Ventspils to Sweden Ferry
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Ventspils on the Baltic sea and on the Ventra river is the perfect gateway to North West Latvia and also a wonderful destination in its own right. Within the city centre, most locations can be reached on foot within 15-20 minutes. Public transportation is run by the local bus company "Ventspils Reiss" with modern blue coloured buses and minibuses. Most bus stops have a map of the routes and schedules for the lines that stop there.
There is a tourist office next to the ferry terminal where you can pick up a map of the city for free and seek guidance on what to do and see in the city.
One place worth visiting is the Livonian Order Castle. It is one of the oldest medieval fortresses that has survived to this day. It is believed that the castle dates to at least 1290 which is the date it was first recorded. Extensive renovation began in 1995 restoring the castle to how it looked in the 19th century.
Dotted throughout the city you will find flower displays. The flowers are arranged not only in flower-beds, but there is also a flower-clock and vivid flower-sculptures. Also throughout the city are numerous colourful cow sculptures that remain from the "Cow Parade" a 2002 international art event.
Next to the port on the southern pier you will the giant blue "sailor-cow" statue. This blue cow statue, about the height of two men, is very impressive and is dressed in traditional blue sailor regalia and definitely worth a visit before you leave the port on your travels.
Sweden is a country with serene lakes and extensive forests.
Sweden has a lot to offer with excellent roads and transport links between various islands and between the main Swedish cities.
The Swedes are proud of their history and culture which is evident in the number of museums they have.
While in Sweden, you can also visit the longest single span Oresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden.
Sweden is a great place for anyone who likes outside sports, including skiing, snowboarding or fishing.
The climate caters for more winter sports which aren't so readily available in the UK, so it's a brilliant opportunity to try something new. You never know, you might turn out to be quite good!