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'''Daugavpils''' [http://www.daugavpils.lv/],  the second largest city in [[Latvia]] next to [[Riga]].
 
'''Daugavpils''' [http://www.daugavpils.lv/],  the second largest city in [[Latvia]] next to [[Riga]].
It is a delightfully charming, spacious, green city. Despite its quaint atmosphere and low prices, the city offers modern conveniences and services. Over the last decade an ice-hall, bowling centre and modern hotels have been built in Daugavpils and diverse entertainment options have appeared throughout the city.
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It is a delightfully charming, spacious, green city. Despite its quaint atmosphere and low prices, the city offers modern conveniences and services. Over the last decade an ice-hall, bowling center and modern hotels have been built in Daugavpils and diverse entertainment options have appeared throughout the city.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
  
 
===By air===
 
===By air===
'''Starptautiskā lidosta Rīga''' (Riga International Airport) (+371) 7207009, Fax: (+371) 7211767, [mailto:office@riga-airport.com], [http://www.riga-airport.com/].
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'''Daugavpils Lisdosta''' (Daugavpils Airport) (+371) 65475306
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Soon one will be able to get to Daugavpils via air, as the airport located in [[Lociki]] (located 12 km northeast of Daugavpils) is being renovated and rebuild to become one of the major airports in [[Latvia]]. It is planed that by 2013 the airport will be open for regional and international air traffic, both passenger and cargo.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
  
'''Valsts akciju sabiedrība “Latvijas dzelzceļš”''' (Latvian Train Service), [http://www.ldz.lv/]. [[Riga]]-Daugavpils trains operate four times a day; Riga-[[Gomel]], and [[Russia]] trains also operate.
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'''Valsts akciju sabiedrība “Latvijas dzelzceļš”''' (Latvian Train Service), [http://www.ldz.lv/]. [[Riga]]-Daugavpils trains operate four times a day; Riga-[[Gomel]], and [[Russia]] trains also operate. Daugavpils is also accessable by train going from [[Vilnius]] to [[Saint Petersburg]].
  
 
===By bus===
 
===By bus===
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===By car===
 
===By car===
  
The drive from [[Riga]] takes 3-3 1/2 hours.
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The drive from [[Riga]] takes 3-3 1/2 hours. There is an international highway named E262 from [[Kaunas]], [[Lithuania]] that crosses Daugavpils and goes to [[Russia]].
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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===By bus===
 
===By bus===
  
*'''SIA Daugavpils autobusu parks''' (DAP) (Daugavpils Bus Station), Main Office: Kārklu iela 24, LV-5403 ''+371 (54)'' 29245, [mailto:dap@dap.apollo.lv], [http://www.buspark.lv/]. By bus you can go to any part of the city. Tickets are 0,18 LVL.
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*'''SIA Daugavpils autobusu parks''' (DAP) (Daugavpils Bus Station), Main Office: Kārklu iela 24, LV-5403 (+371) 65429245, [mailto:dap@dap.apollo.lv], [http://www.buspark.lv/]. By bus you can go to any part of the city. Tickets are 0,30 LVL.
*'''Bus Station 'Daugavpils'''': Viestura iela 10, LV-5403 Tel.: +371 (54) 22507 – dispatcher/ tickets, Tel.: +371 (54) 29866 – dispatcher; Tel.: +371 (54) 23000 – information/ tickets
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*'''Bus Station 'Daugavpils'''': Viestura iela 10, LV-5403 Tel.: (+371) 65422507 – dispatcher/ tickets, Tel.: (+371) 65429866 – dispatcher; Tel.: (+371) 65423000 – information/ tickets
  
 
===By tram===
 
===By tram===
  
Daugavpils has three tram routes operating in the city centre.
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Daugavpils has three tram routes operating in the city centre.  Tickets are 0,30 LVL, 0,15 LVL on Sundays.  Tickets are sold in the tram by a conductor (usually a woman).  Exact change appreciated.   
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When the tram is empty, best is to go to the conductor, hand her the fare, and she will give you a ticket.  Otherwise she may walk around the tram collecting fares from passengers who have just got on.
  
*'''''AKCIJU SABIEDRĪBA ”TRAMVAJU UZŅĒMUMS”''''' (Daugavpils tram) 18.novembra ielā 183, Daugavpilī, LV-5417, Tel.: 5433632, 5434614, Fax: 5434203 Information Tel.: 5446705 [mailto:tramvaju@dautkom.lv]
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*'''''AKCIJU SABIEDRĪBA ”TRAMVAJU UZŅĒMUMS”''''' (Daugavpils tram) 18.novembra ielā 183, Daugavpils, LV-5417, Tel.: 65433632, 65434614, Fax: 65434203 Information Tel.: 65446705 [mailto:tramvaju@dautkom.lv]
  
 
===By taxi===
 
===By taxi===
  
*'''SIA ”HOF”''' (Daugavpils Taxi) 54 22222, available 24 hours a day.
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*'''SIA ”HOF”''' (Daugavpils Taxi) 65422222, available 24 hours a day.
 
*'''Taxi stops'''
 
*'''Taxi stops'''
** Rigas ielā 9 ( hypermaket 'Rimi')
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** Rigas ielā 9 (hypermaket 'Rimi')
** Avenu ielā  33 ( supermarket 'Mego')
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** Avenu ielā  33 (supermarket 'Mego')
 
** intersection of Piekrasties ielā  and Rajpoles ielā  (supermarket 'Maxima X')
 
** intersection of Piekrasties ielā  and Rajpoles ielā  (supermarket 'Maxima X')
 
** intersection of Jatnieku ielā  and Mendeleeva ielā
 
** intersection of Jatnieku ielā  and Mendeleeva ielā
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Prices (The prices can change without notice):
 
Prices (The prices can change without notice):
  
* Price: 0,40 Ls
 
 
* Day tariff: 0,40 Ls/km
 
* Day tariff: 0,40 Ls/km
 
* Night tariff: 0,55 Ls/km
 
* Night tariff: 0,55 Ls/km
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==See==
 
==See==
  
Daugavpils has lots to see. The Daugavpils Turism Information Center can provide specific information and help you coordinate your visit.
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Daugavpils has lots to see. The Daugavpils Tourism Information Center can provide specific information and help you coordinate your visit.
  
'''Daugavpils novada tūrisma informācijas centrs'''
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'''Daugavpils novada tūrisma informācijas centrs''', Rīgas 22a, Tel.: (+371) 65422818, Fax: (+371) 65422818, (E-mail: tourinfo@daugavpils.apollo.lv).
  
Rīgas 22a, Tel.: (+371) 5422818, Fax: (+371) 5422818, E-mail: tourinfo@daugavpils.apollo.lv
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Rigas ielā is the main pedestrian mall which starts directly across the street from the main entrance of the railway station.
  
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*'''19th century architecture''' in the center between the Daugava River and the railway station.
  
Attractions in Daugavpils:
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*The unique '''Daugavpils fortress''' (biggest in Europe), which has withstood many many wars and remains virtually unchanged since its construction in the 19th century.
  
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*The '''historical center of the city''' consisted of 80 cultural-historical objects presents itself a specific monument of urban construction. One may be amazed by variety of architecture styles of the buildings, the red clay bricked facades of peculiar form recognized as Latgale baroque.
  
19th century architecture in the centre between the Daugava River and the railway station.
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*The '''church ensemble Jaunbūve''', the Church Hill included churches of four confessions, contributes a lot to the very special panorama of the city of Daugavpils.  
  
The unique Daugavpils fortress (biggest in Europe), which has withstood many many wars and remains virtually unchanged since its construction in the 17th century.
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*Daugavpils may also be proud of its '''sport complex'''. Ice Hall and the open-air swimming pool, one of the biggest open-air swimming pools in the Baltic countries, are the real pride of the city.
  
The historical centre of the city consisted of 80 cultural-historical objects presents itself a specific monument of urban construction.  
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Daugavpils is more endowed with water space than other cities of Latvia. There are 15 lakes, 8 rivers and numerous brooks its territory. In spite of this the climate is the most continental of the country. Forests and parks make up the green area with a square of approximately 10 400 ha.
One may be amazed by variety of architecture styles of the buildings, the red clay bricked facades of peculiar form recognized as Latgale baroque.  
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The church ensemble Jaunbūve, the Church Hill included churches of four confessions, contributes a lot to very special panorama of the city of Daugavpils.
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===Major Town Building Landmarks===
  
Daugavpils may also be proud of its sport complex. Ice Hall and the open-air swimming pool, one of the biggest open-air swimming pools in the Baltic countries, are the real pride of the city.
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With good reason the '''fortress''', originally built as a fortification for the western border of the Russian Empire, can be considered the symbol of Daugavpils. The Classicism-style fortress was consecrated by the Russia’s tsar in 1833. In later years the tsarist, Latvian and Soviet Armies had been stationed there. At present the fortress is under the supervision of the local municipality and Real Estates Agency as a cultural and historical monument.  
  
Daugavpils is the city that is more endowed with water space than other cities of Latvia. There are 15 lakes, 8 rivers and numerous brooks its territory.
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The '''Daugava protecting dam''', which stretches 6 km along the river and at its highest points reaches 9 m, is another singular landmark of the city. It was built in 1841, and is still protecting the city from flood-waters. On accordance with the town-building plan, confirmed by the tsar in 1826.  
In spite of this the climate is the most continental of the country.  
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Forests and parks make up the green area with a square of approximately 10 400 ha.
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Daugavpils has been growing and developing rapidly getting better and economically more stable day by day.
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'''Daugavpils present-day center''' and its street network started shaping in the early 19th century. The features of the styles peculiar to this historical period have been preserved in Riga street, the main street of the city center. A characteristic feature of buildings is Classicism-style red brick houses with ornamentation of various styles. The house at 8 Riga street, which now houses the '''Daugavpils Local Arts and History Museum''', has preserved its original architecture almost unaltered. The house was built in the second half of the 19th century. It decoration of colorful glazed files is extremely original. All entrances to the house have small glass-covered open-work metal roofs. More than a hundred years ago a 3 ha large park was laid out in the center of the city. The park is called now '''Dubrovin’s Park''' as it was created with great assistance and support of Pavel Dubrovin, the first head of the city. It has been a rest place popular with the townspeople for years. Between Riga and Saules streets there is '''Vienības nams (Unity House)''', designed in plain architectonic forms: prisms and cubes. The many halls and rooms of this building house a theater, the city central library, several shops and cafes. All the principal cultural activities of the city take place here. At the beginning the 80-ties Riga street, in which several buildings of historical and architectonic value are situated, was one of the first cities in Latvia which was used by pedestrians only.  
  
'''Major Townbuilding Landmarks'''
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===Monuments and Memorial Places===
  
With good reason the fortress, originally built as a fortification for the western border of the Russian Empire, can be considered the symbol of Daugavpils. The Classicism-style fortress was consecrafed by the Russia’s tsar in 1833. In later years the tsarist, Latvian and Soviet Armies had been stationed there. At present the fortress is under the supervision of the local municipality and Real Estates Agency as a cultural and historical monument. The Daugava protecting dam, which stretches 6 km along the river and at its highest points reaches 9 m, is another singular landmark of the city. It was built in 1841, and is still protecting the city from flood-waters. On accordance with the town-building plan, confirmed by the tsar in 1826. Daugavpils present-day centre and its street network started shaping in the early 19th century. The features of the styles peculiar to this historical period have been preserved in Riga street, the main street of the city centre. A characteristic feature of buildings is Classicism-style red brick houses with ornamentation of various styles. The house at 8 Riga street, which now houses the Daugavpils Local Arts and History Museum, has preserved its original architecture almost unaltered. The house was built in the second half of the 19th century. It decoration of colourful glazed files is extremely original. All entrances to the house have small glass-covered open-work metal roofs. More than a hundred years ago a 3 ha large park was laid out in the center of the city. The park is called now Dubrovin’s Park as it was created with great assistance and support of Pavel Dubrovin, the first head of the city. It has been a restplace popular with the townspeople for years. Between Riga and Saules streets there is Vienības nams (Unity House), designed in plain architectonic forms: prisms and cubes. The many halls and rooms of this building house a theatre, the city central library, several shops and cafes. All the principal cultural activities of the city take place here. At the beginning the 80-ties Riga street, in which several buildings of historical and architectonic value are situated, was one of the first cities in Latvia which was used by pedestrians only.
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The most significant events in Daugavpils history are immortalized in various monuments and memorial places. The soldiers killed in Word War I are buried in '''Old Believers, Orthodox and Lutheran cemeteries'''. The Latvian army soldiers, killed in fights for freedom, are buried in the Lutheran cemetery. Their graves there as well as the Polish army soldier’ graves in Satiksmes iela testify to the events relating to history of the independent Latvian state. A 13 m tall reinforced concrete cross has been erected in Satiksmes iela to commemorate the events. A memorial stone to the citizens of Daugavpils, deported to Siberia in 1941 and 1945, is erected in Pumpura Park. The burial places of the Soviet and German soldiers in Dubrovin’s park, in the Garrison cemetery, in the Griva, Communal and Orthodox cemeteries as well as the graves of the victims of fascism in the Mežciems cemetery are memorial places to those who were killed in World War II.
 
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'''Monuments and Memorial Places'''
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The most significant events in Daugavpils history are immortalized in various monuments and memorial places. The soldiers killed in Word War I are buried in Old Believers, Orthodox and Lutheran cemetaries. The Latvian army soldiers, killed in fights for freedom, are buried in the Lutheran cemetary. Their graves there as well as the Polish army soldier’ graves in Satiksmes iela testify to the events relating to history of the independent Latvian state. A 13 m tall reinforced concrete cross has been erected in Satiksmes iela to commemorate the events. A memorial stone to the citizens of Daugavpils, deported to Siberia in 1941 and 1945, is erected in Pumpura Park. The burial places of the Soviet and German soldiers in Dubrovin’s park, in the Garrison cemetary, in the Griva, Communal and Orthodox cemeteries as well as the graves of the victims of fascism in the Mežciems cemetary are memorial places to those who were killed in World War II.
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==Do==
 
==Do==
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*The northeast part of the city, Stropi, is a popular recreational area located near the Big Stropu Lake (Lielais Stropu ezers).
 
*The northeast part of the city, Stropi, is a popular recreational area located near the Big Stropu Lake (Lielais Stropu ezers).
  
*'''The Daugavpils Musical and Drama Theatre''' located in the Unity House (1937) in the city centre.
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*'''The Daugavpils Musical and Drama Theater''' located in the Unity House (1937) in the city center.
  
 
* Did you know that Daugavpils has a race track 'Daugavpils Spidveja centr' on Jelgavas iela 54. So go check out some races.
 
* Did you know that Daugavpils has a race track 'Daugavpils Spidveja centr' on Jelgavas iela 54. So go check out some races.
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* You can also walk on the Daugavpils main street Rigas iela. It is amazing.
 
* You can also walk on the Daugavpils main street Rigas iela. It is amazing.
  
* Visit a lot of traditional saunas: http://www.daugavpils.lv/?load=80/139
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* Visit a lot of traditional saunas: [http://www.daugavpils.lv/?load=80/139]
  
 
* Finally just take a walk around the city and you will see a '''lots''' of amazing and beautiful things.
 
* Finally just take a walk around the city and you will see a '''lots''' of amazing and beautiful things.
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* '''DAUGAVPILS TIRGUS'''(Market) Cietokšņa 60, Tel. 54 28252.
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* '''DAUGAVPILS TIRGUS'''(Market) Cietokšņa 60, Tel. 65428252.
  
  
All around the city you can find many large and small supermarkets, shopping centres, or just stores.
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All around the city you can find many large and small supermarkets, shopping centers, or just stores.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
  
'''Restaurant, Cafe, Bar, or other:'''
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* '''Restorāns “Gubernators”''', Lāčplēša ielā 10, Tel. 65422455.
 
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* '''Bistro “Vita”''', Rīgas ielā 22a, Tel. 65427706.
* Restorāns “Gubernators” (Lāčplēša ielā 10) Tel. 54 22455
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* '''Restorāns “Rotko panorama bārs”''', Ģimnāzijas ielā 46, Tel. 65404911.
* Bistro “Vita” (Rīgas ielā 22a) Tel. 54 27706
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* '''Bārs “Loby”''', Ģimnāzijas 46, Tel. 65404912.
* Restorāns “Rotko panorama bārs” (Ģimnāzijas ielā 46) Tel. 54 04911
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* '''Bārs-bistro “Vēsma”''', Rīgas ielā 49, Tel. 65444350.
* Bārs “Loby” (Ģimnāzijas 46) Tel. 54 04912
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* '''Bistro “Grill Niko”''', Viestura 25 – 1a, Tel. 65424887.
* Bārs-bistro “Vēsma” (Rīgas ielā 49) Tel. 54 44350
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* '''Kafejnīca “Arabika”''', Viestura ielā 8, Tel. 65402600.
* Bistro “Grill Niko” (Viestura 25 – 1a) Tel. 54 24887
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* '''Kafejnīca “Dr. Pinta”''', Ģimnāzijas ielā 16, Tel. 29480208.
* Kafejnīca “Arabika” (Viestura ielā 8) Tel. 54 02600
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* '''Kafejnīca “Pasaules brīnumi”''', Vienības ielā 17, Tel. 65920000.
* Kafejnīca “Dr. Pinta” (Ģimnāzijas ielā 16) Tel. 9480208
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* '''Kafejnīca “Pīlādzis”''', Saules ielā 12, Tel. 65420944.
* Kafejnīca “Pasaules brīnumi” (Vienības ielā 17) Tel. 5920000
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* '''Kafejnīca “Mego”''', Viestura 60, Tel. 65421733.
* Kafejnīca “Pīlādzis” (Saules ielā 12) Tel. 54 20944
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* '''Kafejnīca “Tvingo –Picca”''', Mihoelsa ielā 7, Tel. 65422111.
* Kafejnīca “Sindi” (Viestura 60) Tel. 54 21733
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* '''Restorāns “Afrodīte”''', S. Mihoelsa 52, Tel. 29289065.
* Kafejnīca “Tvingo –Picca” (Mihoelsa ielā 7) Tel. 54 22111
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* '''Restorāns “Eiropa”''', Viestura ielā 8, Tel. 65402600.
* Restorāns “Afrodīte” (S. Mihoelsa 52) Tel. 9289065
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* '''Restorāns “Klasiko”''', Ģimnāzijas ielā 46, Tel. 65404910.
* Restorāns “Eiropa” ( Viestura ielā 8) Tel. 54 02600
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* '''Kafejnīca “Lidadis”''', Rīgas ielā 14, Tel. 65476660.
* Restorāns “Klasiko” (Ģimnāzijas ielā 46) Tel. 54 04910
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* '''Restorāns “ Taller”''', Viestura ielā 59, Tel. 65424983.
* Kafejnīca “Lidadis” (Rīgas ielā 14) Tel. 54 76660
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* Restorāns “ Taller” (Viestura ielā 59) Tel. 54  24983
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==Drink==
 
==Drink==
  
Look at Eat section above for restaurants and more.  Gubernators has a great selection of beers from Latvia and the Czech Republic on tap.
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Look at Eat section above for restaurants and more.  'Gubernators' has a great selection of beers from Latvia and the Czech Republic on tap.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
*'''Hotel "Park Hotel Latgola"''' Gimnazijas Street 46, Tel. 65404900, [http://www.hoteldaugavpils.lv/].  A new three star hotel.
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*'''Hotel "Park Hotel Latgola"''', Gimnazijas Street 46, Tel. 65404900, [http://www.hoteldaugavpils.lv/].  A new three star hotel.
*'''Hotel "Villa Ksenija"''' Varšavas iela 17, Tel. 654 34317, [http://www.villaks.lv/].
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*'''Hotel "Villa Ksenija"''', Varšavas iela 17, Tel. 65434317, [http://www.villaks.lv/].
*'''Hotel "Paparde"''' Tērvetes street 17, Tel. 654 02180, [http://www.paparde.lv/].
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*'''Hotel "Paparde"''', Tērvetes street 17, Tel. 65402180, [http://www.paparde.lv/].
*'''Hotel "Rebir"''' Vienības street 19, E-mail: sale@rebir.lv, Tel. 654 21857, fax: 5424747
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*'''Hotel "Rebir"''', Vienības street 19, E-mail: sale@rebir.lv, Tel. 65421857, fax: 65424747.
*'''Hotel "Flora D"''' Krimuldas street 45, Stropi, Tel. 29544613, 29421497
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*'''Hotel "Flora D"''', Krimuldas street 45, Stropi, Tel. 29544613, 29421497.
*'''Hotel "Leo"''' Krāslavas street 58, E-mail: lauma@apollo.lv, Tel. 65426565
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*'''Hotel "Leo"''', Krāslavas street 58, E-mail: lauma@apollo.lv, Tel. 65426565.
*'''Hotel "Hotel Dinaburg"''' Dobeles street 39, E-mail: info@hoteldinaburg.lv, Tel. 654 53010, 22332243, fax: 5424747, Website: www.hoteldinaburg.lv
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*'''Hotel "Hotel Dinaburg"''', Dobeles street 39, E-mail: info@hoteldinaburg.lv, Tel. 654 53010, 22332243, fax: 65424747, [http://www.hoteldinaburg.lv].
  
About other hotels in the city and near city:
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==Contact==
http://www.daugavpils.lv/?load=80/147
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http://www.daugavpils.lv/?load=80/142
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The Wi-Fi Internet is available almost in all cafes, hotels and restaurants in the centre of the city.
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For example in Park Hotel Latgola, City Centre, Vesma cafe and many others.
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Also there are computers with the free Internet available in the halls of Ice Hall and Hospital.
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There are some the Internet cafes near old university building on Saules street.  
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
  
From Daugavpils one can travel to [[Lithuania]], [[Belarus]], and/or [[Russia]] because the city is located close to the boarders of these countries.
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From Daugavpils one can travel to [[Lithuania]], [[Belarus]], and/or [[Russia]] because the city is located close to the borders of these countries.
 
Or go anywhere else in [[Latvia]].
 
Or go anywhere else in [[Latvia]].
  
 
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Revision as of 08:29, 15 June 2013

Daugavpils [1], the second largest city in Latvia next to Riga. It is a delightfully charming, spacious, green city. Despite its quaint atmosphere and low prices, the city offers modern conveniences and services. Over the last decade an ice-hall, bowling center and modern hotels have been built in Daugavpils and diverse entertainment options have appeared throughout the city.

Contents

Get in

By air

Daugavpils Lisdosta (Daugavpils Airport) (+371) 65475306 Soon one will be able to get to Daugavpils via air, as the airport located in Lociki (located 12 km northeast of Daugavpils) is being renovated and rebuild to become one of the major airports in Latvia. It is planed that by 2013 the airport will be open for regional and international air traffic, both passenger and cargo.

By train

Valsts akciju sabiedrība “Latvijas dzelzceļš” (Latvian Train Service), [2]. Riga-Daugavpils trains operate four times a day; Riga-Gomel, and Russia trains also operate. Daugavpils is also accessable by train going from Vilnius to Saint Petersburg.

By bus

Rīgas Starptautiskā autoosta (Riga Bus Station), [3]. Buses from Riga to Daugavpils leave every two hours.

By car

The drive from Riga takes 3-3 1/2 hours. There is an international highway named E262 from Kaunas, Lithuania that crosses Daugavpils and goes to Russia.

Get around

By bus

  • SIA Daugavpils autobusu parks (DAP) (Daugavpils Bus Station), Main Office: Kārklu iela 24, LV-5403 (+371) 65429245, [4], [5]. By bus you can go to any part of the city. Tickets are 0,30 LVL.
  • Bus Station 'Daugavpils': Viestura iela 10, LV-5403 Tel.: (+371) 65422507 – dispatcher/ tickets, Tel.: (+371) 65429866 – dispatcher; Tel.: (+371) 65423000 – information/ tickets

By tram

Daugavpils has three tram routes operating in the city centre. Tickets are 0,30 LVL, 0,15 LVL on Sundays. Tickets are sold in the tram by a conductor (usually a woman). Exact change appreciated. When the tram is empty, best is to go to the conductor, hand her the fare, and she will give you a ticket. Otherwise she may walk around the tram collecting fares from passengers who have just got on.

  • AKCIJU SABIEDRĪBA ”TRAMVAJU UZŅĒMUMS” (Daugavpils tram) 18.novembra ielā 183, Daugavpils, LV-5417, Tel.: 65433632, 65434614, Fax: 65434203 Information Tel.: 65446705 [6]

By taxi

  • SIA ”HOF” (Daugavpils Taxi) 65422222, available 24 hours a day.
  • Taxi stops
    • Rigas ielā 9 (hypermaket 'Rimi')
    • Avenu ielā 33 (supermarket 'Mego')
    • intersection of Piekrasties ielā and Rajpoles ielā (supermarket 'Maxima X')
    • intersection of Jatnieku ielā and Mendeleeva ielā
    • near hotel 'Latgola'

Prices (The prices can change without notice):

  • Day tariff: 0,40 Ls/km
  • Night tariff: 0,55 Ls/km

See

Daugavpils has lots to see. The Daugavpils Tourism Information Center can provide specific information and help you coordinate your visit.

Daugavpils novada tūrisma informācijas centrs, Rīgas 22a, Tel.: (+371) 65422818, Fax: (+371) 65422818, (E-mail: tourinfo@daugavpils.apollo.lv).

Rigas ielā is the main pedestrian mall which starts directly across the street from the main entrance of the railway station.

  • 19th century architecture in the center between the Daugava River and the railway station.
  • The unique Daugavpils fortress (biggest in Europe), which has withstood many many wars and remains virtually unchanged since its construction in the 19th century.
  • The historical center of the city consisted of 80 cultural-historical objects presents itself a specific monument of urban construction. One may be amazed by variety of architecture styles of the buildings, the red clay bricked facades of peculiar form recognized as Latgale baroque.
  • The church ensemble Jaunbūve, the Church Hill included churches of four confessions, contributes a lot to the very special panorama of the city of Daugavpils.
  • Daugavpils may also be proud of its sport complex. Ice Hall and the open-air swimming pool, one of the biggest open-air swimming pools in the Baltic countries, are the real pride of the city.

Daugavpils is more endowed with water space than other cities of Latvia. There are 15 lakes, 8 rivers and numerous brooks its territory. In spite of this the climate is the most continental of the country. Forests and parks make up the green area with a square of approximately 10 400 ha.

Major Town Building Landmarks

With good reason the fortress, originally built as a fortification for the western border of the Russian Empire, can be considered the symbol of Daugavpils. The Classicism-style fortress was consecrated by the Russia’s tsar in 1833. In later years the tsarist, Latvian and Soviet Armies had been stationed there. At present the fortress is under the supervision of the local municipality and Real Estates Agency as a cultural and historical monument.

The Daugava protecting dam, which stretches 6 km along the river and at its highest points reaches 9 m, is another singular landmark of the city. It was built in 1841, and is still protecting the city from flood-waters. On accordance with the town-building plan, confirmed by the tsar in 1826.

Daugavpils present-day center and its street network started shaping in the early 19th century. The features of the styles peculiar to this historical period have been preserved in Riga street, the main street of the city center. A characteristic feature of buildings is Classicism-style red brick houses with ornamentation of various styles. The house at 8 Riga street, which now houses the Daugavpils Local Arts and History Museum, has preserved its original architecture almost unaltered. The house was built in the second half of the 19th century. It decoration of colorful glazed files is extremely original. All entrances to the house have small glass-covered open-work metal roofs. More than a hundred years ago a 3 ha large park was laid out in the center of the city. The park is called now Dubrovin’s Park as it was created with great assistance and support of Pavel Dubrovin, the first head of the city. It has been a rest place popular with the townspeople for years. Between Riga and Saules streets there is Vienības nams (Unity House), designed in plain architectonic forms: prisms and cubes. The many halls and rooms of this building house a theater, the city central library, several shops and cafes. All the principal cultural activities of the city take place here. At the beginning the 80-ties Riga street, in which several buildings of historical and architectonic value are situated, was one of the first cities in Latvia which was used by pedestrians only.

Monuments and Memorial Places

The most significant events in Daugavpils history are immortalized in various monuments and memorial places. The soldiers killed in Word War I are buried in Old Believers, Orthodox and Lutheran cemeteries. The Latvian army soldiers, killed in fights for freedom, are buried in the Lutheran cemetery. Their graves there as well as the Polish army soldier’ graves in Satiksmes iela testify to the events relating to history of the independent Latvian state. A 13 m tall reinforced concrete cross has been erected in Satiksmes iela to commemorate the events. A memorial stone to the citizens of Daugavpils, deported to Siberia in 1941 and 1945, is erected in Pumpura Park. The burial places of the Soviet and German soldiers in Dubrovin’s park, in the Garrison cemetery, in the Griva, Communal and Orthodox cemeteries as well as the graves of the victims of fascism in the Mežciems cemetery are memorial places to those who were killed in World War II.

Do

  • The northeast part of the city, Stropi, is a popular recreational area located near the Big Stropu Lake (Lielais Stropu ezers).
  • The Daugavpils Musical and Drama Theater located in the Unity House (1937) in the city center.
  • Did you know that Daugavpils has a race track 'Daugavpils Spidveja centr' on Jelgavas iela 54. So go check out some races.
  • Want to go skating? Daugavpils has an amazing Ice hall - Ledus Halle on Stacijas iela 45a.
  • But if you want to go bowling or shoot some pool, go to City Center on Viestura iela 8.
  • You can also walk on the Daugavpils main street Rigas iela. It is amazing.
  • Visit a lot of traditional saunas: [7]
  • Finally just take a walk around the city and you will see a lots of amazing and beautiful things.

Buy

  • DAUGAVPILS TIRGUS(Market) Cietokšņa 60, Tel. 65428252.


All around the city you can find many large and small supermarkets, shopping centers, or just stores.

Eat

  • Restorāns “Gubernators”, Lāčplēša ielā 10, Tel. 65422455.
  • Bistro “Vita”, Rīgas ielā 22a, Tel. 65427706.
  • Restorāns “Rotko panorama bārs”, Ģimnāzijas ielā 46, Tel. 65404911.
  • Bārs “Loby”, Ģimnāzijas 46, Tel. 65404912.
  • Bārs-bistro “Vēsma”, Rīgas ielā 49, Tel. 65444350.
  • Bistro “Grill Niko”, Viestura 25 – 1a, Tel. 65424887.
  • Kafejnīca “Arabika”, Viestura ielā 8, Tel. 65402600.
  • Kafejnīca “Dr. Pinta”, Ģimnāzijas ielā 16, Tel. 29480208.
  • Kafejnīca “Pasaules brīnumi”, Vienības ielā 17, Tel. 65920000.
  • Kafejnīca “Pīlādzis”, Saules ielā 12, Tel. 65420944.
  • Kafejnīca “Mego”, Viestura 60, Tel. 65421733.
  • Kafejnīca “Tvingo –Picca”, Mihoelsa ielā 7, Tel. 65422111.
  • Restorāns “Afrodīte”, S. Mihoelsa 52, Tel. 29289065.
  • Restorāns “Eiropa”, Viestura ielā 8, Tel. 65402600.
  • Restorāns “Klasiko”, Ģimnāzijas ielā 46, Tel. 65404910.
  • Kafejnīca “Lidadis”, Rīgas ielā 14, Tel. 65476660.
  • Restorāns “ Taller”, Viestura ielā 59, Tel. 65424983.

Drink

Look at Eat section above for restaurants and more. 'Gubernators' has a great selection of beers from Latvia and the Czech Republic on tap.

Sleep

  • Hotel "Park Hotel Latgola", Gimnazijas Street 46, Tel. 65404900, [8]. A new three star hotel.
  • Hotel "Villa Ksenija", Varšavas iela 17, Tel. 65434317, [9].
  • Hotel "Paparde", Tērvetes street 17, Tel. 65402180, [10].
  • Hotel "Rebir", Vienības street 19, E-mail: sale@rebir.lv, Tel. 65421857, fax: 65424747.
  • Hotel "Flora D", Krimuldas street 45, Stropi, Tel. 29544613, 29421497.
  • Hotel "Leo", Krāslavas street 58, E-mail: lauma@apollo.lv, Tel. 65426565.
  • Hotel "Hotel Dinaburg", Dobeles street 39, E-mail: info@hoteldinaburg.lv, Tel. 654 53010, 22332243, fax: 65424747, [11].

Contact

The Wi-Fi Internet is available almost in all cafes, hotels and restaurants in the centre of the city. For example in Park Hotel Latgola, City Centre, Vesma cafe and many others. Also there are computers with the free Internet available in the halls of Ice Hall and Hospital. There are some the Internet cafes near old university building on Saules street.

Get out

From Daugavpils one can travel to Lithuania, Belarus, and/or Russia because the city is located close to the borders of these countries. Or go anywhere else in Latvia.

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