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Rural tourism route - “Rural gifts in Latgale and Pskov”

To show guests various tourism offers of our region, the route “Rural gifts in Latgale and Pskov” was created that unites more than 30 rural tourism objects. The traveller only needs to choose something that he is interested in from the wide range of offers.

Circle of happiness in Latgale and Aukstaitija – legends and tales

Tas noticis sen senajos laikos, kad Dievs radīja pasauli un ķērās arī pie Baltijas ezeru zemes darināšanas.  Tikko viņš sācis darbu, tā uzreiz Velns klāt un saka: „Ņem mani palīgā!” Dievs pakasījis bārdu, padomājis un pieņēmis arī. Un piekodina, lai krietni strādājot, zemi gludi nolīdzinot. Labi! Velns nosvīdis rāvies pa Ludzas apriņķi, tad caur  Bukmuižu, Andrupeni, Dagdu, Krāslavu un Daugavpili ticis līdz Aukštaitijai. Te viņš atkal saticis Dievu. Lai pieņemot darbu! Dievs pakāpies debesu lievenī, apraudzījis veikumu un izmisumā saķēris galvu. „Ak vai!

Tour route “Polish Heritage in Daugavpils”

In 1561 Latgale became the part of Poland. After Polish-Swedish War (1600-1629) Latgale remained in the possession of Poland until 1772 and was called Inflanty or Polish Vidzeme (Midland). During these historic zigzags Daugavpils had special role. The head of Inflanty Princedom was the governor appointed by the King. Such governors were called voivode. Latgale was divided in 4 districts: Daugavpils, Rezekne, Ludza and Viļaka. The heads of the districts were called starosta. Daugavpils starosta was supreme starosta.

Polish Army Divisions in Battles for the Independence of Latvia

Units of Polish Army entered Latvia in the end of August 1919 and after a month completely pushed back Red Army from the left bank of Daugava thus fortifying their position in Eastern part of Ilukste district. On 3 January 1920 together with Latvian Army units I and III Legion divisions of Polish Army launched the attack over Daugava. At the same day they liberated Daugavpils and later – Kraslava, Viski, Rusona, Dagda and other towns and villages.

Cycling route No.22 "Daugavas Loki Nature park"

"Daugavas loki" nature park is situated in Daugavpils and Kraslava regions -
between Naujene and Kraslava. It is one of the most beautiful nature corners with a unique territory and all the peculiarities of the landscapes, especially 8 big curves, worthy nature complex and cultural and historical monuments.

Juzefova Manor Park. The area of the park covers 5.8 ha and it was formed at the end of 19th century. There are 17 foreign species of trees and bushes in the park.

Bicycle route N. 23 "Around the lake Lukna"

Spogi - Viski Vocational school - Viski – Danisevka - Spogi
Distance: 18 km

Lake Lukna is one of the biggest lakes in the Viski parish that is situated approximately 30 kilometres to the North-east from the city Daugavpils. There are several more lakes in the Viski parish. Together they make the beautiful scenery of this area.

Slavic and Latgalian Heritage: similarities and differences

Slavic and Latgalian Heritage: similarities and differences - the route includes History museum of Naujene, the chapel in Krivosejeva, the stele of the 19th century at the Old Believers' cemetery, the tour of ethnographic estate in Slutiski (Slutišķi), the cemetery of Markova, Catholic church in Sprukti and Juzefova.

Polish Heritage of Naujene Parish

The route includes visiting the Local History museum of Naujene which stages the exhibition "Polish heritage of Naujene parish", visiting of the St.Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Jezupova and a stroll around the park of Juzefova. Horseriding is available for additional fee.

Organizer: History museum of Nauene
Ordering of excursions and guide services: Skolas 1b Street, Nauene.
Tel./fax: 654 71321, 29468988 or 26532508.

Along the Steps of Earls Plater-Zyberk in Daugavpils and its Surrounding

The origin of Earls Plater family dates back to medieval times in Germany, Westphalia, when in 1210 for the first time was mentioned the name of Westphalia knight Humbert von Plater. The ancestors of Plater family arrived to the Baltic with crusaders. After settlement in Latgale they assimilated and adopted Polish culture developing family ties with Zyberk family. Earls Plater-Zyberk became one of the most notable and powerful families in Latgale. Their property was situated not only in Latgale, Vidzeme and Kurzeme, but also in Poland and Lithuania.

The Heritage of Old Believers in Latgale

The heritage of Old Believers in Latgale: the route includes Naujene Local History museum, the chapel in Krivosheeva, the stele of the 19th century at the Old Believers' cemetery, the tour of ethnographic estate "House of the Old Believers."

The route gives a clear picture about Old Believers’ household items and tools that were used in everyday life, about religious traditions and traditions of burial, about the peculiarities of house building and interior of home. Tourist groups may have food of Old Believers in the estate Slutishki (Slutišķi) (booking in advance).

Circle of Happiness – Legends and Tales

This happened in the old days, when the God created the world and has begun to create the Baltic lake land. As soon as he started to work, the devil comes directly to him and says: "Take me to the helpers!" the God scratched his beard, thought and agreed, but he severely said that the devil should work hard, carefully lining the ground. Ok! The devil began to work hard in the district of Ludza, then in Aukshtaitija, Bukumuiza, Andrupene, Dagda, Kraslava, Daugavpils. There he met the God again. Let him take the job!

Get to Know the Border Region Daugavpils - Zarasai! Cultural and Historical Route.

Culture has no borders, it is multilingual. History is a powerful force that leads us forward along the pathway of search and discovery. In this part of Europe we are so close that it turns into unity, friendship, joy and kindness. Wrapped into the bright ribbons of the rainbow the Latvian and Lithuanian cultural and historical heritage has turned into an enviable unity, indestructible by the passing centuries.

Get to Know the Border Region Daugavpils - Zarasai! Nature Route.

Travelling along the route ZARASAI – DEGUCIAI – BAIBIAI –  ANTALIEPTE – DUSETOS – JASKONISKES – SNIUKSTAI – MEDUMI - EGLU KALNS – PILSKALNE – DAUGAVPILS you will be able to get to know the Lithuanian and  Latvian nature. You will be able to enjoy the picturesque landscape of your way.

Get to Know Manors and Castles of Daugavpils Region!

1. Buildings of Mols manor and park
Viski, Viski parish, Daugavpils region
The building was established in the late 19th century. The castle was built for the birth of Polish landlords - Mols. It was the castle with two towers. The castle was destroyed during the World War I. The barn, the shed and the 2-storeyed living building as well as the open-planed park, where you can observe 75 species of trees and shrubs, have survived till nowadays.

Get to know the metropoly of Eastern Latvia - Daugavpils!

“From the stones of the historic fortress and proud Jugendstil in the city centre to small wooden houses in the suburbs with grayish-blue shutters and geraniums on the windowsills – Daugavpils is a city with a pronounced feeling of home and protection that accompanies every person who was born or has lived here for some time.” (Poet Anna Rancane)

Two-day trip "Daugavas loki" Nature Park"

Two-day trip "Daugavas loki" Nature Park" - the first day is an acquaintance with the natural park "Daugavas loki" accompanied by a guide, and lodging for the night in a guest house of Nauene, the second day - rafting down on the river Daugava.

Organizer: Nauene Local History Museum
1B Skolas Street, Nauene, Daugavpils region
Tel./fax: 65471321, 29468988 or 26532508.

Secrets of Knights of Dinaburg Castle

Secrets of knights of Dinaburg castle: separate programme for children and adults. The program involves a visit of History museum of Nauene, exhibitions "The medieval stone castle of the Livonian Order - Dinaburg", museum-pedagogical activity for children " knights’ tales at the foot of the settelement of fortress Dinaburg" or for adults – "Relay race of knights", as well as tour of a model of castle Dinaburg.

Dinaburg (Daugavpils) fortress

Tour on a bus or a walking tour. The pearl of the city - Dinaburg fortress is a unique monument of historical and architectural importance. This is the only fortress of the XIX century in the Baltic States, which has been preserved without any significant changes. You can take walk around the buildings constructed in the style of Russian classicism: a commandant's house, a hospital, barracks, you also can visit the dungeons and the park, you can climb on ramparts and observe different kinds of ordnance. You will have a rare opportunity to feel the breath of the old times.

The historical center of Daugavpils

Walking tour. During the excursion you will visit a unique monument of the 19th century - the historical center of Daugavpils with its buildings constructed in the style of Russian Empire and Modern. You will see a unique building of House of unity - the monument of the monumental building of the period of independent Republic of Latvia. Park Dubrovina was created in the late 19th century and it is the decoration of the city, where you can relax near the fountain in the shade of ancient trees.

Daugavpils Region Golden Winding

The former president of Latvia, Kārlis Ulmanis, once said: “Latgalia has one great advantage: it is beautiful! People travel abroad and spend lots of money to see the glorious nature there. We will now start to broadcast: if anyone wants to see the life conditions other than they are in Kurzeme or Vidzeme, let him go to Latgalia.

Pearls of Daugavpils Region

Three Daugavpils museums offer a new route - "Pearl of Daugavpils Region". The route acquaints with outstanding personalities of Daugavpils region, which contributed to the culture, history and art in Latvia - a brilliant sculptor, Latgalian Parisian V. Zeile, writer J. Rainis and A. Kitsberg, the first fighters of the national awakening of Latgale - brothers Casimir, Benedict and Onton Skrinda. The tour involves three museums of the region: the Naujene Local History museum in Nauene (art gallery of the famous sculptor V.

Churches of the Church Hill

Daugavpils is one of the few places in the world where you can see the churches of the four religious confessions at the same time: Orthodox Cathedral of Boris and Gleb, the Old Believers' Church of St. Nicholas, the Lutheran Cathedral of Martin Luther and the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. So. it is not a coincidence that the place was called the Church Hill.

Through Turns of the "Daugavas loki" Nature Park

The river Daugava was an important communication line over the centuries, until the late 19th century. Scandinavian sagas mentioned the river Daugava in the 5th century BC. The famous waterway trade route "from Varangians to the Greeks" laid here in the first millennium AD. Today on the banks of the river Daugava there is the "Daugavas loki" nature park ("Bends of the river Daugava "). The park is located on the territory of Daugavpils region (Nauene, Tabore, Vecsaliene and Saliene) and Kraslava region ( Udrishi and Kaplava).

Get to know the sacral pearls of Daugavpils!

Churches of Daugavpils region and city can tell you about passed ways to strengthen the faith and spirituality. They discover the true essence of the multinational and multi-religious region and city and keep inside unquenchable sacral values.

The worldly wisdom of Old Believers in Daugavpils, its surroundings and at the Old Believers' cemeteries

In the middle of the 17th century, in Russia they began to punish severely opponents of patriarch Nikon’s Church reform. They were called schismatics. Some could not endure the oppression and succumbed to the reform. But a great number of Old Believers, who valued their faith more than anything else, left their homes and their way of life. They went farther and farther away from the center of Russia, where their rights were denied, even the right to life. Old Believers have survived epidemics, wars, bad years together with the Latvians, Poles, Jews.

Daugavpils Regional Tourist Information Centre

Daugavpils Tourist Information Centre

22a Rigas Street, Daugavpils