"Kaliningrad - a hidden gem!" Top 5 Page for this destination Kaliningrad by Jan-ErikK
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The western part of the city was spared the allied´s raids of Königsberg (capital of the now non-existent East Prussia, and even earlier of the whole Prussia) during WW2 and have an intersting mix of old German style houses combined with majestic old tree-lined cobble-stoned streets, often lined on both sides giving it a green tunnel-feeling. Combined with the outstanding beautiful but often decaying houses it´s an unresistable mix. Now and then you find small parks or man-maid lakes.
Kaliningrad have an unfair rumour of the the most ugly city in Europe, and that´s definely not true. But it´s true the the central part it really ugly (apart from the the old german buildings on easternmost part of Prospekt Mira where it´s really beautiful and the the buildings are meticiously restored), the whole centre look like a Sovjet Union suburb with drab residential houses. But this part can be avoided!
A very nice beer-culture, some restaurants have their own brewery
The most fascinating and colourful market I ever visited in Europe
- Pros:Terra incognita for tourists, beautiful old German buildings combined with ugly postwar Sovjet concrete in other parts
- Cons:The language, often people doesn´t know any English even at the restarurants where the menue is just in russian
- In a nutshell:Be the first to discover this gem! No tourists here.
Menu in English!! Good food, mixture of kitchen, I had some Asian dish. Great beer from their own microbrewery!... more travel advice
Super trendy, bar-cafe, expensive, cool atmospher, photos of old Königsberg on the walls. Also out-door section... more travel advice
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