If you only have one day to spend in Kaliningrad, follow this route to make the most of your sightseeing day.
Ploshchad Pobedy and Cathedral of Christ the Savior
Start at Ploshchad Pobedy, a spacious city square with business and shopping centers in the heart of Kaliningrad, where the main streets converge. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is the central Russian Orthodox church in Kaliningrad, it’s also one of the tallest – 73 meters to the cross.
Address: 2 Ploshchad Pobedy
Amber Museum, Dona tower and Rossgarten Gates
Take a stroll along Ulitsa Chernyahovskogo, towards the Amber Museum, which is sort of a ‘sight within a sight’ since it’s located inside the Dona tower, a historic building dated 1853. The tower used to be a part of the Konigsberg fortifications. The amber collection includes the largest single piece in Russia, weighing 4 kg.
Address: 1 Ploshchad
There’s a tram stop on Ulitsa Chernyahovskogo, a short walk away from Ploshchad Vasilevskogo. Take a tram (#3 or #5) to the Fish Village, full of curious sights. The cozy city district, erected only a decade ago and styled to resemble old Konigsberg, offers you artisan shops, cafés, bed & breakfasts, and more.
Address: Fish Village
Lunch at Madame Boucher
An intimately set, sophisticated restaurant in the Fish Village boasts fine French cuisine, a decent wine list, and a pleasant river view.
Address: 2A Oktyabrskaya Ploshchad
Average check: ≈$30
Medovyi most (honey bridge) is a pedestrian bridge built in the 19th century. It’ll take you to Kant Island to see the sculpture park and the Cathedral.
Address: Oktyabrskaya Ploshchad
The heart and soul of Kaliningrad, the Konigsberg Cathedral, is a cultural heritage monument, since religious services no longer take place here. The over 600-year-old gothic cathedral is also home to the remains of Immanuel Kant.
Address: Kant Island
A picturesque 12-hectare park, filled with all kinds of plants and a number of monuments to various artists, writers and musicians.
Address: Kant Island
St. George Hospital
The route takes you to Leninsky Prospekt, then to Krasnooktyabrskaya Ulitsa, and then to one of the oldest Kaliningrad buildings — St. George Hospital. Built in 1329, this building served at various times in history as a monastery for the elderly, a leprosarium, and — yes, a hospital, too.
Address: 3 Morehodnaya Ulitsa
The Holy Family Protestant Church
After walking through the territory of the former hospital, you will end up on Kazanskaya Ulitsa. Take the first right onto Ulitsa Bagrationa, turn onto Krasnoarmeiskaya Ulitsa, towards the Holy Family Protestant Church. The over 100-year-old building was restored in 1980 and converted to a concert hall.
Address: 63A Ulitsa Bogdana Hmelnitskogo
If you return to Ulitsa Bagrationa and stroll along it for about 1 km., you’ll stumble upon another symbol of Kaliningrad – the gothic Brandenburg Gates. The only city gates that are still used to let traffic through, they were originally built in 1657.
Address: 137 Ulitsa Bagrationa
After all that walking a relaxing dinner spot is definitely in order. Try Bravo Italia – a democratic and convenient spot, a favorite of tourists and locals alike. A more upscale option is the Fish Club with its impeccable service, flawless Mediterranean seafood classics and a beautiful river view.
Address: 9 Pravaya Naberezhnaya (Bravo Italia, average check ≈$10)
4A Ulitsa Oktyabrskaya (Fish Club, average check ≈$25)