All sights of the Kaliningrad region (60)

Mysterious places

Here you will see truly unique places, the very name of which attracts with its mystery. This:

  • Dancing Forest;
  • Muller height;
  • Dune Efa;
  • Fishing village;
  • Ancient castles, as well as many other equally fascinating attractions.

Most interesting places can be visited by car or joined one of the excursion programs. No matter which method you choose, you will have a truly unforgettable experience. But it takes a lot of time to see all the interesting sights of this region. Therefore, you should carefully study them to create your own excursion program.

So, what attractions of the Kaliningrad region should you visit first?

Curonian Spit

It stretches all the way to the border with Lithuania, dividing the Curonian Lagoon with fresh water and the Baltic Sea. The territory of this sandy coast, which is 400 m wide and 4 km long, belongs to two countries. This is a favorite vacation spot for tourists who are attracted by the unique nature of the area. The amazing combination of sand dunes, forests and meadows brings thousands of people here every year, who get the opportunity to swim in the fresh water of the Curonian Lagoon and the salty sea in one day.

There is also a national park here, where, thanks to the unique microclimate, you can find a huge variety of flora and fauna. In order for tourists to see everything they have planned, special walking paths have been created here along different routes that cover the entire territory of the reserve. This park is the very first to be founded in Russia, as well as the smallest. Despite its modest size, it offers guests a lot of entertainment: creativity competitions, charity events and various conferences are regularly held here.

Dancing Forest

This is a unique place, which is located on the Curonian strip. Walking through the small local pine forest, you will notice that the trees twist at the most incredible angles. There is a belief that here you need to walk only on special walking paths, otherwise the trees will take you to themselves. You should also not pick off their leaves, bark, or even the grass of the area.

The question of why pine trees, which always grow only straight, suddenly began to twist in this way, has still not found a scientifically proven answer. There are a variety of versions, including even alien intervention. The forest is located on the road leading to Lithuania, and you can get here either by your own car or by public transport or taxi.

Muller height

This is the name of the highest point of the largest dune of the Curonian Spit. It is named after the forester who, thanks to hard work, was able to stop the movement of the sands. With this he saved the nearby village of Rybatsky.

Now this is a place where many tourists go every year. There is a convenient path for them, along which you can enjoy the magnificent air and beautiful views of the spit. The entire road stretches 2 km, the amount of time spent will depend on how often you stop for filming. From Muller Heights you will have a magnificent view of the sea, the bay and the rescued village itself.

Dune Efa

This is the highest dune not only in the bay, but in all of Europe. You can get to its top along a wooden deck. Independent movement along the dune is strictly prohibited, but you can enjoy the beautiful panorama from one of two observation platforms.

Due to such a number of not only beautiful, but also unusual, unique places, every tourist who comes to the Kaliningrad region is worth a trip to the Curonian Lagoon.

Schaaken Castle

One of the many castles in the Kaliningrad region is located in the village of Nekrasovo. It is believed that the Teutonic Order began construction of a wooden fortress as early as the 1250s. Further strengthening and various extensions were made. What makes Shaaken unusual is its special shape: the castle is oval, unlike other similar fortresses of those times, which had rectangular features. The reason for this is the too active attacks of the Lithuanians on the Teutons. The latter simply did not have time and the structure was erected “in haste.” Subsequently, it was decided not to rebuild Schaaken, but to expand and deepen it. This continued until the start of the Great Patriotic War. When the former Koenigsberg became part of the USSR, there was a shelter for German orphans, and then the castle became a refuge for everyone who simply had nowhere to live in the post-war period. Today, Schaaken is open for excursions, has its own tavern and even a torture museum. They say that the ghost of a knight, killed by relatives because of an inheritance, wanders here. From time to time, various cultural events and even exhibition knightly battles are held here.

You can get to the castle from Kaliningrad, including by public transport. Route No. 116 runs from the Kaliningrad bus station at intervals of 1.5-2 hours; you need to go to the final station.

Coordinates of the village of Nekrasovo for traveling by car: 54.906357, 20.668415

Monuments of Kaliningrad

Over the course of its long history, the city has erected many different monuments to historical figures. However, among them there are several monumental creations that you simply must see.

Triumphal Column

Address: Victory Square. Transport stop "Victory Square".

The column, installed to celebrate the 750th anniversary of Kaliningrad in 2005, became not only the architectural dominant of Victory Square, but also one of the symbols of the city. True, it acquired its final form only 8 years later. Then a huge granite Order of Victory was placed on top of the 26-meter monument. The column is placed on a tetrahedral pedestal, the sides of which are decorated with bas-reliefs telling about the glorious victories of Russian weapons. They depict Napoleon's Cossacks crushing soldiers, fragments of the Seven Years' War, the Great Patriotic War and World War I.

Monument to the Conquerors of the Near Universe

Address: Mira Avenue. Transport stop "Zarya Cinema".

It was no coincidence that the monument to the explorers of outer space appeared in the city. The Kaliningrad region gave the country a whole galaxy of cosmonauts - Alexei Leonov, who became the first person to walk into outer space, Yuri Romanenko and Viktor Patsayev, who tragically died during the landing of the descent module of the Soyuz-11 spacecraft. On the four-step terrace there is a pedestal on which is mounted a ring symbolizing the earth's orbit, with the figure of an astronaut inside. Plates with bas-reliefs of space pioneers are mounted on the sides of the pedestal. The author of the monument, erected in 1980, is the famous sculptor Edunov.

Wrestling bison

Address: Mira Avenue, 1. Transport stop "Technical University".

One of the oldest monuments in Kaliningrad, which appeared in its place in 1912, is loved by citizens and popular with tourists. The author of the composition depicting two bulls grappling in a fierce fight, cast in bronze in life-size, is one of the most famous animal sculptors of the early last century, August Gual. The animal figures are made with amazing precision. Their tense muscles and swollen veins are clearly visible. The sculpture is placed on a stone pedestal in front of a small pool. Streams of water and figured rosettes placed at the base of the monument flow into it.

This article describes only some of the sights of Kaliningrad. Be sure to visit this wonderful city and be sure that it will certainly enchant you.

Architectural sights of Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad has architectural buildings that have their own history, value and are marked on the map of the city's attractions:

Royal Gate

This is one of the 7 gates built in Kaliningrad. Construction of the structure began in the 19th century. Initially, the purpose of construction was to defend the city. But their mission did not last long. The Royal Gate began to be considered a city landmark, and one of the most interesting.

They are located on Frunze Street, 112. There are bus stops near the attraction. To get to the Royal Gate, you need to get off at the Litovsky Val stop. From there there are nine buses to your destination. Arriving at the museum, you can see a wide passage, near which there are casemates. Also on the gate are portraits of famous kings and family coats of arms.

Villa Schmidt

It is considered an architectural decoration of the city. It was built in 1903 and bears the name of its first owner. The villa was built in a romantic style, which was characteristic of the 19th-20th centuries. Villa Schmidt has survived to this day in its original state.

It is located at the address: Pobedy Avenue, 24. You need to take public transport either at the M. Gvardiya stop or at Brusnichnaya. Take bus No. 24 to Pobeda Avenue and walk to Kindergarten No. 27.

Police Presidium building

The building was built in 1912. Until 1945, the political police of the Third Reich (Gestapo) were located on this site. Before the collapse of the USSR, the KGB was located in the building. The construction was done in the neo-Renaissance style. A distinctive feature of the style is the desire for symmetry, rectangular shapes with courtyards, balconies with terraces.

Also at the entrance to the building itself there are shell rock reliefs made by a famous sculptor. Located at Sovetsky Prospekt 3-5. You can get there by trolleybus No. 1, which departs from the Chkalovsky turn. Or by bus number 4, also to Tchaikovsky. The bus leaves from the Yantar Factory.

Rossgarten Gate

This is also one of the 7 gates built in Kaliningrad. They were built in 1855 as a decorative structure, but the gates were also supposed to serve a defensive function. The project was created by a famous engineer-lieutenant. During the war they were badly damaged, but they were restored.

The work of the sculptor gave the structure lightness. This is usually not typical for such structures. At the Rossgarten Gate one can observe sophistication and grace. Now this place is occupied by a restaurant. Address: Chernyakhovsky street. You can get there by taking buses from the Vasilevsky Square stop. More than 20 buses go there.

House of Soviets

A popular building that has been under construction since 1970 and is still unfinished. It is considered an unofficial symbol of Kaliningrad. The architect planned a building 28 floors high. The area around the building was planned to be beautifully arranged. But, since the soil in this place is unstable, problems arose.

Therefore, only the 21st floor was built. In the second half of the 80s. construction was stopped, but by that time the building was almost completed. In 2005, renovations were carried out, and the building began to look more modern.

But even now it is still unknown what awaits this building. Located at Shevchenko Street, 8. How to get there by transport: you need to find Stanochnaya Street and head towards Moskovsky Prospekt.

Svetlogorsk is a famous resort throughout Russia

In Svetlogorsk you can not only improve your health and engage in recreational tourism. The city is worth visiting for the beautiful sights. One of these is the Church of Seraphim of Sarov. Previously it was a church, now the building serves the Orthodox Church. The architectural style clearly indicates Lutheran origins. Architecturally, the building combines:

  • neo-Gothic;
  • modern;
  • Lutheran classics.

Inside, the interior was created according to the plans of the German architect Goering. He personally donated money to the temple for improvement. The Temple of Seraphim of Sarov is one of the rare examples of religious buildings that have survived in the Kaliningrad region, despite the raging war.

Of no less interest to tourists is the water tower, which can easily be included in the TOP of the most famous engineering structures in Europe. The water tower is unique in that it represents the Prussian style. It is considered the most amazing and complex of all that were built in East Prussia.

The history of the chapel of the Icon of the Mother of God glorified this seemingly unremarkable structure. On May 16, 1972, an An-24 plane crashed and fell directly on a city kindergarten. There was a fuel leak and fire, only 2 people were able to survive the disaster. They learned about the sad event only 22 years later; city residents themselves donated money for the construction of the chapel. Now it houses a Sunday school. It's definitely worth taking a ride on the cable car. Small trailers with open windows allow you to see the beauty of nature. The elevator lift is a very romantic way to spend time.

To complete the excursion, the House-Museum of the sculptor Hermann Brachert is also worth a visit. The Bracherts lived in East Prussia. The sculptor initially devoted himself to medal sculpture, sculpture and jewelry making. He created 20 sculptures for Königsberg. The master taught at the school of arts and crafts, then moved to Stuttgart. The Bracherts' merit lies in preserving valuable materials of cultural significance and telling about the peculiarities of life in East Prussia.

Option No. 2

Kaliningrad is a city located in the Kaliningrad region, formerly called Königsberg. Population: 482,443 people. What is unique about the Kaliningrad region is that it does not have a border with the Russian Federation. The neighbors of the Kaliningrad region are Poland and Lithuania.

Climate and ecology

The weather in Kaliningrad is unstable due to the maritime continental climate. This is due to the fact that the enclave is washed by the Baltic Sea. There are no low temperatures in winter; on average it is -5 degrees. In summer there is little precipitation, mostly there are many sunny days.

The ecological situation in the city is bad. In 2013, in the ranking of 100 Russian cities in terms of air pollution, Kaliningrad was in the middle of the list. The air is mostly polluted due to the large number of cars and narrow streets.


There are many roads in Kaliningrad, and motor transport is also common. In addition, there is an airport here, which is the first civilian airport, and an ice-free port on the Baltic Sea. There are railway stations in the city and there is a bus service between the cities.


There are 21 universities in Kaliningrad, 6 of which are state-owned. There are also many museums in the city. The oldest is the Kaliningrad Regional History and Art Museum; it was founded in 1946. There are 6 theaters in Kaliningrad, and a variety of musical performances are held annually. There are also many libraries and cinemas in the city.

Interesting Facts

  1. The philosopher Immanuel Kant was born and lived in Königsberg.
  2. One of the symbols of the city is the amber museum in a red brick tower.
  3. The city was named Kaliningrad in honor of Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin, who was a Soviet party leader.

The most famous sweet in the city of Kaliningrad is marzipan.

Slavsk is a city for recreational holidays

Slavsk is known in the Kaliningrad region as a city with a swimming pool containing mineral water. It was built back in 1936. The pool underwent reconstruction in the 1960s. The benefits of Slavic mineral water have been proven by scientists.

After visiting the pool, you can immediately go to the church, the construction of which dates back to the end of the 17th century. Previously, it was small, but since there were many parishioners, it was decided to expand it. It is noteworthy that the temple was originally a wooden building. The neo-Gothic style is close to all of Slavsk, and the church is its original pearl. The altar and its font were originally made of red sandstone. A memorable place is the war memorial, where the remains of those who died as a result of serious injuries during the Second World War are located. 389 names of the fighting soldiers and officers are written on the marble memorial plaques.

The beauty of Slavsk is revealed in its simplicity and well-groomed conditions. It is a striking example of how small towns can look in modern Russia if the development in them is approached with taste. Vivid evidence of this is the children's music school and the miniature Orthodox church.

Fishing village

Literally a stone's throw from the cathedral there is a quarter called the Fishing Village. There used to be a shopping street here where fish were actually sold. Now there is a picturesque tourist quarter, the buildings of which include hotels, cafes and, most interestingly, a lighthouse.

What's interestnig:

— you can pop into a cozy cafe on the second floor of the lighthouse to drink a mug of good coffee and admire the view; — there is also a wine tasting and an exhibition of paintings; — at the very top of the lighthouse there is a magnificent observation deck, and you can book this place for a romantic evening dinner, for example; — in addition to the lighthouse, you can stroll along the magnificent embankment; — there is a shop of amber products in the block.

Where is

It is a 3-minute walk from Königsberg Cathedral, open the map in a new window.

Amber Museum in Kaliningrad

In order to take a breather after visiting all sorts of city attractions and visiting architectural monuments, you can take a break by visiting the Amber Museum. This is a fairly famous museum of the magic stone, popularly called Alatyr.

The Amber Museum opened in 79 of the last century. The neo-Gothic building in which it is located is a tower built in 1853. This museum is one of its kind in Russia.

The museum consists of 28 halls. The five museum sections present not only various amber samples, but also extensive information about the stone. Visitors will be able to learn the history of the appearance of amber, and how, where and when it was used.

The museum conducts scientific work and has its own publishing house. The museum hosts scientific biennials and lectures. The research achievements of scientists and their works are published in different languages.

Top 5 most beautiful cities in the Kaliningrad region

  1. Zelenogradsk A small resort town where you can enjoy walks and well-maintained streets.
  2. Slavsk A city with mineral springs.
  3. Svetlogorsk A famous resort in Russia and Ukraine, which has earned great respect from foreigners.
  4. Kaliningrad. The capital needs no introduction; many attractions are still preserved, although little of the atmosphere of the former Königsberg remains.
  5. Chernyakhovsk. The city will delight you with an equestrian castle and a castle of the same name.

Fishing village

The “Fish Village” will be a very interesting place to visit for tourists. Opened not so long ago - only nine years ago, this village is quite an interesting Kaliningrad attraction.

The complex consists of fourteen objects. The basis of the complex is the restored appearance of ancient Königsberg. The complex is represented by a variety of Gothic towers and authentic fish market architecture. Everything here - even small details - corresponds to past eras. In these places, tourists love to take photographs for memory.

There is also a river bridge across the river, famous for its history. Nowadays the bridge is a pedestrian bridge and is considered the most romantic place in the city.

Boat rides are organized along Pregol. Riding along the river, one way or another, you become saturated with the spirit of the past Prussian city. And if you climb the Mayak tower, which is located here, you can see the panoramic beauty of the city.

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Interesting places in Kaliningrad

The list of Kaliningrad attractions will take more than one page. It will take several days to visit all the interesting places. It is best to come to the city for 5-7 days.

Fishing village

Fishing village in Kaliningrad

During the Second World War the city was bombed. The historical center was destroyed. In Soviet times, no attention was paid to the issue of restoring historical buildings. The Fishing Village is an attempt to reconstruct the lost appearance of Königsberg. In 2007, several buildings in traditional German style were erected. They housed souvenir shops, jewelry stores, restaurants, and hotels. The lighthouse stands out among them; there is an observation deck on it. Be sure to climb up the narrow spiral staircase to admire the city from above.



When tourists walk around Kaliningrad, they most often see Soviet buildings. And typical German architecture is represented by small islands. The Amalienau region is one of them. At the beginning of the 20th century, construction of a new district began in the suburbs of Königsberg. It was built primarily for wealthy people. Two-story villas with a garden, panoramic windows and large green areas were to become the basis of Amalienau. Unfortunately, the two world wars changed these plans and the area was never fully developed. And you can admire what remains today. Don't miss the red brick Villa Schmidt, built in Art Nouveau style.

Kaliningrad Zoo

Kaliningrad Zoo

Kaliningrad is home to one of the oldest zoos in Russia. It was opened at the end of the 19th century, when the city was called Königsberg. In 1946, the general condition of the zoo could be assessed as deplorable: most of the animals died during the war, the enclosures and administrative buildings were in disrepair. Through the efforts of the Soviet government, the zoo was restored and today both city residents and tourists love to come here. Almost 2,500 animals (300 species) live on an area of ​​16.5 hectares. A favorite pastime of visitors is watching demonstration feedings. You can watch bears, turtles, crocodiles, seals, elephants and giraffes eat.

Königsberg Castle

Königsberg Castle

The castle was founded by the Knights of the Teutonic Order in the 13th century. At first the structure was wooden, and then it was replaced with stone. The site for the construction of the castle was chosen on the high bank of the Pregolya River. Along with the Cathedral, Königsberg Castle is the oldest landmark of the city. The tallest structure was the Castle Tower, its height was 85 meters. Along with several towers, the castle housed a reception hall, the Castle Church, a library, a wine restaurant and living quarters. Unfortunately, this landmark was lost during Soviet times, when local authorities decided to demolish the castle and build the House of Soviets on this site. Now only ruins remain of the castle, archaeological excavations are not being carried out and the issue of restoring the historical building has not been resolved. Today you can go to the observation deck and look at the ruins of the once majestic castle of the Knights of the Teutonic Order.


I would advise setting aside 2-3 days for the city. During this time, you can see all the main attractions of Kaliningrad on your own or with excursions.

Where to stay

We lived in the RiverSide 3* hotel. It stands on the Pregolya embankment, but not in the center. Overall, I really liked it: the service is good, you can see the new stadium from the window, the grounds and rooms are excellent.

If you want to stay in the center so that it is convenient to see the main attractions, I advise you to consider the hotels “Europe”, “Kaliningrad”, “Kaiserhof”.

Where to eat

I can recommend places where you can try Baltic cuisine, local fish, or just dine on homemade dishes:

  1. Aunt Fisher . German restaurant with a cool atmosphere. Try smoked meats, fish quiche, homemade sausages and strudel.
  2. Hops . The restaurant is popular, so you may not be able to get there during peak hours. They have their own brewery. Nourishing, tasty, atmospheric.
  3. Peppers . For “tasty and inexpensive” food in Kaliningrad, you should go here. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can take a business lunch for up to 300 rubles. Other restaurants also offer set lunches, but I liked the large selection of dishes at Pertsy.

Be sure to have a snack at the Konigsbaker chain establishments - they have delicious buns, pies, and cakes (they operate throughout the region). I really like their bagels, cheesecakes and quiches.

Day 1

We look at the center of Kaliningrad: the Fish Village complex, the embankment, Kant Island. If you love boats, take a walk along the Pregolya River. I liked this one: comfortable and with a cool route that captures as many of the sights of Kaliningrad as possible.

On the same day you can visit the Museum of the World Ocean. This is also on the embankment. If the theme doesn't interest you, just look at it from the outside, it's beautiful. Especially the new pavilion in the shape of planet Earth. In the evening you can listen to an organ concert in the Cathedral or drink beer in a German restaurant.

Day 2

Walk to the Church of the Holy Family. Visit the Marzipan Museum at the Brandenburg Gate (free admission). If you have any energy left, head towards the Amalienau residential area with beautiful German houses. Or stop by the Amber Museum and take a walk along the Upper Pond.

I wrote in detail about the most important attractions of Kaliningrad here.

Historical places

House of Kant

Address: st. Zelenaya, 23, Veselovka villagePhone: 8 (401) 299-49-00Coordinates: 54.590282, 22.032166How to get from Kaliningrad: 105 km to Veselovka village in the direction of Chernyakhovsk

The philosopher I. Kant lived and worked as a teacher in this house in the 18th century. The house contains exhibits telling about the life and works of the philosopher.

The restorers managed to recreate the interior of the living quarters and the smokehouse.

Castle Saken (Schaaken)

The castle is located 40 km from Kaliningrad. It was first mentioned in the Order Chronicles in the 13th century. After the expulsion of the owner, the Order garrison was stationed there. Its goal was to defend the coast of the Curonian Lagoon.

A craft town gradually grew around the castle, and a church was built. Today the names of 21 order knights are known, who ruled the castle at different times. Peter I stayed here several times with Catherine.

By the beginning of the 20th century. Shaaken was partially destroyed. Today, on its territory, tourists participate in knightly competitions, watch fire shows, ride horses, etc.

Insterburg Castle

Address: Chernyakhovsk Opening hours: 10.00-20.00, closed on Monday Telephone Coordinates: 54.640296, 21.806149 How to get there: 90 km by car or by bus to Chernyakhovsk

Knight's castle 14th century. named after the city of Insterburg (Chernyakhovsk), in which it is located. It was built by the Master of the Teutonic Order as a defensive structure on the route of the Lithuanian troops and the bastion. The building is made of natural stone and medieval baked brick. Defensive walls with watchtowers extend from the central part of the castle.

The castle is badly damaged. Tourists come here to see visiting museum compositions and take part in art festivals.

Brandenburg Castle

Address: Ushakovo village, st. Pobeda, 1aPhone: 8-950-67-67-355Ticket price: from 50 rublesCoordinates: 54.614766, 20.248678How to get there: 25 km by car or by bus to Ushakovo

Currently, the castle is the ruins of once powerful walls with ceilings. The castle was built as a defensive structure during the time of the Teutonic Order in the town of Brandenburg (Ushakovo village) on the shore of the bay. In the 15th-17th centuries. in this place there was a large settlement, numbering several dozen households, and taverns.

The castle was badly damaged during the Second World War. In summer, theatrical performances are held on site.

Ragnit Castle

Address: Neman, st. Pobedy, 47Coordinates: 55.039365, 22.030005How to get there: 130 km by car or bus to Neman

The ruins of the Ragnit castle are located in the city of Neman (until 1947 Ragnit). This is the largest and one of the oldest castles in the region - 13th century.

It served as an outpost in the north of the Teutonic Order. Over the several centuries of its history, the castle burned several times and experienced numerous sieges. At different times it served as a citadel, a court, and a prison.

The castle needs restoration.


Address: Kurortnoye village Coordinates: 54.468387, 21.123463 How to get there: 65 km from Kaliningrad in the direction of Pravdinsk, then 3 km in the direction of Lugovoe village

The settlement was first mentioned in historical documents in 1256. Until 1928, the village was called Gross-Wonsdorf, and until 1950 - Wonsdorf. Now it is called Kurortnoe village.

The castle was founded by the order in the 14th century. for defense. A dam was erected next to it and a mill was built.

From the 18th century until 1945, the castle belonged to the von Schrötter family. Members of the respected family held the positions of ministers and chancellors of the Kingdom of Prussia. I. Kant was a great friend of the family; he often visited the castle.

Today, the ruins of the gate tower, small fragments of walls and the remains of the fortress rampart have been preserved. The park on the site of the forburg is neglected, the entire area is overgrown with trees and bushes. The stable building of the von Schrötter estate is the best preserved building. The castle needs restoration.

House of Kant

The famous German philosopher lived here from 1747 to 1751. He was born in Prussia and never left its borders. He was buried there, near the walls of the Cathedral, which was later named in his honor. Before his body was buried, hundreds of fans and followers of his theories about life managed to say goodbye to him. Kant is a man who has had a powerful influence on the history of modern Western philosophy. At different times of his life, he was the author of philosophical books, a private teacher and a lecturer at the University of Königsberg. His lectures, seasoned with “dry” humor, found enormous response and recognition among students.

He came to the village of Veselovka, where the house is located, from Konigsberg for inspiration and was engaged in private teaching. Today there is a branch of the historical and art museum here; Kant’s belongings and documents have been preserved. Of course, the house has since been renovated and not much of the past remains. However, it is not the stones in the walls that play the main role, but the energy of the place where such a significant person for the history of Prussia and the philosophical world in particular spent, albeit for a short time.

You can get to the village of Veselovka in a couple of hours by car.

Coordinates: 54.590223, 22.032197


List of famous monuments that may be of interest to tourists, with a brief description:

  • The monument to Duke Albrecht was erected in 1891 next to the Cathedral.
  • Monument to soldiers - internationalists. Located in Yunost Park. It was opened in 1998.
  • The monument to Hermann Klaass was built in 1913. Dedicated to the founder of the zoo.
  • Monument to Julius Rupp. Dedicated to a rebellious preacher who renounced the church and opened an evangelical community.
  • The monument to Peter I is located at the headquarters of the Baltic Fleet. Dedicated to the founder of the Russian fleet.
  • Monument to M.I. Kalinin, after whom the city was named, was created in 1946.

Chernyakhovsk - simple and at the same time unusual

The stud farm located in Chernyakhovsk is located next to the famous castle. The history of this place dates back to the 13th century. Then the Teutonic Order decided to build a castle, which was named after St. George. Every castle should have a stable, but the knights decided not to waste time on trifles and built many stables at once. At the beginning of the 19th century, merchant Johann Albert Heine decided to purchase and later resell the stud farm along with the castle. The fortress began to be used as a residential building. And, of course, the plant workers themselves lived in it. Until now, Georgenburg is considered one of the largest European stud farms. Its territory exceeds 2.5 hectares. The popularity of Chernyakhov breeds has gone far beyond the city. Now international competitions are regularly held here. As for the castle, it is literally enveloped in the aura of the Middle Ages. At first it was a wooden building surrounded by a moat. Towards the middle of the 14th century, construction of a stone castle began. The fortress was occupied by the Swedes twice. Only in the mid-18th century did they begin to breed horses. For some time, the castle even served as an infectious diseases hospital. It now belongs to the Russian Orthodox Church and is used as a tourist site.

Visit the Church of St. Bruno of Querfurt to appreciate the work of the architect Friedrich Heitmann. The temple appeared in 1863. Then the city was called Insterburg. Perestroika was carried out in 1865. For a long time, the temple fell into disrepair, and only in 1992, thanks to the Roman Catholic community, its restoration began. The church has a large organ and services are held regularly. A Franciscan monastery has been operating since 2005.

You can complete your tour of religious buildings at St. Michael's Cathedral. The temple has 3 naves, 2 towers and a high bell tower. Previously, dark brown brick was used as cladding. A characteristic feature was the presence of an organ. The war practically did not affect the church; for some period it served as a warehouse, then a club and even a gym. The building was empty for a long time and even survived a fire. The fire destroyed the pristine interior, almost destroying all the beauty. The Russian Orthodox Church, together with charitable organizations, restored the church. The restoration process has not yet been completed, but the iconostasis has already been restored, and the work of a spiritual and educational center is underway.

The beautiful cities of the Kaliningrad region are worth visiting. If you are going to discover the Baltic states, be sure to go first to the Kaliningrad region, because it holds an amazing history.

Zelenogradsk is an ideal city for walking

The most interesting landmark of the city is the Kranz water tower. This is his symbol, which is a real work of art. The tower was built in 1904; it became a prominent representative of historical eclecticism. Climbing up, you can appreciate the views of the city dotted with trees. The Murarium is also located here, a cat museum that children will definitely enjoy. The Transfiguration Cathedral, which was previously called the Church of St. Adalbert, is made of red brick. Its Gothic tower is clearly visible even from a long distance. The building was built under the direction of the architect Launir. At the end of World War II, the church was no longer a religious building. It came into the possession of the Russian Orthodox Church in 1994. And it was consecrated only 13 years later. The Chapel of St. Andrew will help you continue your tour of interesting sights. It is worth a visit for anyone who wants to see the work of carpenter Laufer, a renowned Königsberg master of his craft. In the church you can see the relics of the great holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called.

In the ranking of the most beautiful sights of the Kaliningrad region, Villa Krell will always occupy a special place. And all thanks to glazed tiles and a unique combination of architectural styles. In it, the architects combined Gothic and Russian styles. Now the villa is used as the Zelenograd Museum of Local Lore, and previously served as a notary firm. In the courtyard of the villa there is a curious sculpture “Prussian cat”. Legend has it that this cute creature holds the keys to all the gates of Kaliningrad. There are many more such pleasant little things to be found in the city, which is why it is so suitable for long walks.

A little history with geography

It owes its unique history to its geographical location. The Kaliningrad region is separated from “greater Russia” and borders Lithuania and Poland to the east and south, and is washed by the Baltic Sea in the west. The city was German, except for a short period under Elizabeth (18th century).

Only in 1945 did Koenigsberg and its surroundings become part of the Soviet Union. For another year it bore a name unusual for Russian ears and in 1946 it became Kaliningrad. During the period of Soviet power and in the post-Soviet years, much was lost that testified to the centuries-old European “biography”. But in the 21st century everything returns to normal. Now, in addition to restored architectural and historical landmarks, the city with a population of half a million can boast of an excellent hotel industry.

All this, coupled with a mild climate (affected by the proximity of the Gulf Stream) and picturesque nature (sea coast, a unique arboretum, the Pregel River with islands right on the city’s territory) makes Kaliningrad attractive to a large number of tourists from among Russians and European neighbors.

The city has two train stations and an international airport, which is important due to the need to cross borders when traveling overland. In general, Kaliningrad residents are trying to create all the conditions so that tourists want to come here more than once

Where to start getting to know the city?

How to get to Kaliningrad?

By plane

from Moscow to Kaliningrad in 2 hours. Ticket prices range from 3,500 to 7,000 rubles on average, depending on the season and date. But you can catch a promotion and fly away for 1700₽.

from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad in 1 hour 30 minutes. Ticket prices range from 2500 to 4500 rubles on average, depending on the season and date.

You can also fly directly to Kaliningrad from the following Russian cities : Kaluga, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Cherepovets, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm, Belgorod, Voronezh, Lipetsk.

seasonal flights are operated from Yekaterinburg, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Sochi and Krasnodar to Kaliningrad .

Kaliningrad airport – “Khrabrovo”. Located 20 kilometers from the city. You can get from the airport to Kaliningrad by minibus No. 244e. The stop is in the parking lot before exiting the arrivals area. The minibus runs in the direction station–airport–station (via the city center) from 8:30 to 22:30 every 40 minutes. Travel time is 45-50 minutes. Passes through the city center. Ticket price: 80₽. Taxi cost – from 500₽.

By train

There are two railway stations in Kaliningrad.

Long-distance trains and many commuter trains depart from the city's main station, Kaliningrad-Yuzhny. The Kaliningrad-Severny railway station serves only commuter trains.

The train takes more than 20 hours from Moscow to Kaliningrad Ticket price starts from 2500₽ depending on the season, date and comfort of travel (reserved seat, compartment).

From St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad the train takes 1 day and 2 hours. Ticket price starts from 2600₽ depending on the season, date and comfort of travel (reserved seat, compartment).

You can also get to Kaliningrad directly by train from Chelyabinsk (train No. 426Ch) and Adler (train No. 360Ch). And, of course, from all the stations where these trains stop.

However, if you decide to get to Kaliningrad by train, please note that all land routes pass through the territory of Lithuania , which means you will need:

  • international passport;
  • Schengen or national Lithuanian visa OR simplified railway travel document (RTD).

We won’t talk about the visa, but not everyone knows about the UTD railway, so let’s read more.

A simplified railway travel document (STRD) is a special document that allows citizens of the Russian Federation to cross the territory of the Republic of Lithuania on a transit train to get to the Kaliningrad region and back. In this case, the time spent on the territory of Lithuania should not exceed 6 hours.

To receive a railway UPD, you need to fill out a special form when purchasing a ticket (no later than 28 hours before the train departs). The questionnaire will be sent to the Lithuanian authorities without you. And all you have to do is find out by phone whether the Lithuanians have refused you. If they suddenly refuse, you will be refunded the full cost of the ticket. Details can be read here >>>.

By car

The distance between Moscow and Kaliningrad by road is 1250 kilometers. Between St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad – 965 km. However, as practice shows, it is quite difficult to travel this route in one day, since passing border checkpoints takes a lot of time.

As we have already mentioned and will repeat it again: all land routes to Kaliningrad pass through the Republic of Lithuania, which means travelers will need a number of documents:

  • international passport;
  • Schengen or national Lithuanian visa OR simplified travel document (STD). Unlike the same document for the railway, the FTD is issued within 7 working days, and transit cannot exceed 24 hours. Details here >>>.
  • green card – international car insurance.

Also, do not forget to study the peculiarities of traffic regulations in Lithuania and Belarus before your trip.

By bus

There are no regular bus services between Kaliningrad and Russian cities. But by bus from Kaliningrad you can get to Belarus (Minsk), Poland (Gdansk, Warsaw), Lithuania (Vilnius, Klaipeda, Kaunas) and Latvia (Riga). We will tell you more about this in the section “Where to go from Kaliningrad”.

On a ferryboat

The most unusual way to get to Kaliningrad is to take a ferry from St. Petersburg . True, you can only do this if you are going to send cargo to Kaliningrad .

There are two transport companies operating on the ferry line Ust-Luga (150 km from St. Petersburg) - Baltiysk (45 km from Kaliningrad):

  • "Trans-Exim" (ferry "Baltiysk"): 8000 RUR per person. Details here >>>.
  • "Trans-Business Consulting" (ferry "Ambal"): 8100 RUR per person. Details here >>>.

PS. This option may be suitable for motorists who do not want to travel thousands of kilometers along Russian roads.

Kaliningrad Cathedral

Kaliningrad Cathedral.
Photo: Mikhail Rudnitsky / photobank “Lori” The cathedral is located in the historical district of the city - on “Kant Island”. It was founded in the first third of the 14th century under the patronage of the Teutonic Order, and today it is one of the few examples of Gothic architecture in Russia.

The building was completed in 1380, but various details were added to it until the middle of the 17th century. In 1544, the Albertina University was opened opposite the temple, and the cathedral became the university church. Since 1558, a cemetery for professors appeared in the northern part of the altar - Immanuel Kant was the last to be buried here. Since 1650, one of the cathedral towers has become a repository for ancient books and manuscripts of the Wallenrod Library.

In August 1944, the cathedral was almost completely destroyed - only the walls stood. The building began to be restored in 1992. Today there is a museum on the territory of the Kaliningrad Cathedral. Its exposition contains a collection of coins and banknotes, and a wooden carved library. The cathedral has the largest organ complex in Europe.


Forts are defensive structures that surround the city on all sides (12 large and 5 small). Each fort has a number and a name - in honor of German kings and commanders. Most of these structures are abandoned or closed to view. But you can still go to several of them on excursions: the largest Fort No. 3 of King Frederick William I, No. 5 King Friedrich Wilhelm III, No. 11 Dönhof.

City Gate

The city gate is part of the Second Rampart fortification built around Königsberg. To date, 7 gates have been preserved or restored - 7 landmarks of Kaliningrad. The most beautiful of them is the Royal Gate.

German areas

To fully experience the atmosphere of Kaliningrad, you need to walk through areas with old German houses built at the beginning of the twentieth century. Maraunenhof and Amalienau are areas with small German houses - villas - and a lot of greenery. Richly decorated houses with clay tiles, streets not located at right angles, and many flowering trees will immerse you in the romantic atmosphere of an ancient European garden city. These areas remain the most elite and expensive today.

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