Hotel Juras Brize
Vasarnicu 34, Ventspils, 3601, Latvia
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Market in Ventspils
Russian Orthodox church
Town Hall square
Monument to Krisjanis Valdemars
Ventspils to Riga
I willl be arriving by ship in the port of Ventspils, July 2004, and want to go to Riga. Is there easy transportation? Can it be done in one day (roundtrip)? Is there anything of real interest in Ventspils?
Re: Ventspils to Riga
I advice you to take a short walk in Ventspils. You can find some information in my Ventspil Page and more information you can find here: www.ventspils.lv
You can go from Ventspils to Riga without any problem. You have tot ake a bus. Every hour is bus to Riga, the ticket costs 3LVL.
Have a nice trip to Latvia, bye!
Travel Tips for Ventspils
The children friendly town
I found this city as the most interesting for my children (8 and 11), and unexpectly nice. My favourite suprise in Lativa and Lithuania so far.
Nobody has wriiten about one of our favourite yet- Jurmala Park at the seaside- (as name in Latvian says I guess:-).There was wooden toys for children, and the wodden raft- ferry on the small pond- which gave a lot of fun to my children.Thera was a small open air folk museum, a open air water park with tobogans, and a nice camping nearby.
Seems that after all constructions and reconstructions the most loved style in old part of Ventspils is Jugendstill. Wandering around you could see houses with beautiful Jugensdtill architecture, the same as in other places in Latvia, let’s say, Riga.
Actually this style shows itself, that not so much older than 100 – 150 years houses left, but old town is still cozy and picturesque.
Feeling of history
Reconstructed architectures are very nice and beautiful, but sometimes is necessary to feel, taste, touch really historical building. It is a great possibility to realise this in Ventspils. This amazing old building is near the Ventspils Marketplace not far from tourist information centre and promenad.
Historical moments of the caste of Ventspils
The castle of Ventspils not always was used like the castle. When Latvia was the part of Soviet Union the castle used like the barracks for soviet soldiers. The main tower ground floor used like punishment cell. Nowadays you can see some things from these times.
Ventspils Radio Astronomy centre in Irbene
The Baltic Sea cost at Soviet times was quite much militarized, as it was good strategic point for USSR. The same happened in or around main ports of Baltic state countries (Liepaja, Ventspils, Klaipeda, so on).
A few kilometers from Ventspils there is a big satellite located, in older times the place was forbidden for locals; nowadays it is acceptable for all. Be careful to walk around, as you still could feel the traces of military basis (lot of metal fence remains, split in dunes, quite sharp ones, that could hurt your leg even if you with shoes).
Satellite is biggest in Northern Europe and 8th biggest in World.
Irbene is about 35 kilometers from Ventspils.
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