Daugavpils

Daugavpils is the second largest city in Latvia, after Riga. It is a delightfully charming, spacious, green city. Despite its quaint atmosphere and low prices, the city offers modern conveniences and services. Over the last decade an ice-hall, bowling center and modern hotels have been built and diverse entertainment options have appeared throughout the city.

Understand

  Daugavpils Tourist Information Center, 22a Rīgas St,  +371 65422818, fax: +371 65422818, e-mail: .

Get in

By train

Latvijas dzelzceļš (Latvian Train Service) runs the train services in Latvia. Riga-Daugavpils trains operate four times a day; Riga-Gomel, and Russia trains also operate. Daugavpils is also accessible by train going from Vilnius to Saint Petersburg.

By bus

Buses from Riga to Daugavpils leave every two hours. The web page of Rīgas Starptautiskā autoosta (Riga Bus Station) has up to date schedules and fares.

By car

The drive from Riga takes 3 to 3.5 hours. The European highway E262 from Kaunas, Lithuania that crosses Daugavpils and goes to Russia.

By plane

AirBaltic, the flag carrier airline for Latvia, offers a free coach from between Riga Airport and Daugavpils to its passengers. The bus AirBaltic bus line to Daugavpils is BT001 (do note that there are other buses going in totally different directions, like Tartu in Estonia) and takes 3 hours 25 minutes between the airport and Daugavpils, stopping in Jekabpils on the way. The buses run at nighttime after/before all the flights - the bus from the airport to Daugavpils departs at 23:30 and arrives at 02:55 (AM!), while the return journey to the airport begins at 03:45 (again, AM!) in Daugavpils with arrival at the airport at 07:10.

Daugavpils Lidosta (Daugavpils Airport) (+371) 65475306. The former Soviet air base located in Lociki (12 km northeast of Daugavpils) is being renovated and rebuilt to become one of the major airports in Latvia. It was supposed to open for regional and international air traffic in 2013, however as of March 2014 there are still no flights to Daugavpils.

Get around

Daugavpils

By bus

By tram

Daugavpils has three tram routes operating within the city. Tickets are about €0.50

By taxi

Fares (can change without notice):

See

Daugavpils fortress

Daugavpils is more endowed with water space than other cities of Latvia. There are 15 lakes, 8 rivers and numerous brooks its territory. In spite of this the climate is the most continental of the country. Forests and parks make up the green area with a square of approximately 10 400 ha.

Landmarks

With good reason the fortress, originally built as a fortification for the western border of the Russian Empire, can be considered the symbol of Daugavpils. The Classicism-style fortress was consecrated by Russia’s tsar in 1833. In later years the tsarist, Latvian and Soviet Armies were stationed there. The fortress is now under the supervision of the local municipality and Real Estates Agency as a cultural and historical monument.

The Daugava protecting dam, which stretches 6 km along the river and at its highest points reaches 9 m, is another singular landmark. It was built in 1841, and is still protecting the city from flood waters. On accordance with the town-building plan, confirmed by the tsar in 1826.

Fountain in Dubrovin Park

Daugavpils center and its street network took shape in the early 19th century. The features of the styles peculiar to this historical period have been preserved in Riga street, the main street of the city center. A characteristic feature of buildings is Classicism-style red brick houses with ornamentation of various styles. The house at 8 Riga street, which now houses the Daugavpils Local Arts and History Museum, has preserved its original architecture almost unaltered. The house was built in the second half of the 19th century. Its decoration of colorful glazed files is completely original. All entrances to the house have small glass-covered open-work metal roofs. More than a hundred years ago a 3 ha park was laid out in the center of the city. The park is now called Dubrovin’s Park as it was created with great assistance and support of Pavel Dubrovin, the first head of the city. It has been a rest place popular with the townspeople for years. Between Riga and Saules streets there is Vienības nams (Unity House), designed in plain architectonic forms: prisms and cubes. The many halls and rooms of this building house a theater, the city central library, several shops and cafes. All the principal cultural activities of the city take place here. In the early 1980s Riga street, in which several buildings of historical and architectural value are situated, was one of the first cities in Latvia which was made pedestrians-only.

Monuments and memorial places

The most significant events in Daugavpils history are immortalized in various monuments and memorial places. The soldiers killed in World War I are buried in Old Believers, Orthodox and Lutheran cemeteries. The Latvian army soldiers, killed in fights for freedom, are buried in the Lutheran cemetery. Their graves there as well as the Polish army soldier’ graves in Satiksmes iela testify to the events relating to history of the independent Latvian state. A 13 m tall reinforced concrete cross has been erected in Satiksmes iela to commemorate the events. A memorial stone to the citizens of Daugavpils, deported to Siberia in 1941 and 1945, is erected in Pumpura Park. The burial places of the Soviet and German soldiers in Dubrovin’s park, in the Garrison cemetery, in the Griva, Communal and Orthodox cemeteries as well as the graves of the victims of fascism in the Mežciems cemetery are memorial places to those who were killed in World War II.

Do

You can also walk on the Daugavpils main street Rigas iela. It is amazing. Finally just take a walk around the city and you will see lots of amazing and beautiful things.

Buy

All around the city you can find many large and small supermarkets, shopping centers, or just stores.

Eat

Drink

'Gubernators' (in the Eat section) has a great selection of beers from Latvia and the Czech Republic on tap.

Sleep

Connect

Wi-Fi Internet is available almost in all cafes, hotels and restaurants in the centre of the city. For example in Park Hotel Latgola, City Centre, Vesma cafe and many others. Also there are computers with the free Internet available in the halls of Ice Hall and Hospital. There are some internet cafes near the old university building on Saules street.

Go next

Daugavpils is a good point from which to explore the towns and countryside of the surrounding Latgale region. From Daugavpils one can also travel to Lithuania, Belarus, and/or Russia because the city is located close to the borders of these countries.

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