Crossing the border area

"Propusk" or permission to cross the border area was as mandatory as a bus ticket.

In Soviet times, it was the case that bus drivers whose routes crossed or crossed the border zone had not only to sell passenger tickets, but also to check whether the particular passengers who bought a ticket, for example to Kolka, had a permit. In cases where a ticket was sold but the passenger did not have a permit ( Propusk ), the bus driver was fined 10 rubles, which was a lot of money at the time.

Wrote down this story: Juris Smaļinskis
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The story of a driver was written by J. Smaļinskis, 11.12.2009.

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Soviet army military base in Pāvilosta - active recreation centre

During the Soviet era, a border guard unit was located here, other Soviet army units - liaison officers and a surface-to-air missile base were located several kilometres away in the forest. After independence, the Latvian army was stationed there.

The former Soviet army military base is now a recreation, leisure and camping centre - for personal development in interaction with nature and the people around. 

A place for recreation and accommodation for both tourist groups and families. Rooms, showers, WC, fireplaces, spacious area for activities, sounds of nature. Book in advance by calling +371 26314505.

Collection of Soviet military trucks in Dundaga

Edgars Kārklevalks owns a guest house called Pūpoli in the Dundaga region, and for more than 15 years he has been taking people on historical and educational trips around northern Kurzeme (including to former military areas) with his own renovated Soviet Army truck GAZ-66 (up to 24 persons) and UAZ-3151 (up to 6 persons). Soviet Army trucks and other equipment are showcased in an area around the guest house.