism(on the way to hotel) 
  • 19:30 Dinner 
  • Hotel accommodation in Tallinn 

  • Day 6. 22.08.2022. North and West Estonia / Latvia 
  • 9:30 – 10:30 Hotel Viru and KGB museum 
  • Possibility to go to the island Osmussaar (minimum 8 hour tour from Tallinn and back) 
  • Possible to return to Riga, if not visiting Osmussaar / or departure home from Tallinn 
  • Hotel accommodation in Riga, Latvia / in Tallinn, Estonia if needed 

For more information – military heritage tourism website https://militaryheritagetourism.info This website lists more than 600 military heritage sites, arranging them along a timeline so as to focus on the most important historical events, individuals and stories. The timeline emphasises 156 events, and the website presents 145 topics which relate to the history of military heritage. There is a broader description of each location, and contact information is provided. The website also includes more than 200 stories submitted by history enthusiasts. Visitors to the website have engaged in discussions in the comments section, updating facts and adding new nuances to the stories that are there. 

See Military Heritage marketing publications here

Sign up for the tour:

Please contact Lauma Strode [email protected] if you have any questions and if you would like to go on the tour. Please indicate which media you represent and what kind of publication you would be interested in producing. The costs in Latvia/Estonia for the tour will be covered by the programme according to a detailed programme. 

Asnāte Ziemele, board chairwoman, Latvian country tourism association, +371-2928-5756 

About the project “Military Heritage”: 

The Estonian-Latvian transborder partnership project “Military Heritage” of ers a unified tourist of er related to the military heritage of the two countries. Military heritage locations in Latvia and Estonia have been renovated and opened to the public so that visitors can learn about how the two countries obtained and restored their independence during the period between the beginning of World War I in 1914 and the establishment of both countries’ independence in 1918, till the period of restoration of independence in 1990/1991. https://militaryheritagetourism.info 

This project is co-financed by the Estonian-Latvian cross-border cooperation program of the objective “European Territorial Cooperation” of the European Structural and Investment Funds. 

This information reflects the views of the author. The managing authority of the programme is not liable for how this information may be used.

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august 17 (Wednesday) - 22 (Monday)

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