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.
- Several buses a day connect Riga and Liepaja, and the towns on the way, with Ventspils.
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.
- The most commonly used routes are:
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.
Another ferry serves the travellers willing to get either to Lübeck or St.Petersburg via 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.
- Cow sculptures: in 2002 Ventspils hosted the international event 'Cow Parade' and, therefore, several cows of this event still reside throughout the city.
- ‘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’.
- Flowers: The flower diversity, colours and wonderful smell will warm the cockles of everyone’s heart.
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’
- Livonian Order Castle, Jāņa iela 17, Ventspils, LV 3601, ☎ +371 63622031; 63626288;, . The Livonian Order Castle is one of the oldest medieval fortresses that has survived to this day. In 1290 the castle was first chronicled and this date is now considered to be the year of Ventspils’ foundation. In 1995 there was begun extensive archaelogical research and renovation of the castle. Renovating the castle, there were retained both niches of the 14th century and wall paintings of the 15th century, door openings of the 17th century and prision doors of the 19th century. Now outwardly the Castle has obtained its 19th century look.
- Seaside Open Air Museum, Riņķa iela 2, Ventspils, LV 3601, ☎ (+ 371) 63624467, . The Seaside Open Air Museum was founded in 1954 to preserve the heritage of the seaside fishing village. Today it is the only open air museum dedicated to fishing in Latvia. It features fishermen’s homesteads, barns, wind mills (from the Užava parish), smokehouses, curing cabins, net sheds and other samples of native building and household artefacts. In an area of 4 ha, you will find an extensive sea boat collection and the largest anchor collection in the Baltics with more than one hundred exhibits dating from the 17th century to present day. At the Seaside Park you can enjoy the Enkuru taka (Anchor trail) which is formed of the biggest anchors.
- Kafejnīca Ukraina, Ganību iela 95a, tel 63622677; 29119747
Ventspils Tourism Information Centre
• Information about sightseeing, events, recreation,
transport and accommodation.
• Guided tours with the certified guides of Ventspils.
• Tourist maps and brochures.
Address: 6 Dārza Street, Ventspils, LV 3601
Phone: +371 63622263, 63607664;
Fax: +371 63607665