Tourism routes

TOURISM ROUTES AND EXCURSION OFFER [2019]

Available guided tours:

  • in Latvian, Russian and Latgalian language [booking by phone +371 26532508 or + 371 65471321]
  • in English language [booking by phone +371 29431360]

 1) EXCURSION “DAUGAVPILS DISTRICT PEARLS” IN NAUJENE LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM

 (Duration time: 40 min. –  1 hour)

1st floor

  • ART EXHIBITION „VALENTINA ZEILE – PARISIAN FROM LATGALE”

In the exhibition are viewable works of art in bronze, in which especially brightly expressed talent facets of the sculptress Valentina Zeile. Most of the exhibits consist of the medals and plaquettes because sculptress is considered as the leading medal artist in the former Soviet Union.

  • WORKSHOP OF VALENTINA ZEILE /  DONATION OF PAINTER GERTRUDA ZEILE

Once Valentina Zeile gave the promise: wherever she would not live, she will always come back to her hometown with her works of art. The promise fulfilled in public collection store – room „Workshop of Valentina Zeile” where can be viewed and stored unexposed part of Valentina Zeile collection. The collection consists of more than 6200 items, which are mainly created before sculptress departure to Paris [1956-1982]. Workshop of Valentina Zeile designed as a public collection store – room that reflects the artist’s creative life in Vecdaugava [Riga, Latvia].

  • EXHIBITION „FAMILY HERITAGE” / EXHIBITION FROM THE CYCLE “A TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF CHRIST”

The photo story about the unique Zeile family.  2 talented artists – Valentine and Gertrude Zeile was brought up and educated in the ordinary peasant family. Exhibition visitors address photos of the beginning of the 20th century that show the two sisters father Anthonijs Zeile with his mother Magdalene Zeile at the native home at the “Mazie Lachi” in Izvalta. But the thematic Valentina Zeile sculpture exhibition from museum collection store “THE CONVERSATION” displaying sculpture cycle “A TRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF CHRIST” (consists of 8 sculpture dedicated to the religious theme. 6 of them are represented in the exhibition)

  • NATURE EXPOSITION „SIRDSDAUGAVA”

The exhibition represents the protected area of unique Augšdaugava landscape territory and nature park „Daugavas Loki”.  The nature park as part of Augsdaugava protected landscapes area was recognized as the NATURA 2000 territory in 2004, but in 2011 this park was included in the Latvian National UNESCO World Heritage List. Visitors can use various multimedia solutions for more information such as floor interactive projection with sound shower to listen to sounds of nature, as well as Led display for more information about Daugavpils hydropower station history or holocube.

2nd floor

  • EXPOSITION „POLISH CULTURE HERITAGE IN DAUGAVPILS REGION”

The exhibition consists of household items that characterize the Polish culture, fashion and traditions in the second half of 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Furniture, Kuznetsov Porcelain Factory dishes and fine embroidery, compositionally reflect the living room interior of the first half of the 20th century. The main part of the exhibits consists of Naujene children`s home donated collection, as well as Daugavpils region inhabitants donations.

Ethnographic exhibitions building

  • ETHNOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION “WEALTHY PEASANT ROOM”

[the end of the 19th century – the first half of the 20th century]

The exposition consists of household objects and tools that characterize Latgale wealthy farmer’s home interior, lifestyle, traditions and culture in Naujene parish at the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

  • ETHNOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION „PAN, SPOON, RAKE AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD TOOLS”

Exhibits represent utensil and tools used in the process of preparing meal and drinks as well as reflect the hostesses working and living conditions in the Southern Latgale at the end of the 19th century and in the first half of the 20th century.

Guided tour in the museum:

  • for the group from 1 to 10 persons – 4,50 EUR;
  • for the group from 11 to 35 persons – 7,00 EUR;
  • entrance fee: students, seniors – 1,00 EUR, adults – 1,50 EUR per person
  • free Wi-fi, parking
  1. “SECRETS OF AUGŠDAUGAVA”  

(Duration time: 2,5- 4 hours)

The route has been created to represent the protected area of unique Augšdaugava landscape territory and the nature park „Daugavas Loki”. The Nature park was created to preserve the unique natural complexes, natural, cultural and historical values and little – transformed landscapes of the ancient valley of the River Daugava on the site of Naujene to Kraslava. The bends of the ancient valley of the Daugava are considered to be the oldest geological formations in Latvia. The nature park as part of Augsdaugava protected landscapes area was recognized as the NATURA 2000 territory in 2004, but in 2011 this park was included in the Latvian National UNESCO World Heritage List. The River Daugava is a structural axis for the nature park, forming picturesque bends. Since ancient times the River Daugava was the main element of the development of this area – water trade route. Castles and villages were built on the banks of the river. An ancient but eternally young Daugava with its apparent calm watercourse had been conducting a titanic effort, for thousands of years creating a unique valley that produces an unforgettable impression on each traveller.

The route for tourists “Secrets of Augšaugava” includes picturesque landscapes from the banks of the River Daugava. Sightseeing places: Naujene Local History Museum, the model of Middle – Ages Livonian  Order Dinaburg castle, Vasargalisķi viewing tower,  Markova exploration trail and Slutišķi old believers village with exposition “Slutišķi old-believers’ farmstead”).

Guided tour:

  • for the group from 1 to 10 persons – 18,00 EUR;
  • for the group from 11 to 35 persons – 28,00 EUR;
  • Entrance fee (Naujene Local History Museum and exposition “Slutišķi old-believers’ farmstead”) students, seniors – 1,50 EUR, adults – 2,50 EUR per person
  1. „POLISH CULTURE HERITAGE IN DAUGAVPILS REGION”

(Duration time: 1.5 – 2 hours)

The route has been created to represent Polish culture heritage in Naujene parish. Cultural environment, determined by the historical process, has formed ethnically diverse and one of the largest minorities in Naujene and in Daugavpils district are the Poles. The Poles settled in Latvia after the collapse of Livonia in 1562, when Latgale was included in the Polish – Lithuanian state. As a part of Polish – Lithuanian state, Latgale strengthened Catholicism, but Polish manors became the cultural centres.

The route includes 3 sightseeing places: Naujene Local History Museum [Polish heritage is represented by Juzefova [Polish:Jozefow] manor history], Juzefova manor park and St.Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Juzefova.

Juzefova manor started to develop in the 17th century. In 1900 – 1901 Polish landlord Bogdan Shahno built a new manor house in the neoclassical style by Baltic German architect Wilhelm Neumann [German: Johann Wilhelm Carl Neumann] project. During World War II in 1942 Juzefova manor house was burned down. Nowadays there is only a manor place, but Naujene Local History Museum offers exhibition that consists of household items that characterize the Polish culture, fashion, manor interior and traditions in the second half of 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

Guided tour:

  • for the group from 1 to 10 persons – 9,00 EUR;
  • for the group from 11 to 35 persons – 14,00 EUR;
  • Entrance fee (Naujene Local History Museum) students, seniors – 1,00 EUR, adults – 1,50 EUR per person
  1. “LUNCH AT WEALTHY OLD BELIEVERS HOUSE”

(Duration time:  2 hours)

The route has been created to represent the old believer’s culture and culinary heritage. Sightseeing places: Naujene Local History Museum, Slutišķi old believers village and exposition „Slutišķi old-believers’ farmstead”. Slutišķi Old-believers’ farmstead is made of two expositions: „Old-believers’ dwelling house” and „Horse-powered traction tools in Daugavpils district”. The exposition buildings were renewed in 2015 within the project “Old-believers’ historical construction restoration and preservation of agricultural cultural and historical heritage in Slutišķi Village” supported by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD). During excursion tourists have an opportunity to taste old believers culinary heritage in the Slutišķi Old-believers’ farmstead yard.

Culinary heritage tour booking in Daugavpils district Tourism Development Agency “Taka” by phone +371 29431360.

  1. “NOVELS OF SLUTIŠĶI”

(Duration time:  1 hour)

The route has been created to represent the cultural heritage of Slutiški old believer’s village. In the bend of Daugava valley, Slutišķi old believer’s village has been hidden from the curious eyes of foreigners, which is zoned off of the surrounding world by the calm flow of the destiny river, Markova castle mound, and by thawing of the Baltic glacier, the terrain has been formed. Time has stopped here some 100 years ago. The splendid window decorations, the doors and the household objects in the local museum tell us about excellent handicraftsmen – the Old-believers. In the village centre, right at the carriage-drive, the exposition „Slutišķi old-believers’ farmstead” is located. Standing at the place, where there used to be a farmstead so-called “Russian yard”, a story begins about the house of the rich Slutišķi village host Ivans Jermolajevs.

Today, you can see here the exposition of Naujene Local History Museum. Old believers from Russia considered Slutišķi by its detachment from the surrounding world and the distant location as the Promised Land, where one can keep his own traditions saving the soul from the sinful world. Not without reason Slutišķi is called the „small Siberia”- here, in a foreign land, at Daugava River, working very hard, old believers had to settle down for a long time in Latgale. That is why in 2005, in the „Slutišķi Old-believers’ farmstead”, the Siberian scenes of the third part of the movie “Likteņa līdumnieki” were filmed.

Tourism route includes also visit the Markova castle mound, well-equipped rest place near the Daugava river “Latgalian farmstead”, walk through the village, stop point at Slutišķi Middle Ages cemetery.

Guided tour:

  • for the group from 1 to 10 persons – 4,50 EUR;
  • for the group from 11 to 35 persons – 7,00 EUR;
  • Entrance fee (“Slutišķi old believers farmstead”) students, seniors – 1,00 EUR, adults – 1,50 EUR per person
  • Rent of the shed – 5,00 EUR per event
  1. “OPEN MUSEUM GATEWAY!”

(Duration time:  depend on chosen section)

The objective of the tourism route is to promote cultural heritage in the cross-border area of Latvia (Latgale), Lithuania (Utena) and Belarus (Polotsk). Naujene Local history Museum is included in the tourism route among other museums of Latgale region.

Sightseeing places:  Rugāji – Balvi – Susāju parish – Viļaka – Upīte – Baltinava – Ludza – Bērzgale – Rēzekne – Sakstagals – Viļāni – Malta – Preiļi – Vārkava – Naujene – Polotsk – Daugavpils – Utena.

A complex touristic route is suitable for travel by car and experienced cyclists. Rout consists of 6 sections with the common length of 820 km. Travelers can choose the start and finish point. Local tourism centers provide route tourism information.

Within the framework of the route, Naujene Local History Museum offers to have a look at the art gallery and open art collections storage of sculptor Valentīna Zeile (Paris, France), to discover the nature of the nature park “Daugavas loki” and protected landscape area of Augšdaugava in the underwater Daugava river diorama and nature exhibition “SirdsDaugava”. Collections of ethnographic household tools are available in ethnographic exhibitions “Wealthy peasant room” and “Pan, spoon, rake and other household tools”. In the museum you can also get acquainted with the sacred heritage of the Old Believers and Catholics, the Polish cultural heritage and look back to the 1950s and the 1960s of the 20th century and reflects human everyday life in USSR.

At the creative workshops children and adults can participate in various activities without specific preliminary knowledge. During the workshops participants create handmade and useful things which they bring with themselves after master classes and later use in their everyday life. Museum offers 5 creative workshops for various ages.

Near the museum is situated Juzefova Manor Park. Park was made at the end of 19 century near manor building that was situated at the center of the park. The building belongs to landlord Bogdan Sahno but during the Second World War manor had burnt down. Park was surrounded with chestnut- tree alley but on the edge of the park there was a ravine nowadays famous with rare plants registered in the red book and animals for example snails. In 1991 Digna Pilate discovered new species of snails. Park also was famous with rare bird species.

Guided tour available only for Naujene Local history Museum:

  • for group from 1 to 10 persons – 4,50 EUR;
  • for group from 11 to 35 persons – 7,00 EUR;
  • entrance fee: students, seniors – 1,00 EUR, adults – 1,50 EUR per person
  • workshop fee: students, seniors – 1,00 EUR, adults – 1,50 EUR per person

 7. DAUGAVPILS REGION GOLDEN CIRCLE. SLUTIŠĶI –  VECPILS – JUZEFOVA – NAUJENE

(Duration time:  4 – 6 hours)

Daugavpils region golden circle include a visit to Slutišķi old believers village and exposition “Slutišķi old believers farmstead”, visit to Vasargališķi view tower from which height greets unique view to the river Daugava and also on its bends (Butišķu, Rozališķu and Ververu bends). Between Slutišķi and Vecpils situated special well maintained rest park “Stalkers”. The park is located in the picturesque place on the bank of the Daugava River on the territory of nature park “Daugavas Loki”. It is possible to organize a wide range of activities in the park. There are children’s playgrounds, outdoor grills, tables, terraces, benches etc. There are unique objects in the rest park that are constructed as a fortress. The next sightseeing place – the model of Middle Ages Livonian Order Dinaburg castle was built instead ancient Latgalian castle mound  that is located on the very bank of the Daugava River some km far from the rest park “Stalkers”. Castle mound had been inhabited during the 8 – 13th centuries. The ruins of the Dinaburg castle, built in 1275 and a miniature model of the castle (1997) can be seen on the mound. It is considered to be the place where Daugavpils city was founded. St.Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Juzefova is the next stop point. People started to build the Catholic Church in 1934 and finished in 1961. During the Soviet times this place was reorganized into a dance hall but in 1989 was given back to the community.  Not far from the church is situated Juzefova Manor Park and Naujene Local History museum.

Guided tour:

  • for the group from 1 to 10 persons – 18,00 EUR;
  • for the group from 11 to 35 persons – 28,00 EUR;
  • entrance fee (Naujene Local History Museum and exposition “Slutišķi old-believers’ farmstead”) students, seniors – 1,50 EUR, adults – 2,50 EUR per person
  • free Wi-fi, parking

For more information: http://www.visitdaugavpils.lv/lv/daugavpils-novada-zelta-loks-0

8. MEDIEVAL  LIVONIAN ORDER DINABURG CASTLE

(Duration time:  1 hour)

19 km from Daugavpils, in a southeast part of Latvia, is located Naujene`s parish. Here the river Daugava forms picturesque bends that’s why in 1990 here formed the natural park of the state value «Daugavas loki». One of the pearls of the natural park – 13 century Livonia Order Dinaburg Medieval castle ruins with a small castle model 1:40.

The Dinaburg castle was founded in 1275. Here museum has developed a rout for a tourists «Dinagurg – the predecessor of Daugavpils». The route includes historical places and gives an opportunity to plunge into the world of the Middle Ages. Bridges, streamlets, the narrow footpaths, the rich nature, the place of ancient settlement, Dinaburg castle model – all it makes an indelible impression and forces again to come back to touch history.

Not far from the castle ruins for tourists available well-equipped rest place “Knights square” where visitors can organize picnics or other activities.

Guided tour:

  • for the group from 1 to 10 persons – 4,50 EUR;
  • for the group from 11 to 35 persons – 7,00 EUR;

9.  VASARGELIŠKI VIEWING TOWER   

24 m high Vasargelišķi viewing tower situated in the nature park “Daugavas loki”. Park stretches from Krāslava up to Naujene, along a protected landscape area of Augšdaugava. The area of the park “Daugavas loki” is 129,9 sq.km from which 76 sq.km are in Daugavpils district: Salienes, Tabores, Vecsalienas and Naujenes rural municipalities and 53,9 sq.km are in Kraslava district, Kaplavas un Udrisu municipalities.

Nature park was founded in 1990 to preserve a unique and peculiar Daugava river valley landscape, its valuable nature complex, biological diversity of different species of plants and animals as well as monuments of heritage value.

The most characteristic peculiarity of “Daugavas loki” nature it`s 8 meanders that stretches from Kraslava up to Naujene. The length of every meander is about 4-6km, but the distance between them is only 2-3 km.

From viewing tower height greets unique view to the river Daugava and also on its meanders. On the right side from the tower situated the meander of Rozališķi that was depicted on Latvian national currency – 10 lati bank note (it was the currency of Latvia until it was replaced by the euro on 1 January 2014).

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