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Daugavpils Fortress

Hospitala iela 8, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia
+371 65 424 043
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Remnants of large fortification built by Russian army in the very beginning of XIX century

The walls, bastions, gates and buildings are partly restored. You can walk the walls and see some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Impressive fortification

Partly restored and very interesting landmark. Very friendly and motivated staff at the local... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2017
Riga, Latvia
via mobile
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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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  • Average12%
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“falling apart” (3 reviews)
“mark rothko” (6 reviews)
“nice walk” (2 reviews)
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Hospitala iela 8, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia
+371 65 424 043
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Jolanta_Sh, Front Office Manager at Daugavpils Fortress, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

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

Reviewed 29 November 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

Thank jafischer
Reviewed 19 November 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.

Thank Katalin N
Reviewed 9 September 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.

Thank Junima1951
Reviewed 6 September 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
Reviewed 26 August 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

1  Thank jennifer H
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

We drove around the fortress and surrounding area, it's such a shame that it's mostly falling apart. Majority of the buildings are boarded up and not in use. The only 2 buildings that have been renovated are police station and art museum. It's nice to...More

Thank rollite
Jolanta_Sh, Front Office Manager at Daugavpils Fortress, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

Thank you for your review! I would like to add that there are more than 2 renovated buildings in Daugavpils Fortress :) Which are Water- lifting Tower (nowadays Daugavpils Fortress Culture and Information Centre since 2011), former Military arsenal (Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre), Commandant's...More

Reviewed 23 July 2017

We have driven through most of the Daugavpils Fortress, parked and started exploration - and I was depressed by the extent of degradation and emptiness. Rebuilt roads contrasted with under-maintained structures, there was virtually no one there - a ghost town. Then we reached the...More

Thank sir_meeshoo
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a must see if you are visiting Daugavpils. Go there when the weather is good so that you can hand out there and enjoy the scenery. Take your friends with you and/or family.

Thank oa2
Reviewed 11 July 2017

It is nice that the fortress is partially renovated and gives idea how the fortresses in the XIX century looked like. But it is obvious it is huge problem for municipality how to adapt these building for modern use.

Thank Martins V
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