At tiny town hall square, the largest building is St. Nicholas church which was erected in 1835 in classisistic style. To confuse all tourists, there’s also a russian-orthodox church with the same name, around 200 meters away. To confuse you further, “Lonely Planet” was also a little confused and switched the designation numbers 9 and 10 of these churches. At least that was so in the 4th edition, the one which I used in Ventspils…
Built in 1901, it is the younger of the two large churches in Ventspils. Although showing the typical large onion-shaped domes, it has maintained a kind of rural character. It is possible to visit the church, just pay the repect you would do in any clerical building.
By the way, if you want to get really confused, read my tip about the other large church straight ahead. It’s the lutheran church at market suqare – which is also dedicated to St. Nicholas…
For a town of its size, Ventspils has many sculptures all over the city. A couple of them can be found at Ostas Iela harbour promenade (Seven Mental Meteorites, Monument to Krisjanis Valdemars) , but keep your eyes open for sculptures all over the city. Not a sculpture, but surely a nice appearance – that’s the clock at twon hall square. Small and simple, like the whole sqaure, it still spreads – like the whole city of Ventspils – it own charme. For another pleasant surprise of the cityscape, look around at the area between Town Hall Square and the Russian Orthodox church. Here, you will find some pastel-coloured wooden houses you won’t expect close to an industrial harbour.
Along with the beach/south mole walkway, the harbour promenade seems to be another place to see locals walking around and relaxing. The place is nothing outrageous, but it’s surely nice to see the harbour activities on the other side while enjoying an ice cream. A hand full of sculptures can be seen here. Again, it’s not Picasso – but also little things can be interesting curiousities.
Large park devoted to children's playthings. OK, we've no kids with us but it's a shortcut into the city! nevertheless a great place to bring you little ones if you visit Ventspils, ther's loads to keep them occupied.
In the Seaside, open-air museum is anchor trail. There is the biggest anchor collection in the Baltic States with 100 pieces from the 17th century up to nowadays. Some younger and bigger anchors weigh up to 13-22
tons. There is an anchor trail created in the Seaside Park.
The Town-hall Square is enclosed by historical buildings – the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St.Nicolas and the building at 13 Annas Street, dating to the 18th century, which since 1850 was used as a town-hall. Town hall square is one of the most popular places for walks in Ventpils. Every year different tradition activities are organised in the Town hall square during the Sea Festival, at Christmas and other holidays.
It is the oldest medieval fortress in Latvia that has almost completely preserved its original dimensions till the present days. The castle was first mentioned in historical sources in 1290. Today it houses the museum of Ventspils – one of the most modern in the Baltic States.
Open: Dauly 9.00am-6.00pm from 1 May to 31 October, 10.00am – 5.00pm from 1Novembr to 30 April.
Prices: 0,50LVL (children, students, pensioners), 1LVL (adults), 2,50LVL (family ticket.
It is situated in a building that originally was a hotel, called “Royal” and it was built during the period of historicism and art nouveau. The building was reconstructed in 1998 and has been awarded the prize of the Union of Architects of Latvia as the bet reconstruction of the year.
Till the middle of the 20th century a chain of port warehouses was situated in this area. Today several remarkable tourist attractions are located there – Livonian order castle, excursion boat “Hercogs Jekabs”, and the monument to K.Valdemars (famous Latvian writer). Ostas street promenade is a popular place for taking a walk. From here, the industrial activities of the Ventspils Port can be oberved.
One side of the river Venta is still industrial and makes an interesting backdrop for the town side that now is a pleasant stroll past sculptures and fountains.
Has a narrow gauge steam railway, operates at weekends in summer only. Midweek visit for us. Many other intersting exhibits to look at, especially for me old ships anchors turned into sculptures.
There is a beautiful, sandy and clean beach to relax on, spent a very warm afternoon there, excellent.
The Church is in the Hall Square. It built in times when Latvia was a part of Russian imperia. Classicism style and bright colour make this building very special.
There are no many modernism style buildings in Ventspils, but I found one in the old part of the town. It needs a restoration.