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Ventspils is the sixth largest towns in Latvia, with a population of about 43000. The town is in location of two waters – Baltic Sea and Venta river. That’s why town’s name is like that, meaning “castle on Venta”.

The place was mentioned in 13th century first as a place for Livonian castle. It was characterized as quite big port town. In the beginning of 18th century Ventspils was quite destroyed because of wartimes (Swedish vs. Poland, Lithuania and later vs. Russia). Later, in times of Russian Empire and Soviet union, place was known as very profitable due to port – works, especially petroleum transportation.

Nowadays it is quite beautiful town (despite that not so much of old things left). The place is much refurbished, especially in recent years. Statistically Ventspils region is rich one compared to other Latvian places. This is Latvian place I would like to return, especially in summer time, as it has well prepared beach, camping places as well as, I believe, more to see inside and outside town.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very clean, newly refurbished, historical.
  • Cons:Not too much of old things left.
  • In a nutshell:Tourism friendly Latvian seaside town.
  • Last visit to Ventspils: Oct 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Like the cows! Zurich had the first cow parade - has actually invented it but forgot to copyright it :( Lovely page!

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    town of cows!! :-)) indeed the town seems very cute on your pics. there is interesting idea with fountain showing rainbow in the sunny days

  • Feb 20, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    Looks like quite a prosperous town. Love the new public places, especially cows-themed ones :) Not sure if I'd like to hear "special melody" from the Carillon clock tower at midnight....


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