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You're Going to Love Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad is the capital of Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian enclave squeezed between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea coast. It's a fascinating corner of Europe, being Russian but separated from Russia, and with close ties to the EU. Formerly known as Konigsberg, this was once a Prussian city and is dotted with ancient castles and fortifications.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Kaliningrad

1. The History

Kaliningrad has one of the most interesting histories of any territory in Europe. Now Russian, but once Prussian, German and Polish, the city can tell the story of this part of Europe. Visit the Kaliningrad Regional Museum of History and Art to learn all about it.

2. Kant Island

Famous philosopher Immanuel Kant is buried at Konigsberg Cathedral on Kant Island. It's now a beautiful park with sculptures and the Fish Village area of hotels, restaurants and shops.

3. Amber

Amber is the city's specialty and you can find shops selling it everywhere. Visit the Amber Museum to see some fine examples and learn about the trade.

4. Kaliningrad Fortifications

The city is surrounded by 17th century red-brick bastions, walls and gates, recalling the tumultuous history of the city.

5. Bunker Museum

The Bunker Museum tells the story of the city through WWII and explains its current status.

Where to Eat in Kaliningrad

Solyanka Cafe on Prospect Mira serves local specialties like Solyanka soup, with mains from ₽500. Karamel on Leninsky Prospekt serves European style food, with mains from ₽600.

When to visit Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad in April
Estimated hotel price
£19
1 night at 3-star hotel
Kaliningrad in April
Estimated hotel price
£19
1 night at 3-star hotel

Kaliningrad enjoys warm summers with temperatures of around 70°F, making it the ideal time to visit.

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How to Get to Kaliningrad

Plane

Kaliningrad Hrabrovo Airport has flights from other Russian cities and also Berlin, Copenhagen, Minsk and Riva. The number 144 bus takes 45 minutes into town and will cost ₽33. A taxi will cost from ₽550.

Train

Kaliningrad has few international rail services but good domestic connections. The fare from Moscow costs ₽2,100.

Car

The E28 connects Kaliningrad with Poland, while the E77 runs from Lithuania. Expect delays at the borders of around two hours and mixed-quality road surfaces.

Bus

The city has bus services from Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius and Gdansk. The fare from Gdansk is from ₽500.

Airports near Kaliningrad

Airlines serving Kaliningrad

Turkish Airlines
Good (23,610 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (15,776 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (3,957 reviews)
EL AL
Good (3,320 reviews)
Air Astana
Excellent (261 reviews)
Aeroflot
Good (8,694 reviews)
UTair
Good (138 reviews)
AZIMUTH
Excellent (2 reviews)
Ural Airlines
Okay (129 reviews)
S7 Airlines
Good (441 reviews)
Nordwind Airlines
Good (18 reviews)
Yakutia Airlines
Excellent (6 reviews)
Pobeda
Good (59 reviews)
Izhavia
Okay (2 reviews)
Belavia
Good (320 reviews)
Smartavia
Good (19 reviews)
RusLine
Good (18 reviews)
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Where to stay in Kaliningrad

The Kaliningrad Hotel on Lenin's Avenue is centrally located with quality rooms from ₽3,800. Hostel Utro on Frunze offers good basic accommodation in a central location from ₽400 per night.

Popular neighbourhoods in Kaliningrad

Moskovsky - is the administrative center of the city, with most of the government buildings and some good hotels and shopping.

Tsentralny - is the historic center of the city, with lots of interesting sites and museums.

Kant Island - is home to the Cathedral and Fish Village, with its traditional buildings and lighthouse viewing tower.

Where to stay in popular areas of Kaliningrad

Most booked hotels in Kaliningrad

ibis Kaliningrad Center
Excellent (9.5, Excellent reviews)
£32+
Mayak Hotel
Excellent (9.8, Excellent reviews)
£11+
Radisson Blu Hotel, Kaliningrad
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£51+
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How to Get Around Kaliningrad

Public Transportation

Kaliningrad has an excellent bus network with a flat fare of ₽18. Tickets are bought from the conductor on the bus.

Taxi

Taxis are plentiful and cheap, with a starting fare of ₽100 and then ₽25 per mile. You will probably be asked to negotiate a fixed fare, though.

Car

Kaliningrad has relatively good roads and signs are in roman letters as well as Cyrillic. Car rental will cost around ₽2,100 per day.

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The Cost of Living in Kaliningrad

Shopping Streets

Victory Square and Leninsky Prospekt are two of the city's main shopping streets, with many fashion, jewelry (especially amber!) and homewares stores. Try the Europa Mall on Victory Square for some good upscale boutiques.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Kaliningrad will cost around ₽48 and a loaf of bread is around ₽35.

Cheap meal
£7.14
A pair of jeans
£65.65
Single public transport ticket
£0.26
Cappuccino
£1.34