The Russian enclave of Kaliningrad is becoming a popular destination for business meetings and events. This unique city has a rich history and culture, and boasts lots of great attractions to check out after meetings. Learn more about how to combine business and leisure on your next trip below.
Kaliningrad is served by the international Khrabrovo Airport, which lies just over 20 kilometers from the city center. Frequent buses are available to take visitors from Kaliningrad airport to the city. You can also take a local taxi service – expect to pay around 500 roubles for the trip, and be sure to ask the driver to use the meter.
As well as buses, the city has a network of trams and trolley buses, and you will see small jitneys too. Many of the services stop at the city’s railway station. The Radisson Blu Hotel Kaliningrad is located in the heart of the city, beside the historic main square and a 5 minute walk from the train station, so it's easy to reach by taxi from the airport. The Kaliningrad hotel boasts excellent business services, offering 10 flexible and sophisticated meeting rooms with modern facilities, free high-speed wireless internet access, and a state of the art business center. The central location makes it a great base to explore some Kaliningrad attractions after meetings. Read on to discover the top ones you should try to get to before your business trip comes to a close!
What To See
A stroll around the central square of Ploshchad Pobedy, Kaliningrad's Victory Square, will bring you into contact with the largest church in the region. Completed in 2006, the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a striking modern church designed by Oleg Kopylov. With its delicate spires and golden domes outside and highly decorated interior, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Kaliningrad.
Another place of worship in Kaliningrad which is popular with visitors is the Kaliningrad Cathedral, which can be found on Kant Island on the river Pregel. The Cathedral was originally constructed in 1333, then rebuilt from ruins after World War II, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The red and gold bricks on the exterior and Gothic architecture of the building make this a perfect place to visit if you're looking for to snap some beautiful photos. While here, be sure to look for the tomb of philosopher Immanuel Kant, whose statue can be found by the Kant State University.
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Near the Kaliningrad Cathedral is the House of the Soviets, Dom Sovietov. The old Konigsberg Castle had originally been on this site, and was damaged in World War II. Soviet planners in the 1960s destroyed what was left of the castle and built this towering structure in its place. The stark and imposing architecture is typical of the Soviet regime, and the controversial and famous building has been out of use for decades.
The Amber Museum is one of the most famous Kaliningrad attractions, and is home to thousands of items relating to this ‘Baltic gold’. The Amber Museum houses the world’s second largest piece of amber, and changing displays of amber artefacts.
Visitors to the city should also visit the Kaliningrad Regional Museum of History and Art, which lies on the banks of the Prud Nizhny. Located in a reconstructed concert hall, it is the oldest museum in Kaliningrad and displays a mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions. Visitors can find out more about the history, geography and culture of the Kaliningrad region. The Museum of History and Art has other buildings throughout the city which exhibit more about Kaliningrad history. These include a Sculpture Park by Kaliningrad Cathedral, and the Bunker Museum, where the German commander Otto van Lasch capitulated to the Soviets in 1945.
Where To Eat
If you are on a business trip to Kaliningrad, the city has a great variety of restaurants and bars that you can recharge in after meetings. Try the popular Pivovar, the Czech beer restaurant. Here you can enjoy locally brewed beer with traditional Czech food, in a relaxed atmosphere. Croissant is also an excellent place to visit for breakfast or brunch, or if you fancy a sweet treat. This busy Kaliningrad restaurant has good coffee as well as tasty pastries and cakes. And for a taste of authentic Russian cuisine, head to the stylish Hmel. Try fried whitefish or wild boar cuts, rounded off with a large glass of local black beer.
The Brasserie de Verres en Vers, located under the Radisson Blu Hotel Kaliningrad, serves up delicious gourmet French cuisine and is a perfect place to relax after meetings. Discover your bleisure stay in Kaliningrad with Radisson Blu.