"Kaliningrad - a hidden gem!" Top 5 Page for this destination Kaliningrad by Jan-ErikK

Kaliningrad Travel Guide: 90 reviews and 206 photos

Greenest city ever visited!

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!

Microbreweries all over over the city

A very nice beer-culture, some restaurants have their own brewery

Kaliningrad Central Market

The most fascinating and colourful market I ever visited in Europe

Pros and Cons
  • 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.
  • Last visit to Kaliningrad: May 2012
  • Intro Updated Jun 18, 2013
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  • CatherineReichardt's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    What a nice little page! We adored the Curonian Spit, and would love to return ... maybe visiting this side of the border next time? Your visa tip was particularly useful!

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    May 30, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Welcome to VT. Fantastic page with interesting photos and tips about Kaliningrad here. Keep up the good work.

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