Fishing Village. Buy plane tickets to Kaliningrad
Konigsberger Dom. Buy plane tickets to Kaliningrad
Panoramic View of the City. Buy plane tickets to Kaliningrad
Baltic Sea. Buy plane tickets to Kaliningrad
Amber. Buy plane tickets to Kaliningrad
Fishing Village
Konigsberger Dom
Panoramic View of the City
Baltic Sea
Amber

Initially three independent towns until the Königsberg Fortress united them and gave them their first name (Königsberg), the city was eventually renamed to Kaliningrad in 1946. The city’s entire history is reflected in its landscape: Soviet housing coexists with picturesque European neighborhoods, ancient churches with modern buildings, residential suburbs with strikingly beautiful countryside.

It is quite pleasant just to wander around Kaliningrad looking at old German villas, taking pictures, going into cozy cafes, enjoying nature, and admiring the lovely seaside sunsets.

The easiest way to get to Kaliningrad is by booking a flight. Aeroflot offers daily direct flights to Kaliningrad from Moscow (duration: about 2 hours). You will arrive at Khrabrovo International Airport, which is 19 km from the city center.

The most affordable option is to buy a round-trip ticket to Kaliningrad. Please note that the best deals for Moscow-Kaliningrad flights sell out quickly, so it is recommended to book tickets in advance.

General flight information Moscow  → Kaliningrad

Distance between cities

1 088 km

Time difference in winter

- 1 h

Time difference in summer

- 1 h

Average direct flight time

2 h

Kaliningrad stadium

Saturday, 16 June. Group D
Croatia
Nigeria
Friday, 22 June Group E
Serbia
Switzerland
Monday, 25 June. Group B
Spain
Morocco
Thursday, 28 June. Group G
England
Belgium
 
World Cup 2018

The new stadium was built for the 2018 World Football Championship. The arena is in the city centre on Oktyabrsky island. The stadium was built to resemble a ship. The facade consists of a series of undulating transitions with sky blue details. The five-storey stadium building has three levels of open stands and is in the shape of a rounded rectangle. It will have a capacity of 35,000 for the World Championship, which will be reduced to 25,000 after the tournament. It is a multifunctional arena that can hold concerts and other sporting events as well as football. After the World Championship, the stadium will become the home of FC Baltika.

 
Kaliningrad Stadium (map)
Oktyabrsky Island, Kaliningrad

What to see

The local climate transitions from moderate maritime to moderate continental. Winter is mild, summer is cool, and the proximity of the capricious Gulf Stream makes the weather change frequently. It is usually rather cloudy here, but that does not affect the flow of tourists. Even if it starts raining (usually a brief occurrence), there are plenty of interesting museums and cafes where you can pass the time while waiting for the rain to stop.

A good place to start exploring the city is Kant Island. Kneiphof (as it is officially called) is a really cozy place with many paths where you can stroll in the shade of the trees. Here you can take in the majestic presence of the gothic Cathedral (Konigsberger Dom), listen to organ music, and visit the grave of Kant, the famous philosopher.  From here there is a great view of the restored area of old Königsberg – The Fishing Village. It’s a modern replica, but walks there are still quite pleasant.. There are also neighborhoods that seem frozen in time. The German villas in Maraunenhof look exactly the same as they did 100 years ago. By the way, many of them have become comfortable mini-hotels, so anybody who wants to can try on the role of a respectable last-century German.

Kaliningrad has beautifully preserved former Lutheran churches and cathedrals (kirchen), as well as fortifications, including the massive Friedland Gate, the magnificent Royal Gate, the Pregel and Grolman Bastions, and the Khaberberg. The Church of the Holy Family has been converted into a philharmonic hall, and the Rosenau Church now serves as the Church of the Intercession of the Blessed Virgin.

Also worth visiting are the Botanical Garden, the Drama Theater, one of the oldest European zoos, and Kaliningrad’s old German quarter, Amalienau, with its luxurious villas.

As for museums, Kaliningrad has the Amber Museum (the only one in Russia, located in the unique Tower Der Don), the World Ocean Museum, featuring the body of a sperm whale and a submarine, the Blindage Museum or Lasch’s Bunker, dedicated to the 1945 siege of Königsberg, and the Kaliningrad Art Gallery.

The surrounding countryside offers a variety of delights, but we will just mention that nearby, you have Curonian Spit National Park with pine trees and sand dunes, the Dancing Forest, and a number of castles, fortresses, and other places definitely worth including in your route. As you may have guessed, Kaliningrad is the land of amber. Walking along the beach (especially after a storm) you can easily find pieces of real amber.

The proximity of the sea naturally influences local cuisine. Be sure to try the fish: smoked eel from the Central Market (finger-licking good!), tender pike or bream, delightful Baltic herring, and slices of frozen bonito (which you can find only in Kaliningrad). Don’t hesitate to try any fish dish; you won’t regret it.