We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Daugavpils Fortress

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 5401 Hospitala iela 8, Daugavpils 5401, Latvia
Phone Number: +371 65 422 818
Website
Today
10:00 - 19:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description:

Daugavpils (Dinaburg, Dwinsk) fortress is located in the very heart of the...

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/

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 77 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 11
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Impressive

If you are in Daugavpils city this is must see place with no doubt. Impressive place! Lots of history behind. Recently renovated and more tourist friendly. Convenient car parking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

77 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 25: English reviews
A TripAdvisor Member
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are in Daugavpils city this is must see place with no doubt. Impressive place! Lots of history behind. Recently renovated and more tourist friendly. Convenient car parking area. Would suggest to visit considering the history and finding that place visually exciting also.

Helpful?
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Devizes, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Fascinating old fortress still in use as a military families accommodation facility (we surmised..?). Scale itself is impressive.

Helpful?
Thank 141wearytraveller141
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

A lot has been done and a lot more to do to make it a truly interesting destination. Overall enjoyable experience. Thanks

Helpful?
Thank Oleg A
Kaunas, Lithuania
Level Contributor
10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

We got a map at tourist information and went to explore the fortress, but it wasn't as interesting as expected. Only few buildings are renovated. Worht visiting in a few years when more objects will be renovated, not only the main fort walls and gates.

Helpful?
Thank ViktorijaTam
Conwy, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I've seen Fortress 5 or so years ago, it was derelict and falling apart. It was such a shame to have such an interesting historical site in our possession and let it rot. This time it was a surprise - Daugavpils Fortress it's coming back to life. Thank you, who ever started this process, hopefully it's just a beginning and... More 

Helpful?
Thank viks w
Vilnius, Lithuania
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

A must visit tourist site that is worth your time.Good location and not boring good for kids and seniors,

Helpful?
Thank MG VOYAGES G
Vilnius
Level Contributor
25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

The fortress buildings are mixed with nowadays buildings looks pretty awfull. I understand that people can use all places for living, but this historical place with 5 store buildings looks pretty weird. The park itself could be nice but it is also abndoned.

Helpful?
Thank Saulius M
Riga, Riga, Latvia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I was here 2009. Today everything has changed! I am impressed! Everybody who come to Latvia need to visit Daugavpils fortress.

Helpful?
2 Thank AntraL
Spa, Belgium
Level Contributor
75 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

This huge fortress shows that Daugavpils sits in a strategic location. Going back to approx 1770, the fort played a role in invasion of Napoleon and served as militairy base for both Russian Empire and independent Latvia. apparently also a prison-camp in WW2. Now (2016) some of the parts seem well maintained, others seem to crumble. You can visit it... More 

Helpful?
Thank PdV_on_tour
ArtyomGM, Администратор at Daugavpils Fortress, responded to this review

Thank you for the positive and very honest review! It seems to us that you have discovered this place very close. We also would like to suggest to visit our Culture & Information Centre to understand the Fortress, its history and development issues more deeply. Kindest regards, Daugavpils Fortress Culture & Information Centre More 

Kekava, Latvia
Level Contributor
18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Been there in summer. Very interesting place. There can see lots of history buildings. There you can get little more information about history. There too is a some nice geocaches who we found.

Helpful?
Thank Sandis M
ArtyomGM, Администратор at Daugavpils Fortress, responded to this review

Thanks a lot for the positive review! For more information about history of this place you can always visit Daugavpils Fortress Culture & Information Centre. And yes, we know some Geocaches point in the Fortress! =) More 

Travellers who viewed Daugavpils Fortress also viewed

 

Been to Daugavpils Fortress? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Daugavpils Fortress staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?