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2013: Accessible Tourism
Our popular resort Jurmala has been welcoming guests since the end of the XIX century. In the fascinating exposition of the Jurmala City Museum we see that more than a hundred years ago, the social culture forced swimmers to go in the sea on special carts. Now, to enjoy the delights of water, in Jaunkemeri and Kauguri, special swimming carts are available for people with functional disabilities.
The beautiful beaches of Jaunkemeri, Kauguri, Vaivari, Dzintari, and Bulduri are adapted for people with special needs.
Also, Jurmala streets and public buildings become more and more accessible. Among them stands the Dzintari Concert Hall with its diverse offer, which has become a bright symbol of the city.
Vidzeme pearl Sigulda boasts both the picturesque nature of the Gauja National Park, the ancient history and rich cultural heritage, and modern dynamism.
However, the terrain of Sigulda and its surroundings makes movement difficult. This is the reason why a wooden walking stick decorated with ancient Latvian signs has become a traditional souvenir of Sigulda. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Gūtmaņa cave, which is surrounded by legends. It is the largest cave in the Baltics, which can also be visited by people with special needs by using a lift. The tactile map in the medieval castle of Sigulda will be useful for visually impaired people.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Jelgava city in Zemgale is the restored tower of the St. Trinity Church with attractive expositions and exhibitions. The viewing platform offers a look at the panorama of Jelgava. The fourth largest city in Latvia that was severely damaged during the World War II impresses with its modern growth.
Both the tower of St. Trinity Church and other historical public buildings – Jelgava Castle Museum, Ģ. Eliass Jelgava History and Art Museum, etc. – are also available for people with disabilities. Also, the recently opened wooden viewing tower in Jelgava Castle Island, which provides the possibility to observe wild horses and birds in Lielupe floodplain meadows, is available for people with functional disabilities.
The history of Latgale cannot be imagined without the second largest city of Latvia Daugavpils. The impressive fortress of Daugavpils, built during the Tsarist Russia while preparing to repel the invasion of Napoleon's troops, is the biggest value of the city.
One of the restored buildings has become the home of Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre. Daugavpils is the only place in Eastern Europe where you can see the original works of the legendary artist, abstractionist Mark Rothko, who was born in Daugavpils. The Mark Rothko Art Centre, the historical Unity House with Daugavpils theatre, and other public places are hospitably open also for people with special needs.