- 1 Daugavpils – The second largest city in Latvia, after Riga. It is a delightfully charming, spacious, green city with the biggest fortress in Europe, which has withstood many many wars and remains virtually unchanged since its construction in the 19th century.
- 2 Rēzekne – A major railway junction with important food and textile industries, where travellers may get stuck for a few hours or a day between trains.
Latgalian is a language similar to Latvian, the official one. Unlike the rest of Latvia, where only the cities are heavily russified during the Soviet period, in Latgale even much of the countryside areas are more Russian than Latvian/Latgalian-speaking.
- 1 Basilica of the Assumption (Aglonas Bazilika), Aglona (40 km northeast of Daugavpils), ☏ , , ✉ email@example.com.
- Latgale has thousands of lakes. Make sure to swim in some of them in summer or to see them at least. A boat trip in lakes is a good idea.
- Latgale is also rather hilly, even though the hills are not high compared to other countries.
- Latgale is also famous for its pottery. Visit some pottery workshops and countryside houses.
Try the traditional pork products. Delicious!
- Vidzeme – The most touristy region in Latvia with the Gauja National Park and its river valley, many medieval castles, estates and churches, and numerous interesting cities, towns and villages.
- Zemgale – Flattest region in Latvia, and famous for the neighbouring and historically related Jelgava Palace and Rundāle Palace, near Jelgava and Bauska, respectively.
- Onward travel into Lithuania, Belarus, and/or Russia is straight forward, if you possess the necessary papers.