Top 10 Things to do in Daugavpils, Latvia

December 11, 2017 Concepcion Newsome

Daugavpils (Latvian pronunciation: [ˈdaʊɡaʊpils] ( listen); Latgalian: Daugpiļs [ˈdaʊkʲpʲilʲsʲ]; Russian: Даугавпилс [ˈdaʊɡəfpʲɪls]; see other names) is a city in southeastern Latvia, located on the banks of the Daugava River, from which the city gets its name. Daugavpils literally means "Daugava Castle". It is the second largest city in the country after the capital Riga, which is located some 230 kilometres (143 miles) to its north-west. Daugavpils is located relatively close to Belarus and Lithuania (distances of 33 km (21 mi) and 25 km (16 mi) respectively), and some 120 km (75 mi) from the Latvian border with Russia. Daugavpils is a major railway junction and industrial centre and lies approximately midway between Riga and Minsk.
Restaurants in Daugavpils

1. Daugavpils Fortress

Nikolaja iela 5, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia +371 65 424 043
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4 based on 126 reviews

Daugavpils Fortress

Daugavpils (Dinaburg, Dwinsk) fortress is located in the very heart of the second biggest city of the Republic of Latvia - only two kilometres away from the actual historical city centre. Still in the 18th century the small town of Dinaburg was situated in the place that is now occupied by an impressive low fortification complex - the last bulwark or bastion-type fortification in the world. Daugavpils fortress was created as a fortified ideal city, and nowadays the fortress has become a city in a city with ten wide streets, 80 buildings, squares, and public Gardens. The total area of the fortress situated on both banks of the River Daugava is more than two square kilometres. The fortress has data on 1200 inhabitants officially registered in the fortress and living in 18 apartment houses. Daugavpils fortress is architectural and town planning monument of State significance. Its territory comprises 35 more individual historical monuments. Today the fortress undergoes dynamic development as the greatest regional culture, tourism and business centre. We invite you to have a walk around Daugavpils fortress and enjoy its creative life! The Fortress territory is open 24/7 to visitors. In general, you can walk on the main rampart and along inner streets here. Fans of an extreme tourism can explore various outside fortifications and underground galleries, as well as meet the bats. In the Fortress you can visit Mark Rothko Art Centre (contemporary arts), the exhibition hall of historical costume, purchase local souvenirs at two shops, eat at the cafe, organize conference. /Daugavpils Fortress Culture & Information Centre/

Reviewed By JanisLatvia - Latvia

The walls, bastions, gates and buildings are partly restored. You can walk the walls and see some old cannons, but the most interesting part is small exhibition created within old water pumping building, containing also original metallic water Reservoir above the exhibition hall. The young...MoreDear Janis, Thank you for your nice review! :) It was great to meet you and we are looking forward to see you again in Daugavpils Fortress! Kind regards, Daugavpils Fortress Culture and Information Centre

2. Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral

Tautas iela 2 | Church Hill, Daugavpils 5404, Latvia
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral

Reviewed By Lelde O - Riga, Latvia

This is the most splendid church on Church Hill in Daugavpils . You can't go past without noticing it. There are some Orthodox icons outside on walls, but the most beautiful icons and decorations are located in interior.

3. Latgale Zoological Garden

Vienibas iela 27, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia +371 65 426 789
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4.5 based on 38 reviews

Latgale Zoological Garden

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Surprisingly nice little Zoo in Daugavpils city.
Compact, but exciting - once you get in it is really interesting to what's done by enthusiasts there.
Of course, almost free of charge.
Put car outside on the street easily.
Be aware there is no lunch options there so plan visit for during the suitable moment.
Definitely recommend!

4. Shmakovka Museum

Rigas iela 22 A, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia +371 65 422 818
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5 based on 15 reviews

Shmakovka Museum

Reviewed By Viktorija T - Kaunas, Lithuania

Interesting place to visit. You can find 2 different halls with exhibits. One is interactive, so guide in not needed. Second hall exhibits real, very high quality equipment for alcohol production. Our guide Sasha was amazing. Fluent russian, lots of personal stories, additional facts and information. I think all in all we spent an hour in the museum, but it was an eye blink. Besides, You can taste several types of Shmakovka at the museum. Definately recommend this place to all adults.

5. Dubrovin Park

Rigas iela, Daugavpils, Latvia
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4 based on 22 reviews

Dubrovin Park

Reviewed By acorna - Vilnius

There are so many things crammed into that small, centrally located park: there is a monument to Red Army soldiers, a sculpture commemorating Pavel Dubrovin, a city mayor who supported formation of the park which is named after him, a huge Fountain (not opened yet at the end of April), some temporary decorations (Easter ones at the time of my visit), funfair, arms of Daugavpils city created in flowers, old firehouse with a collection of old machinery. And quite a lot of rooks nesting in the trees, so care is to be taken when choosing place to stroll or to sit on a bench.

6. Daugavpils Regional and Art Museum

Rigas iela 8, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia +371 65 422 709
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Daugavpils Regional and Art Museum

Reviewed By Bejayne - Brussels, Belgium

Interesting place to know more about the history of Daugavpils - from the foundation of the Dinaburg castle to nowadays. Lots of documents, pictures and coins or medals. There are also a little collectioh of modern art and temporary exhibititions (but no more Rothko, as they have been transferred to the new museum in the fortress).
One remark though, there's not a lot in English...

7. Daugavpils Tourist Information Centre

Rigas iela 22a, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia +371 65 422 818
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4.5 based on 10 reviews

Daugavpils Tourist Information Centre

Reviewed By Ilya D

I visited tourist information center when was in Daugavpils to get some information about the city and it's sightseeings. I was greeted by young woman who gave me the city map and showed me most interesting places and explained everything details. So i want to...MoreDear Ilya! Thank you for your positive feedback about the staff of the Daugavpils Tourist Information Centre. We hope you enjoyed your time in Daugavpils. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

8. Temple-chapel of Alexander Nevsky

Saules St., 20, Daugavpils, Latvia
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4 based on 5 reviews

Temple-chapel of Alexander Nevsky

Reviewed By acorna - Vilnius

The chapel is very recent, consecrated in 2004. It was built in the place of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which was demolished in the sixties of the 20th century. Present chapel is nothing but a place for worship to orthodox and kind of a landmark.

9. Leisure park "Stalkers"

Stalkers, Daugavpils 5413, Latvia +371 25 900 041
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Leisure park "Stalkers"

Special well-equipped rest park is located in picturesque place on the bank of the Daugava River on the territory of Daugavas Loki Nature Park. It is possible to organize a wide range of activities in the park. There are children’s Playgrounds, outdoor grills, tables, terraces, benches etc. Several tourist groups can visit the park at the same time.

Reviewed By Anastasija I

You can take photos with different sculptures, play games like basketball, football and etc., just walk around. So You can have nice evening, when weather is great)

10. Center of Russian Culture/ Russian House

Var avas iela 14, Daugavpils 5404, Latvia +371 65 413 237
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5 based on 3 reviews

Center of Russian Culture/ Russian House

Reviewed By Елена З - Moscow, Russia

Для русских в Даугавпилсе есть хорошее место - это Центр русской культуры. В нем постоянно проводятся выставки, где можно и экспонаты посмотреть и пообщаться с с россиянами. В этот раз очень понравилась выставка "Гжельская светлица". Здесь с любовью рассказывается о старинном русском народном промысле - гжельской керамике. Не менее яркими были и выставки "Хохломская горенка" и "Православие в Латвии". Вся тематика выставок очень актуальна и интересна для посетителей.

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