“Paplaka Disneyland”, as locals in Virga municipality call it, may be the most unusual playground in Latvia – a brick-built medieval fortress in miniature with turrets, underground passages and bridges. It is located on the territory of the former military garrison; the playground was built for the kids of Soviet soldiers.
Today it is hard to imagine, but in Soviet times, there was a seven-storey multi-apartment building not far from the playground for the garrison officers’ families. As military families led a rather remote lifestyle in a restricted area, the playground was not available to local municipality children.
The military garrison is no longer there, but in addition to the playground, there are a few pieces of military history from that time. You can take a guided tour of the former garrison of Priekule and Paplaka.