Ventspils Tourism brochure 2021 in english

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VENTSPILS FA M I LY A N D R E C R E AT I O N F R I E N D LY C I T Y

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THE SURROUNDINGS OF VENTSPILS

TABLE OF CONTENTS CONCERT HALL “LATVIJA”

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LIVE HISTORY

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FAMILY AND BABY FRIENDLY CITY

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ACTIVE RECREATION

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SPORTS AND HEALTH

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NATURE TOURISM

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WALKS AND RELAXATION

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CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

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CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT

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TOURISM SERVICES

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FACTS ABOUT VENTSPILS

Blue Flag Beach

City rights from the year 1378 Area – 58 km2 (including 38% forests, parks and water bodies) Population ~ 38 thousand Distance to Riga ~ 190 km Length of the sea shore ~ 12 km Lake – Būšnieki River – Venta City Centre – Lielais laukums square Non-monetary means of payment - Venti (100 = 1€)

INTRODUCTION Buoy Exposition Welcome to Ventspils – a hospitable city on the shore of the Baltic Sea, where a tidy, child-friendly urban environment and innovative production facilities coexist. In the streets of Ventspils colourful flowers bloom on every corner, which decorate flower beds, flower pyramids and sculptures. The largest of them is the Flower Cow, which is one of the 27 cow sculptures displayed in the city and located next to the only drawbridge in Latvia over the River Venta, always greeting the residents and city guests of Ventspils. In the heart of the city, in the Big Square, the Ventspils Concert Hall “Latvija” is located, which was opened in 2019. As part of its uniqueness, it boasts two world-class musical instruments – pipe concert organ and the world’s largest vertical concert piano. The fountain “Frigate “Whale”” next to the Concert Hall “Latvija” complements the splendid and contemporary features of the Lielais Square, but when lit as it gets dark, it creates a special atmosphere for the visitors and passers-by of the Lielais Square. It is only one of the ten fountains located in different parts of Ventspils, together creating a unique city landscape. Clean environment, good water quality, safety on the shore and on the water, a high level of amenities – this is what characterises Ventspils Blue Flag Beach. Ventspils offers a wide range of active recreation opportunities! 37 playgrounds and 2 children’s towns are located here. Throughout the year you can enjoy the summer with your family and friends in the Water Adventure Park and SPA Complex. The Adventure Park at the foot of the Ski Hill “Lemberga Hūte” offers attractions that will provide entertainment for both adults and children. Ventspils is called a country within a country, because the residents of Ventspils are proud of PAY TS their ventiņi language, flag and even currency – WITH VEN Venti.

Choose your recreation in Ventspils!

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Lielais Square And The Frigate “Whale” Fountain


CONCERT HALL “LATVIJA” Concert Hall “Latvija” – a space for music, art and education with unique content, characterised by excellent acoustics, a selected repertoire and a wide range of technical possibilities. Visit it to enjoy a unique experience in art, world-class music and architecture. The Great Hall of the Concert Hall “Latvija” houses two unique world-class musical instruments – the largest vertical concert piano in the world created by Latvian-born piano master, Dāvids Kļaviņš, and the manual acoustic concert organ made by “Johannes Klais Orgelbau GmbH & Co. KG” in Germany. The manual acoustic organ has two consoles – one is stationary and the other – portable, providing an opportunity to play the organ remotely from the stage and for the audience to watch the organist’s complex musical movement with the involvement of the entire body. The repertoire is created respecting the local and national context and at the same time offering the listeners a different and diverse artistic programme, in which the main emphasis is placed on the first and the only concerts of foreign musicians in Latvia and the Baltics, as well as on the premieres of new works. The opportunities provided by the Concert Hall allow the hosting of world-class artists and internationally significant concert programmes that have not been experienced in Latvia so far. The pride of the Concert Hall is the undoubtedly impeccable acoustic facilities, which have been recognised as excellent by industry professionals, as well as Latvian and foreign artists. The author of the Concert Hall project is the office of German architect David Cook “Haascookzemmrich Studio 2050”. The uniqueness of the building is characterised by the wellconsidered energy efficiency solutions, as well as by the multifunctional space planning. The layout and logistics of the premises allow the successful coexistence of the Large and Small Hall of the Concert Hall “Latvija”, the classrooms of the Secondary School of Music, the music library, the sound recording studio and the café – all of this is located under a 4


single roof. If required, the small hall can be transformed into an open-air stage, which allows several thousand visitors to see the performance of the artists. The concert hall is located in the heart of Ventspils – in the Lielais Square, where the residents of Ventspils traditionally celebrate the New Year, gather for festivities and dedicate time to leisurely walks. The unique, internationally awarded “Frigate “Whale”” fountain has found a home here. The fountain was inspired by the historical events of the 17th century, when sailboats were made in Ventspils, including the corvette-type “Wallfish” sailboat with an impressive number of masts (20) and yards (8).

Address: Lielais laukums 1, Ventspils Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sat, Sun: closed Phone: +371 25773303 www.koncertzalelatvija.lv latvijahall latvijahall

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LIVE HISTORY CASTLE OF THE LIVONIAN ORDER The Castle of the Livonian Order, where Ventspils Museum has been located since September 2001, is the oldest surviving building in Ventspils, constructed in the second half of the 13th century, and the castle can also be considered the oldest Medieval Fortress in Latvia, the original volume of which has been preserved almost unchanged. The Castle Chapel is the oldest sacral space in Kurzeme. The history of Ventspils is closely related to the castle and it can be explored by visiting the rich exposition of the Museum, which occupies 14 rooms in total. The Castle of the Livonian Order regularly hosts educational classes for children and young people, as well as exhibitions related to contemporary art and history, and especially concerts of Medieval and Baroque music. Educational programmes at the Castle of the Livonian Order (upon prior booking): • Getting to Know the Museum Together with the Black Piglet. • In the Medieval Castle. • The Oldest Residents in the Territory of Latvia (Stone Age in Ventspils Region). • Ventspils Paper Dolls.

Address: Jāņa iela 17, Ventspils Tue-Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Mon: closed Phone: +371 63626288 www.muzejs.ventspils.lv muzejs.ventspils.lv ventspils_muzejs PAY TS WITH VEN

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SEASIDE OPEN-AIR MUSEUM AND TRAIN “MAZBĀNĪTIS” The green island of Ventspils Museum is the Seaside OpenAir Museum, the open-air exposition of which can be visited every year until 31 October. The Museum was founded in 1954. Next to the fishing boats and the 19th century residential buildings, there is also a narrow-gauge railway exposition, the most attractive exhibit of which is the train “Mazbānītis”, once connecting the coastal fishing villages, but nowadays providing rides all the way to the Adventure Hill. The facilitated environment, with its gorgeous flower gardens next to the historic buildings and the lively whistles of the steam locomotive, is especially family-friendly. Educational programmes at the Seaside Open-Air Museum (upon prior booking): • Traditions. • Lost and found in the Museum.

Address: Riņķa iela 2, Ventspils 1 May - 31 October Tue-Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Mon: closed Phone: +371 63624467 www.muzejs.ventspils.lv muzejs.ventspils.lv ventspils_muzejs

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Ventspils in PROGRESS! A NEW EXPOSITION BUILDING and a boat shed for restored historical fishing boats and motor cutters are being built in the Seaside OpenAir Museum, where all the restored boats and other fishing-related items will be located, creating a single exposition reflecting the development of fishing in North Kurzeme.

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New! FIRE CORRECTION TOWER The Fire Correction Tower was restored, making it available to visitors as an observation tower. The tower is accessible to visitors, with the possibility of climbing up the internal stairs to an outdoor observation deck overlooking the sea. The military heritage complex was built in 1939, by starting the construction of the USSR military bases in Latvia. The 46th Coast Guard Battery contained four type Б -13 cannon positions. The first battle of this battery - on 24 June 1941, when the Port of Ventspils was attacked by a German torpedo boat, which was driven from the shore of the Baltic Sea with the help of the battery counter-fire. On the morning of June 28, the cannons were blown up.

LIVE HISTORY

Address: Saulrieta iela, Ventspils 1 May - 15 October 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

THE HOUSE OF CRAFTS The House of Crafts was established in an 18th century building that was reconstructed in 2007, where the oldest school of the Duchy of Courland was located and to which the exposition Ancient Classroom (in the 19th century) was dedicated. There is a weaver’s and potter’s workshop in the House of Crafts, where you can try out your craft skills upon prior booking. The House of Crafts has its own Legend of the Golden Brooch, which was indeed found during the archaeological monitoring of the building. In the House of Crafts there is a souvenir shop, and museum pedagogical classes, as well as various masterclasses related to modern crafts take place there. Educational programmes in the House of Crafts (upon prior booking): • • • •

My First Visit to the Museum. Ancient School. The Legend of the Golden Brooch. Paper Smoothie. Address: Skolas iela 3, Ventspils Tue-Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sun, Mon: closed Phone: +371 63620174 www.muzejs.ventspils.lv muzejs.ventspils.lv ventspils_muzejs

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VENTSPILS MARKET Ventspils Old Town Market is located in a place where Ventspils City Market Square, Ventspils First Town Hall and other historical buildings were located at the beginning of the 17th century. The Market Square acquired its current look in 2009 after its reconstruction. In the Market Square you can see the exposition of weights, volumes and measures created by sculptor Gļebs Panteļejevs, as well as the bell tower clock, which plays the melody of the song “Pie dzintara jūras” (By the Amber Sea) every hour, but at 12:33 noon and 00:33 midnight it plays a refrain of the song “Uz priekšu, Kurzeme” (Let’s go, Kurzeme) by Uldis Marhilēvičs. Ventspils brewery pub “Courlander” and winery “Windau Wines” are located near the Market Square. Ventspils Market is open every day, but trading takes place particularly actively on Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors of the market are welcomed by attractive and creative traders. Here you can buy fresh and tasty local produce and handicrafts. Address: Pils iela 14, Ventspils Mon-Fri: 7:30 am - 3:00 pm; Sat, Sun: 8.00 am - 3:00 pm tirgus@ventspils.lv ventspilstirgus

OLD TOWN In the Old Town of Ventspils, the old network of the streets and the spatial structure of the squares have been preserved from the medieval buildings. In the vicinity of the Market Square, several 17th century buildings have remained, but the residential building at the intersection of Tirgus Street and Skolas Street is one of the oldest in Latvia. The International Writers’ and Translators’ House has been opened in the Town Hall Square, in the former town hall building. The fashionably reconstructed Ventspils Main Library and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St Nicholas are located next to it . The Town Hall Square, the Market Square and Ostas Street Promenade are popular spots for enjoying walks. International Writers’ and Translators’ House Address: Annas iela 13, Ventspils Phone: +371 63623595 9


FAMILY AND BABY FRIENDLY CITY CHILDREN’S TOWN AND CHILDREN’S PARK “FANTĀZIJA” Clambering, climbing, sliding, swinging and jumping – the youngest guests of the city can enjoy it all in the modern and bright playground facilities free of charge in the Children’s Town, Children’s Park “Fantāzija”. Every Sunday at 11:00 am in the Children’s Town and at 3:00 pm in the Children’s Park “Fantāzija”, exciting free of charge events for young visitors are organised with singing, dancing and playing of games together with various fairy tale characters.

Children’s Town Address: Lielais prospekts / J.Poruka iela, Ventspils 1 April - 30 September: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm; 1 October - 31 March: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm Admission to the park is free of charge

Children’s Park “Fantāzija” Address: Talsu iela / Celtnieku iela, Ventspils 1 April - 30 September: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm; 1 October - 31 March: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Admission to the park is free of charge

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JŪRMALA PARK Jūrmala Park invites you to go for walks along the Anchor Trail, amongst the gorgeous greenery and around the duck pond with water lilies. The youngest visitors of the park will appreciate the wooden play towers, while the active ones – the challenge of the Jungle Trail and outdoor gym equipment. A picnic place has been set up for leisurely recreation in the nature, and the historic train “Mazbānītis” travels through the park. Address: Loču iela / Parka iela, Ventspils

PĀRVENTA FOREST TRAIL In Pārventa Forest Park – next to the Children’s Park “Fantāzija”, surrounded by a pine forest, the most active visitors of the park are challenged by the Forest Trail with 12 ropes and cable attractions of different levels of complexity. Address: Talsu iela, Ventspils

COW PARADE The various cows created within the art and patronage projects “Cow Parade” that were implemented in 2002 and 2012, have become one of the symbols of Ventspils, and they have been improved by Latvian, as well as foreign artists. The cows, located in the vicinity of various points of interest in the city, invite and help in getting to know Ventspils.

CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUNDS When visiting Ventspils with children, you will appreciate the 37 educational and attractive children’s playgrounds located throughout the city – in parks, squares and courtyards, next to which there are benches, where parents can relax. 11


ACTIVE RECREATION ADVENTURE PARK The Adventure Park is an object of active recreation and sports, which is popular among the residents and also guests of Ventspils City. Great recreation and entertainment awaits everyone here, as the offer of attractions is suitable for the youngest and most adventurous of school students, as well as for the bravest visitors. Summer offer: • bumper cars and bumper boats; • springboard boat; • children’s driving school; • trampoline complex, bungee jumping trampolines and catapult; • playhouse and inflatable attractions; • wake-park and paintball; • tube sliding and crazy rotor; • rope track in the trees, etc.

Address: Saules iela 141, Ventspils May: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Mon-Fri) 12:00 noon – 8:00 pm (Sun, Sat, holidays) June – August: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (every day) September: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm (Mon-Fri) 12:00 noon - 7:00 pm (Sun, Sat, holidays) Phone: +371 28611333 www.piedzivojumuparks.lv @PiedzivojumuParks piedzivojumu_parks

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SKI HILL “LEMBERGA HŪTE” If the weather conditions are suitable, the artificial ski hill begins its operation in winter. It is equipped with a ski track and a snowboard park with jumps, slides and rails. The first skills can be acquired on the training track, as well as true joy and fun is provided by the tube sliding track and sledge hill. Winter offer: • illuminated ski slopes; • snow park with jumps, slides and rails; • sled hill with a belt lift; • tube sliding track; • training track with belt lift and safety net; • cross-country ski track.

Address: Saules iela 141, Ventspils 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Mon- Fri) 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (Sat, Sun) Phone: +371 28611333 www.lembergahute.lv @PiedzivojumuParks piedzivojumu_parks

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ACTIVE RECREATION BEACH WATERPARK During the summer days joy, active recreation and water fun are provided by the Beach Water Park, which includes swimming pools, towers with various slides, as well as saunas and hot tubs, and a pool with attractions especially suitable for babies Address: Medņu iela 19, Ventspils June - August 11:00 am - 9:00 pm (every day) Phone: +371 26429684 www.pludmalesakvaparks.lv PludmalesAkvaparks

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Water activities, peaceful relaxation and great entertainment for everyone who is willing to have a good time at the Water Recreation Park and SPA Complex. For those who enjoy active recreation, the park has a water attractions section with pools, two slide-rails, a Mountain River and fun facilities in the children’s pool, while in the SPA complex you can relax in various baths, sauna, and salt room as well as enjoy great water procedures Address: Lauku iela 5, Ventspils 11:00 am - 9:00 pm (every day) Phone: +371 26360777 www.udensparks.lv udensparks udens_piedzivojumu_parks

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THREE TRANSPORT TYPES FOR GETTING TO KNOW VENTSPILS NARROW-GAUGE RAILWAY STEAM LOCOMOTIVE “MAZBĀNĪTIS” A trip with the historic Train “Mazbānītis” can begin at one of the two destinations – the Seaside Open-Air Museum or train “Mazbānītis” stop opposite the Adventure Park. The locomotive road leads through the sandy, forest area surrounded by dunes, travelling on the tracks past the authentic stops – “Priedes” and “Pludmale”. There is a station “Kalns” and a locomotive turning device at the end of the Kalna line, which you can also turn yourself!

Train “Mazbānītis” is located in the territory of the Seaside Open-Air Museum Address: Riņķa iela 2, Ventspils Phone: +371 63624467 www.muzejs.ventspils.lv

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EXCURSION BOAT “HERCOGS JĒKABS” From May to October, the diversity of Ventspils can be explored on a 45 minute boat ride, visiting the mouth of the River Venta, Ostas Street Promenade, the Castle of the Livonian Order, the Old Town, the only drawbridge in Latvia and the Freeport industrial area, as the boat “Hercogs Jēkabs” takes you to the very gate of the sea.

Excursion Boat “Hercogs Jēkabs” Berth Address: Tirgus iela / Ostas iela, Ventspils Phone: +371 26353344

EXCURSION TRAIN “VENTSPILS TRAIN” During the almost 40-minute-ride you can see the most remarkable places of Ventspils – the Lielais Square with the Concert Hall “Latvija” in the city centre, points of interest and tourist attractions, historical buildings, as well as magnificent city parks and squares. An audio guide is available on the train, which reveals interesting stories about the ancient Ventspils to the city guests, as well as information about the sights revealed during the train ride, which is provided in the Latvian, Russian, English, Lithuanian and German languages. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office of the boat “Hercogs Jēkabs” at Ostas Street Promenade.

Tirgus iela / Ostas iela, Ventspils Address: Tirgus iela / Ostas iela, Ventspils Phone: +371 29262976 www.ventspilstrain.lv 15


SPORTS AND HEALTH OLYMPIC CENTRE “VENTSPILS” One of the largest and most modern sports complexes in Latvia is Olympic Centre “Ventspils”, which provides high-quality opportunities for spending spare time and appropriate infrastructure for professional athletes. Address: Sporta iela 7/9, Ventspils Phone: +371 63622587 www.ocventspils.lv ocventspils ocventspils

SPORTS COMPLEXES The central sports complex has a Basketball Court and an Ice Hall, athletics arena, stadium, football fields, gym, tennis courts, as well as a sports stadium. Sports House “Centrs” has a modern shooting range, where beginners can also try their hand at shooting, as well as the largest outdoor climbing wall in the Baltics is located there. At Pārventa Sports Complex suitable conditions for the development of indoor football have been created and next to the hall there is a football stadium, as well as a climbing sports wall has been created indoors. The wide range of sports opportunities is complemented by the rowing base “Dampeļi”, as well as by Ventspils Beach Volleyball Stadium and several beach volleyball courts created in the city.

EXTREME SPORTS An extensive and modern infrastructure for fans of extreme sports has been created in Ventspils. In the skatepark everyone can learn roller skating, freestyle cycling and skateboarding stunts, as well as organise competitions. There is a BMX track in the Adventure Park and there is a Wake Park, where no one will be bored, not even those who are merely accompanying someone else. Skatepark Address: Sporta iela 5, Ventspils Visiting of the park is free of charge 16


SPORTS EVENTS IN VENTSPILS In order to promote sports and a healthy lifestyle, large-scale sports events are organised in Ventspils, bringing together a significant number of sports enthusiasts and spectators from Latvia and other countries. The biggest traditional sports events are the opening of the tourism and cycling season, the Latvian Nordic Walking Festival and the Adventure Park Marathon, as well as other events. In summer, Ghetto Games, which is the largest festival of extreme sports in Latvia, takes place in Ventspils.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE For maintaining a healthy lifestyle, the sports complexes of the Olympic Centre “Ventspils” provide access to modern athletics and aerobics halls, swimming pools, two tennis courts, and more than 34 sports clubs. Open days are held every year to introduce these and other sports opportunities in Ventspils. Taking care of the well-being and health of Ventspils residents, as well as guests, free outdoor gym equipment has been installed in many parts of the city. Taking advantage of the proximity to the sea, it is planned to develop resortology studies in Ventspils. Water Adventure Park Sports Complex Address: Lauku iela 5, Ventspils Gym, large and small pool 6:45 am - 9:00 pm (Mon-Fri), 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (Sat, Sun) Phone: +371 63623974, +371 26360777 www.udensparks.lv Pārventa Sports Complex Gym Address: Tārgales iela 5B, Ventspils 9:00 am - 9:00 pm (Mon-Fri), 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (Sat, Sun) Phone: +371 26578168 Basketball Court Gym Address: Sporta iela 7/9, Ventspils 10:00 am - 9:00 pm (Mon-Fri), 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Sat, Sun) Phone: +371 63622061

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NATURE TOURISM BLUE FLAG BEACH Ventspils Blue Flag Beach attracts holidaymakers with its natural beauty – deep sun bathing spots in the dunes and a white, fine sand seashore, as well as infrastructure created for the convenience of guests – wooden footbridges leading to the sea, children’s playgrounds, benches, as well as the surfers’ area. The long-distance hiking route “Jūrtaka” leads along the Ventspils coastline. Find out more at www.jurtaka.lv Compliance with international quality standards is confirmed by the Blue Flag Certificate. Access to the sea is provided by constructed wooden footbridges. At the highest point of the fifth footbridge of the Blue Flag Beach there is a unique environmental object – the Contour Mark of Latvia, with benches and an access path to the platform. The ninth footbridge leads from Jurmala Park to the nudist beach, but the tenth footbridge is suitable for dog walking. Address: Medņu iela, Ventspils

SOUTH PIER PROMENADE The South Pier Promenade is a place for enjoying romantic walks, beautiful sunsets, sea waves and ships entering the port. The 19 m high Observation Tower, equipped with binoculars, offers a wonderful view of the city and the sea from above. The 4 m high sculpture “Cow-Sailor” has also found its place here; the fishing vessels “Azova” and “Grots” are available for viewing, as well as the giant “Chair” made of anchor chain links.

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New! VENTSPILS DEER GARDEN Along with the start of the tourist season, in spring Ventspils Deer Garden of 32 ha will be opened once again, which is located next to Lake Būšnieki. Visitors will be offered the opportunity to see red deer in their natural habitat and enjoy a unique adventure – a safari trip, which includes hand-feeding of the animals. Address: Talsu iela 240, Ventspils Phone: +371 26126126

LAKE BŪŠNIEKI Lake Būšnieki nature trail with footbridge and viewing platform in a “Natura 2000” territory gives everyone the opportunity to take the 8 km cycle-route around the lake – a pedestrian and bicycle trail has been built around the lake, with a 187 m long pedestrian dock and a viewing platform for bird-watching at the end. For those who enjoy an active lifestyle, a health trail has been built with 10 gymnastics stands. There is a facilitated swimming and picnic area by Lake Būšnieki, bicycle stands, a boat can be rented at the boat base, and footbridges have been installed for the convenience of surfers. The swimming place of Lake Būšnieki is located on the southern shore of the lake, at the entry from Talsu Street. Lake Būšnieki Boat Base Address: Staldzenes iela 70, Ventspils 1 May - 31 July, 5:00 am - 10:00 pm (every day) 1 August - 30 September, 5:00 am - 9:00 pm Phone: +371 22000509

STALDZENE BLUFF In order to enjoy the outstanding beauty of nature – a pristine beach surrounded by a sea bluff and pine forests, both the residents of Ventspils and guests go to Staldzene – an old fishing village and a place for walks and swimming, located only 10 kilometres from Ventspils. Address: Bangu iela 61, Ventspils 19


WALKS AND RECREATION FLOWER SCULPTURES Flower sculptures have become the business card of Ventspils – already in the spring thousands of different flowers bloom in the flower beds. Gorgeous accents are brought to the city by flower sculptures – Duck Family in the Children’s Town, Underwater World at the Beach Water Park, Rabbit Family at the Adventure Park, Ladybirds at Ostas Street Promenade and Family of Ladybirds on a Daisy in Pārventa, Bobsleigh Team at New Town Square, Basketball at the Olympic Centre “Ventspils”, as well the impressivesized Flower Cow in Sarkanmuiža meadow. The Flower Clock tells the time in the city centre.

REŅĶA GARDEN Not far from the city centre is Reņķa Garden, next to which there is a pond with a sparkling fountain and lively ducks, as well as fascinating environmental objects for children – fairy tale characters, pet sculptures, playing equipment Grasshopper and Ladybug, as well as a swing. The park is also popular with fans of active recreation, who use the comfortable paths for running and Nordic walking as well as exercise using the outdoor gym equipment. In summer, Reņķa Garden welcomes concerts, guest performances, open-air parties and other outdoor events. Address: Sporta iela/ Kuldīgas iela, Ventspils

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New! BUOYS, SPAR BUOYS, PILOT SHIP AND LIGHTHOUSE OF LOVE In the extension of Ostas Street Promenade a view opens up to the River Venta, the sea gate, the old port workshops, an impressive collection of buoys (14 buoys and spar buoys) and the exhibited pilot ship “Rota”, which operated in Ventspils Port for many years. At the entrance of the small fishing port there is an environmental object called the “Lighthouse of Love”.

BICYCLE LANES In Ventspils, the total pedestrian paths and bicycle lanes have already reached 63.39 km in length, which is the second longest section of bicycle paths in Latvia after Riga. There are comfortable bicycle stands of interesting shapes provided at recreation places favoured by cyclists, but in three places in Ventspils – at Ostas Street Promenade, next to Pārventa Library and Ventspils Adventure Park – bicycle pumps are publicly available. Ventspils will continue to work on the development of bicycle lanes in the city, thus planning to create the longest pedestrian and bicycle lane section in Latvia in the coming years.

FOUNTAINS The landscape of Ventspils City is refreshed by ten different sparkling fountains – the latest of them are “Lietussargs” (The Umbrella) fountain in Newspaper Alley, “Kuģu vērotājs” (Ship Watcher) fountain on Ostas Street Promenade, “Saules laiviņas” (Sun Boats) fountain at New Town Square, “Dzirnakmens” (Millstone) fountain at Dzirnavu Square, “Kāpu priede” (Dune Pine) next to Pārventa Library, “Lāses” (Drops) fountain next to Ventspils High School, Vidumupīte Fountain, fountain at Reņķa Garden Pond, the colourful fountain of the Adventure Park and the unique “Fregate “Valzivs”” (Frigate “Whale”) fountain, which adorns the Lielais Square. 21


Ventspils in PROGRESS!

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

SCIENCE AND INNOVATION CENTRE Construction began in October 2019, but it is planned to welcome the first guests in early 2022. The main task of the Science and Innovation Centre will be to tell visitors about physics, mathematics, engineering and technologies in a simple way to raise awareness of science and its all-encompassing nature. In order to learn these topics, visitors will have access to a total of interactive exhibits, as well as the opportunity to participate in 20 training programmes and 6 technical creative workshops, as well as to participate in at least 6 science shows. In the department of the Innovation Centre it is planned to create universal office premises for attracting and supporting young entrepreneurs, as well as for creating new jobs. A large part of the centre’s premises will be made available to merchants, mostly entrepreneurs in the information technology sector. The Innovation Centre provides premises for rent for young entrepreneurs, with at least 90 new workplaces. Address: Rūpniecības iela 2, Ventspils

VENTSPILS DIGITAL CENTRE Ventspils Digital Centre offers a great opportunity to visit various technology workshops. The digital centre is an educational and interesting stop for school excursions. Ten different technology workshops are available here, but the theme of the workshops can also be adapted to specific needs. More information about the workshops and the possibility to apply for them is available here: www.adre.se/darbnicas The Digital Centre also offers free access to computers and the internet, office services (printing, copying, scanning, etc.) and adult training. Address: Akmeņu iela 3, Ventspils Phone: +371 63607607 www.digitalaiscentrs.lv VDCentrs VDCentrs 22


VENTSPILS UNIVERSITY AND SCIENCE Ventspils University College (VeA) is a state higher education institution that implements study programmes at all levels, including lifelong learning, as well as engages in scientific activities. VeA has 3 faculties – Translation Studies, IT and Economics and Management and 16 study programmes. In addition to academic life, active scientific operation takes place at VeA in the fields of economics and business, linguistics, natural sciences and engineering. The Institute of Engineering Sciences “Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre” (VSRC) is the cornerstone of VeA research, in the centre of which is the unique Radio Telescope Complex in Irbene. Those who are interested are welcome to get acquainted with this object through a prior booked excursion, where it will be possible to get acquainted with the radio telescopes, historical exposition and space exploration in Latvia accompanied by a guide. Excursions take place from 1 May to 31 October. Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre Ventspils novads, Ances pagasts, Irbene Phone: +371 29230818 www.virac.eu Ventspils University College Address: Inženieru iela 101, Ventspils Phone: +371 63628303, +371 63629657 www.venta.lv VentspilsAugstskola ventspils_augstskola

VENTSPILS CREATIVE WORK HOUSE WITH PLANETARIUM AND OBSERVATORY Creative Work House with Planetarium and Observatory offers planetarium star shows and 360-degree videos about nature, the Universe and planets, and in the observatory you can view the Sun, planets, double stars and nebulae through a high-quality telescope. Lots of action takes place here on weekdays, as the Creative Work House offers a wide range of educational programmes of interest, thus bringing together children and young people of different ages in Ventspils Address: Maiznieku iela 11, Ventspils Phone: +371 63622805 planetarijs.observatorija@ventspils.lv www.jaunradesnams.lv

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THEATRE HOUSE “JŪRAS VĀRTI” For more than 10 years the theatre house “Jūras vārti” has been a favourite meeting place for fans of theatre art, where all professional theatres of Latvia, as well as independent production companies, perform every month. Successful cooperation has been established with the Russian Theatre Festival “Golden Mask”. When visiting events in the theatre house, you can also view visual art exhibitions. Address: Karlīnes iela 40, Ventspils Phone: +371 63624271 www.jurasvarti.lv @jurasvarti jurasvarti

CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT MAIN LIBRARY WITH CHILDREN’S LIBRARY, MUSIC LIBRARY AND PĀRVENTA LIBRARY

The Main Library with the Children’s Library is the biggest library in the city, founded in 1920. It offers a wide range of fiction as well as industry literature collections and periodicals, a collection of audiovisual materials, local history materials, free internet, electronic catalogues and databases, informative, and cultural events.

Address: Akmeņu iela 2, Ventspils 11:00 am – 7:00 pm (Mon-Fri) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Sat); closed (on Sundays and on the last Thursday of each month) Phone: +371 63623598 www.biblioteka.ventspils.lv @VentspilsBiblioteka

On the 2nd floor of the Concert Hall “Latvija” a Music Library has been opened, which is the first public library of this kind in Latvia, offering a wide range of services to music professionals and also fans. Visitors of the Library will definitely appreciate the quiet room and capsules for listening to music – the egg-shaped chairs for the cosy and comfortable enjoyment of music, in which the visitors can sit down and isolate themselves from what is happening around them, being able to concentrate fully on listening to music. Address: Lielais laukums 1, Ventspils 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (Mon-Wed) 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Thu-Fri) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Sat), closed (Sun) Phone: +371 22030871 www.biblioteka.ventspils.lv @muzikasbiblioteka

The architectonically appealing Pārventa Library has become a favourite place for entertainment and relaxation for city guests and locals. The library attracts visitors with exhibitions, concerts and thematic events.

Address: Tārgales iela 4, Ventspils 11:00 am - 7:00 pm (Mon-Fri) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (Sat); closed (on Sundays and on the last Thursday of each month) Phone: +371 63680073 www.biblioteka.ventspils.lv @VentspilsBiblioteka

CULTURAL CENTRE The Cultural Centre is a multifunctional modern facility where visitors can enjoy theatre performances, concerts, balls and other themed events. Its main objective is to take care of the city’s cultural life by ensuring the activities of more than 50 amateur art groups, a diverse, creative and wide range of events. 24

Address: Kuldīgas iela 18, Ventspils Phone: +371 63624796 www.kulturascentrs.ventspils.lv @VentspilsKulturasCentrs ventspilskc


LARGEST EVENTS IN VENTSPILS IN THE YEAR 2021 AUGUST 01.08.

Latvian Triathlon Olympic Distance Championship

6.08.- 8.08.

Ventspils City Festival

12.08. - 15.08.

Ukrainian Culture Days

14.08.

Latvian Nordic Walking Festival

21.08. - 22.08.

Baltic and Latvian Athletics Championship for Seniors

27.08.

Friday Evening Walk

28.08.

Ancient Fire Night

MAY 04.05.

Events of the Day of Restoration of Independence of the Republic of Latvia

08.05.

Opening of Ventspils Summer Tourism and Cycling Season Recreation Park

11.05. - 14.05.

Latvian Youth Beach Volleyball Championship 1st stage

15.05. - 16.05.

Latvian Beach Volleyball Championship 1st stage Ergo Open 2021 (women, men)

15.05.

Museum Night

15.05.

Pārventa Festival

21.05.

Friday Evening Walk

22.05.

Race around the Lake Būšnieki

30.05.

Children’s Festival

SEPTEMBER

JUNE 05.06.

Blue Flag Hoisting Celebration at Ventspils Beach

05.06.

Olympic Champion D. Kula Cup “Ventspils šķēpi 2021”

20.06.

Adventure Park Marathon

21.06.

Plant and Herb Day at the Seaside Open-Air Museum

23.06.

Midsummer Evening Performance and Midsummer Night Open-Air Party in Reņķa Garden JULY

2.07. - 4.07.

Belarusian Tradition Festival “From Midsummer to Kupala”

03.07.

Ventspils Country Festival in Reņķa Garden

10.07.

Sea Festival

10.07.

Sea Cup in Beach Volleyball

16.07. - 18.07

Baltic Sea Region Motorcyclists’ Meeting “Kurland Bike Meet”

23.07. - 25.07.

Ghetto Games Festival

24.07. - 25.07.

Events of the Concert Hall “Latvija” 2nd anniversary

01.09.

First School Day Celebration

02.10. - 10.10.

Russian Culture Days

18.11.

An event dedicated to the Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia

18.11.

Race and bicycle ride dedicated to the anniversary of Latvia “Race or ride a bicycle along the contour of Latvia in Ventspils”

27.11.

Lighting of the Large Christmas Tree in the Lielais Square

OCTOBER NOVEMBER

DECEMBER 21.12.

Log Evening in the Old Town Market Square

25.12.

Little Train (Mazbānītis) Christmas at the Seaside Open-Air Museum

31.12.

New Year’s Eve Race

31.12.

New Year Celebration in the Lielais Square

* The course of events depends on the national Covid-19 restrictions.

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CATERING COMPANIES

Cafe “Dārzā” Address: Inženieru iela 43, Ventspils Phone: +371 29525702 E-mail: info@darza-ventspils.lv www.darza-ventspils.lv Working hours: 11:00 - 17:00 (Mon - Fri)

Butchers shop “Dārzā delikateses” Working hours: 10:00 - 19:00 (Mon - Fri) 10:00 - 18:00 (Sat) 10:00 - 17:00 (Sun)

Facebook: Dārzā Ventspils Instagram: Dārzā Ventspils

“Bolers” cafe Address: Medņu iela 42b, Ventspils Phone: +371 29412343 E-mail: coerfood@gmail.com Working hours: 11:00 - 21:00

Facebook: bolersVentspils Instagram: bolers_ventspils

Bar, apartments “Pasiekstes vējdzirnavas” Address: “Dzirnavas 2”, Vārves pagasts, Ventspils novads Phone: +371 20005846 (Bar); +371 26091142 (Apartments) E-mail: info@vejdzirnavas.lv www.vejdzirnavas.lv

SUSHI BAR “SUSHI FIGHTER” Adrese: Lielais prospekts 30, Ventspils Phone: +371 26715161

www.sushifighter.lv Working hours:

11:00-22:00 (June - September) 11:00-21:00 (October - May)

Facebook: Pasiekstes vējdzirnavas Instagram: vejdzirnavaslv Working hours: 12:00 - 22:00 (Mon - Th, Sun), 12:00 - 23:00 (Fri, Sat)

Creative Bread Laboratory “RaMaLa” Address: Lielais prospekts 48, Ventspils Phone: +371 26480162 E-mail: ramala.ventspils@gmail.com Facebook: Radosamaizeslaboratorija Instagram: radosa_maizes_laboratorija Working hours: 10:00 - 20:00 (Mon-Sun)

“Windau Wines” Ventspils Winery Ventspils brewery and pub “Courlander” Address: Tirgus iela 9, Ventspils Phone: +371 25644899 E-mail: ventspils.alus@gmail.com Facebook: Courlander beer

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Offers to taste and buy locallymade wines, sparkling wines, ciders and spirits! Birch Juice, Cherry, Raspberry wines have gained special popularity, as well as the Windavas Brandwine, Windavas Wendijs, Calvados, Whiskey, GIN, etc. from strong alcoholic beverages.

Address: Tirgus iela 8, Ventspils Phone: +371 26346552 E-mail: windauwines@gmail.com www.windauwines.lv Facebook: windauwines.lv Instagram: windauwines Working hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (September-May) 10:00 - 22:00 (June-August)

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ACCOMMODATION IN VENTSPILS Hotel “Vilnis” ***

Hotel “Jūras brīze”

Address: Talsu iela 5, Ventspils Phone: +371 63628606 E-mail: hotelvilnis@gmail.com www.hotelvilnis.lv

Address: Vasarnīcu iela 34, Ventspils Phone: +371 29184880, +371 63622524 E-mail: info@hoteljurasbrize.lv www.hoteljurasbrize.lv

Guest House “AMRAI”

Hotel “Dzintarjūra”

Address: Skrundas iela 39/41, Ventspils Phone: +371 29483430 E-mail: amrai@inbox.lv Facebook: AMRAIguesthouse www.amrai.lv

Address: Ganību iela 26, Ventspils Phone: +371 63622719 E-mail: dzintarjura@gmail.com www.dzintarjura.lv

Tower Hotel

Holiday home “NAMELIS”

Address: Pāvila iela 29, Ventspils Phone: +371 27880010, +371 24911424 E-mail: towerhotel29@gmail.com Facebook: Tower Hotel Instagram: tower.hotel29

Address: Piltenes iela 28A, Ventspils Phone: +371 29150063 E-mail: namelis28@inbox.lv www.namelis.lv

Summer house

Guest House “Svīre”

Address: Parka iela 8/10, Ventspils E-mail: +371 29412343

Address: Gaismas iela 10, Ventspils Phone: +371 28382676

E-mail: coeripasumi@gmail.com

E-mail: viesnica.svire@gmail.com www.hotelsvire10.lv

Guest House “Zaļie ābolīši” Adrese: Ābolu iela 24-1, Ventspils Phone: +371 28821740 E-mail: inara_preimane@inbox.lv Facebook: Guest house ‘’Zaļie Āboliši’’

Guest house “Veldzes Nams” Address: Saules iela 83, Ventspils +371 29 26 24 31 www.veldzesnams.lv info@veldzesnams.lv Veldzes Nams

Guest House “Maija” Address: Latgales iela 3, Ventspils Phone: +371 29414308 E-mail: maija.ventspils@inbox.lv

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ACCOMMODATION IN VENTSPILS Guest House “Marbella”

Marbella Rezidence

Address: Karlīnes iela 28, Ventspils Phone: +371 24944477 E-mail: vn.marbella@gmail.com Facebook: viesunamsMarbella

Address: Sinagogas iela 10, Ventspils Phone: +371 29990088 E-mail: marbella.rezidence@gmail.com Facebook: MarbellaRezidence

Holiday home and camping “Podnieki”

Villa Magonīte Address: Vasarnīcu iela 23, Ventspils Phone: +371 27840840; +371 28838183 E-mail: villamagonite@inbox.lv Facebook: Villa Magonīte www.villamagonite.lv

Address: Robežu iela 185, Ventspils novads Phone: +371 26330216, +371 29150434 (ENG, DE) E-mail: podnieki@gmail.com

Seaside Camping

Ventspils University College Hotel

Address: Vasarnīcu iela 56, Ventspils Phone: +371 63627925, +371 22008805 E-mail: camping@ventspils.lv www.camping.ventspils.lv Facebook: Piejūras Kempings Instagram: piejuraskempings Twitter: @PiejurasKemping

Address: Inženieru iela 101, Ventspils Phone: +371 20278255, +371 63629202 E-mail: studentu.viesnica@ventspils.lv www.vni.ventspils.lv Facebook: VeAhotel Working hours: 24/7

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“Kempings Jēņi” Address: “Rundāles”, Tārgales pagasts, Ventspils novads Phone: +371 26382706, +371 29152971 E-mail: camping_jeni@inbox.lv www.campingjeni.lv

TOURISM SERVICES

Campsite “Miķeļbāka” Address: Kempings Miķeļbāka, Miķeltornis, Ventspils novads Phone: +371 27884438 E-mail: martins@mikelbaka.lv www.mikelbaka.lv Working hours: 1 May – 31 September

Boat “PALSA” welcomes on board! Passenger ship “Palsa” offers leisure trips from Ventspils Yacht Harbour: * to Gotland and Saaremaa * on a trip along the Baltic Sea Time to enjoy the sun, sea and wind! Phone: +371 26185164 E-mail: info@palsa.lv www.palsa.lv, Facebook: JahtaPalsa

Usma SPA hotel & camping

Ventspils Deer Garden

Address: Priežkalni, Usmas pagasts, Ventspils novads Phone: +371 26334500 E-mail: usma@usma.lv www.usma.lv Facebook: usmaspa Instagram: _usmaspa_

Address: Talsu iela 240, Ventspils Phone: +371 26126126 E-mail: ventspilsbriezudarzs@gmail.com Facebook: Ventspils briežu dārzs Instagram: ventspils_briezu_darzs

“VENTIŅPŪRLĀD” SOUVENIR SHOP • Ventspils and Latvia-themed souvenirs • Artisan products • Original artwork

Floating home “Villa Usma” Address: Priežkalni, Usmas pagasts, Ventspils novads Phone: +371 26334500 E-mail: usma@usma.lv www.usma.lv Facebook: usmaspa Instagram: _usmaspa_

ADVENTURES ON THE WATER IN VENTSPILS Address: Uplejas, Vārve, Vārves pagasts, Ventspils novads Phone: +371 28375539 E-mail: puuv@inbox.lv Facebook: piedzīvojumi uz ūdens Ventspilī Instagram: piedzīvojumi uz ūdens Ventspilī Working hours: 1 april – 31october 9:00 – 22:00 (Mon – Sun)

Sunset house “Ulmale” Address: Ulmale, Pāvilostas novads Phone: +371 29412343 E-mail: coeripasumi@gmail.com www.sunsethouse.lv Facebook: sunsethouseulmale

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Guest House and Campsite “Ventaskrasti” Address: Ventaskrasti, Ziru pagasts, Ventspils novads Phone: +371 29616644 E-mail: ventaskrasti@gmail.com Facebook: Ventaskrasti www.ventaskrasti.lv

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Ventspils bicycle network - 60 km!

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