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Dlaczego Łotwa?

Giulia Luoni, ITALY: „Latvia has been a surprise! I am really happy with my decision to study here because I had the chance to discover this beautiful and colorful country! Moreover, the city center is outstanding, the local people are so nice and I feel like home!”.

• Learn Russian- one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
• Read literature masterpieces created by Russian writers and poets in their original form: Pushkin, Lermontov, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Chekhov etc.
• Approach the mysterious Russian soul by mastering the language.

TOP REASONS TO CHOOSE LATVIA

NO VISA for citizens of the EU, USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Brazil and many other countries. Escape the bureaucratic procedure and travel free!

Architecture – a unique mix of romantic streets of Old Riga, standard Soviet-style block, the elegant and world-famous architecture of Art Nouveau houses, modern shopping centers and stylish New Age architecture.

Culinary Delights – come and be spoiled with all the great and fantastically delicious food Latvia can offer with a great mixture of Russian and Latvian eating traditions.

Seaside Jurmala – this place in Latvia has been famous for centuries. With its lovely seaside resort, Jurmala with 33 km of white sandy beaches and green piney forests was the No.1 place to spend a holiday before, during and after Soviet Union times!

Country of Castles –  you cannot even imagine the number of castles in Latvia.Try to explore at least some of them and you will never forget them!

Nature – hundreds of blue lakes and rivers for fishing, green forests for hunting and picking mushrooms, seaside locations for relaxing, parks with wild horses, flowers, healing plants – enjoy them all in the fresh Latvian air!

LOCATION

Latvia is situated in the North of Europe with easy access to Scandinavia, the UK, other places in Europe and the rest of the world. Moreover, since 2004 Latvia has been a member of the EU, so here you can feel safe and at home. Citizens of more than 60 countries (including all EU citizens) do not need a visa to come to the course and, while staying here, they can visit St. Petersburg or Moscow during weekend trips, as these cities are just across the border.

LANGUAGE
Almost half of Latvia’s population is native Russian speakers and most of the population speak Russian fluently. The history of Russians in Latvia is quite long – about a thousand years. It started when Russian merchants came here for an access point to the Baltic sea and afterward gained control over Latvia. In the year 1941 Latvia became a part of the Soviet Union where the only official language was Russian. In spite of the fact that Latvia gained its independence in 1991 and the Latvian language became the official language of the country, the Russian language has not lost its importance in everyday communication, thus ensuring a good place for language practice for foreign students.

The must-see travel destinations of Latvia are:

Jurmala
Latvia’s famous resort city just 30 minutes away from Riga by train or minibus. Jurmala’s seaside is enjoyable year-round. Walk along the beach on the fine white sand, breathe the fresh sea air; enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the cafes, or buy some Amber jewellery at one of the small shops.

Sigulda
Visit the “Switzerland of Latvia” with its picturesque scenery, a favourite place for recreation among both locals and foreigners. It is located only 53 km from Riga, making it an easy day trip. Balloon riding and bungee jumping in the summer, ski and bobsleigh tracks in winter, charming scenery in autumn – each season here has its own charm. Sigulda is one of the most popular and most visited places for tourists in Latvia. This is due to its lovely environment where the incredible ancient Gauja River valley can be seen. The city is included in the Gauja National Park, which is a unique natural complex created by geological process – there is nothing else like it in the Baltics. The area is a combination of steep slopes, ravines, streams, sandstone and dolomite cliffs and caves. There are 221 cultural memorials in the Park’s territory, as well as the highest concentration of castle mounds in Latvia found in such a small area. You can visit the Sigulda Castle and castle ruins. In its day, the castle belonged to the family of Grand Duchess Kropotkina, but later served as a Writers’ Castle and as a cardiology sanatorium. On a clear day, you can see the surrounding landscape from the tower. Not far from the Castle, you can see the Sigulda castle ruins, which have been preserved from the time when, in 1207, the first plots of land were mutually divided between the Bishop of Riga and the German Brothers of the Sword (Zobenbrāļu ordenis). You can also visit the legendary Gūtmaņa cave, which is at the foot of the steep Rata Hill and is, by volume, the largest cave in the Baltics. A popular place to visit is the Turaida Castle and its park complex, including the „Dainu Hill” and „Song Garden” favoured by the Latvian people.

Rundale
The Rundale Palace, a marvelous architectural and historical monument, was designed by and built under the supervision of the outstanding Italian architect Rastrelli, who designed the Winter Palace and some manors in St.Petersburg. The Rundale Palace has 138 premises surrounded by a lovely Baroque park. In the French-style garden, you will see the ornamental parquet, three pools with a fountain, the green theatre and Dutch and Blue Bosquet. It was recently renovated in 2015 and now welcomes guests in a way better than ever!

Other travel destinations of Latvia, undoubtedly worth visiting, include Ligatne National Park with its untouched nature and a soviet-time secret bunker, the modern and beautiful city of Ventspils, ready to entertain everyone all the year round, the Aglona Basilica, the major Roman Catholic shrine of Latvia, and many others.

Moreover, visiting the neighboring countries during weekends would be a brilliant suggestion. There are many possibilities for exciting weekends or days out.

Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is called the pearl of medieval Europe. It is about 5 hours away from Riga by bus. The city is famous for its Old Town, which was entered into the List of International Heritage of UNESCO in 1997. Islands Saaremaa and Muhu in Estonia have been famous for their curative mud since the ancient times.

Vilnius, Lithuania
There are a lot of places to see and to relax at in Lithuania even for the most captious gourmand. Go to Vilnius and take a look at the roof of Old Town from the surrounding hills – it is a marvelous sight that becomes forever engraved in the hearts of tourists. Visit Palanga resort that stretches as a picturesque strip along the sea.
The Trakai insular castle, the only fortress built on water throughout the whole of Eastern Europe, is also worth visiting.

St.Petersburg, Russia
Within easy reach of Riga is also St. Petersburg, a city of haunting magnificence. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has also been known as a city of gorgeous palaces.
The cost of the trips to the places of interest is not included in the price of the course, however, EC Durbe would be pleased to offer their help in arranging any of those.

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