Kaliningrad is one of the most beautiful cities in the western region of Russia. In 1255, the Teutonic Knights erected the Konigsberg fortress on a hill in the lowland of the Pregolya River, which eventually grew into a cultural and commercial center of the Baltic. During the Second World War, the city was badly damaged, so many tourist attractions were restored or re-created. But this does not stop tourists who dream of finding amber on the Baltic coast and looking into original museums.
A trip to Kaliningrad is an acquaintance with several cultures at once, therefore it guarantees an unforgettable experience of a new place, cuisine and traditions.
For hiking in the Kaliningrad region, you need a passport if you are traveling by train or car. A transit visa is issued simultaneously with the ticket. If you arrive by plane, you do not need a passport.
Adventure Club Multi-Day Trips are combined trips that combine walking and car travel between provinces and suburbs in a region. Routes of varying difficulty, some require a traveler's experience.
Hiking in Kaliningrad is a great option for leisure and exciting vacation with family or friends.
A selection for those who have already been on standard routes. The most unusual, non-standard and most interesting excursions that you can find in Kaliningrad.
Tourists, of course, cannot be surprised by boat trips along the Pregolya River. But what about a kayak tour of the main river of Kaliningrad? In addition to active physical activity, the rich industrial and engineering heritage of Koenigsberg awaits you.
On a trip along the main city river there will be an opportunity:
Organizer - Evgeny Mosienko, professional guide and expert in the history of Koenigsberg.
“On a kayak, the city is felt differently, the scale is felt differently. People can stop and look at the mooring walls of the 18th century, touch the old mooring rings, swim under the familiar bridges and see the remnants of the swing mechanisms "
Tours start from late March-early April and continue until the first snow (that is, approximately until December). No special skills are required, most of the participants in the kayak excursion for the first time, but calculate your strength. It is possible with children from 5 years old accompanied by parents.
The duration of the excursion is 3-3.5 hours, the length of the route is about 13 kilometers. The cost is 1200 rubles per person. All details and registration for the excursion via the organizer's Instagram.
Evgeny also organizes bicycle tours in the industrial zones of Kaliningrad.
How about an excursion not on the ground, but in the sky? To do and see something that has not yet happened in life. See the world from a bird's eye view. Post incredible stories to social media to the envy of friends and colleagues.
Where to go in Kaliningrad in winter, and which routes to postpone until summer? How to make a travel plan and not be disappointed, what to foresee? The first thing to consider is the winter weather in the Baltic. Most of the time it is quite comfortable for travel, daytime temperatures hover around zero degrees or a slight minus. But on some days frosts do occur, which are especially unpleasant in combination with strong Baltic winds. To protect yourself from precipitation in the form of sleet or rain and cold winds, the outer layer of clothing must be windproof and waterproof. Once dressed for the season, you can walk the streets, gaze at the city's sights, attend winter festivities, and even go out into the countryside.
First, you should go on a sightseeing tour and get to know the city, choose attractions to visit and study in more detail. Experienced Kaliningrad guides can help with this. You should also use their services for organizing thematic excursions. Guides offer a variety of options, from night walks in Kaliningrad to wine and food tours.
Since winter is a time of preparation and celebration of Christmas and New Year, as well as big winter holidays for schoolchildren and students, many interesting events take place in Kaliningrad. In order not to miss anything, before the trip, you need to carefully study the city posters. A convenient calendar of cultural events and an online poster can be found on the Kaliningrad tourist portal.
In winter, when the weather makes it much more pleasant to be in a warm room, you should devote more time to exploring Kaliningrad museums. As a rule, acquaintance with historical sights begins with the Cathedral and the Kant Museum on the Kneiphof island. You can get to the island via the Honey Bridge from the Fish Village, along the way, weather permitting, by taking a stroll through the Sculpture Park. The Cathedral is one of the centers of the city's cultural life. The best organ complex in Russia sounds in its concert hall. The large organ has 6301 pipes, and the small organ has 2224 pipes, for a total of 122 registers. Small organ concerts can be heard in the cathedral every day.
Exploration of the powerful fortification system of Konigsberg, consisting of ramparts, fortress walls, ravelins, towers and gates, is best postponed for the summer. For a winter visit, we can recommend the exhibition halls at Zakheim and Royal Gates and a visit to "Fort No. 5" on the street. Bulatov, where a military-historical memorial complex is located. In winter, it is open for visits from 10:00 to 19:00 every day. Tickets for adults cost 200 rubles, schoolchildren and seniors are given discounts. There is an audio guide, free photo and video filming is allowed. "Fort No. 5" is a branch of the Kaliningrad Regional History and Art Museum. This museum is located in the center of Kaliningrad in the old building Stadhalle on the street. Clinical, 21. Its extensive collections contain exhibits from ancient times to the present, there are natural science, local history and art sections. Another Kaliningrad attraction is the branch of the Historical and Art Museum - Otto Lyash's Bunker. The dugout-shelter of the Second World War reproduces the situation in the German headquarters in the last days of the assault on Konigsberg before the signing of the surrender. "Bunker" is located in the courtyard of the hotel "Kaliningrad", st. Universitetskaya, 2a, tickets cost from 200 rubles. There is an opportunity to purchase a single ticket for 450 rubles to three museums at once: "Bunker", "Fort No. 5" and Historical and Artistic.
Winter Kaliningrad will become much warmer and sunnier for tourists visiting the Amber Museum. The exposition, located in the Don tower, is open in winter from 10:00 to 18:00, all days of the week, except Monday. The sections of the museum tell about the origin, natural features, varieties, extraction and processing of amber. The museum conducts a great educational work, organizes contests, exhibitions and master classes. Here you can also buy amber souvenirs in memory of Kaliningrad. There is a large selection of amber and fair prices in the shops at the museum.
The Kaliningrad Museum of Fine Arts is located in the old beautiful building of the Königsberg Stock Exchange on the bank of the Pregolya. On a bad winter day, it is pleasant to wander through the halls of the art museum, looking at the works of graduates of the Konigsberg Academy of Arts (1845-1945), masters of Soviet socialist art and avant-garde, to get acquainted with the works of contemporary artists of Kaliningrad. The museum is open every day except Monday from 10:00 to 19:00, the ticket price is 250 rubles.
In winter, the Museum of the World Ocean invites you to the main building to get acquainted with the collections of corals and molluscs, admire the inhabitants of tropical aquariums, look at models of ships and scientific documents dedicated to the study of the ocean. In winter, some of the ship museums moored on the Historic Fleet Embankment also welcome visitors. You can find out the schedule of their work on the official website of the museum.
Tour operator companies have noticed a revival in demand for recreation in Kaliningrad. However, in assessing the growth of the dynamics of sales, the opinions of experts differed.
Travel market experts note that after the lifting of a number of restrictive measures for tourists arriving in the Kaliningrad region, active sales began. “Yes, we are actively selling tours to Kaliningrad, the demand has perked up noticeably. It is so high that for some dates there is already a shortage of places in hotels at resorts, ”the press service of TUI Russia said.
Positive dynamics are also recorded in Biblio-Globus, ANEX Tour. “Kaliningrad is in demand, tours are already being actively booked,” the ANEX Tour press service noted.
There is a similar picture in Intourist. “We receive new applications every day. The demand, of course, is not the same as for Sochi and Crimea, but it is there. The reason for the good sales is also the attractive prices, which in our case are achieved by direct contracting with hotels, ”the Intourist press service said.
According to a number of experts, this season Kaliningrad is setting booking records. “Such a high demand has never been seen before. Under the current restrictions, tourists have finally paid attention to this western region of the country, ”says Maria Lescheva, marketing director of the travel agency network“ 1001 Tours ”.
Meanwhile, a number of experts are skeptical about statements about the explosive demand for Kaliningrad. “Our current sales volumes do not exceed the figures for the same period last year, the demand is even,” says Sergey Romashkin, general director of the Dolphin tour operator.
Sergey Romashkin reminds that the flow of tourists to Kaliningrad has never been serious and cannot be, because the direction is not capacious. There is no question of the scale of the Krasnodar Territory or Crimea. “The Krasnodar Territory receives 15 times more tourists annually than the Kaliningrad Region. The volume of Crimea is at least 7 times higher, ”Romashkin explains.
According to the expert, the destination has always been in demand among foreign tourists, and after the introduction of electronic visas, the demand has grown significantly. “Of course, now there is no foreign flow, because the proposals for the hotel base have grown. There should be no shortage of places. At least not yet, ”said Sergei Romashkin.
Russians' consumer behavior has not changed. They, as before, choose an excursion vacation and, to a lesser extent, a beach vacation. “Kaliningrad is not an alternative to traditional seaside resorts. The Baltic Sea is cool even in summer. If in the Black Sea now the water is +25, then in the Baltic Sea in the Zelenogradsk region it is only +18. Therefore, first of all, tourists are focused not on beach holidays, but on educational tourism, relaxation and health improvement, ”said Maria Leshcheva.
A trip to Kaliningrad for 5 days is enough to get acquainted with the history and sights in more detail, to visit interesting places, which are often not enough time on trips for 1-3 days.
If this is your first time in Kaliningrad, we recommend walking the entire first day - walking along the traditional tourist routes in the center, looking at the architecture, monuments and popular corners of the city.
Usually, acquaintance with the city begins in the Rybnaya village - a tourist quarter on the banks of the Pregolya River, built in 2007 in the style of an old half-timbered building. There is a tourist information center, hotels, popular restaurants and an old lighthouse lookout tower. This part of the embankment is connected with other areas by pedestrian bridges, one of them - the Honey Bridge - leads to the island of Kant.
The old name of the island is Kneiphof, in Prussian times it was an urban area with dense development, whose inhabitants were engaged in trade, crafts and shipping. In the Middle Ages, the settlement on the island of Kneiphof had the status of an independent city, which was connected to the neighboring districts of Altstadt and Löbenicht by five bridges. As a result of the bombing of 1944, the buildings on the island were badly destroyed, and subsequently dismantled into bricks and taken to Leningrad for restoration work. Only the badly damaged building of the Konigsberg Cathedral, built in the century, has survived. In 1998, the temple was restored, and a magnificent example of the architectural style of the "northern brick Gothic" became the hallmark and symbol of Kaliningrad.
Currently, the cathedral is used as an organ concert hall; the largest complex of large and small organs in Russia is installed in it. Organists from many countries of the world come to festivals and concerts in the hall of the Cathedral. During the daytime there are daily organ mini-concerts for listeners, their schedule, as well as the tour poster of the cathedral can be viewed on the official website.
The Cathedral is also known for the Immanuel Kant Museum and his memorial burial. The biography of the outstanding philosopher is associated with Königsberg and Königsberg University "Albertina", in which the founder of German classical philosophy worked as a professor. You can walk around the island around the cathedral in the Sculpture Park, created from the works of Soviet sculptors of the second half of the 20th century.
Leaving the island of Kneiphof, along one of the central streets of Kaliningrad, Leninsky Prospect, you can reach Victory Square. The road will pass through the Central Square, famous for two painful points on the map of the city - the foundation of the Royal Castle and a giant "abandoned" house - the Council House. The chronicle history of the castle began in 1257, when on the lands of the Prussians, captured by the Teutonic knights, the construction of a stone fortress began under the leadership of the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order, Peppo von Ostern. Over the centuries, Königsberg Castle has survived many sieges, and the coronations of the kings of Prussia Friedrich Ⅰ and Wilhelm Ⅰ were held there. In the history of the castle there are pages related to Russia. The royal residence hosted the embassies of Vasily Ⅲ and Peter the Great. In 1697, in honor of Peter's "Great Embassy", the large reception hall in the Konigsberg Castle was even renamed the Muscovite Hall.
The history of the castle in Soviet times is sad, after the military bombing it stood in a dilapidated state until the end of the 1960s and was gradually being pulled apart into bricks. The remains of the walls were blown up in 1967, and in their place, in the area of the castle moat, the House of Soviets was built. The building in the monumental Soviet style was intended to house the highest party and executive bodies of the Kaliningrad region. The 95% completed facility was frozen in 1988, since then it has not been in operation, and the question of its demolition has not been closed to this day. Over the years, the concrete box, erected on 1,148 concrete piles and a solid reinforced concrete frame, has hardly changed and is included in tourist photographs as an architectural monument of "Soviet brutalism" and an example of the destruction of valuable historical objects to please the architectural dominants of the communist regime.
Victory Square, the former shopping area of Konigsberg (Hanseatic), a place where many administrative and commercial facilities of Kaliningrad are concentrated. After large-scale works on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of the city, the square acquired a modern look. In the center, a Triumphal Column was installed, crowned with the image of the Order of Victory, the space of the square was decorated with a new temple complex - the Cathedral of Christ the Savior and the chapel of Saints Peter and Fevronia. The architecture of these temple buildings traces the so-called pseudo-Russian style, imitating the ancient Vladimir-Suzdal church architecture.
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