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

Kaliningrad Travel Guide: 89 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!
    Regards
    Cathy

  • 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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