Daugavpils


DAUGAVPILS

Daugavpils is the second largest city in Latvia. The History and Art Museum is located in one of its most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings adjacent to pretty Dubrovina Park. Daugavpils Fortress is an impressive fortified edifice covering a total area of more than 150 hectares and is the only untouched, early 19th century fortress remaining in east Europe. The fortress’s jagged contour consists of a bulwark with eight towers, ravelins and contrgardes with other defensive structures – lunettes, redoubts and a moat. A sconce on the left bank of the Daugava protects the bridge. Inside the walls, building facades are in Empire style, although the Nikolai Gate and Water Tower are Gothic.
The historical centre of the city is a town planning monument of national importance. The central part of the city was developed in the 19th century in accordance with the design documents approved in St. Petersburg in 1826. The city is one of the few Latvian cities that can boast of a unique ensemble of classical and eclectic buildings.
Not far from the city we suggest you to visit Naujene parish where the unique settlement and museum complex, Slutišķi Old Believers’ Village, is well worth a visit to see how deeply this version of the Russian Orthodox religion has influenced the lives and work of local residents.
For more information, please visit the website www.visitdaugavpils.lv

Source Latvian Tourism Development Agency

Here’s a sampling of major yearly recurring events in Daugavpils:

Daugavpils International Folklore Festival

The goal of the festival is to promote traditional Latvian and foreign culture, develop and enhance the traditions of folk groups and ethnographic ensembles.
Period: April
For more info visit the official website www.daugavpils.lv

International street culture festival & competition “Urbanstyle”

The festival will blend street culture, extreme sports, street athletics and streetball, dance, RAP music and graffiti art.
Period: May
For more info visit the official website www.daugavpils.lv

Daugavpils City Festival

During the festival, the city’s birthday is marked with an extensive programme of festivities. For one whole week, in various locations around the city, cultural, sporty, and rec/relax are held, and special care has been given to the younger set. Several thousand people from Latvia and abroad usually make this scene in the SE Latvia city.
Period: May/June
For more info visit the official website www.kultura.daugavpils.lv

Festival of war history reconstruction clubs

Shots will be fired in Daugavpils Fortress, the smell of gunpowder will fill the air. Participants, dressed in historic army uniforms, will imitate old-time events, while audience members will be able to take a picture with the soldiers, ride horses, shop at the crafts fair, enjoy concerts and performances.
Period: July
For more info visit the official website www.daugavpils.lv