Ventspils Soviet districts and suburbs

Ventspils has some interesting sights beyond its downtown.

An artificial hill Lemberg’s hat has been created for hill skiing in the southern districts. As Ventspils is in lowland area this was a tremendous effort. In non-snowy days the hill may be accended for panorama, although it is not impressive as the downtown is far.

Lemberg's hat skiing hill outside of snowy season
Lemberg’s hat skiing hill outside of snowy season. ©Augustinas Žemaitis.

North of the city stands the VIRAC radioastronomy station, once a secret Soviet military territory. One of Europe’s largest antennae is still accessed by a concrete road appropriate for military vehicles. There are numerous abandoned and vandalized buildings that once housed the Soviet military and the gate still has Soviet symbols, but today VIRAC is occupied by a community of benevolent scientists and excursions are also possible.

VIRAC radar in Ventspils suburbs
VIRAC radar in Ventspils suburbs. ©Augustinas Žemaitis.

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