Daugavpils

The second largest city of Latvia is Daugavpils. This popular city of Latvia is located 230 km away from the Latvian capital of Riga and is situated on the banks of the Daugava River. This beautiful city also has an excellent geographical location and is known to share its borders with Belarus and Lithuania. The city of Daugavpils in Latvia is 120 km away from the international border of Latvia and Russia and the known as a city of lakes. The whole city is surrounded by a large number of lakes on different sides.

The city is called by different names in some of call it D�naburg. It is known as V�in�nlinna in Finland and addressed as Daugpilis in Lithuania. The tourists can look forward to know some interesting about this one of the important cities of Latvia.

Daugavpils as a city came to be recognized in the year 1275. The location of the city in terms of geography is 55�53'N, 26�32'E. The present Mayor of Daugavpils is Rita Strode and the number of city council members is 15. The area of this city is 72.48 km� with a population of 108,260. While traveling to Latvia, you will find this city full of historic relics. The city has a density of population about 1,494 persons per km�. There is an international airport here which is known as Daugavpils International Airport. At present, this city is controlled by the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and in the past it was also a part of the Russian Empire.

After the city was named Daugavpils in the year 1920 and it became a part of Latvia during it has become a major tourist destination. Coming to this city will let you encounter the stone castle of Dinaburgh, which was built by the Livonian Order in the 13th century. The Battle of Daugavpils was also fought here from the year 1919 to 1920 and was also a part of the Cold War as well. The city is also a main center of art, architecture and culture in eastern Latvia. Here you will find the Saules College of Art other than the 4 vocational schools and the 22 primary and secondary schools.

Like other cities of Latvia you will also find a university known as Daugavpils Pedagogical University. Taking a stroll around the city center will take you to the recently restored City Theater as well as along with a Cinema Theater and Cultural Institutions. This place also boasts of lot of historical, cultural as well as architectural monuments among which the Daugavpils Fortress is one of the best. Once you have decided on a memorable traveling to Europe, make sure that you do not miss out this place.