Ventspils

Ventspils is a city on the western coast of Latvia and one of Europe's busiest ports. It is a city that honours the past, thinks of the future, and never stops working! Ventspils is the Latvian flower capital and is adorned with flowers from spring till autumn. Even the City Festival on the first weekend of August is a time when florists from the Baltic States cover Promenade of Ostas iela with carpets of flowers.

Understand

The port

Get in

By car

The most commonly used routes are from:

By bus

There are regular bus services from Riga (about €7) and Liepaja (about €5.50) and other Latvian towns several times a day. All buses arrive at the central Bus Station on Kuldigas iela 4. Schedules can be found on the website of Riga's Bus Station

By boat

Stena Line ferries run between Nynäshamn in Sweden and Ventspils - it's a 11 to 12 hours journey. These are mainly used for transport of HGV's to Sweden but passengers and small vehicles can use the service. Tickets can be purchased from an office at Ventspils Ferry Terminal.

The same ferry linecarries travellers from Travemünde in Germany to Ventspils - 22 hours.

By train

Train service was suspended in 2010. There used to be daily train connections with Riga and Liepaja, and it's not known if service will resume.

Get around

Within the city centre, most locations can be reached on foot within 15-20 minutes at most. But cars and bicycles can travel just as easily on the roads and bicycle paths around town.

Public transportation is run by the local bus company 'Ventspils Reiss' with modern blue coloured buses and minibuses. Most bus stops have a map of the routes and schedules for the lines that stop there.

Do not trust the signs. Since most streets in Ventspils intersect at 90° angles, all signposts marking the directions to interesting or important locations are at 90° angles as well. So often a sign will be pointing in the wrong direction (if your destination lies at a different angle) or onto impassable objects such as a wall (if your destination lies behind it). So be wary and carry a map - which you can get for free at the tourist office next to the ferry terminal.

See

Castle of the Livonian Order

Do

There are a lot of things to do in Ventspils - go grab a free booklet at the castle to find some of them. The city is very-well-prepared for families with kids.

Eat

Sleep

Go next

Visit the world’s eighth-largest radio telescope at the Irbene Radio Astronomy Centre, located between Kolka and Ventspils.

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