Places to Visit in Rezekne, Latvia, Europe

Places to Visit in Rezekne, Latvia, Europe

Rezekne is a city belonging to the region of Latgalia in the eastern Latvia and spans over an area of 17.48 sq. km. It is popularly called as Latgales sirds, translating as the Heart of Latgalia, which refers the position of Rezekne in the Latgalia region. Rezekne is the seventh largest city in Latvia in terms of population.

Rezekne is home to many historical churches, museums, beautiful lakes, a typical statue and an art house, making it one of the major tourist destinations in Latvia.


Geography of Rezekne:

Rezekne coordinates with 56°30′23″ N latitude and 27°19′50″ E longitude, is located at an altitude of 158.2 meters, around 240 km east of the national capital, Riga and about 60 km from the border of Latvia and Russia.


History of Rezekne:

The history of the Rezekne dates back to the 13th century with the construction of a stone fortress the knights (which is now Rēzekne castle ruins). Rezekne also witnessed the rule of Germans, Russians as well as Lithuanians in the past. Rezekne gained town rights in 1773.


How to reach Rezekne?

The Riga International Airport is the closest international airport to Rezekne, located about 250 km away from the Rezekne city. This is the most important airport of Latvia with flights to major European cities such as Minsk, elsinki, Frankfurt, Moscow, Munich, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome, Vienna and Warsaw.

Rezekne can be reached from the Riga Airport by taxi or scheduled bus services.

For local travel, tourists can use taxi or public transportation.


Culture, Food and Shopping in Rezekne:

There is a museum in Rezekne called the Latgale Culture and History Museum describes the history and culture of Rezekne by the exhibitions and galleries.

Rezekne is home to many upgraded shops and the major food corners in Rezekne include:

  • Mols
  • Ermanitis
  • Rozalija


Things to do in Rezekne:

  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Visiting historical sites


Places to see in Rezekne:

Rēzekne Castle:

Constructed by Livonian Order in 1285, the Rezekne Castle is situated in the heart of Rezekne. It was heavily damaged in the Swedish-Russian War during the middle of the 17th century. Now tourists can see the only ruins of the castle.


Evangelical Lutheran Holy Trinity Church:

Being one of the major churches in Rezekne, the Evangelical Lutheran Holy Trinity Church was constructed in the 1930s, designed in the neo gothic style architecture by the architect J.Cirulis.


Latgales Mara:

The Latgales Mara is a typical as well as one of the renowned statues in Rezekne, built to commemorate the Latgale’s liberation from the Bolsheviks. It was inaugurated on September 8, 1939 and Leons Tomašickis was the architect of this statue.


Other places of interests near Rezekne are as follows:

  • Heart of Jesus Cathedral
  • Orthodox Church of the Birth of Holy Jesus’ Mother
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church
  • Nicholas Old-Believers’ Church
  • Green Synagogue
  • Kovšu lake
  • Latgale Culture and History Museum
  • Art House
  • The Embassy of Latgale GOR
  • Rāznaslake
  • Aquaterrarium
  • Lubāns Lake


Best time to visit Rezekne:

From June to August will be the best time to visit Rezekne.


Accommodation Options in Rezekne:

As like most Latvian cities, Rezekne houses limited number of hotels with decent facilities and services. For more facilitated hotels, tourists can reach neighboring city. Some of the fine hotels in and around Rezekne are listed below:

  • Hotel Latgale
  • Kolonna Hotel Rezekne
  • Hotel Razna
  • Raznas Licis
  • Meiranu Krasts
  • Viesu nams Rumes
  • Park Hotel Latgola
  • Hotel Dinaburg
  • Best Eastern Latvia Hotel
  • Ferienhaus Pilskalni
  • Sventes Muiza
  • Guest House Mazais Ansis
  • White Parrot Apartments
  • Guest House Aleksandria
  • Ritupes Starki
  • Paradize Hotel

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