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Daugavpils Fortress

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Address: 5401 Hospitala iela 8, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia
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+371 65 422 818
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10:00 - 19:00
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Daugavpils (Dinaburg, Dwinsk) fortress is located in the very heart of the...

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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Old but ruined fortress

We were a little disappointed by poor condition of the fortress. If you just proceed a little bit inside into the old town beneath the front gates and walls, you will see a very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 January 2017
Ilyas03
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Moscow, Russia
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lot of effort went into preservation and rebuilding the fortress. Now with Art Centre it is lively place. A lot to do ahead to fully restore it but in any case this was a memorable visit and I would really recommend to see the place and to visit Art Centre. Plenty of history and interesting architecture.

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Moscow, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

We were a little disappointed by poor condition of the fortress. If you just proceed a little bit inside into the old town beneath the front gates and walls, you will see a very neglected space with old and partly soviet-style houses. At least in comparison with a city map that you can get in the touristic information center, the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

If you are in Daugavpils city this is must see place with no doubt. Impressive place! Lots of history behind. Recently renovated and more tourist friendly. Convenient car parking area. Would suggest to visit considering the history and finding that place visually exciting also.

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Devizes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Fascinating old fortress still in use as a military families accommodation facility (we surmised..?). Scale itself is impressive.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

A lot has been done and a lot more to do to make it a truly interesting destination. Overall enjoyable experience. Thanks

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Kaunas, Lithuania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We got a map at tourist information and went to explore the fortress, but it wasn't as interesting as expected. Only few buildings are renovated. Worht visiting in a few years when more objects will be renovated, not only the main fort walls and gates.

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Conwy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I've seen Fortress 5 or so years ago, it was derelict and falling apart. It was such a shame to have such an interesting historical site in our possession and let it rot. This time it was a surprise - Daugavpils Fortress it's coming back to life. Thank you, who ever started this process, hopefully it's just a beginning and... More 

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

A must visit tourist site that is worth your time.Good location and not boring good for kids and seniors,

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Vilnius
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

The fortress buildings are mixed with nowadays buildings looks pretty awfull. I understand that people can use all places for living, but this historical place with 5 store buildings looks pretty weird. The park itself could be nice but it is also abndoned.

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Riga, Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I was here 2009. Today everything has changed! I am impressed! Everybody who come to Latvia need to visit Daugavpils fortress.

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