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.
Curonian Spit and
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 more of 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.
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Housed in an old Protestant church, the club is the nerve center of music and drama. No cutting-edge music here, but its an excellent place to catch both Russian and Western live bands. Check out the local music scene and enjoy sharp cocktails and craft beers.
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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.
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It’s unlikely that you’ll stumble upon this place by chance, so make a conscious plan to visit Corner Pub. This pub 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 menu offers some of the best snacks you’ll find in Kaliningrad’s pubs.