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

March 4, 2018 Jacquiline Delozier

Rēzekne (Latgalian Rēzekne pronounced [ˈrʲæːzʲækʲnʲæ] or Rēzne pronounced [rʲæːzʲnʲæ], Latvian: Rēzekne pronounced [ˈrɛːzekne] ( listen); see other names) is a city in the Rēzekne River valley in Latgale region of eastern Latvia. It is called The Heart of Latgale (Latvian Latgales sirds, Latgalian Latgolys sirds). Built on seven hills, Rēzekne is situated 242 kilometres (150 miles) east of Riga, and 63 kilometres (39 miles) west of the Latvian-Russian border, at the intersection of the Moscow – Ventspils and Warsaw – Saint Petersburg Railways. It has a population of 31,216 (2016) making it the 7th largest city in Latvia.
Restaurants in Rezekne

1. The Embassy of Latgale GORS

Pils iela 4, Rezekne 4601, Latvia +371 28 603 736
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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.

2. Ruins of the Rezekne Castle Hill

Krasta iela 31, Rezekne 4601, Latvia +371 64 622 222
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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).

3. Monument “United for Latvia”

Atbrivo anas aleja 93, Rezekne 4601, Latvia +371 64 622 222
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4 based on 17 reviews

Monument “United for Latvia”

The monument ("Latgale’s Mara") is a symbol of Rezekne, which reveals the idea of freedom fights against the outside reign, nation’s efforts to create and to defend its state – Latvia. The monument was unveiled for the 1st time on September 8, 1939 (the author of the project – Leons Tomasickis, the sculptor – Karlis Jansons). In 1992 the monument was restored again (the sculptor Andrejs Jansons).

Reviewed By Ana C - Moscow, Russia

The bronze monument “United for Latvia” (Māra of Latgale), located in the center of Atbrīvošanas aleja (City's main street), is one of the most recognizable symbols of Rezekne. It reflects the idea of the nation’s efforts to build and protect their country. It was unveiled in 1939. In 1940 it was pulled down, but restored for second time in 1943. Once again, in 1950 the ruling power demolished it. Finally, after Latvia’s independence, it was placed for third time in 1992. Latvian mythology personifies the goddess Māra as a provider of fertility for earth and a protection of life. The cross that is part of the ensemble is a symbol of the Christian faith. Overall, well made sculpture. Well kept. Popular and easy to spot. Near other sights. Nice surroundings. Worth a quick stop.

4. Heart of Jesus Cathedral

Latgales iela 88b, Rezekne 4601, Latvia +371 64 624 522
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4 based on 9 reviews

Heart of Jesus Cathedral

Reviewed By TulpanAmsterdam - Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi

The Cathedral was consecrated in 1901. It was built on the site of a previous wooden church which had been constructed from the funds alloted by Kraków military leader Belinskis. In 1887 the church was destroyed in the thunderstrom-caused fire. While attending the Cathedral it worth paying attention to the curved wooden altars decorated by the sculptures of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary, St.Teresa and others. The Cathedral is famous for its depictions in stained glasses of first Livonian bishops -St.Maynard and St.Albert. Since 1995 it is the centre of Rezekne-Aglona diocese with the seat of the bishop.

5. Rezekne And Vilani District Tourism Information Centre

Krasta iela 31, Rezekne 4601, Latvia +371 64 622 222
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Rezekne And Vilani District Tourism Information Centre

Reviewed By Елена З - Moscow, Russia

Находясь в Резекне, удалось побывать в этом туристическом информационном центре. Сотрудники были настолько любезны, что сделали подборку самых необходимых материалов и карт, чтобы можно было путешествовать по данному региону без проблем. Перечень объектов для осмотра был полон интересных предложений, мне хватило их на недолгие два дня сполна. Хорошо, когда профессионалы туристско-экскурсионного дела находятся на своих рабочих местах и помогают туристам постигать красоты и культуру этого региона Латвии!

6. Green Synagogue

Kraslavas iela 5, Rezekne 4601, Latvia +371 64 622 222
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4 based on 9 reviews

Green Synagogue

Reviewed By TulpanAmsterdam - Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi

The Synagogue was built in 1845 and it is considered to be the oldest wooden buildings in Rezekne. Before World War II in Rezekne there were 11 synagogues, only one has survived until today -The Rezekne Green Synagogue. Synagogue was open until the 1990s, then it was closed due to safety reasons (its emergency condition). The State Inspection for Heritage Protection of Latvia added it in the list of the most endangered sites in 2004. Rezekne City Council by the support of Norwegian Financial Instrument is carrying out reconstruction of the building. Within the framework of the project it will be possible to create the exhibition devoted to the history of Rezekne's Jews.

7. Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church

Atbrivosanas aleja 87/89, Rezekne 4601, Latvia +371 64 623 500
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4 based on 9 reviews

Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church

Reviewed By TulpanAmsterdam - Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi

Construction of the church began in 1936 (architect Pavlov). The 27 metres (89 feet) tall building was built in neo-romantic style. The church was consecrated on 6 December 1937, but the construction was finished only in 1939. Next to the church the sculpture of Virgin Fátima is located. It should be mentioned that many buildings in the city such as the Nation Palace of Latvian Society (the Culture House nowadays), the building of 6-classes elementary school (Secondary School no.3) and Red Cross Hospital (the students hostel nowadays) built in the 1930s were designed by Pavlov.

8. Latgale Culture and History Museum

Atbrivoshanas aleja 102, Rezekne 4601, Latvia
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Latgale Culture and History Museum

Reviewed By TulpanAmsterdam - Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi

The museum is the meeting place for different generations, place, where one can get positive emotions. It was opened in 1959. The museum offers exposition of the city history, art Exhibitions, pedagogical activities for children. The exposition of Latgale ceramics is the unique constant exposition in Latvia that reflects Latgale ceramics in historical aspect from Neolithic Period that was a beginning of pottery craft until the achievements of present-day Latgale ceramics masters and modern development tendencies. At the moment there are about 65 thousand units in the museum stock collections.

9. Luznavas Muiza

Pils iela 8 | Lūznava, Rezekne 4601, Latvia +371 29 390 701
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5 based on 3 reviews

Luznavas Muiza

Reviewed By Māra B - Riga, Latvia

This manor comes up in my mind with a wonderful wallpapers in all the rooms. When visiting, you should definitely go inside as well!

10. Evangelical Lutheran Holy Trinity Church

Raina iela 4, Rezekne 4601, Latvia +371 29 178 835
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3.5 based on 6 reviews

Evangelical Lutheran Holy Trinity Church

Reviewed By TulpanAmsterdam - Amsterdam, Paesi Bassi

The church from red bricks was built in the 1930s. The church was designed by the architect J.Cirulis in neo gothic style. The church was consecrated in 1938. In the summer of 1949 the Soviet authority deprived the parishioners of their church, removed its crosses and dismantled the belfry. For many years there was a rent a film company. The parish got back its property at the beginning of the 1990s and the building has undergone capital repairs (the church was reconstructed). There is an opportunity to climb the bell tower and see the Rezekne from the height of 37 metres (121 feet). The Concerts of classic music and divine services take place in the church nowadays.

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