Daugavpils Fortress
Daugavpils Fortress
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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/
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Aida G
Glasgow, UK817 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
If you like abandoned places, this attraction is for you. The Fortress have the Art Centre, some soviet apartment buildings, some renovated buildings but most of the buildings are abandoned. Hopefully, they will be renovated one day. It's nice to walk around and there are no entrance fees.
Written July 6, 2021
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Matīss R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
Daugavpils Fortress is unique historical place which is full of life stories and history. It has survived several different regimes. The excursion with guide Vitalijs is real must have when you can really get full insight in all aspects of fortress life. Thanks him! Really suggested.
Written May 31, 2020
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70ava
Beijing, China1,010 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It is quite a huge area, and if you plan to cover every inch of it - you will need a few hours. It is a historical relic currently under renovation, but many people live inside the fort, mainly in those depressing Soviet apartment buildings. The military architecture of the fort is amazing and the buildings that were already conserved and renovated are magnificent. It will not be a surprise to me if eventually this place will be declared as a world heritage. Do go to see the entrance from the river side - it was beautifully restored.
Written August 29, 2022
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Greg F
Auckland Central, New Zealand1,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
About a ten minute drive from the city. The information is limited on the site, so read up before visiting. The town looked a bit dead (maybe it was too early). The old buildings are picturesque and nice to photograph.
Written January 12, 2020
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Hello, Gregory! Thank you for your review. There is the Daugavpils Fortress Culture & Information Centre operating in the fortress, where all relevant information about the site, its history and revitalization could be found for free. Usually, it is open from 10.00 till 18.00 and it is situated in the red-brick two-story former Water Lifting House (5 Nikolaja St.) near the Nicholas gate. We agree that there could be more information on the site, we are working on it. Have a nice day and see you again in the Daugavpils Fortress.
Written January 14, 2020
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AntraL
Riga, Riga, Latvia65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
I was here 2009. Today everything has changed! I am impressed! Everybody who come to Latvia need to visit Daugavpils fortress.
Written July 27, 2016
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Simona
Vilnius, Lithuania129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Mixed style buildings and condition.Some renovated others still not, living soviet blocks in the middle.But definitely worthy a visit.
Written August 10, 2020
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Aušrinė J
Kaunas, Lithuania118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We spent few hours in the territory of the fortress just before heading back home. It gave us very interesting feelings. One part is renovated and has a museum. Other parts are old, probably Soviet times apartment buildings, which seem really out of place at this historical landmark. The roads and sidewalks are renovated, but some roads lead to nowhere. There are some abandoned old buildings, including former school. A little bit further away we found some other fortifications. It was interesting to go inside and explore until we found a home-made table and some chairs in the farthest room. Then it got a bit creepy.
But we still had an amazing time, got to explore the territory and took some pictures working on our creative skills.
Written September 25, 2019
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Francoise1948
New York City, NY188 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
While it may be interesting intellectually to know that this fortress is the only one of its kind in the Baltics that has been preserved without significant changes, it is actually not that interesting to visit. We tried everything: walking on the ramparts and the streets, going straight and zigzagging: it is just ugly and depressing inside. Many old abandoned and decrepit buildings and other lived-in decrepit buildings. Even the fortress garden is sad and ugly. The man at the tourist office was knowledgeable (I think) but it was just not that interesting. The only thing worth looking at are the ramparts.
Note that it was a Monday and the Rothko museum was closed so we didn’t see that.
Written August 12, 2019
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Boriss B
Warrington, UK151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Must visit if in Daugavpils. Can be done as leisure walk without any preparation (but then you will miss lot of useful facts) or can go with guide (unsure of costs) or prepared with information to make trip more exciting
Written August 5, 2019
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J-Dizzle14
Keswick, UK60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
The fortress is a large sprawling complex consisting of fortified walls, moats and draw bridges. There's been a huge amount of work gone into restoring lots of the historic sections. Weirdly there's a housing estate within the walls of the fort which has Soviet era housing blocks - typical of most Latvian towns. The housing area provides a strange mix buildings in ill-repair compared to the studiously renovated old parts.

I actually found the contrast more interesting than the historic sections!
Written February 15, 2015
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