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Ventspils is a city situated on the western coast of Latvia, on the Baltic Sea. Ventspils is one of Europe's busiest ports. It is also the city that honours the past, thinks of the future, and never stops working! Ventspils is the Latvian flower capital that is adorned with flowers from spring until autumn. Even the City Festival at the first weekend of August is a time when florists from the Baltic States cover Promenade of Ostas iela with carpets of flowers.
On-again off-again train services to city was suspended again in 2010. There was normally a daily train connecting Ventspils with Riga and Liepaja, and it's not known when and if it will resume service.
Riga – Ventspils, 190 km on main highway E22 (A10) Kuldīga – Ventspils, 60 km on highway P108 Liepāja – Ventspils, 120 km on highways P111, P108, and P110
Ferries run between Nynashamn for Stockholm and Ventspils overnight. These are mainly used for transport of HGV's to Sweden but passengers and small vehicles can use the service. Tickets can be purchased from an office at Ventspils Ferry Terminal.
The same ferry-line also carries travellers from Travemünde in Germany to Ventspils.
Within the city one can get around with the public transportation, taxis or rental cars or bicycles.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION is provided by 'Ventspils Reiss', Municipal Ltd. For the comfort and well-being of the passengers, Mercedes Benz minibuses service the inhabitants of Ventspils and city guests, offering 15 different routes.
‘Latvijas melnā’ (Latvian Black Cow) dwells on the Promenade of Ostas iela;
‘Pretim gaismai’ (Towards the Light) that usually climbs the lamp post on Pils iela next to ‘Latvenergo’ JSC;
‘Ms. Moo-Dunk’ the basketball cow resides near the Basketball Hall of the Olympic Centre ‘Ventspils’;
‘Dzīve ir skaista’ (Life is Beautiful) is situated at the Children’s Park ‘Bērnu pilsētiņa’ (Children’s Town);
‘Jūras govs’ (Cow of the Sea) dwells next to the Livonian Order Castle facing the River Venta;
‘Nafta’ (Oil) lives next to the Children’s Home ‘Selga’;
‘Londonas govs’ (London Cow) welcomes the residents of the camping site ‘Piejūras kempings’.
There are also three considerably larger cows:
‘Ceļojošā govs’ (Travelling Cow) is shaped like a huge suit-case and awaits the city guests on the Promenade of Ostas iela to take some pictures;
‘Govs-Matrozis’ (The Sailor Cow) is a giant blue-coloured cow dressed as a seafarer and situated at the Southern Pier of Ventspils;
‘Šūpojošā govs’ (Cow on the Swings) is a large, but cute and girly cow sitting on the swings not far from the excursion boat ‘Hercogs Jēkabs’.
The flowers are arranged not only in flower-beds, also a flower-clock and vivid flower-sculptures:
‘The Duck Family’ in the Children’s Town,
‘Lady-Birds’ at the Promenade of Ostas Street,
‘Underwater World’ next to the Beach Waterpark,
‘Bobsleigh Team’ on the main street Lielais prospects,
and the newcomers ‘The Bunny Family’ at the end-station ‘Kalns’ of the narrow-gauge train ‘Mazbānītis’
Ventspils Tourism Information Centre
• Information about sightseeing, events, recreation,
transport and accommodation.
• Guided tours with the certified guides of Ventspils.
• Tourist maps and brochures.
Phone: +371 63622263, 63607664;
Fax: +371 63607665