General City Information
Panoramic view of Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad is the regional center of Kaliningradskaya Oblast. It is part of the Russian Federation but is territorially separated from the mainland. This separation is a result of the independence of the Baltic States. The region has a total area of 215,7 km and is located between Lithuania and Poland directly on the coast of Baltic Sea. Kaliningrad is furthest Russian town to the west. The year 1255 is regarded as the town’s birth year. Back in the day, until the end of the Second World War it was called Koenigsberg. In 1946 the town was named after the communist politician Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin, who had died a short time before. This change of name is still a hot topic today. Apparently, Kalinin himself has never even visited the town of Koenigsberg.
The Corner of Old Koenigsberg
Today Kaliningrad has approx. 435,000 inhabitants. Chemical industry and furniture making are amongst the citiy’s chief industries. However it is the ice-free port that defines it’s main industrial output: the shipbuilding.
Summer in Kaliningrad
The old town of Koenigsberg was nearly completely ruined by British air raids during the World War II. After the end of the war there was no historical buildings left. The cathedral, the castle, the old and new university were completely destroyed. Since then, only the cathedral has been reconstructed. Although the castle has been the landmark of the former East-Prussian capital, it was never rebuilt. The city center today has moved to northwest from its former location.
Amongst the city’s many historical landmarks are The Immanuel Kant museum, The Cathedral and The Museum of Amber, located in the old fortress of Dohna.
- Hotels in Kaliningrad
Here you will find a list of hotels in Kaliningrad with a reservation option. You may book any of the listed hotels via our agency and get a reduced price. If you book your hotel with us, your visa support (letter of invitation for a Russian visa) will be free of charge. If you are interested in booking a different hotel in Kaliningrad, please, contact us.
- Sightseeing in Kaliningrad
Kaliningrad is the furthest Russian town to the West so there is a lot of exciting things a tourist might do. Here you will find a list of excursions and day trips we recommend. On request, extra excursions can be organised. If you are interested in this option, please, contact us
- Transfer in Kaliningrad
Here you will find a list of our transportation services (including the rent-a-car option). We offer individual transfers by private car and group transfers by bus. Usually the transfer does not include a guide, but it’s possible to arrange this. The guide (who speaks one of the available languages) will accompany you to your accommodation and will generally show you around.