The 10 Best Things to Do in Kaliningrad, Russia

July 22, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

A little extra chunk of Russia stuck between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad was known as Königsberg from its founding by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century until after World War II. It was renamed, repopulated with Russians and became part of the Soviet Union. Today, as it has been for centuries, it’s known for amber products, with most of the world’s harvestable amber still lying off its coast. The 14th century Königsberg Cathedral is a main city attraction.
Restaurants in Kaliningrad

1. Curonian Spit

98 Km peninsula Nationalpark KursiU Nerija | Klaipėda - Lesnoje, Kaliningrad 238535, Russia +7 800 250-30-39
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5 based on 2 reviews

Curonian Spit

Reviewed By Аля Б - Moscow, Moscow City, Russia

Красота ! Чистый воздух! Танцующий лес впечатлил, интересные деревья! Рекомендую!!! Это обязательно надо увидеть ! Beauty ! Fresh air! Dancing forest impressed, interesting trees! I recommend!!!This must be seen!

2. B-413 Submarine Museum

Naberezhnaya Petra Velikogo1, Kaliningrad 236006, Russia +7 401 253-89-15
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B-413 Submarine Museum

The submarine is one of the most popular objects of the Museum of the World Ocean. The B-413 was built in Leningrad and was launched in September, 1968. During 30 years it had been serving in the North and Baltic Fleets. The submarine was moored at the museum quay in June, 2000. It is the only one in the country and a few in the world belonging to pre-atomic period of undersea fleet. Moreover, it is preserved in its original state. Firm and light hulls, superstructure, all the major and auxiliary mechanisms, equipment and weapons are the same as they were after the submarine was excluded from the Navy. What strikes you most as you walk along the narrow corridors and squeeze through the seemingly miniscule portholes that protect each section, is the incredible mechanical complexity. This 1960s technology required pipes, cumbersome and hard wearing switches and large well worn wheels to keep the submarine either afloat or submerged, as needs dictated.

Reviewed By MarmaNikos - Athens, Greece

Just by stepping down few steps into the submarine's lower deck you can tell from the smell all is original... Having served at the Navy myself I was moved to take a trip back in time and highly recommend you to do this trip - it will also test your 'fitness' level as you have to bend bodies to pass various compartments! :)

3. Research vessel "Vityaz"

Petra Velikogo Emb., 1, Kaliningrad 236006, Russia +7 401 253-17-44
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5 based on 128 reviews

Research vessel "Vityaz"

Reviewed By francien2015 - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The Research vessel shows all activities and equipment necessary for arctic research. With all the navy medals at display it is very special..

4. Altes Haus

Krasnaya St., 11 | Apartment 1, Kaliningrad 236022, Russia +7 911 451-42-84
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5 based on 149 reviews

Altes Haus

We are glad to invite you to our apartment situated in the old house built in 1912, and where the spirit of old Koenigsberg is still completely perceivable. The time seems to stop in this place. One may easily come over and find oneself surrounded by the atmosphere of the beginning of XX century, it is the past that could be in reach of one’s hand and of one’s breath; that marks the delicious coffee offered by the fireplace. Besides, coffee is served in a vintage porcelain cup too. Happily survived authentic interior, unusual furniture and housekeeping items let you look into 100 years back and be in a position of an East Prussian’s citizen. During our time voyage we tell how Koenigsberg and its most luxurious district Amalienau were built up in XIX – XX centuries. We show which city-planning rules were used to design the architecture of the district and the German house itself. A short insight into a history of East Prussia let you find out the characters of housekeeping and everyday life of citizens who lived in our region 100 years ago. This museum has no fencing, glass cases or watchmen at all. The objects of the exhibition are original stuff found by chance in garrets or bought at flea markets and European auctions. Here you can sit on an antique chair or an armchair wherever you like, you may play the phisharmonica as well or even grind some roasted coffee beans with an old-fashioned coffee-mill and then brew coffee in an porcelain coffee-pot by yourself. We would serve you some real Koenigsberg’s marzipan of traditional recipe. It would be a great pleasure for us to try to answer any of your questions concerning the pre-war history of Prussian Koenigsberg. And you will listen to the story sitting at the table under a picturesque lamp, wherever you like.

Reviewed By clairechen62 - Moscow, Russia

You need to call ahead but you will be greeted by the hosts who can tell you about the house, the area and all the things in the flat. They've collected all sorts of furniture and knick-knacks from the pre-war period and you can sit down and touch it all as well. It would be great if they had someone who could present everything in English and in German as well. Well worth visiting.
Am besten man hat jemandem dabei, der aus dem russischen übersetzen kann, aber das Wohnung-Museum ist gut ausgestattet mit echtem Möbel und Kleinkram aus der Vorkriegszeit. Die Besitzer können etliches erklären und erzählen, nicht nur zur Wohnung, sondern auch zur Gegend. Sehenswert!

5. Verkhneye Lake

Kaliningrad, Russia
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4.5 based on 217 reviews

Verkhneye Lake

Reviewed By Galina M - Champaign-Urbana, Illinois

I took a nice stroll around the lake, enjoyed peaceful atmosphere. Very nice to see bike ways built all around the lake, new Playgrounds.

6. Konigsberg Cathedral

Kanta St, 1, Kaliningrad 236006, Russia +7 401 263-17-05
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Konigsberg Cathedral

Reviewed By gladfly - New Castle, New Hampshire

Been to a lot of churches so after Reading the reviews we skipped going inside to have a look, which does not sound like much. Great picture and a nice walk down the canal to get here.

7. Museum of the World Ocean

Emb. Petra Velikogo, 1, Kaliningrad 236006, Russia +7 401 253-17-44
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Museum of the World Ocean

Museum of the World Ocean is one of the most innovative modern cultural institutions in Russia. It is more than just a museum – it’s also a cultural centre offering opportunities to see, learn about, and listen to everything marine. We try to connect different shores, cultures and people with our permanent expositions and temporary Exhibitions, innovative ideas and ecological initiatives.Our vessels: Diesel/electric Submarine "B-413", Scientific-research Vessel "Vityaz", Research vessel of the Russian Aerospace Agency "Kosmonavt Victor Patsaev", Medium Catching Trawler "SRT-129", Icebreaker "Krasin". Main building and open territory: Aquariums with dwellers of various areas of the World ocean. Congress-hall for Exhibitions, conferences and presentations. Exposition "Shores of the World". The lighthouse “Sperm-whale” pavilion. Open territory with oceanological and diving equipment, archeological findings. Landscape park "The Baltic Sea".

Reviewed By Bobby M - London, United Kingdom

We visited Kaliningrad for one day and the main thing we wanted to see was the submarine - and we were not disappointed. We were able to explore the entire length of the submarine at our own leisure, climbing through the different sections and up ladders to the periscope. We were impressed that visitors were allowed to just make their way through the sub at their own pace - there were no ugly signs or barriers to prevent you from touching so the whole thing looked really authentic. We didn't have time to visit the other attractions at the museum but if they are anything like the sub then you will not be disappointed. You can pay to enter each attraction individually (some were free and the sub was 200 roubles / approx £2.50)
Well worth a visit.

8. Friedland Gates Museum

Dzerzhinskogo St., 30, Kaliningrad 236039, Russia +7 401 264-40-20
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Friedland Gates Museum

Local history museum “Friedland gate” is located in similarly named architectural monument of XIX century- town gates “Friedland”, which were build in 1862 and which used to be a part of town fortifications of Koenigsberg.The museum is dedicated to the history of prewar Koenigsberg. And it’s block-stone road “leads” to the past of forever gone town Koenigsberg…Under the gates, combining he real block-stone road and it’s image on old prewar photos which are projected on lateral walled up embrasures; begins the unbelievable by force of emotional impact stroll across the streets of old town, “taking away” the walls and opening out the borders of time and space. The carts creak, the walking by ladies heels click, the children laugh – Friedland gate opens the time portal to the town which no longer exists. The “stroll” lasts exactly an hour and during this time you may “pass” according logically build route the whole historical center of the town look into town windows of the shops, cafes, pharmacies (the museum windows are designed in the form of street windows), to bargain at the fish market, and at the end of the stroll, just by one step come from a virtual park to find yourself in a real landscape park spreading across the bounds of Friedland gate and made on the place of former fortifications.

Reviewed By yogiacomo

This place is small, our taxi driver couldn't understand why we wanted to go here. He rattled off all these choices till we told him it was Monday and they were closed. We did enjoy the building very much it is amazing anything was left after the war. The movie was good, should se nice clips of the late 19th century. We asked about an English guide, but none were to be found.

9. Fort #5 King Fredric-Wilhelm the Third

At the exit of Kaliningrad on the left side of the road to Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad, Russia +7 401 245-38-44
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Fort #5 King Fredric-Wilhelm the Third

Reviewed By Kate70 - London

long tunnels and very atmospheric.. well worth a visit... take flat shoes tho as quite dark and some scrambling needed.. great to visit...

10. Kaliningrad Zoo

Mira Ave., 26, Kaliningrad 236022, Russia +7 401 293-73-99
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Kaliningrad Zoo

Reviewed By walxin - Moscow, Russia

Awesome zoo.
Though many places are closed for visitors, there's still very many things to see.
Contains almost every species that can be often seen in zoos -- lions, tigers, giraffes, many different birds, deers (!) and goats. And even a little aquarium (not worth a visit).
The notable thing is: the animals there notice you! And cheer you :)
They are fed by visitors, that's not good. But they're very friendly because of it, and this makes this zoo even more interesting.

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