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“the fortress is nice..”

Daugavpils Fortress
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Daugavpils
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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/
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
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“the fortress is nice..”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

I liked the fortress very much.. but it was strange to see modern houses near ancient buildings. There is no public transport to the most important monument of this town.Take a tram and then walk a few hundred metres.

Visited April 2014
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“At last recovery!”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

After long years of neglect significant reparations done and continue in this significant 19th century monument. Mark Rothko Art Center located there as well.

Visited July 2013
Thank Ezis
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Riga, Latvia
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“The ideal fortified city”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

This is one of the most outstanding tourism objects in Latvia and certainly must-see while visiting Latgale region. It is a great place to find out how looked 19th century military areas and learn more about Daugavpils history.The fortress isn't "castle" type but it consist of large building complex which basically is very similar to a normal area in city - there are streets, houses where live usual people and are placed different organizations - it is possible to visit it at any time of day without any entrance tickets.
But I would advise to take a guide to visit it, because there is very, very less information around - actually there is only one information board about fortress history in general, but there isn't any signs to specific buildings - what function they had and so on. A good idea is to visit the fortress TIC where is a lot of information too, but you must check out the working time before.

Visited November 2012
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