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Kaliningrad

Country
Russian Federation
State
Moscow Oblast
City
Kaliningrad
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

Kaliningrad Hrabrovo Airport is located 16 kilometers away from Kaliningrad. A regular bus (144) is going every hour from the terminal to various stops in the city centre for 33 Roubles. Taxi service is also available; One company offers a fixed price of 300 Roubles to get from the airport to any point in the city; other cab companies might charge substantially more.

By train

First of all, be aware that trains leaving from Kaliningrad runs on Moscow time an hour ahead of the local time. Thus a train advertised as leaving at 6:30PM actually leaves at 5:30PM local time. Comedian Yakov Smirnoff might have said, In Russia, trains leave on time but you get to the station late! Clocks at stations use Moscow time.

By car

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 (especially in the city). Driving rules are generally the same as in most European countries, but many do not follow the rules, especially during rush hour in the city. Beware of the traffic police because they like to stop foreigners and often expect bribes.

By bus

Bus time tables for international and regional buses
Bus from Tallinn via Riga
Bus to/from Gdansk leaves Gdansk at 06:30, 15:30, 17:30
A night bus also runs from Kaliningrad to Warsaw. However, as of summer 2008 this bus departed not from the main bus station, but from a bus station east of the city centre. To get to this bus station, take Moskovski Prospekt east from the main Leninsky bridge over the river and walk for about a mile. The bus station is clearly visible on the right hand side of the road.

By boat

During summer there is a boat service between Kaliningrad, and Frombork, Krynica Morska and Elblag, Poland - more info at Zegluga Gdanska

Key places to visit
Kaliningrad Amber Museum, Kaliningrad Zoo, Konigsberg Cathedral, Brandenburg Gate, Rossgarten Gate, Church of the Holy Family, King's Gate


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Places to Visit

Kaliningrad Amber Museum

The Kaliningrad Amber Museum is a museum located in the Russian city of Kaliningrad devoted to housing and displaying amber artworks. It is located in the city center, on the shore of Lake Verkhneye. The museum opened in 1979 and houses over 6,000 individual pieces.The museum occupies part of a reconstructed Teutonic castle, originally built by Karl Friedrich Emil zu Dohna-Schlobitten in the Napoleonic wars.

Kaliningrad Zoo

The Kaliningrad Zoo was founded in 1896 as the Königsberg Tiergarten in the then German town of Königsberg, which in 1945 became part of Russia and was renamed Kaliningrad. Thus, the zoo is one of the oldest zoological gardens in Russia, and one of the largest. Its collection, which extends over 16.5 ha, comprises 315 species with a total of 2264 individual animals (as of 2005).

Konigsberg Cathedral

Königsberg Cathedral  is a Brick Gothic style building in Kaliningrad (formerly Königsberg) on an island in the Pregel (Pregolya). The island was called Kneiphof in German times.

Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate or Berlin Gate is one of seven surviving city gates in Kaliningrad, the former German city of Königsberg. The gate is located on Bagration Street and is the only gate of Kaliningrad still in use for the intended purpose.

Rossgarten Gate

The Rossgarten Gate is one of seven surviving city gates of old Königsberg . It is located at the intersection of Chernyakhovskogo street and Alexander Nevsky street, near the Vasilevskiy square and the Kaliningrad Amber Museum.

Church of the Holy Family

The Church of the Holy Family is a neogothic brick church in Kaliningrad. It was built in the Haberberg city district of Königsberg, near the Pregel river, between 1904 and 1907. The Kaliningrad authorities have refused to return the church to the Catholic community.

King's Gate

The King's Gate is one of the former six gates that were built during the 19th century around Kaliningrad.
 

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