Places to Visit in Jekabpils, Latvia, Europe
Jekabpils is a city located in the southeastern Latvia, around 90 km northwest of the Daugavpils city and 135 km southeast of Riga, the capital of Latvia. Krustpils and Jekabpils are the two historical parts of Jekabpils; Krustpils is located on the left bank of the Daugava River belonging to the Selonia cultural region and Krustpils is situated on the right bank the Daugava River belonging to the Latgale cultural region. The bridge over the Daugava River connects these two historical parts.
Geography of Jekabpils:
Jekabpils coordinates with 56°29′58″ N latitude and 25°52′42″ E longitude and sprawls over an area of 26.284 sw. km.
History of Jekabpils:
Krustpils is the older settlement than Jekabpils as it originated around the Krustpils Castle before the 15th century and the Jekabpils settlement was founded by the Old Believers from Russia during the 17th century. These two towns combined in the year 1962. Jekabpils was the site of a Soviet air base.
How to reach Jekabpils?
As like most Latvian cities and towns, Jekabpils is served by Riga International Airport situated around 150 km away from the centre of Jekabpils operating flights from and to prominent European cities including London, Moscow, Rome and Frankfurt.
There are frequent buses playing between Riga and Jekabpils, served by both public and private transport companies. Jekabpils is also connected to Riga by train.
It is advised for tourists to book private vehicle for airport travel through online prior to reaching the airport.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Jekabpils:
Jekabpils is home to many historical churches, museums and exhibition centers as well.
Jekabpils also houses many modernized shops with branded products as well as typical colorful traditional handicraft products.
The famous food corners in and around Jekabpils are listed below:
- Viesu nams – cafe Liepas
- Bauskas Tirgotjas
- La Tour de Marie
- Kafejnica Saulgozi
- Kuksu Muiza
What to do in Jekabpils?
- Visiting historical sites
Tourist attractions in Jekabpils:
The Krustpils Castle is the most important tourist attraction in Jekabpils, located in the Krustpils historical part. This medieval castle was built between 1255 and 1297, by Archbishop of Riga. This is still good in condition, open for public.
Old Believers Church:
There is a church in Jekabpils, called the Old Believers Church which may be constructed during the 17th century by the Russian immigrants.
Memorial museum of Rainis:
The Memorial museum of Rainis is located in Tadenava, around 50 km away from Jekabpils. Rainis was one of the renowned Latvian poets.
Other tourist attractions in and around Jekabpils include:
- Struve Geodetic Arc
- Jekabpils city council
- Strūves Park
- Memorial museum “Riekstiņi”
- Rundale Palace Museum
- Tervete Nature Park
- Bauska Castle
- Virgin Anna Roman Catholic Cathedral
- Dobele Castle
- Zviedru Cepure
- Jelgava Palace
- Simeon’s and St. Anna’s Orthodox Cathedral
- Jelgava History and Art Museum
- Holy Trinity Church
- Dobele Evangelical Lutheran Church
When to visit Jekabpils?
The months between June and October will be best to travel historical Jekabpils.
Where to stay in Jekabpils?
There are only four well facilitated hotels in Jekabpils, on this point; tourists can reach neighboring cities such as Tukums, Jelgava, Bauska and Smarde for more facilitated hotels and healthy hospitality services. The reputed hotels in and around Jekabpils include:
- Hotel Luiize
- Citrus Spa
- Hercogs Jekabs Hotel
- Hotel Tukums
- Hotel Kungu ligzda
- Hotel Bauska
- Struteles Mansion
- Ferienhaus Kalna Straumeni
- Ferienhaus Lidakas
- Guest House Jankrasti
- Villa Anna Hotel
- Jaunmoku Palace Hotel
- Balta Maja Guesthouse
- Recreation Center Brize