Flights to Daugavpils
Named after the Daugava River that runs through the city, Daugavpils is the second largest city in Latvia and it’s situated in the south east of the country. Daugavpils makes a great base for exploring the abundant lakes and nature parks nearby awhile offering its own attractions too.
Riga International Airport (airport code: RIX) is the nearest one offering flights to Daugavpils. There is a regular train service between Riga and Daugavpils for easy transit. Both South African Airways and Lufthansa offer one-stop flights to Daugavpils from South Africa with connections in Frankfurt, but Turkish Airlines transfers in Istanbul. Virgin Atlantic makes 2 connections, in London and then Helsinki, but Brussels Airlines goes another route to Frankfurt and Brussels. The total flight to Daugavpils is roughly 18 hours long.
The Daugavpils International Airport (DGP) is currently under construction 12 kilometres from the city and when completed this airport may offer additional options for flights to Daugavpils from South Africa.
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The Tourist Attractions of Daugavpils:
Daugavpils is a city that offers variety so it’s going to appeal to many different tastes and ages. While it’s surrounded by natural beauty there’s history and culture to explore within the city itself, making this a great place to stay. The low prices it’s renowned for is another good reason for holidaying in Daugavpils, and there are restaurants, hotels and entertainment to enjoy when you’re not seeing the sights.
The settlement at Daugavpils began after a castle was built about 20 kilometres up river in 1275. This was Dunaburg Castle and though it’s outside the actual city of Daugavpils it’s a popular attraction within easy reach. The castle itself no longer remains as it was demolished around 1577 but parts of the old foundations have been exposed and there’s a visitor centre with a clay model of the castle to see.
Along similar lines, though very much intact, is Daugavpils Fortress. This is right within Daugavpils and is the only early 19th century military fort of its kind in Northern Europe that’s been preserved and not had significant alterations. Daugavpils Fortress was planned back in 1772 but not built until 1810 and only completed by 1878.
Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral
The largest Orthodox church in Latvia is located here in Daugavpils and it can hold 5,000 people. Saints Boris and Gleb Cathedral is one of Daugavpils’s most prominent landmarks with its striking white exterior and gold topped towers. It was built in the Neo-Russian style in the early 1900’s.
Historical Centre of Daugavpils
Daugavpils actually showcases many different types of architecture in addition to the New-Russian of the cathedral. The historic centre is a good place to look if you’re interested in seeing some of these different kinds as well as experiencing some of Daugavpils’s history.
When Should You Visit?:
The continental climate means summers are warm in Daugavpils and usually the best time for sightseeing, apart from the fact that the summer is the wetter time of year. From June to August average highs are around the low 20’s C, so very pleasant. Winters are cold in contrast, so not good for walking around considering the average high in January is just -3.6C.