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Eastern Latvia (Latgale)

In Latgale you can marvel at the beauty of lakes, birch forests, migrating birds and white clouds. Escape from the noisy city, to a place where people sincerely welcome their guests with traditional hospitality, where peaceful mornings greet the sunrise, where cornflowers blossom on hilltops.

  • Eastern Latvia (Latgale)
  • Ezezers lake near Kraslava
  • Latgale country farm
  • Photo: Artis Domburs
  • Velnezers lake
  • Fountain in Daugavpils
  • Monument Latgales Māra
  • Photo: Rezekne TIC
  • Daugava river

Latgale is known for its rolling landscape and many lakes. As a result it is sometimes referred to as "the land of blue lakes" Here are two of Latvia’s largest lakes: Lubāns and Rāzna. Latgale is a region with its own strong traditions, and a unique history which has been influenced by neighbouring countries. Latgale is so different from the rest of Latvia that it sometimes feels like another country. Latgalians have strong traditions in pottery and baking as well as numerous religions - Catholics, Lutherans, Orthodox and Old Believers live side by side. Latgale is also called the land of Mara or Mary. Its most sacred place is Aglona Basilica where every year thousands of piligrims gather.

  • Aglona Basilica was built in the late baroque style and it is decorated with two 60 metre high towers. Every year on the 15th of August, pilgrims...
  • The specific colouring of Latgale, magnificent landscapes with castle mounds, lakes and forests, the unique Rāzna Lake, called the Latgale Sea,...
  • Daugavpils cietoksnis
    The symbol of Daugavpils. An outstanding fortification that occupies more than 150 ha. The only early 19th century fortress in Eastern Europe that...
  • The Nature Park is located in the Daugava River valley section from the border of Krāslava to Naujene. It was established to preserve the unique...
  • In Teiči Reserve, it is like being in tundra – no matter where you look, you will see kilometres of swampy hollows grown with mosses and...
  • The museum is located in the restored farm house of the counts Plater-Siebergs in the Jaunsvente Manor. The manor also accommodates a hotel.
  • This clean, almost bottomless lake is one of the legendary places in Latgale, the land of blue lakes. Velnezers (also called Čertoku, Čortoku and...
  • The Ludza Crafts Centre represents more than 100 craftsmen. The centre offers to its visitors not only an opportunity to watch the old tools and...
  • An invitation to a discussion about bread, the process of baking bread; tasting fresh bread, herb teas, an opportunity to purchase the Aglona bread...
  • Dinaburgas pils makets
    Preserved ruins of the castle built by Ernest von Rassburg, the Livonian Order Master, in the 13th century. A model of castle stone wall has been...