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Daugavpils is a city in southeastern Latvia, located on the banks of the Daugava River, from which the city gets its name. Daugavpils literally means "Daugava Castle". It is the second largest city in the country after the capital Riga, which is located some 230km to its north-west. Daugavpils is located relatively close to Belarus and Lithuania (distances of 33km and 25km respectively), and some 120km from the Latvian border with Russia. Daugavpils is a major railway junction and industrial centre and lies approximately midway between Riga and Minsk.The city is surrounded by many lakes and nature parks. It is also known for its overwhelmingly Russian-speaking population.NamesHistorically, several names in various languages have identified Daugavpils. Some are still in use today.Даўгаўпілс, Динабург (Dinaburg), Борисоглебск (Borisoglebsk 1656–1667), Двинcк (Dvinsk)דענענבורג (Denenburg), דינאַבורג ("Dinaburg"), דווינסק ("Dvinsk")Plan trip to Latvia with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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