Places to Visit in Daugavpils, Latvia, Europe
Daugavpils is the second largest city of Latvia after the national capital Riga, geographically positioned at 55°52′30″ N 26°32′8″ E. It is located near the Latvian borders with Belarus and Lithuania and is around 120 km from the Russian-Latvian Border. Daugavpils is one of the industrial hubs as well as an important railway junction of Latvia.
Geography of Daugavpils:
Daugavpils is situated on the banks of the River Daugava in the southeastern part of the country, around 225 km southeast of Riga, the capital of Latvia. Daugavpils is spread over a total area of 72.48 sq. km measuring a highest elevation of 139 meters and features a moderate continental climate.
History of Daugavpils:
Daugavpils takes its name from the Daugava River in the 1920 and before this name Daugavpils was called by the different names such as Dinaburg, Borisoglebsk, Dinaburg and Dvinsk during the rule of the different empires.
Connectivity to Daugavpils:
Daugavpils has its own airport, situated around 12 km away from the city centre and is currently under restoration. So it is advised for international tourists to reach Riga International Airport (around 230 km) first and then take taxi or train or bus from there to Daugavpils.
There are daily four trains running between Daugavpils and Riga, served by Latvian Train Service.
Buses depart Riga Bus Station every two hours to the Daugavpils city.
Taxis and buses are options to get around and taxis generally charge 0.40 Ls/km during day time.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Daugavpils:
Daugavpils is rich in culture as it is home to many renowned museums, music and drama theatre, and a university called, the Daugavpils University.
Daugavpils houses numerous supermarkets, shopping centers and a market, called Daugavpils Tirgus.
The famous restaurants in Daugavpils are listed below:
- Kafejnīca “Tvingo –Picca”
- Kafejnīca “Dr. Pinta”
- Restorāns “Gubernators”
- Restorāns “Eiropa”
Things to do in Daugavpils:
- Visiting lakes
- Festival celebrations
Places to see in Daugavpils:
Being an identity of Daugavpils, the Daugavpils Fortress is a 19th century fortress, completed in the year 1878. As it witnessed many historical wars, the Daugavpils Fortress is still good in condition.
Ss. Boris and Gleb Cathedral:
The Ss. Boris and Gleb Cathedral is Latvia’s largest Orthodox Church with a capacity of 5,000 people inside. It was constructed on the site of the 19th church in 1904–1905 in the Neo-Russian style. It is located in neighboring Jaunbuve.
Daugavpils Local Arts and History Museum:
Situated in the Art Nouveau House on the 8 Riga Street in Daugavpils, the Daugavpils Local Arts and History Museum is concentrated on the rich arts and history of Daugavpils.
List of other places of interest in Daugavpils includes:
- Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre
- Daugavpils Shots Factory
- Latgale Zoological Garden
- Center of Russian Culture
- Dubrovin Park
- Vorstadt Daugavpils
- Museum “Jewish of Daugavpils and Latgale”
- Svente Manor and the Museum of Military Vehicles
- Unity House
- Orthodox and Lutheran cemeteries
- The Daugavpils Musical and Drama Theater
- Daugava Dam
Best time to visit Daugavpils:
Daugavpils can be visited throughout the year, especially the summer months are ideal for sightseeing.
Accommodation options in Daugavpils:
Daugavpils hosts many standard hotels with all the latest faculties and services welcoming tourists throughout the year and also most of them are offered advance booking facility through online for tourists’ convenience. The prominent hotels in Daugavpils are listed below:
- Hotel Dinaburg
- Park Hotel Latgola
- Best Eastern Latvia Hotel
- Villa Ksenija
- Sventes Muiza
- Leo Hotel
- White Parrot Apartments
- Paradize Hotel
- Guest House Aleksandria
- Hotel Teika D
- Hotel Olimpija
- Campingsite Ozianna
- Guest House Kalnu Pupoli