Karosta North Pier in Liepāja, Latvia

One of the largest piers in all of Europe extends more than a mile out into the Baltic Sea. You can walk its considerable length all the way to the end, where there’s a surreal view of the surrounding harbor as the mainland shrinks from sight.

The North Pier is part of Karosta, a ruined fortress in Liepaja leftover from Tsarist and Soviet Russia. It's a huge system of countless bunkers, cannons, and other defenses, that once housed some 20,000 people. The giant breakwater pier was...

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