Kaliningrad Tourism

With Kaliningrad, you come across a Russian city that is separated from the rest of Russia owing to its geographical location. Situated between Poland and Lithuania, the city has cradled in different nations, Germany in pre World War Era and Russia, post the war. Earlier known as Konigsberg, a name which attested for its German identity, the city underwent a nomenclature to Kaliningrad which marked the takeover by Russia.

The city is strewn with the buildings which were decapitated by Stalin and of course the remains of Soviet monuments such as Dom Sovietov. A painful nostalgia shapes the contours of the city. It’s that city which was previously one of Europe's finest architectural gems, but most of it was destroyed during World War II. The city was then occupied by the Soviet Army in 1945 and its German citizens forced out. Recently opened for tourism, the city today wants to make up for the ravages of the past that turned it hideous. Today, Kaliningrad beams in sheer beauty with historical enclaves, exceptional museums, charming neighborhoods and its historical city gates. Visit Kaliningrad and witness its historical monuments to acknowledge its checkered history.

Essential travel information and Kaliningrad tips for your visit

  • Very few people speak English in Kaliningrad. Language can be a great problem.
  • Kaliningrad is not easy to get to. By land, you will have long delays at the border and, by air, you will have to travel via Moscow, though there is a now a direct plane from Copenhagen, but it's not very frequent.
  • Be aware that trains leaving from Kaliningrad run on Moscow time an hour ahead of the local time. Thus a train advertised as leaving at 18:30 actually leaves at 17:30 local time.
  • The road system is extensive in the Kaliningrad region; however, they are not always well-maintained, and sometimes it is hard to get around because of absence of signage indicating directions/destinations.
  • Taxis within the city may have meters, but most prefer to negotiate fares in advance. Minimum charge within the city is at least RUB100, even for short distances.
  • Know the pollution level of Kaliningrad before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 45.45 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 45.45 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 59.09 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 56.82 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 36.36 (Low)
  • How safe is Kaliningrad for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Kaliningrad.

    • Burglary and Theft 26.56 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.56 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 57.81 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 29.69 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 31.25 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.13 (Low)
    • Drug offense 35.94 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 26.67 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 18.75 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 31.25 (Low)
  • Quality of Life Index of Kaliningrad is 122.51 (High)

    • Safety Index 69.39 (High)
    • Climate Index 73.69 (High)
    • Pollution Index 57.37 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 40.71 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 33.78 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 48.88 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.88 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 41.4 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Kaliningrad

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.02 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.74 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.06 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.3 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 67.48 USD

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