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Daugavpils Fortress

5401 Hospitala iela 8, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia
+371 65 422 818
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A beauty and the beast (although more of a beast)

We have driven through most of the Daugavpils Fortress, parked and started exploration - and I was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Gdynia, Poland

This is a must see if you are visiting Daugavpils. Go there when the weather is good so that you... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2017
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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5401 Hospitala iela 8, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia
+371 65 422 818
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 July 2017

A lot to see - from outdoor walks to indoor museums, from wild and abandoned areas to Mark Rothko Art centre - and all this in just 2 square km! The staff is really helpful and welcoming - they will provide you with extra information...More

Thank Anna K
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Build in the time of Napoleon this fortress has a impressive history. In WW2 is was a German concentratie camp. More than 100.000 Sovjet soldiers were murdered here. Now most of the buildings are desolated, and wore out. And this has a very special kind...More

Thank Ronald B
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

We 3 British middle-aged guys were staying only a night in Daugavpils so wanted somewhere special to go to. We'd got up at 06:00 in Visaginas to get to Daugavpils. Before checking into our lodgings at Daugavpils Family Hotel Apartments (not on TA but b.c),...More

Thank Mike K
Reviewed 4 June 2017

One of the weirdest places i've ever visited. Gave extremely mixed feelings seeing old beautiful fortress and soviet dormitories in same area. We thought we could have a nice walk around but it was so weird that we were just driving around it mostly. Extremely...More

Thank Gabrielė K
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

The size of the fortress is awe inspiring. The crumbling buildings show the engineering and architectural shortcomings of the Soviet system. What the Latvians have restored is most impressive, but have a long way to go. The relics in the pump house deserve a larger...More

1  Thank Viking46
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Small part of the former Duneburg/Dvinsk/Daugavpils fortress is renovated (including Mark Rothko centre). The rest is either under renovation, o conserved, or just crumbling. Actually, it is very worth to wander around, to peep into the courtyards and marvel at the combinations of crumbling nineteenth...More

Thank acorna
Reviewed 24 February 2017

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...More

Thank Armands F
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