What to do and see in Latgale Region, Latvia: The Best Places and Tips

January 17, 2018 Nicolette Lion

Discover the best top things to do in Latgale Region, Latvia including Daugavpils Fortress, Aglona Basilica, Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral, Preili Museum of Dolls, Latgale Zoological Garden, Shmakovka Museum, The Embassy of Latgale GORS, Ludza Medieval Castle Ruins, Dubrovin Park, Ruins of the Rezekne Castle Hill.
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1. Daugavpils Fortress

Nikolaja iela 5, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia +371 65 424 043
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
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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. Aglona Basilica

Aglona, Aglona 5304, Latvia
Excellent
58%
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4.5 based on 40 reviews

Aglona Basilica

Reviewed By SFrances C

We spent an hour wandering throughout this baroque basilica. You can go down into the crypt where information panels are in English. It was also easy to go up to the alter. A choir was practising for a wedding and the superb acoustics of the church made the choir sound lovely.

3. Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral

Tautas iela 2 | Church Hill, Daugavpils 5404, Latvia
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
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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.

4. Preili Museum of Dolls

Daugavpils St. 21, Preili 5301, Latvia +371 65 321 737
Excellent
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5 based on 25 reviews

Preili Museum of Dolls

Reviewed By Dudley B

I am English and my partner is Russian and we went here with friends yesterday. The dolls are amazing, the artist is a complete genius. They showed us a video in English about the history of the museum which was very interesting. The staff at the museum were very polite and friendly. This is a great place to visit and worth the 2 Euro's we paid.

5. Latgale Zoological Garden

Vienibas iela 27, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia +371 65 426 789
Excellent
58%
Good
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Satisfactory
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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!

6. Shmakovka Museum

Rigas iela 22 A, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia +371 65 422 818
Excellent
88%
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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.

7. The Embassy of Latgale GORS

Pils iela 4, Rezekne 4601, Latvia +371 28 603 736
Excellent
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

The Embassy of Latgale GORS

Reviewed By TulpanAmsterdam - Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi

The Embassy of Latgale GORS is a place where the story of Latgale is created and told. Culture heritage, ancient values and new ideas along with creativity and language can be found here and enjoyed by both the young and the old. Home to singers, dancers, amazing concert halls and art galleries, a place to relax and enjoy life at the cinema and restaurant.

8. Ludza Medieval Castle Ruins

Baznicas iela, Ludza 5701, Latvia
Excellent
35%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
3%
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4 based on 32 reviews

Ludza Medieval Castle Ruins

Reviewed By Hansje - The Hague, The Netherlands

As only a couple of walls are still standing, this 'castle' is certainly not worth the detour. But if you're near, you might as well stop for three minutes or so.

9. Dubrovin Park

Rigas iela, Daugavpils, Latvia
Excellent
36%
Good
51%
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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.

10. Ruins of the Rezekne Castle Hill

Krasta iela 31, Rezekne 4601, Latvia +371 64 622 222
Excellent
28%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
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4 based on 28 reviews

Ruins of the Rezekne Castle Hill

Castle Ruins, situated on the hill by the river are the reminders of the ancient fortified residence of ancient Latgalians which existed there from the 9th to 13th centuries. At the end of the 13th century Livonian castle was built (Rozitten castle). The castle was situated in a strategically important place, so the Russians, Lithuanians, Poles were seeking to conquer the castle, but it was completely destroyed during the Polish–Swedish war (1656–1660).

Reviewed By TulpanAmsterdam - Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi

Castle Ruins, situated on the hill by the river are the reminders of the ancient fortified residence of ancient Latgalians which existed there from the 9th to 13th centuries. At the end of the 13th century Livonian castle was built (Rozitten castle). The castle was situated in a strategically important place, so the Russians, Lithuanians, Poles were seeking to conquer the castle, but it was completely destroyed during the Polish-Swedish war (1656-1660). The model of Rezekne castle is located near the castle hill (the author- Edmunds Smans).

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