Kaliningrad is a Russian city nestled between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic Coast. It hasn’t had a common border with Russia on the world map since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. At that time, it became separated from the motherland by independent countries.
Much of the city was rebuilt after World War II, and you can still see German influence in the architecture mixed in with modern Russian buildings. Kaliningrad is also the name of the province, which is smaller than Wales. The city centre is 75 miles from the Lithuanian border and only 30 miles from Poland.
The best time to visit Kaliningrad is during summer in July and August when you can enjoy the beautiful Baltic Sea beaches. Kaliningrad has a moderate climate. Summertime delivers sun and the warmest annual temperatures, but you can still expect some cloudy days with rain.
Keep this in mind when you book your flight to Kaliningrad landing at Khrabrovo Airport (KGD). There are many great Air Canada flights to Kaliningrad and other major Russian airports.
Your options are wide for great accommodation in the city. There’s something for the solo traveler, couple, and family groups in all budget ranges. Here are some notable stays to inspire your research.
Raddison Blu Hotel Kaliningrad was styled by Christian Lundwall, who thoughtfully created a dreamy space for your stay near Victory Square. This hotel is for travellers who appreciate a central location, modern surroundings and great service.
The Holiday Inn Kaliningrad is a gorgeous riverside stay. This modern IHG hotel is near Königsberg Cathedral and many other interesting attractions. You will be comfortable and well looked after at this lovely hotel.
The first thing to strike you about the exceptional Mecure Kaliningrad is the charming exterior. A village scene is layered over the modern glass exterior and overlooking the water, it is a stunning view. Inside matches with luxurious rooms and stellar service from staff who are friendly and knowledgeable.
You can get around the city using public transportation with buses and trams being used frequently. Download the Kaliningrad travel app to book taxis and get info on other forms of transport including times and routes.
Kaliningrad is a fine collection of stunning cathedrals and churches in different styles. The Gothic-style Konigsberg Cathedral was built in the 14th century and features intricate designs and carvings inside and out. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the Church of the Holy Family are also beautiful to visit and photograph. While these ones are the stand-out sites of worship, you are sure to stumble upon many more gems as you explore Kaliningrad.
As you wander around the city of Kaliningrad, you will see many old gates and fortifications. The brick King’s Gate is a museum, café and cultural centre showcasing the work of Peter the Great. Fredricksburg Gate still stands strong and is the entrance to the Museum of the World Ocean, where you can learn about Kaliningrad’s shipbuilding and maritime background.
You are bound to stumble across Victory Square as you explore the city. The main square of Kaliningrad has a column remembering the anniversary of the end of WWII. In the city centre, it is nearby lots of shopping and restaurants and is also a great place for people watching.
Spend some time walking around the affluent, old-world neighbourhood of Amalienau. Look out for Villa Schmidt, a 1903 mansion with extravagant architectural details. The Altes House Museum displays a collection of 20th-century furniture, clothing and other items. Find your way to Prospekt Mira street and indulge in a kebab or coffee before continuing your cultured walk around Amalienau.
Curonian Split is a national park with UNESCO status sitting between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon. Impressive sand dunes, pristine beaches, and scenic hiking trails make it a popular spot for tourists and locals. It is a great place to relax, surrounded by nature and enjoy the natural surroundings. It stretches right into Lithuania, which is also a protected nature reserve and UNESCO site.
Along the edge of the River Prega, you can discover a dining and shopping area with re-created medieval-style buildings. The authentic-looking setting of Kaliningrad’s historic Fishing Village near the downtown area is charming with a pretty promenade and lighthouse. Don’t forget your camera because this is one of the most photogenic areas of Kaliningrad.
Kaliningrad produces its own vodka and beer brands, Stari Königsberg and Ostmark. Restaurants serve culinary specialties of former East Prussia, like Königsberger Klopse (meatballs and capers in a white sauce), fish and salad dishes and pizza. You can find many Italian and Asian restaurants all over the city.
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