Karosta Prison in Latvia was a brutal military prison turned death camp throughout parts of the 20th Century. This is a story about Karosta Prison Hotel Where Guests are Treated as Inmates
Both the Nazi’s and the Soviets used the prison to incarcerate hundreds of prisoners. Many of which never made it out alive as executions were common place.
Tapping into the general public’s taste for the macabre, this once hellish facility has now been turned into a prison-themed hotel, where guests can sign a non-waiver agreement to be treated like inmates.
Is this plain sick, or a chance of enlightening insight into the experiences of some while parts of Europe battled under the tyranny of brutal regimes?
Located in the city of Liepaja, Karosta Prison has quickly become one of Latvia’s most unique tourist attractions.
Visitors that do not have sadomasochist tendencies, can opt for a simple tour of the old prison to learn of its gruesome history.
Those that want that history to come alive in a role-playing sense, can book a room in one of the old cells. After signing the relevant forms they can then experience authentic prison life in Communist Era conditions.
This includes sleeping in a cell on an old mattress laid over wooden boards, eating prison food served through the barred doors, getting verbally abused by the guards dressed in period garb and forced to follow orders to the letter.
Guests can also book the night in cell 26 and experience conditions of pitch black solitary confinement.
Failure to comply to the strict code of conduct is punished through physical exercise and cleaning work around the prison.
The Karosta Prison website reminds wannabe prisoners that going through this experience can be considered brutal, but that it is entirely their choice.