As summer approaches, Daugavpils parks and squares are gradually filled with babbling water sounds. This year, the residents of Daugavpils will be delighted by five fountains in different districts of the city and a water cascade on Rīgas Street. Specialists of the responsible services prepared all the equipment for the new season.
Spring is in full swing and delights with the warm rays of the sun and fragrant air, while everything is ready to blossom and thrive. Very soon the favourite season – summer – will come. Many yearn for exciting trips, new impressions and adventures, so Daugavpils City Municipality Tourism Development and Information Agency, Krāslava District Council Tourism Information Centre and Daugavpils District Municipal Agency “TAKA” have jointly created a new tourism product and offer everyone to participate in a travel campaign “Daugava unites”, which will take place from May 1 to October 31 this year.
On May 3, 1791, a new constitution was adopted in the Polish-Lithuanian state. „The Constitution of May 3”, as this document is called in the history of Poland and Lithuania, was one of the most progressive basic laws at that time. The adopted constitution was inspired by the political and public opinion of the European Enlightenment and the Constitution of the United States of 1787. Polish lawmakers believed that the government should serve the good of the whole nation, not the interests of a few.
Easter waiting time is a moment when people spend time with their families, friends, and loved ones. Many have their own traditions of making this holiday time unforgettable – tidy up their homes, paint eggs in bright colours and bake a sweet Easter cake according to their grandmother's recipe, as well as go see the decorated city.
From March 9 to 12, Daugavpils City Municipality Tourism Development and Information Agency, represented by Vitālijs Petkuns, Senior Customer Service Specialist at Daugavpils Fortress Culture and Information Centre, Viktors Andruškevičs, Senior Visitor`s Centre Specialist at Šmakovka Museum, and Karolina Dedele, Consultant at Daugavpils Tourist Information Centre, in cooperation with Aivars Baranovskis, a representative of the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, and Vladislavs Ivanovs, a representative of the Daugavpils Regional Studies and Art Museum, will participate in one of this year's most important international tourism matchmaking events “ITB Berlin NOW”. It will bring together representatives of the tourism industry from different countries, journalists and travel bloggers who are looking for new and undiscovered travel destinations.
At the meeting of the Development Committee, the members of the City Council considered the issue of new binding regulations – Binding regulations on the use of specialized tourist vehicles in Daugavpils determine the procedure for registering such vehicles, approving routes and ensuring control over the technical condition of vehicles.
Daugavpils City Council submitted a project application to the State Cultural Capital Foundation competition to attract co-financing for the architectural and artistic inventory and cultural and historical study of the Fortress garden in Daugavpils. Funding for the research is planned in the municipal budget, so, despite the results of the competition, research work will be carried out this year. A garden restoration project will be developed on the basis of the scientific inventory and study. It is planned to attract European Union funds for the restoration.
This year, nature pampers lovers of winter activities: a thick blanket of snow has been covering hills, fields and forests for almost three weeks. According to weather forecasts, there are many refreshing days ahead, when winter tiredness can be dispelled by enjoying active recreation in the fresh air. In Daugavpils, this can be done both by sliding down the hills in all districts of the city, and by visiting specially installed sports facilities. All epidemiological safety requirements must be observed during recreation activities!
Last year was very productive for Daugavpils in the field of construction and development. Several projects have been completed, rebuilt buildings and new buildings have been put into operation, and large areas in various districts of the city have been visually transformed. The work done allows Daugavpils not only to participate in the prestigious competition "The Best Building of the Year in Latvia", which has been organized for more than 20 years, but also to nominate six objects in different nominations.
2020 was difficult particularly for the tourism industry, both in Latvia and abroad, due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus and the imposed restrictions. However, local tourism developed during the summer season. Residents of Latvia travelled all over the country, including Daugavpils, discovering unusual landscapes and pearls of culture and history, giving preference to walking trails, setting interesting destinations for recreation, and gaining positive emotions.
Daugavpils Innovation Centre undergoes innovative changes, which will promote education, business and career development in the field of STEM
Based on the agreement concluded in the summer between Daugavpils City Council and the State Education Development Agency on the implementation of the project “Development of Innovation Centre in Daugavpils City” within the European Economic Area and Norway financial instruments 2014-2021 programme “Research and Education” activity “Innovation Centres”, Daugavpils City Council has started work on the project implementation.
Daugavpils City Council in cooperation with the Anykščiai district municipality administration launches new cross-border project implementation within Interreg V-A Latvia – Lithuania programme 2014.-2020. The grant contract for project Nr. LLI-472 “Joint Management of Urban Wetland Areas in border region Latvia-Lithuania” was signed with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia on October - 5th, 2020. In the frame of the project two urban areas wetlands will be managed – pond in the territory of Latgale Zoo in Daugavpils (Latvia) and Green pond in Anykščiai (Lithuania).
Daugavpils Tourist Information Centre together with its visitors celebrates Daugavpils City Birthday
Latgale Zoo in Daugavpils, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions and a favorite place for families, is open to visitors starting from 27 May, 2020. In keeping with the restrictions and safety measures decreed by the government, up to 11 visitors will be allowed to visit Latgale Zoo at the same time, keeping 2 m distance. It is also recommended to avoid touching different surfaces - railings, borders, terrarium glass, and informative stands.
Starting from 16 May 2020, Daugavpils Tourist Information Centre (TIC) is open to visitors. In keeping with the restrictions and safety measures decreed by the government, up to 3 visitors will be allowed to visit Daugavpils TIC at the same time, keeping 2m distance. At the moment, it is possible to book walking tours around the city, accompanied by a guide, for groups up to 10 people wearing face masks.
Spring has come to Latgale Zoo in Daugavpils. Grass is starting to grow and flowers bloom in the courtyard. Tree frogs are singing in the Zoo exposition. Meerkats and dwarf rabbits are sunbathing in the spring sun; also, other inhabitants feel the arrival of the warm weather.