Greet spring in Ventspils!
15.03.2019 - 17:03
March 20 is the first official day of spring, so we must think how to enjoy the first rays of the sun, listen to birds tweeting and indulge into the still cool but refreshing spring air. Ventspils offers various novelties, and in spring it invites you to visit tourist sites indoors and spend time on active recreation outdoors
March 20 is the first official day of spring, so we must think how to enjoy the first rays of the sun, listen to birds tweeting and indulge into the still cool but refreshing spring air. Ventspils offers various novelties, and in spring it invites you to visit tourist sites indoors and spend time on active recreation outdoors.
NOVELTY FOR THOSE ENJOYING ACTIVE RECREATION
Excellent news for everyone enjoying active recreation - QR codes have been set up along a nature trail of the Būšenieku Lake at the informative stands, and if you scan them using your mobile phone you will have an opportunity to listen to an audio material on the Būšenieku Lake in Latvian and English. The Būšenieku Lake has become an excellent object for those enjoying active recreation, the special beauty of which may now be enjoyed not only by swimmers and boaters but also by taking a walk along the new 8 km long nature trail around the entire lake designated for the cyclists, joggers, walkers and also ornithologists. Visitors enjoying an active lifestyle will also be able to use a health trail with 10 exercising units for all age groups. A new 187 metres long pedestrian footbridge with a platform for bird watching has been created in the area of the lake's swampy bank, where 2 benches and an informative tablet with the images of nesting and migrating birds of the Būšenieku Lake have been set up. Informative stands describing nature reserve and flora and fauna found there have been set up in the area of the cycling path.
NOVELTY FOR BEER LOVERS
A place has been created in Ventspils, where golden colours of the new Ventspils beer can be admired and its special flavour tasted in the spring rays of the sun. Ventspils Alus Darītava and the COURLANDER Pub located in the very heart of the Ventspils Old Town near the market square at 9 Tirgus Street have opened their doors to the visitors. The pub is remarkable because it is located in the same building with a brewery, and visitors may see the beer-brewing process from the pub premises. Freshly-brewed beer - CORLANDER Lager Light and CORLANDER Lager Dark - can be casually tasted on the spot. Beer tasting is accompanied by hot and cold snacks and fish delicacie.
CULTURAL HISTORY IN SPRING
Each month, the Ventspils Museum offers various events: 13.04 Wedding matters. Golden advice by matrons of honour (at the Livonian Order Castle); 21.04 Easter. The bunny exhibition, the most beautiful eggs, swings and other good things (at the Seaside Open-Air Museum); 18.05 24 hours of museums; 08.06 Musica Festum Lilium Vindaviensis 2019' III. The Medieval Music Festival and the Knights' Tournament (at the Livonian Order Castle).
WALK IN NATURE
Spring can be enjoyed by visiting tourist sites located very close to the shore - Jūrmala Park, Little Train (Mazbānītis) (runs May 1 to October 31); tourists can view the exhibited fishing vessel Azova and recently displayed vessel Grots; the newly restored promenade of the Southern Pier and an observation tower with an excellent view of the Baltic See invite for a walk. One of the best ways to get acquainted with Ventspils is to go cycling - bicycle lanes in the city are almost 60 km long. Ventspils Train takes visitors on a ride to the most beautiful places of the city while the pleasure boat Hercogs Jēkabs goes on a trip along the Venta River up to the gates of the sea - the Southern Pier. The Ventspils beach surprises with its sandy, wide open and clean coastal line, while the city area is proud of its new coastal infrastructure of the SW region, ten wooden track footbridges and Europe's protected territory - the Grey Dune area. A special area for nudists is being offered in the coastal area of the beach (Entry No. 9) and specially equipped Ventspils beach footbridge No. 10, which is a walking place not only for active youth and families with children but also for dogs. In turn, the Staldzene Beach is beautiful with its magic of a steep coast.
Spring is the time when colours in the city come to life, and with each step you are filled with the desire to stop and admire beautiful flowers. This year, flower beds will present 131,505 bulb flowers, and the city will be specially decorated with the 75,000 blossoming tulips of various colours and types. Ventspils is blooming the entire year - spring flowers are replaced by the bright summer blooms, city streets are decorated with the flower sculptures, pyramids and numerous hanging flower pots.
VENTSPILS - A FAMILY AND RECREATION-FRIENDLY CITY
Water Adventure Park Water Amusement and SPA Complex offers relaxing and entertaining options for the entire family: the youngest visitors of the park will enjoy a kid's pool with merry characters, slides and the Mountain River, while relaxation and enjoyment will be provided by the SPA baths, saunas, salt room and Turkish bath. The planetarium of the Ventspils Creativity House offers to watch 360 films and shows for the visitors of any age. The diameter of the planetarium dome is 8 meters, and the duration of one show in the planetarium is approximately 45 minutes. Getting knowledge about the parts of the Universe closer to the Earth is emphasised in the demonstrated material owing to the author's shows created especially by the planetarium lecturers. Shows are offered every day, and their content is being regularly updated and changed to ensure that a returning visitor could surprise himself with new discoveries!
EVENT OF THE YEAR
The Ventspils Secondary School of Music and the Concert Hall Latvija will open their doors at the end of July. Two world-scale unique musical instruments have been placed on the premises of the concert hall, which itself feature thought-out energy efficiency and multifunctional premise solutions. The large hall will host a pipe organ of the German organ-building company Johannes Klais Orgelbau and the 4.7 m high piano by Dāvids Kļaviņš, the piano maker of Latvian origin.
OPENING OF THE TOURISM SEASON
The opening of the Ventspils Tourism season along with the opening of the cycling season will take place on May 11 at the Adventure Park. Various events and activities are planned in Ventspils during this time, while the tourism sites will provide special campaigns and offers. Do not miss it and follow information on the website visitventspils.com!
Spring is not far away! Start planning your spring holidays in Ventspils right now!