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Tukums is a small, garden-embosomed town at the gateway to Kurzeme (Courland), but the citizens of Tukums have always considered themselves as citizens of Kurzeme due to their Kurzeme-like proud and stubborn character.

  • Tukums – Town of Roses
  • Tukums – Town of Roses
  • Tukums – Town of Roses
  • Tukums – Town of Roses
  • Photo: Aija Neilande
  • Tukums – Town of Roses
  • Photo: Aija Neilande
  • Tukums – Town of Roses
  • Photo: Uģis Grantiņš
  • Tukums – Town of Roses
  • Photo: Uģis Grantiņš
  • Tukums – Town of Roses
  • Photo: Uģis Grantiņš

In Tukums the peace of a small town meets the dynamic rhythm of modern life making everyone, i.e., those going to the museum and those enjoying loud and fun activities, feeling good. The Old Town with the cobblestoned streets and old housing invites to a romantic walk with friends or loved ones. Artists of different generations become creatively inspired in Tukums.


The centre of the town with the fountain is the best place for arranging meetings, and it does not matter if you are young or not that young anymore. Delicious food and comfortable atmosphere in cafes and taverns and hospitable and responsive people are the characteristics of Tukums!

During winter the visitors have the opportunity to ski in the vicinity of Tukums. Those who do not enjoy the cold outdoors may skate in the ice-hall or bowl. In spring cherry-trees, apple-trees and pear-trees bloom all around. During summer the sweet smell of roses can be felt here like nowhere else. There even is a saying – go for beauty in Tukums!

56"58'14 23"9'16
56.970432, 23.154373
  • Languages spoken: 
    • English
    • German
    • Latvian
    • Russian
Services: 
  • Cafe
  • Exhibitions
  • Guide service available
  • Seminars and conferences
  • Souvenirs
  • Themed events
  • Workshops
Amenities and Features: 
  • Access for disabled people
  • Free parking
  • Smoker-friendly
  • WC
  • WiFi Internet
Last updated: 13.06.2013

In Jēkabpils Town Centre the guests are welcome at the art salon Sakta of LLC Dūjēni. The owners of the salon are Sēlpils citizens Maija Bite and Jānis Bite, who consider this business as a challenge for their family, which has always had a lot of challenges.

The idea of a salon-store emerged in 2008, mainly because artists had no place where to purchase all materials necessary for painting at once and to sell their works for reasonable prices.

The art salon has the ambience of history. The former marketplace, House of Defenders, Uniate Church, houses of Šņornieki, Knaģi, Vildes and Brandenbrūderi can be seen through its windows.The building at Pasta Street 21 was constructed in 1903 and it was the family house of Grobiņš, an officer of the Latvian Army; the first floor accommodated a pharmacy, but the second floor comprised apartments. It was once a home for the prosecutor of Jēkabmiests, Department of Education during the period of USSR, a doctorate during the period of Awakening, and the editorial office for the oldest newspaper “Jēkabpils Vēstnesis”.

The title was chosen after long consideration, but shortly afterwards and during redecoration the owners found a brooch in the room; the brooch can be now seen at a wall together with two other brooches from family heritage.

At the salon–store Sakta artists may acquire the necessary materials and sell their works, but the art admirers have the opportunity of visiting exhibitions and purchasing paintings and art pieces as gifts and souvenirs. Here the visitors may see and purchase also products made by craftsmen from Jēkabpils and Krustpils, Aizkraukle, Bauska, Jelgava, Riga, Staicele and elsewhere.

In the side room creative workshops take place every Saturday for everyone to have the opportunity of expressing themselves in art. The salon–store room displays exhibitions and offer purchasing pieces from them.

Jersika is situated near Daugavpils. Two kilometres down the Daugava River there is a small hill which was once the location of the ancient Gercige Castle, i.e., the capital of the ancient Gercige Grand Duchy. The Grand Duchy was situated in the span from Kukeinose (present Koknese) to Dinaburg (present Daugavpils).

To commemorate the ancient historic events the second bishop of the Latvian Orthodox Church had the title Bishop of Jersika. During the period of Russian Empire Jersika was beautifully and proudly referred to as Cargrade (Tsargrad). Cargrade did not have its own Orthodox church.

When entering Jersika from the side of Līvāni you may notice such interesting building as mobile iron Orthodox Church of tsar’s army constructed in 1866. It present location was designated in 1904. The church reminds of a traveller stopped for a brief rest to continue the route later.
The church was constructed in 1866 using sectional structures manufactured in Odessa. The church was transported to its present location and installed in 1904. Previously it was installed in 1886 in Daugavpils.

The church is a home for one monument of art. Today the Revelation of Christ Orthodox Church is located in Jersika.

The church is special due to its possible uniqueness, because the exterior decoration, i.e., walls, window frames, roof rafters, rood, the base of the dome and the dome, has been made of iron or cast iron. The church is referred to in public as the Iron Church (Dzelzs baznīca). Previously the church was situated in Daugavpils at the spot where the Ss. Boris-Gleb Cathedral is standing now.

Industry of arms and ammunition is always associated with certain secrecy and mystery, and therefore Daugavpils Lead Shot Factory established in 1885 has raised such interest. The factory is the oldest ammunition plant in the Northern Europe, the only factory of such kind in the Baltic States and one of the oldest objects of industrial history in Latvia.

The factory has the only lead casting tower in Europe that still works.

Through centuries, i.e., during the tsarist Russia, the first Free State of Latvia, the Soviet Union and the independence period of Latvia, the factory has always produced high quality lead shots for hunting and it is still involved in this activity. The factory has equipment and structures built in the 19th century and supplemented before and after both World Wars, and they are well harmonized with the modern equipment of manufacturing the ammunition.

The factory offers seeing the historic exhibition and lead shot casting workshop and climbing its unique 37 m high tower with 19 m deep cooling well under it. You may see the famous Church Hill (Baznīcu kalns)of Daugavpils, the city centre and the distant fortress walls from the factory tower.  The ammunition factory is the destination of many local and foreign tourists willing to experience the unique ambience of the 19th century and learn about the operation of the ancient equipment today. After visiting the factory everyone is invited to test the ready production at the factory's shooting-gallery. Visit to the factory may be combined with seeing Daugavpils Fortressand other military objects, thus gaining an extensive insight into many aspects of Latvian military history.

Balvi Museum of History and Art was established on 1 January 1989. In 1996 Balvi Town Council took Balvi Museum of History and Art under its supervision and its title changed to Balvi Regional Museum.

Other premises were provided to the museum, i.e., the former day-care centre at Brīvības Street 48, which had to be acquired and adjust to the needs of the museum. In the beginning everything was accumulated and summarized for preservation and maintenance.

In 2000 the directions of completing the museum stock were determined and now the museum stock has approx. 23 thousand exhibits. The collections of photo materials, print works and philately are the largest.

The museum offers museum educational programmes and excursions around town. Art and other different exhibitions are displayed at the exhibition hall on regular basis. Two exhibitions have been organized: The first exhibition History Pages of Balvi Region (“Balvu novada vēstures lappuses”) (the exhibition has maintained its name for the entire time, but the pages are updated every year on the basis of new studies) was opened on 18 May 1994, and the second exhibition Memorial Room of Jānis Ūdris (“Jāņa Ūdra piemiņas istaba”) was opened in 2003.

Arendole Manor is situated in a picturesque place on the bank of Dubna River in Rožkalni Parish of Preiļi District. It has been constructed historicism style as a manor for hunting and recreation. Arendole Manor construction complex stands out from Latgale manor architecture with its magnificence and originality and it has been maintained until nowadays.

The manor-house constructed in the early 19th century is situated in the centre. The long facades arranged in right angle are successfully supplemented with mezzanines, porches and exterior stairs with graciously constructed rails and vases decorating their bases.

Octagonal tower with a clock, wind cone and coat of arms of counts Sieberg is another element that blends in well. One part of the building has been created in summer cottage style. It is decorated with ornamental wooden structures. The manor-house accommodates several halls and salons arranged in enfilade with ceilings decorated with profiled cornices, rosettes or wood.

Door openings have classicism style pediments. The manor is constructed in a way that corridors are lightened with overhead lighting.

Leather works, souvenirs, excursion with participation, creative workshop, a stop for wedding guests.

The guest house and the leather works workshop are located nearby the centre of Koknese, on the bank of Pērse River. Koknese is a town of the Hanseatic League and it has been a significant centre of trade, recreation and craft already in olden days. Continuing the ancient traditions we founded a company LLCKāpiņa, which is involved in artistic leather works and production and sale of souvenirs, and recently we have established new recreation and education centre Mazā kāpa.

Mazā kāpa offers excursions with participation at the creative workshop, seminar, exhibition and banquet hall, fireplace room, area for tents and picnics, a stop for wedding guests, comfortable and modern rooms suitable also for persons with special needs. During several years a special range of offers has been created at the creative workshop to entertain clients from Latvia and abroad. The products of the creative workshop have been brought to Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Russia, Hungary, France, Austria, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the USA.

Offered products: - guest books in leather covers, - photo albums, - document folders, - menus and boxes for cash for restaurants and cafes, - visit card and credit card wallets, - covers for passports and marriage certificates, - notebooks, planners, - purses and briefcases, - belts, - presentation gifts.

All products are handmade!

Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre is a multifunctional complex of contemporary art, culture and education situated in the Arsenal building at Daugavpils Fortress. It is the only place in Eastern Europe where the original masterpieces of the famous painter and the founder of the abstract expressionism Mark Rothko can be seen.

DaugavpilsMark Rothko Art centre offers:

  • Mark Rothko original pieces and reproductions
  • digital exposition on the artist’s life and creative works
  • video hall and Rothko Silent Room
  • cultural and historical expositions
  • variable exhibitions of works by Latvian, European and world-known artists

 

Cafe“Arsenal” is open to provide for great state of mind and delicious meals (locating inside the building, will accommodate up to 60 visitors).

Artists from all around the world will be able to stay at any of 14 residencies, made especially for living and working.

Conference rooms are ready for seminars and discussions.

Guided tour in Rothko sector – 45 min, entire center -90 min.

I. Vasaraudze Private Clinic is a small clinic located in the capital of Latvia, Riga. The facade of the new and modern building hides a state-of-the-art, multi-profile medical centre which is equipped according to the latest scientific achievements and offers the highest standards of medical care and comfort.

The main achievement of the Clinic is its team of doctors and medical staff which includes specialists with rich clinical experience and excellent reputation. The examinations at the clinic are performed in a private atmosphere, with no queues, and they are performed by the most prestigious Latvian specialists in their fields who use the latest medical and technical equipment to assure maximum patient safety and comfort. Use of the latest medical equipment and immediate performance of examinations and tests allow to recommend the clinic to the patients requiring high-level medical service and individual attitude. The atmosphere in the clinic is homely and positive, and this facilitates successful treatment and examinations.

Tourism companies (Partners): 
Con-ex Ltvia Tours Group
Phone: 
+371 67085093

The Riga Regional Hospital (Sigulda Hospital) is located in Sigulda, a beautiful nature rich town, just an hour’s drive from Riga. The comfortable, private look hospital offers relaxing atmosphere and wonderful stay to it’s patients.

Founded in 1950, the hospital today is among the most modern medical institutions in Latvia. The hospital has separate departments for surgery, rehabilitation, therapy, and diagnostics, as well as an ambulatory care center and a maternity ward.

The hospital works successfully both with local and International patients, offering high quality general, weight-loss surgery (gastric bypass), orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation services. Patients from Norway, Sweden, UK, Ireland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan have already highly appreciated services provided by The Sigulda Hospital.

Doctors and staff are professional, caring and English speaking. Patients have access to comfortable rooms, meal service, televisions with international channels, wireless internet, and intensive therapy and post-operative rehabilitation.

Tourism companies (Partners): 
SIA Nordmed Tour
Phone: 
+371 29148884