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Kaliningrad is located at the confluence of the Pregoli River to the Kaliningrad Gulf, just where the Teutonic knights once laid a powerful stone fortress in the 12th century. Prior to this, there was a small Prussian fortified settlement, not very well fortified and serving as a place of lodging for numerous commercial caravans. It was near the castle that Konigsberg was founded, and it received the status of a city in 1286. After a couple of centuries, Konigsberg became the capital of the powerful Teutonic Order, remaining so even after the order was transformed into the Prussian Duchy.
In Kaliningrad, there are gastronomic establishments of very different specializations. This is a large-scale modern city; it is very difficult to single out the best from hundreds of … Open
The nineteenth century was the key to Konigsberg’s history. It was at this time that it was rapidly developing, after which it became a major commercial and industrial center of European scale. In 1919, Devau Airport was opened in the city, which further strengthened its position.
During the Second World War, the city was heavily destroyed, not by any means Soviet troops, but by British aviation. The city went under the Soviet Union after the war. The German occupants were evicted from its territory, and Soviet citizens moved to the city. The city was named Kaliningrad in honor of the outstanding Soviet party leader, "All-Union elder" Mikhail Kalinin. After the war, historical buildings never recovered, and the ruins of the ancient castle were completely demolished. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Kaliningrad is a beautiful Russian city with an abundance of interesting traditions and its unique way of life. About some traditions and customs, travelers are best to know in advance, … Open
At the same time, Kaliningrad is very interesting for its architecture. The Amber Museum remains a permanent symbol of the city, and the original Museum of the World Ocean is located in the city. Attention of visitors is drawn by the picturesque park Luisenval, in which the monument to Queen Louise, the bridge and the rotunda were preserved. The architecture of the city has preserved the imprint of the ancient Gothic, a vivid example of which is the Cathedral.
Kaliningrad is the birthplace of Emmanuel Kant and other outstanding personalities who influenced the formation of the cultural image of the city. Many tourists are attracted to the city by stories about its untold treasures. While constructing and renovating buildings, some old objects are always found, and in the Friedland gate there is even a unique museum of such "found things". Of all the old gates, only the Brandenburgers are still used for their intended purpose. A rich historical heritage, a pleasant climate and developed infrastructure makes Kaliningrad irresistible in the eyes of modern tourists.
Kaliningrad has many attractions that must be seen. One of the most unusual attractions is the sculpture of fighting bison. The city was presented by the Prussian Ministry of Culture, and … Open
One of the main nature symbols of Kaliningrad is the Curonian Spit. This is a thin sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. This spit is 100 km long. In some parts, it is only 400 m wide. This land area is a unique natural object. In its territory, you can see beautiful pine forests and admire sand dunes.
The famous historic symbol of the city is the Königsberg Castle. It is associated with many incredible legends. It was built in the 13th century and existed until 1968. Then, it was completely destroyed. Nowadays, the entire territory of the medieval castle is an important archeological district where different researches are constantly conducted. Many historians suppose that the Amber Room was located exactly in this castle. In the territory of the castle, there is a small museum dedicated to its history.
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The Kaliningrad Zoo is a favorite recreation place of tourists with children. Now, it is one of the largest zoos in the country. This zoo was founded in the 19th century at the expense of the German businessman G. Klass. In the period of the Second World War, the zoo was completely destroyed and only some of its animals survived. It started to be restored in 1945. Today, over 3.5 thousand animals of 300 species dwell in the territory of the zoo.
Kaliningrad (Russia) It will be very interesting for nature admirers to visit the Botanical Garden that has thend Black Sea. At status of an important historic attraction too. It was founded in the late 18th century. In 1809, it officially came under the local university. Now, the garden is a big green area with different themed pavilions and greenhouses. It is very interesting to visit the garden at any time of the year.
1. Arriving in Kaliningrad, it is worth bearing in mind that the time zone here is Eastern, that is, the city is one hour behind Moscow. 2. Local airport "Khrabrovo" is located outside … Open
The walking along the Central Park may turn into an exciting excursion. It was founded at the site of the historical Luisenwahl Park. Over a hundred years ago, there was a luxurious summer residence that belonged to the Prussian Queen Luise and her family. Now, the guests of the park can admire beautiful trees and decorative plants. In its territory, there are a lot of fountains and monuments. In the park, there is the beautiful Protestant church named after Queen Luise.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Kaliningrad
♥   Castle 'Königsberg Castle' , 0.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Brandenburg Castle' , 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Schaaken Castle' , 24.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Kaliningrad
♥   National Park 'Kurshskaya Kosa' , 69.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Kursiu nerijos nacionalinis parkas' , 73.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Landscape Park 'Park Krajobrazowy Mierzeja Wiślana' , 83.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Nemuno deltos regioninis parkas' , 88.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Landscape Park 'Park Krajobrazowy Wysoczyzny Elbląskiej' , 88.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Kaliningrad from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Curonian Spit

From the series “Top 15 Unesco Sites in Russia”
Travellers who are interested in ornithological features of the area will have an opportunity to visit ‘Fringilla’ station. It was founded to study birds as early as the beginning of the 20th century. Incredibly interesting is the route called ‘Lake Swan’, whose participants will see the highest dune range, as well as get acquainted with the amazing animal and vegetable world of this area. Tourists are allowed to visit the reserve only when accompanied by a guide. During a hike, a number of special visiting rules should be observed. So, the dune sands can only be admired, walking on them is prohibited. … Read further

Kaliningrad region

From the series “Permanently Sinking Cities and Regions”
Several decades ago in Kaliningrad Oblast was built a special seal section system, made by German specialists. Today the system is almost destroyed but the major of the region doesn’t plan to build the new system in the nearest time. Specialists can only make a massive environmental monitoring and poor forecasts for saving the region from storms. The Xavier windstorm was one of the most destroying hurricanes in the region. Another windstorm can become the last for Kaliningrad Oblast. … Read further
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