Daugavgrīvas fortress is a historical complex of buildings in Riga. Its story begins back in the year 1608. Swedes started the construction then, till the fortress was overtaken by the Russians. They finally destroyed it in 1917 when the Red army was forced to leave our lands. That’s a bit of interpretation from the history books.
At the moment this place has no actual military life in it. Only the shadows and ghosts from its glorious past can now be seen there but still the spot gives me the shivers every time.
It’s best if visited in spring or summer but the fortress can offer some excitement in other times of the year too. It is possible to walk all over the ruins although with extra caution as there are some dangerous places without fences.
Only a few kilometers away, totally free and easy reachable lays the Baltic sea. I like to give her a visit too. Afterwards.
Daugavgrīvas fortress is a completely different spot on Riga’s well known face. Located in a remote corner of the city it has managed to keep its innocence and some kind of a wilderness. A nice place to visit if you are tired of crowded streets and touristic attractions.