We are very pleased to welcome you to Liepaja , a modern city with a global outlook, but retaining the comforts typical of a small town. Liepaja is the third largest city in Latvia, with a rich tradition of culture, arts, and sports. The charming historical ambiance and fantastic beaches also make Liepaja a favorite travel destination.
The main site of the NICE Academy will be the Liepaja University main building. The University was originally established as a teacher training college in 1945 and has since grown into a regional university with faculties for Humanities and Arts, Education and social work, Life sciences and engineering, and Management and social sciences, not to mention an active Erasmus+ presence . The main seat of the university is located in the center of the city in a neoclassical building.
To introduce you to another facet of Liepaja, a second venue is offered on the second full day of the programme. We will be hosted by Liepaja State Gymnasium No.1 . The Art Nouveau building was erected in 1910-1912 and was originally a girl's school mostly attended by Russian speakers .
WHERE TO STAY?
There are two recommended hotels, the main one being Hotel Līva , which is across the street from the Liepaja University main building. The hotel is very comfortable with an excellent breakfast, free Wi-Fi and fitness room included in the reservation. For more information on prices click here
The other recommended option, Hotel Amrita, is located across the river, which is a 10-minute walk from the University. The reservation is for a special summer price, including breakfast. For more information on prices click here. Deadline for special prices is now June 22 . Please, add the code NICE Academy to benefit from discount.
Please be aware that Liepāja is very popular both with Latvian and international guests during the summer, so early booking is a MUST!
HOW TO GET TO LIEJPAJA
Liepaja is accessible by air, sea and land. The most convenient route is to fly to Palanga Airport (PLQ) in neighboring Lithuania, which is served by AirBaltic , NorwegianAir , Ryanair , SAS and WizzAir . A private shuttle bus company travels from Palanga to Liepāja on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 16:40 with arrival at 18:00. The return bus to Palanga is also on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 08:00 with arrival in Palanga at 09:20. The organizers will be arranging a charter bus to bring participants to Liepāja if there is demand for it. An alternate route is to fly to Riga (RIX), the largest Baltic air travel hub, and take thebus to Liepaja (time enroute between three and four hours, depending on the departure time).
There is ferry traffic between Liepaja and Travemunde, Germany.
Liepaja also has a yacht harbour , for those who prefer to sail.