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Daugavpils Fortress

Nikolaja iela 5, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia
+371 65 424 043
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Worth a visit if you are in the vicinity

Parts of the ancient fortress are still on good condition and allow you to envisage how powerful it... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Bruce M
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Sydney, Australia
City in a city

It is mindblowing, that this kind of fortress is still alive in nowadays. There is also real people... read more

Reviewed March 18, 2018
Māra B
,
Riga, Latvia
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Daugavpils (Dinaburg, Dwinsk) fortress is located in the very heart of the second biggest city of the Republic of Latvia - only two kilometres away from the actual historical city centre. Still in the 18th century the small town of Dinaburg was situated in the place that is now occupied by an impressive low fortification complex - the last bulwark or bastion-type fortification in the world. Daugavpils fortress was created as a fortified ideal city, and nowadays the fortress has become a city in a city with ten wide streets, 80 buildings, squares, and public gardens. The total area of the fortress situated on both banks of the River Daugava is more than two square kilometres. The fortress has data on 1200 inhabitants officially registered in the fortress and living in 18 apartment houses. Daugavpils fortress is architectural and town planning monument of State significance. Its territory comprises 35 more individual historical monuments. Today the fortress undergoes dynamic development as the greatest regional culture, tourism and business centre. We invite you to have a walk around Daugavpils fortress and enjoy its creative life! The Fortress territory is open 24/7 to visitors. In general, you can walk on the main rampart and along inner streets here. Fans of an extreme tourism can explore various outside fortifications and underground galleries, as well as meet the bats. In the Fortress you can visit Mark Rothko Art Centre (contemporary arts), the exhibition hall of historical costume, purchase local souvenirs at two shops, eat at the cafe, organize conference. /Daugavpils Fortress Culture & Information Centre/
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Nikolaja iela 5, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Parts of the ancient fortress are still on good condition and allow you to envisage how powerful it would have been in its time. Much of the grounds comprise buildings in a poor state of repair, or are private residences. There are much better examples...More

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Reviewed March 18, 2018

It is mindblowing, that this kind of fortress is still alive in nowadays. There is also real people living in there. Defintely a must when visiting Daugavpils!

Thank Māra B
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Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

Well worth visiting. Maris in information centre was very friendly, told us loads of history in Latvian and English, it was amazingly interesting and all for free

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Jolanta_Sh, Front Office Manager at Daugavpils Fortress, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2018

Thank you for your kind review!

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Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

If you are in Daugavpils I recomend the guided tour. It was an interesting story and also some sights arround. Not only Rotko, there is more than that.

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Jolanta_Sh, Front Office Manager at Daugavpils Fortress, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2018

Dear Krišjānis, thank you for your kind review! Daugavpils Fortress Culture and Information Centre

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Reviewed February 9, 2018

The walls, bastions, gates and buildings are partly restored. You can walk the walls and see some old cannons, but the most interesting part is small exhibition created within old water pumping building, containing also original metallic water reservoir above the exhibition hall. The young...More

Thank JanisLatvia
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Jolanta_Sh, Front Office Manager at Daugavpils Fortress, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2018

Dear Janis, Thank you for your nice review! :) It was great to meet you and we are looking forward to see you again in Daugavpils Fortress! Kind regards, Daugavpils Fortress Culture and Information Centre

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Reviewed November 29, 2017 via mobile

Partly restored and very interesting landmark. Very friendly and motivated staff at the local tourist bureau (in the old water supply house). The walking tour shows beautiful restored buildings but does not spare the ruins or Russian built social housing. A very nice place to...More

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Reviewed November 19, 2017

Ona long-long route we enjoyed this peaceful place of history. We visited it in July, but it was partly rainy weather. The place is very much green, full grass. It was interesting to learn about the history of the buildings during hard times.

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Reviewed September 9, 2017 via mobile

An interesting place with a lot of history. A great place to wander. Great little lady selling souvenirs near the gate. All staff very friendly.

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Reviewed September 6, 2017

It was not what we expected. We took a small tour without guide, maybe of that it did not look impressive for us. There were historical buildings, old many-flat houses, some restored buildings but no good continuous view.

Thank RasaBer
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Reviewed August 26, 2017

We had a fantastic 2 hour tour with our guide Igor. The tour was really informative and wandering around the streets of the citadel was fantastic. It was great seeing the combination of 19 century and soviet buildings in various stages of reconstruction/ renovation or...More

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