A Russian exclave between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic Coast, Kaliningrad is a unique town with many historic attractions and interesting sights. Check out this quick guide to non-touristy places where you can rub elbows with the locals.


1

Curonian Spit and Vistula Spit

Both of these sand stretches are somewhat Martian-picturesque and have their own unique microclimate. While the Curonian Spit is known to be more touristy, the Vistula Spit is really a wild area where you can hardly find not only tourists, but even locals, instead you can stumble upon abandoned German airfields, while walking through sand dunes and “dancing” forests.

2

Vagonka Club

Housed in an old Protestant church, this club is the nerve center of music and drama. An excellent place to catch both Russian and Western live bands with a rather underground and indie vibe. Check out the local music scene and enjoy sharp cocktails and craft beers.

  Address: 12 Ulitsa Stanochnaya

3

Fish Village

Fish Village is a neighborhood that mimics the German architecture of old Konigsberg. The houses stand in warm contrast to the city line, still dominated by the gritty concrete façades. Take a bicycle ride along the river, go to one of the coffee shops, and shop for local amber – it’s all very cozy.

Address: 8 Ulitsa Oktyabrskaya

4

Right side Quay near Bravo Italia Restaurant

Safely tucked away from the masses, the Quay opens up a fantastic view of the port.  This spot is perfect for lovers of photography, as well as those looking to relax and meditate.

  Address: 9 Pravaya Naberezhnaya

5

Corner Pub

It’s unlikely that you’ll stumble upon this place by chance, so make a conscious plan to visit Corner Pub. This place is a popular hangout among the locals, bringing together genuine friends looking to relax, get a drink and chat. As far as pub food goes, the Corner Pub offers some of the best snacks you’ll find in Kaliningrad’s pubs.

  Address: 25 Ulitsa Bolnichnaya