The Redan is a part of the late 19th century Liepāja Sea Fortress, where battles important to Latvia have taken place. Despite the fortifications around Karosta being acknowledged as strategic mistakes and being mostly blown up, the Redan has remained almost completely intact. It is also the only part of the fortifications where actual battles have been fought.
On 14 November 1919 several battles in the War of Latvian Independence were fought here when defending Liepāja against Bermondt’s forces. In the morning of 14 November, Bermondt’s troops crossed the frozen Lake Tosmare and took the Redan. However, in only a few hours the local forces mounted a fierce counterattack and the Germans were forced to retreat.
June through August every day from 11:00-17:00 a knowledgeable guide at the Redan will tell you about the fortress and the historical events of Karosta.
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The Karosta and War of Independence Museum is open in Redan. More information here.
The Redan area displays artworks created during the Karosta Festivals – murals and installations. This year, new artworks will also be created during the Karosta Festival, which will take place from 6-12 June.
This year, Redan will feature a new game “Redan Island of Secrets”, ideal for families, schoolchildren, various groups and corporate events, with regular free events for families with children throughout the summer.
The Redan area provides space for outdoor activities and picnics.
To have a guided tour of the Redan and several locations of battles in the Latvian War of Independence at other times, book a tour by calling at +371 26 369 470 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.