Daugavpils Travel Guide

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Daugavpils Things to Do

  • Kallistratov's House

    Melety Kallistratov was the most prominent Russian politician in Latvia between the wars -- the building now houses the Center for Russian Culture. He was murdered by the Soviets in the courtyard of the "White Swan" in June 1941.

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  • The Gayok

    The district between 18. novembra iela and the river is called Gajoks (the name may be derived from a Slavic word for woods). It was joined to Daugavpils in 1866, and in 1889 a pumping station was completed that provided water for the steam that powered the growing number of factories and 106 residential buildings. The area is a mixture of old,...

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  • Dubrovin's Garden

    The oldest public park in the city (1882), on 3 ha, contains a tomb for Soviet soldiers who fell when Daugavpils was captured from the Nazis in 1944.

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  • The Cemeteries of Daugavpils

    If you take tram #3 in the direction of Stropi, about 15 mins. after departure from the city center you will pass a big ugly Soviet store thronged with flower-sellers, the tracks will dip, and on your left you will see a lake lined with Soviet-era apartment blocks. Just after the lake will be another bevy of babushki selling blossoms and wreaths....

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  • The Central Market

    Over the centuries, the Central Market gradually moved west -- from what was the main square (now Pumpura parks, across from the University) to where Unity Hall now stands, and finally to its present location behind the Ditton "Impērija," a large indoor mall (mostly of privately owned stalls selling questionable clothing). Unfortunately, the...

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  • The Polish Cultural Center

    If you walk into Jaunbūve from the churches, along Varšavas iela (Warsaw Street), you will pass the Polish school (in full flower), Latvia's first Belarusian school (no longer functioning; there is a Belarusian school operating in Rīga) , and the Polish cultural center. Latvia had a remarkably progressive system of multicultural education...

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  • Jaunbūve

    This district, stretching from the cluster of churches to "the Chemistry" (the so-called Chemists' Microregion, built to house workers for the synthetics plant in the 1960s and 1970s, used to be known as "the Daugavpils Desert," consisting of dunes), is an interesting neighborhood because you will still see many old wooden houses in the Russian...

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  • Boris and Glyeb

    The renowned saints Boris and Glyeb (or Gleb) are connected to our city's history only obliquely; the Russians conquered Dünaburg on the saints' feast day (in 1656) and renamed it Borisoglebsk. A wooden church in their name was then constructed, but not at the site of the present cathedral.The cathedral you see today was built in 1905 -- a year...

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  • The Cathedral of Boris and Glyeb

    Crossing the railroad tracks on 18. novembra iela (this street, originally Chaussée Street but renamed for the date of the declaration of Latvian independence in 1918, it was called Red Army Street during the occupation and decorated with neon hammers and sickles), you'll reach Daugavpils' architectural high point -- the cluster of Lutheran,...

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  • The Rothko Room

    Daugavpils recently celebrated the centenary of the American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko (1903-2003), and though the paintings you can see at the Daugavpils Museum of Regional Studies and Arts (an interesting place in of itself) are museum quality reproductions on canvas, they provide a concentrated, intense experience of the artist's...

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  • The Fortress

    The Daugavpils Fortress (cietoksnis in Latvian, krepost' in Russian) is the largest surviving example of military architecture in eastern Europe, and the only such structure to stand almost unchanged. Begun before the Napoleonic wars, its beginnings were laid waste by General Ricardo. What's left of what you see today was built afterwards, in the...

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  • The Center

    The center of the city was planned by some of the architects who designed parts of St. Petersburg, Russia.Pilsudski held a conference in this lovely building, at the corner of Krišjāņa Valdemāra and Ģimnāzijas ielas.

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  • Grīva

    The part of Daugavpils on the opposite bank of the river -- Grīva, which means the mouth of a river -- was a separate town before the Soviet occupation. In fact, the opposite bank is in the province of Semigallia (Zemgale), which was part of the Duchy of Courland.It's a pleasant area to wander -- there's a nice little church there, and the...

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  • The Church of the Virgin Mary

    Designed by Vilhelms Neimanis (the chief architect from 1878 to 1895, he also designed the nearby Martin Luther Church).

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  • The Martin Luther Church

    The Lutheran church was built in 1893. During the occupation, it was turned into a boxing club. Recently restored, this austere church has won an award for its lighting.

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Daugavpils Transportation

  • Getting to, and getting out of,...

    If you're traveling by train, there are daily trains... but the more pleasant "Dinaburga" express from Rīga now runs only every other day, departing in the late afternoon and reaching Daugavpils in about three hours (Krustpils/Jēkabpils, on the way, is a worthwhile stop). The Kaliningrad train to St. Petersburg is a possibility for...

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  • Good trains to Riga

    There is a pretty good train service to Riga which leaves Daugavpils a few times per day. The most convenient service (to catch aircraft) would be the 06:15 train which gets to Riga at about 9.01. When I used it, it was on time and even had a DVD showing - although the train itself can only really be described as basic. The cost was a very...

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  • Getting around Daugavpils...

    The streetcar lines -- trams -- date only to the Stalin era (probably the only good thing to come from that era...). There are three lines: 1, from the train station to "the Chemistry" (a Khruschev -era area based upon a synthetics plant that now belongs to a French company)... this was once "the Daugavpils Desert" -- sand dunes; 2, from "the...

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Daugavpils Shopping

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    by daugavpilietis Updated Jan 22, 2006

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    It's frequently possible to visit local artists' studios, allowing you to see how painters, potters, and sculptors work and to buy directly from them without paying a middleman. Daugavpils has an increasingly vibrant art scene, and the city has made the creation of the Rothko Centre in the Arsenal -- a project that will feature exhibition halls and ateliers for local artists -- a development priority.

    What to buy: Latgalian ceramics are unique and emerge from a continuous, long tradition, while the city's multicultural character means that very diverse influences can be found in all of the arts. People interested in experiencing the local scene can contact me by VT mail -- I'll let you know if there are any special events and can help you arrange studio visits.

    What to pay: The link below is to the paintings and drawings of Ingūna Liepa and includes a price list; prices for art very wildly, of course, but I've seen people walk out of pottery studios with boxes of bowls and candelabra for 100 EUR. A really intricate work, like a Latgalian candelabrum the size of a Christmas tree, might run 1000 EUR (I didn't make that up... I saw such a thing and lusted after it, imagining it in a loft...)

    An oil painting by Inguna Liepa.
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Daugavpils Warnings and Dangers

  • What to expect

    This is a strange place. Do not expect a big cultural centre or nice old-town. Just enjoy the feeling of loneliness that you can get from this city, i felt like i was living on another planet here. It looks like an abandoned industrial area, but it is still a nice and clean place.

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  • Nothing to do and see.

    Daugavpils is Latvijas version of the end of the world. There is actually nothing big happening there. It was hard for us to find someone who speaks english, to find a restaurant and to find accomodation. It's a quite left old industry city, as I said, nothing worth to see, but,... mh, you still can get some "sowjet time" input there.

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Daugavpils Off The Beaten Path

  • The Ilgvars Zalāns Exhibit

    20 October - 3 December at the Museum; this exhibit has closed, but the exhibition hall features different contemporary international artists. I am adding Ilgvars Zalāns' link below, where you can find info on his current shows.

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  • The New Old Believers' Prayer Hall

    According to Father Aleksei Zhilko of the First Congregation (in Jaunbūve -- see "Things To Do"), Daugavpils has more Old Believers' congregations than any other city in the world (the Old Believers took refuge from persecution in what is now Latvia from the 17th C). The new house of worship was consecrated in 2003 and stands next to the old...

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  • The Vorstadt Sauna

    The pirts (Latv.) or banya (Rus.) in the Vorstadt, stones and firewood at the ready. Many of the wooden houses you'll see in the sandy streets around here have no running water, so the public baths are not a luxury but a necessity. The Vorstadt's is one of the better pirtis in the city -- so pay your lats, get steamy, and get thrashed with birch...

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Daugavpils Favorites

  • Clean Street but nothing to do.......

    Daugavpils is a clean and friendly city although English is not universally spoken. It probably better to go in Summer - it can be very cold in winter - however it is unlikely that you will find very much to do unless you are keen on Churches or monuments.

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  • Easy life

    In Daugavpils you can live a easy life, because there is nothing special to do. The people are friendly and helpful, even when they do not speak english at all. Russian can help, since they are close to Russia. They have some nice public parks to hang around and there is also the banks of the Daugava, the river. The police was also helpful, since...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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