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.
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.
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.
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.
- SIA Daugavpils autobusu parks (DAP) (Daugavpils Bus Station), Kārklu iela 24, ☎ +371 65429245, e-mail: email@example.com. You can go to any part of the city by bus. Tickets are about €0.50
Daugavpils has three tram routes operating within the city. Tickets are about €0.50
- Daugavpils Tramvaju uzņēmums (Daugavpils Tram company), 18.novembra ielā 183, ☎ +371 65433632, +371 65434614, +371 65446705, fax: +371 65434203, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- SIA ”HOF” (Daugavpils Taxi) 65422222, available 24 hours a day.
- Taxi stops
- Rīgas iela 9 (hypermaket 'Rimi')
- Aveņu iela 33 (supermarket 'Mego')
- intersection of Piekrasties iela and Raipoles iela (supermarket 'Maxima X')
- intersection of Jatnieku iela and Mendeļejeva iela
- near hotel 'Latgola'
Fares (can change without notice):
- Day tariff: about 0.57 €/km
- Night tariff: about 0.79 €/km
- 19th century architecture (in the center between the Daugava River and the railway station.).
- Daugavpils fortress. The unique Daugavpils fortress (biggest in Europe), which has withstood many many wars and remains virtually unchanged since its construction in the 19th century.
- Historical center. The historical center of the city consisted of 80 cultural-historical objects presents itself a specific monument of urban construction. One may be amazed by variety of architecture styles of the buildings, the red clay bricked façades of peculiar form recognized as Latgale baroque.
- Jaunbūve. The church ensemble Jaunbūve, the Church Hill included churches of four confessions, contributes a lot to very special panorama of the city of Daugavpils.
- Sport complex. Daugavpils may also be proud of its sport complex. Ice Hall and the open-air swimming pool, one of the biggest open-air swimming pools in the Baltic countries, are the real pride of the city.
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.
- Naujene Local History Museum (Naujenes novadpētniecības muzejs), 1 Skolas iela, Naujene, ☎ +371 65471321, +371 29468988, e-mail: email@example.com. Mon–Fri 8AM–5PM. The museum focuses on nature, history and ethnography of the Daugavpils district. Adults 1€, children 0.5€.
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.
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.
- Stropi. The northeast part of the city, Stropi, is a popular recreational area located near the Big Stropu Lake (Lielais Stropu ezers).
- The Daugavpils Musical and Drama Theater. located in the Unity House (1937) in the city center.
- Daugavpils Spidveja centr. Daugavpils has a race track 'Daugavpils Spidveja centr' on Jelgavas iela 54. So go check out some races.
- Saunas. Visit a lot of traditional saunas.
- Ledus Halle, Stacijas iela 45a. Want to go skating? Daugavpils has an amazing ice hall.
- City center, Viestura iela 8. But if you want to go bowling or shoot some pool.
- "Ebreji Daugavpilī un Latgalē" muzejs un ekspozīcija (Jews of Daugavpils and Latgale Museum), Cietokšņa iela 38, ☎ +371 29548760, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Daugavpils Tirgus (Market), Cietokšņa 60, ☎ +371 65428252.
All around the city you can find many large and small supermarkets, shopping centers, or just stores.
- Restorāns “Gubernators”, Lāčplēša ielā 10, ☎ +371 65422455.
- Bistro “Vita”, Rīgas ielā 22a, ☎ +371 65427706.
- Restorāns “Rotko panorama bārs”, Ģimnāzijas ielā 46, ☎ +371 65404911.
- Bārs “Loby”, Ģimnāzijas 46, ☎ +371 65404912.
- Bārs-bistro “Vēsma”, Rīgas ielā 49, ☎ +371 65444350.
- Bistro “Grill Niko”, Viestura 25 – 1a, ☎ +371 65424887.
- Kafejnīca “Arabika”, Viestura ielā 8, ☎ +371 65402600.
- Kafejnīca “Dr. Pinta”, Ģimnāzijas ielā 16, ☎ +371 29480208.
- Kafejnīca “Pasaules brīnumi”, Vienības ielā 17, ☎ +371 65920000.
- Kafejnīca “Pīlādzis”, Saules ielā 12, ☎ +371 65420944.
- Kafejnīca “Mego”, Viestura 60, ☎ +371 65421733.
- Kafejnīca “Tvingo –Picca”, Mihoelsa ielā 7, ☎ +371 65422111.
- Restorāns “Afrodīte”, S. Mihoelsa 52, ☎ +371 29289065.
- Restorāns “Eiropa”, Viestura ielā 8, ☎ +371 65402600.
- Restorāns “Klasiko”, Ģimnāzijas ielā 46, ☎ +371 65404910.
- Kafejnīca “Lidadis”, Rīgas ielā 14, ☎ +371 65476660.
- Restorāns “ Taller”, Viestura ielā 59, ☎ +371 65424983.
'Gubernators' (in the Eat section) has a great selection of beers from Latvia and the Czech Republic on tap.
- Hotel "Park Hotel Latgola", Gimnazijas iela 46, ☎ +371 65404900. A new three star hotel.
- Hotel "Villa Ksenija", Varšavas iela 17, ☎ +371 65434317.
- Hotel "Paparde", Tērvetes iela 17, ☎ +371 65402180.
- Hotel "Rebir", ☎ +371 65421857, fax: +371 65424747, e-mail: email@example.com. Vienības street 19,
- Hotel "Leo", Krāslavas iela 58, ☎ +371 65426565, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hotel "Hotel Dinaburg", Dobeles iela 39, ☎ +371 65453010, +371 22332243, fax: +371 65424747, e-mail: email@example.com.
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.
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.