Ventspils is the sixth largest city of Latvia. Latvia is
located in the eastern part of Europe by the Baltic Sea. Latvia borders on
Estonia to the north, Russian Federation to the east, Belarus to the
south-east, and Lithuania to the south. The territory of Latvia occupies 64.6
thousand km2. There are more than 2.5 million inhabitants in Latvia, 55 % of
whom are Latvians. The capital of Latvia is Riga.
Ventspils is located in the north-west of Latvia at the estuary of
the river Venta into the Baltic Sea. A distance of 189 km separates Ventspils
from the capital of Latvia.
Transport is the leading sphere ofeconomy
and the basis of economic and social development of the city. Most of the
residents are employed by the enterprises related to the transshipment, storage
and transit of cargoes, as well as by companies servicing Ventspils Free Port.
The city’s car rentals offer cars of different brands and at different prices.
The car rental Eurocar is located at the restaurant Vilnis, one of the biggest
hotel at another side of river Venta, the second car rental is in Jēkaba
street in the direction of Kuldīga.
Gas stations The modern gas stations
are located in close vicinity on the way to Riga – Statoil and Shell, and on
the way to Kuldīga – Lukoil.
Taxi (calling, parking
lots) In Ventspils several
taxi firms run their business and provide quality services. Mercedes brand taxi
mini-buses operate throughout the city, one ticket costs LVL 0.25. Passengers
may request to get off it wherever they want. Taxi mini-buses operate intensely
from 5 a.m. till midnight, but during holidays till half past one in the
Parking lots Cars may be parked at the
road sides in the specially designed parking places, where they do not impede
the traffic. However, there are several paid parking lots offering their
services as well.
Buses Bus transport provides
convenient inter-city traffic. The new Mercedes buses, that mostly are used in
the route Ventspils-Riga, meet modern requirements and are equipped with
air-conditioners, audio, TV and video. On the half way to Riga the bus stops at
the River Abava and passengers can have some refreshments and fresh air. The
traffic between Riga and Ventspils is very intensive. Every hour it’s one bus
to the capital of Latvia.
has seen tremendous changes in many spheres during the last ten years. With the
completion of the renovation works the Old City, many parks and squares have
regained their former beauty. The City Council has created favourable conditions
for the renovation of private dwellings. Large sums of money are allotted each
year to the maintenance of the city environment and to the upgrading of the
living standard of the residents. Because also the Leasure and Hospitality spheres are highly
dominant in the economy of Ventspils and employs the majority of the residents.
It functions as the basis of economic and social development of the city. There are ancient traditions of
fishery and woodworking in Ventspils. A number of private companies active in
fishery and fish processing offer fresh, salted, smoked, canned and frozen
products both to local and export markets.
material and furniture are the basic kinds of production in wood-working, and
the largest part of production is exported. The construction boom of the last
years in Ventspils has promoted the expansion of existing producers of
construction materials, as well as the establishment of new firms.
Ventspils airport renovation project and discussions on the construction of an
oil processing plant in Venstpils have been initiated.
Ventspils Development Agency
developed port city and a place for successful business Ventspils has entered
international competition side by side with similar cities in the world. The
Ventspils Development Agency was founded by the business organisations of
Ventspils and the Ventspils City Council in February of 1998 in order to
coordinate the publicity of the city and to implement its marketing strategy.
spheres of activity of the Agency:-implementation of the city marketing
strategy;-study of the supply and demand structure of Ventspils as a place for
business;-local and international publicity of the city and its economical and
social partners; -standing up for the interests and needs of Ventspils and its
economic and social partners in local and international institutions of the
state and in the private sector.
A lot has
been done in Ventspils during the last years to develop a rich cultural life in
the city. Different cultural activities of local and international significance
regularly take place in the city. The regional Ventspils Collegehas
been created and the Old City, Ventspils Castle and other historical objects have
theatre performances, concerts, different theme activities and conferences take
place at the Cultural Centre and the Recreation Centre Juras Varti.( Sea Gates
cultural life of the city has also become very active. Various local and
international events, opera performances, concerts and art exhibitions take
place in Ventspils more and more frequently.
secondary schools and several professional educational establishments are
functioning in the city. Higher education can be acquired in Ventspils College,
the local branch of Riga Technical University, the branch of the Russian
Institute in the Baltics, and the branch of the Riga Pedagogical and
Educational Management School.
diverse recreation opportunities for the residents and guests of Ventspils. One
can visit museums and see historical objects and other interesting places in
the city and its vicinity in order to study the history and development of
Ventspils. In a 20 minutes walk from the city centre one can find oneself on
the sandy beach of the Baltic Sea. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy sports in
modern sports buildings – a stadium, many sports clubs and the Olympic sports
hall, completed in 1997, that accomodates 3000 spectators.
Centre Amateur Art
There are 14 different ethnic and
cultural societies functioning in Ventspils. People of most different
generations have engaged in very many amateur art groups– choirs, dance groups,
folklore groups, studios of handicrafts and even two orchestras. The residents and guests of Ventspils can
study the history and culture of Ventspils and the vicinity by visiting
different: the renovated Ventspils Livonian Order Castle, Ventspils Museum,
Ventspils Maritime Open-Air Museum, and the Memorial Museum of the Writer
Ventspils has two 3-star hotels with a high level of servicing, convenient
parking lots and restaurants. The hotel Dzintarjūra is located in the city
centre and has tourist-friendly prices. Services at the other hotel Vilnis,
which is located in Pārventa, are more business people-oriented.
5 Talsu str, Ventspils
No 19.00 Ls (room)
Restaurant, bar, currency exchange,
car rent, barber’s
25 Ganību str, Ventspils
30 – 120 Ls
Private saunas, restaurants
Guest house Rāte is located in the very centre of Old Ventspils and
corresponds to the level of youth hostels. Motel/guest house Leči is
situated 13 km off Ventspils on Ventspils-Kuldīga highway close to the
Venta. It offers the following facilities: boat rental, water bicycles, a bath
house, a small shop, fishing on the river Venta.
Annas str 13,
4 – 12 Ls
Bar, guide driver services
10 – 25 Ls
Café, waterbikes, boats rent
Pulkveža str 27, Ventspils
possibility room service
5 Ls ( pers.) 20 Ls sauna
Celebretion apartaments, hunting
Popes pag. “Kļavas”
20 Ls room
Celebretion apartaments, bar, sauna
camping facilities Ventspils is surrounded by
great recreation facilities for nature lovers. Several camps are set up at a
picturesque place near Lake Usma. Liepene is located at the seaside. The camps
offer a variety of recreational activities, including participation in sea
fishing with nets.
Tent rent, bicycle rent, fire
places, kitchen and another
Several country houses in Ventspils vicinity offer accommodation with
breakfast, a bath house and recreation in nature.
5 -8 Ls
Fishing, sauna, boats rent
4 – 10 Ls
Fishing, sauna, boats rent, tents
Sauna, food services
2.50 Ls (place
Boats rent, fire place, sauna
30 Ls (with sauna)
food services, boats rent, fire
Sauna, introduction with different
At sunny week-ends local residents and visitors of Ventspils like to walk down
Ostas street along the River Venta; other popular places are the fountain
“Boats of The Sun” and the tidy and modern city centre. During summers the most
popular spot is the city beach, that has been awarded the Blue Flag.
The city parks and squares are nice places for having a chat. Some people might
love to have good time at the skate-park, but children gather at the Children’s
Town (the Children’s Recreation park).
The city theatre company is 20 actors and actresses. The most outstanding
productions have been Alice in Wonderland by L. Carroll, Chairs
by Eigen Junesco, Macbeth, etc.
A popular museum in the city is the Open-air museum with its most remarkable
exhibit - the functioning Little Train, especially beloved by Ventspils’
guests. In summers this is the place for various cultural events. School
children and local writers often visit the Memorial Museum of the writer
Herberts Dorbe. Ventspils Museum of History and Arts holds exhibitions of local
and visiting Latvian and foreign artists.
The cinema Rio in Old Ventspils holds different events for young people:
teen discotheques and parties for students.
The most popular dance clubs are Livonija and Kurzeme, that are
located in the city centre where it is easy to park the car or use services of
the adjacent taxi parking lots. The clubs offer delicious and substantial
meals. Prices are very low and many young peoples visit thiese clubs.
The most popular gambling clubs are Melnais kaķis (Black cat), Bumerangs,
Klondaika and Jūrnieku klubs (Seamen club). Visitors may
listen to music, have some drink and play billiards or darts. For those who
prefer bowling Ventspils offers the bowling club and the restaurant Ūpis.
Different competitions and events are organised at game and gambling clubs.
Just at the very bank of the River Venta the nice restaurant Ūpis is
located, where visitors may play some bowling on the ground floor, and dance at
week-ends. A classic restaurant Vilnis is located in the hotel’s premises on
the right bank of the Venta. Kurzeme is a restaurant that won the first award
of the previous-year competition on the best restaurant. It offers disco
dancing. The restaurant Krēta, MG in the Seamen’s Entertainment Centre,
after a substantial meal offers a play of billiard or dancing in its lovely
atmosphere. The special interior design of the restaurant Dzintarjūra reveals
the closeness of the sea. Good meals are offered also at the restaurant
Bars and Pubs A popular student spot is
the bar Cits Ostgals, where the jovial waiter offers also the special brand of
Užava beer and garlic toasts. An intimate atmosphere is in the small bar
Landora in the city centre. Recently a new bar was opened in the culture centre
Jūras vārti (Sea gate) with live music performances.
Cafes and bistros
The cafe Kika, located in the city centre, lures in all coffee and cake lovers.
It is also a calm place for a private chat or just for spoiling your kids with
some sweets. The café Kāpa, which is located in Pārventa, is
an appropriate place for a refreshment together with friends
Many local residents of Ventspils prefer shopping in the big shopping centres
which are located in the most intense housing. One of the most popular shopping
centres Diāna, is located at Ventspils College near the 9-storey block
houses; the shopping centre Kāpa is on the right bank of the Venta. Before
travelling round Ventspils district, it is advisable to do shopping in these
shopping centres, as the range of goods supplied in the shops outside Ventspils
is not so wide. The rest part of the city, especially its central part, is
spotted by various small shops.
Ventspils has several under-roof markets with a wide range of goods sold at
comparatively low prices. The market in the Old Town is especially busy and
offers the widest range of goods on Saturday mornings while on the week days it
is open only till the noon. The market offers fresh food, meat and fish
products, vegetables, fruit, honey, etc. During fairs traders from all the
regions of Latvia and also Lithuania gather in the market of the Old Town.
Along with Ventspils Tourism Information Centre also several tourism agencies
offer their services which include guiding round Ventspils, sightseeing tours,
excursions, visas and insurance, air and ferry tickets. The tourism agency
Ventspils Excursion Bureau is located on the Town Square in the very centre of
Old Ventspils, but the tourism agency Tobago is located in the city centre.
Ventspils Tourism Information Centre provides all the information on tourism.
Other information about the municipality may be obtained at different municipal
Co-operation Ventspils sister-city in
Sweden is Vesterviik. Both cities have established close contacts and
co-operate in different spheres.
visitors now I think is very good time. Our inhabitants are very frendly and
most part of them knows English. If tourists needs to find some place or to
know about something, latvian will help them.
Information Centre are highly developed last few years. In airports, stations,
and in every hotel or guest house tourists will recieve necessary information
about a city and Latvia.
No problems in
association between foreign and local peoples.